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Kuh Ledesma proposes V-Day musicfest a la MMFF, Ogie Alcasid says OPM welcomes all foreign acts
Published on: Jan 28, 2011 - 9:23am

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.

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  • surg702
    There is really nothing wrong about singing covers.rnRod Stewart, a Brit sings mostly American classics in his performances in Las Vegas. His CD's the past 6 years have all been remakes from American standards and they're all successful. What Pinoy OPM artists and songwriters must do to change and improve OPM music is to use contemporary Pinoy language. If you notice American Pop music are all contemporary everyday American english language. A good example is: BRUNO MARS' song GRENADE. Grenade is an American slang meaning " an *gly girl " taken from the American reality hit series JERSEY SHORES. They call it Jerseyspeak in that hit series. rnrnElla del Rosario's hit song Mr. Disco for example was contemporary in the 80's and can be rewritten to the now Pinoy language. OPM artist for example should say Mahal Kita...instead of...Iniibig Kita or it can be totally TagLish to capture the essence of the song. rnrn rnrn
    May 04 2011 @ 05:09am     Reply  
  • gising2011na!
    i love OPM.. pero sana "original" talaga hindi covers ng foreign act ang kantahin nila.. tingnan mo album nila, pag gigs manood ka ng tv .. eh halos puro covers.. nyay! tapos magtataka sila bat gusto natin foreign acts.. kase gusto namin yung "original" na kumanta.. hindi yung versions nila..puro kopya dito kopya doon.. dapat ata CPM - Covers by Pinoy Musicians ang tawag sa organization nila.. hindi OPM..
    Jan 31 2011 @ 08:58am     Reply  
  • rocker kuno
    Bring On the Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band, Steely Dan, Tower of Power,Robert Cray Band, Susan Tedescki, Derek Trucks, Jane Monheit....
    Jan 30 2011 @ 02:02pm     Reply  
  • joe
    Huag na, nakikita na natin yang music fest every Sunday afternoon sa Asap and PP. Wala nang bago dun. Funny thing is that majority of the songs on a typical OPM artist's concert setlist are foreign artists songs.
    Jan 29 2011 @ 05:12pm     Reply  
  • willie luna
    Restricting foreign acts? People's spend their hard earned money to see, hear, and enjoy the best performers. You just have lost more future audience. rnrnWhat's going on Kuh? You can't compete with the best talents there are!
    Jan 29 2011 @ 11:32am     Reply  
  • filipina ako
    yes, sudden change of heart for ogie alcasid. and to kuh ledesma, she hasn't realize yet what she is talking about. rnrnthe reason why we watch foreign acts is not because we are anti-Pilipino or anything similar to that. it is because we have our preferences. i myself, i am not against Pilipino artists. I like them too and watch them and listen to their songs. I even admire mr.rey valera,mr.jose mari chan and others. but we have to realize that the taxes that these foreign acts bring to the Philippines is something that we can use for the betterment of the country. and also, it creates employment and source of income to Filipino producers as well.rnrnthey should think hard enough.
    Jan 29 2011 @ 11:21am     Reply  
  • edward
    sudden change of heart for Ogie? because he knows his idea is st*p*d. and Kuh is another idiot pushing for regulation. Step up your game! Do not impede on business. It generates money for the nation. If the market is there, why regulate?rnOne reason why were having difficulties gaining foreign investments is that we have too much regulation for foreign owned corporations and not to mention corruption in this country
    Jan 29 2011 @ 03:13am     Reply  
  • alan7
    BOOM!biglang hugas kamay!
    Jan 28 2011 @ 10:17pm     Reply  
  • tarokid
    I agree with Ogie. Let the foreign artists come. Enough of the MMFF-style B.S., local artists should step up rather than whine.
    Jan 28 2011 @ 05:55pm     Reply  
  • jacinto ligot
    Marj,rnrnAs you know, we have a vow of silence at the AFP, particularly for wealth generation. We call it OMERTA! I'm just surprised that the ordinary grunts in the AFP hasn't turned their guns on us...
    Jan 28 2011 @ 02:14pm     Reply  
  • angelo reyes
    @Marj,rnrnHold your tongue and you will get a share of my P50M.rn
    Jan 28 2011 @ 01:25pm     Reply  
  • marj
    Let the market forces prevail instead of all these superficial intervention. BTW, why is there no coverage about Angelo Reyes' "pabaon? To me that is a bigger news because it is the money of the Filipino people that is involved.
    Jan 28 2011 @ 10:09am     Reply  
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