Kuh Ledesma pushes for “regulation” on foreign acts in PHL concert scene

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“The best way is to maintain the standard of the production,” says Kuh Ledesma about how local talents can keep up with foreign music artists who do concerts in the Philippines.


Kuh Ledesma is one of the many local music artists saddened by the spate of foreign acts coming here to do concerts.

The Pop Diva believes that the government should act on this to protect the Pinoy music talents.

“Dapat maproteksyonan din ang ating mga artistang Pilipino,” she said in a recent interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media.

“Dapat magkaroon lang ng regulation. I believe that it should be that way because napakaliit na country pa rin tayo, e.

“We’re still in a Third World country, limitado pa rin naman ang ating mga resources.”

She further reasoned, “Siyempre, kapag nagsalita ako ng mga ganito, sasabihin ng mga tao, ‘It’s a free country. We wanna see our favorite singers.’

“'Yan ang sinasabi ng mga young people, pero we cannot be selfish.

“I feel that it’s such narrow thinking.

“You have to look, kailangan mag-isip ka in a broader sense. What is its effect in our country, not just the artists, because lumalabas pa rin ang pera natin, napakalaking pera.

“Kung ang local artist nabibigyan ng trabaho, lumilibot lang ang pera natin dito, e.

“Puwede silang mag-shopping outside of the country pero dito pa rin ‘yon pumupunta.

“Siguro, ili-limit lang talaga dapat.”

PRICEY CONCERT TICKETS. Kuh respects that there are Filipinos who are willing to pay any amount to see their favorite foreign artists.

But if one were to ask her, she would not pay too much for a concert.

“Not because I don’t want to. I hardly have any time.

“If I really love the act, I could. But I will not pay too much money,” she related.

The ticket price of VIP section for the previous concerts of big names in the international scene usually goes from P10,000 up to P20,000.

“I don’t charge that kind of money in my concerts. I don’t believe that people should spend [that much],” Kuh said.

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She also reminded Pinoys about spending their money wisely.

Kuh said, “We have to be prudent and wiser about our money. Gano’n na ako mag-isip ngayon, e.

“Pero kahit na noon, hindi naman ako gano’n. Parang iniisip mo rin kasi galing din ako sa hirap, e.

“I think I would be very convicted if I were charging people P20,000, unless it’s a benefit.

“If it’s a benefit, that money will go to others, that’s okay.

“But kanya-kanyang ano ‘yan, e.

“People are willing to pay P20,000. Siyempre, who are we to stop them? Kasi gusto nilang makita, e. That’s their joy.

“Pero kung tinatanong mo ako na magbabayad that kind of money, no.”

CREATIVITY AND HIGH STANDARD. Aside from advocating government regulation, Kuh thinks that her fellow local artists should also be creative so that the public would be interested to watch them.

Kuh said, “I wouldn’t say that it’s been an easy time for local artists to produce. Napi-feel ng local artists ‘yon.

“Siyempre kami, nandito kami palagi. ‘Yong mga foreign acts, hindi naman sila palaging nandito.”

So, to keep up with these international acts, she believes, “The best way is to maintain the standard of the production.

“Kasi, kung magaling ka namang artista, katulad ni Gary [Valenciano], you know, he can still fill venues because he’s always thinking of new things.”

Then she went back to her previous point about being wiser when it comes to money.

“Kung super duper umawas ang pera ng Pilipinas, I don’t know if I would even say na padagsain ninyo ang foreign acts dito.

“It’s a free country. But at the same time, I would say still na maging wise tayo pagdating sa pera.”

In the end, Kuh stressed that it would still be better if Pinoys give equal support the local music artists.

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“Kung tatanungin mo ko, kung ako ang presidente, talagang limitado talaga.

“Kasi, nakikita ko talaga na kapag sinuportahan natin ang mga Pilipino, talagang lalawak ang bayan natin,” she ended.


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