By Olivia de Chazal ( | First Posted: Apr 16, 2012 12:29 PM EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Colombian singer Shakira (C) as Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos looks on during a ceremony to restitute land to Afro-Colombians displaced from their homes by armed rebel groups in San Pedro Square in Cartagena, April 15, 2012. Obama is on a state visit to Colombia following the Americas Summit which ended earlier in the day. (Photo : REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

The Colombian pop singer, Shakira, who sang the Colombian national anthem at "The Summit of the Americas" this past weekend was the aim of heavy criticism by the media and her fellow Colombians after mispronouncing words of the national song. 

The mispronounced words were "sublime" and "surcos" which she had replaced with "ublime" and "surco". 

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Although the pop singer did err while singing the anthem before top Latin American leaders, her presence at the summit meant much more than that. 


In an address, Shakira urged businessmen to participate in "philanthrocapitalism" with the purpose to improve this world and lift it to a better level.

Shakira concluded her address by saying, "I want to invite you all to be part of an early childhood movement in the Americas. Let's design a clever strategy together to build education centers, fund programs for children aged zero to six years old. Agencies can all make a difference."    

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