Ogie Alcasid decries foreign artists who do not pay equity fees

Ogie Alcasid explains his responsibilities as President of Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM) and why he wants to donate ten percent of the proceeds of his TBT with Mr. A to the said organization. His birthday concert will be held at the Music Museum on August 28 at 8 p.m.


Turning 43 this month of August, Ogie Alcasid has decided to mount a birthday concert that will revive the glory days of the '80s as well as his humble beginning as a singer.

His repertoire varies from popular party music of foreign artists like Culture Club, Naked Eye and Duran Duran to the famous prom songs of that era such as “King and Queen of Hearts,” “Got To Believe,” and “King and Queen of Hearts.”

Ogie will also cover OPM love songs from the eighties: “Hey It’s Me,” “Leaving Yesterday Behind,” and “Hindi Magbabago” to name a few.

In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) yesterday, August 4, Ogie further shared his favorite '80s songs.

“Yung David Pomeranz na 'King and Queen of Hearts', ‘pag ‘yan narinig mo, naaalala namin yung prom namin.

“’Tsaka yung kanta ni Gary V. na 'Growing Up,' ‘yan ang mga kanta namin nung high school.

“Yung kanta ni Raymond Lauchengco na 'Farewell', kanta ni Martin Nievera na 'Each Day With You', at mga kanta ni Sharon.”

Asked about the guest for his concert, Ogie said that he would love to collaborate with '80s celebrity icons like actor-comedian Jojo Alejar, actress-singer Manilyn Reynes, and actor-singer Roderick Paulate.

“Sa ngayon, surprise lahat. Pero galing '80s. Gusto ko yung mga iconic.

“Halimbawa si Jojo Alejar gusto ko pasayawin. Si Manilyn at saka si Kuya Dick [Roderick Paulate]. Siya yung Rick Astley natin. Sila ang naiisip ko.”

He even wanted to invite '80s singer Jo Anne Lorenzana who popularized the song "Never Let You Go."

"Si Jo Anne kasi yung kanta niyang 'Never Let You go' back-up singer ako dun. Back up singer ako nun mga tatlong taon siguro," said Ogie.

TBT with Mr. A will be held at the Music Museum on August 28 at 8 p.m.

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PROCEEDS FOR OPM. Ten percent of the concert’s proceeds will be donated to Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM), a non-profit organization that promotes Original Pinoy Music (OPM) and extends aid to professional Filipino singers.

Active officers of the said organization include celebrity singers Noel Cabangon, Gary Valenciano, and Dingdong Avanzado, among others.

Ogie explained that it really takes a lot of effort and sacrifice to sustain the organization and implement its objectives.

“Ang mga nangangailangan ng OPM kumakanta sa bar, yung mga Overseas Filipino Workers [na professional singers]. Yung benefits na makukuha nila sa OPM kailangan nila.

“Siyempre kung sikat ka aanhin mo ba naman ang OPM? Kung sikat ka at member ka ng OPM mas kailangan namin ng tulong mo. So, sina Gary, Dingdong, Noel kusang loob.

“Wala kaming sweldo unang-una. Siyempre out of our busy schedule kailangan magkita kami lagi.

“We have to keep writing NCAA [National Commission for Culture and The Arts] every year. In fairness naman nabibigyan kami ng funds.”


CHALLENGES FOR OPM OFFICERS. NCAA is a government agency that implements policies and grants funds to organizations that promotes Philippine arts and culture.

According to current OPM President Ogie, the organization has received funds of over P1 million used to mount OPM fair and festivals.

“Ok naman. Pero kulang pa talaga. Alam ni’yo naman when you run an organization. Sa overhead mo lang, halimbawa yung mga OPM staff susuwelduhan mo.

“Dun pa lang ang laki na and the allowed compensation for your officers is only 30 percent of whatever amount is given to you. And then you liquidate up to the last centavo as required by COA [Commission on Audit].”

Ogie added that other funds of OPM come from the “equity” fee that foreign artists are required to pay when staging a concert here in the Philippines.

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“Ang kinikita namin is in the form of equity. Ang equity kasi ibig sabihin nun ‘pag may foreign singer na pumunta sa bansa mo, merong local na nawawalan ng trabaho. Kaya may equity fee.

“Ang equity na binabayad sa amin P5,000 lang pero madami pang nakakalusot.

“Minsan may dumadating na Korean artists—I can even tell you nasa listahan namin—hindi sila nagpa-file ng 5,000 [pesos na equity fee],” said Ogie, who’s very passionate about OPM’s cause.


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