In her desire to lobby for change in the local concert scene, Ms. Pelita Peralta Uy aired her grievance regarding the treatment she experienced at the Pasay City council.
The concert promoter of O.C. at the PICC detailed the lengthy process that she and her team went through in order to secure a permit for the show topbilled by Ogie Alcasid and Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.
Ms. Pelita, managing director of Beginnings at Twenty Plus Inc., and Carmela Honrado of Star Express met with the media during their September 20 press conference at the Spicy Fingers restaurant in Greenbelt, Makati City. Present during the presscon were singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit Chairman of the Board Mitch Valdez, ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio and Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Teddy Casiño.
During the presscon, Pelita asked the help of lawmakers to establish clear-cut rules regarding tax exemptions on concerts staged in the country.
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In an article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer last September 21, the writer quoted Ms. Pelita as saying that the promoter of the upcoming Adam Lambert concert paid a huge amount of money to the Pasay City council and was able to get a tax exemption.
In response to this allegation, Christian Andoy, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Blue Dream Entertainment, sent a statement to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), pointing out that the "comments of Ms. Uy regarding the donation of P300,000 were clearly unfounded."
Blue Dream Entertainment is the promoter of the October 10 concert at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds that will feature American Idol Season 8 1st runner-up Adam Lambert.
Last Monday, September 27, PEP sent a text message to Ms. Pelita Uy and to the Inquirer regarding the statement of Blue Dream Entertainment. Their responses will be published in a separate article.
Here is the official statement of Blue Dream Entertainment (published as is) regarding the issue:
"The management of Blue Dream Entertainment sincerely apologizes to the leaders of the City of Pasay most especially to Honorable Mayor Antonino Calixto for the information we allegedly gave to Ms. Pelita Uy in the article entitled Show promoters bare trauma at City Hall in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on 21 September 2010. We firmly believe that Ms. Uy attributed statements to our company which we never made regarding the applications for permits and tax exemptions to stage a concert in the said city. In her statement in the published article, she placed in a bad light the Pasay City, its leaders and our company by insinuating that "the promoter (of the Adam Lambert concert which is our company) was reportedly asked to donate P300,000 to (the) City Hall (of Pasay) and did not have to specify the beneficiary."
"The comments were false and unfairly quoted to our company without the writer having to verify the truth and veracity of the comments of Ms. Uy. These claims are without basis considering we never mentioned anything close to that to Ms. Uy.
"We have the highest esteem for the leaders who have always welcomed and assisted us in having Pasay City as the venue of our concert. Much to our dismay, we regret that the article spoke negatively of Pasay City. On our part, the contents of the article pertaining to the comments of Ms. Uy regarding the donation of P300,000 were clearly unfounded as we maintain that our company or any of its duly authorized representatives were not consulted for comments. Responsible journalism requires that a writer must verify the facts of his story before publishing the same. Clearly in this instance, the writer wrote the story without setting the facts straight.
"Again, we apologize for the confusion that the published article caused the City of Pasay. It was unjustly fair to claim that we were given special treatment as the ADAM 10.10.10 concert is our first concert in the city of Pasay. We wonder why all the remarks? There were many concerts aligned, why give special mention to ours? Is it because we are a new player? Is it because we never had the same network as what our detractor has? Or is it simply because Adam Lambert has a questionable gender that our society does not accept until now? (As what many online critics enthuse). We can all be critics; we can always exercise our rights, but let us not forget that we are sometimes withheld to limit these because of the term courtesy. We have not produced local acts recently; in fact we're even more excited to hold local concerts for our future projects.
"We support OPM, follow the regulations and seek their permission as well to hold a foreign concert here. Like us, all producers' aspiration is a successful project and make people realize that the show was worth the money they pay for."
SVP & Managing Director