24 Oras report
Earlier this month, singer-actress Kuh Ledesma proposed holding a local music festival similar to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) for Valentine’s Day, the Philippine Online Chronicles reported, citing U.S. News Las Vegas. In the same way that only local films are shown during the MMFF, Ledesma suggested prohibiting foreign acts from performing in the country during Valentine’s Day. "Magkaroon naman sana tayo ng time... kunyari during Valentines (when we can feature the best) love songs." ("I hope we can have time to feature the best local love songs, for example, on Valentine’s Day.")
Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) President Ogie Alcasid, however, clarified that Ledesma’s proposal is just a suggestion. "Marami kasing opinyon sa usaping ’yan. Uulitin ko po, ang stand ng OPM ay hindi po kami against sa mga foreign singers. In fact wine-welcome po natin lahat ng foreign singers na pumunta ng bansa natin," the singer-songwriter told 24 Oras.
("There are many opinions on that matter. Just to clarify, OPM is not against foreign singers. In fact, we welcome all foreign singers who come to perform here.")
Alcasid earlier called for higher tax rates for international acts’ concerts in the country and suggested tax rates for local ones be reduced to zero. Meanwhile, Ledesma pushed for the immediate regulation of foreign concerts in the Philippines.