Yael Yuzon claims he was prohibited from speaking Filipino at mall show

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Sponge Cola vocalist Yael Yuzon is getting mixed reactions on social media for performing his band's Tagalog song with "on-the-spot" English translation.


Sponge Cola vocalist Yael Yuzon is getting mixed reactions for his “on-the-spot” English translation of an OPM hit song in a mall show.

He performed Spongecola's 2004 hit song “Jeepney” with English translation at the launch of a mobile brand in SM Megamall Fashion Hall this Tuesday, April 18.

Before his performance, the singer said to the audience, "Technically, I'm not allowed to speak in Filipino, so I'm going to translate this song for you."

Yael shared the video of his performance on Twitter with this caption: “On the spot yan! Translating on the go”

In another post, Yael stressed that he had fun performing.

Part of his caption read: “Man that version of Jeepney was really something. Haha. Had a blast performing at SM Mega Fashion Hall today for the #LGG6PH launch event.”

While many netizens commended Yael for being a “pro,” there were some who criticized his performance.

There were also a few who bashed the mall’s management for allegedly prohibiting the singer from performing in Tagalog.

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SM MALL OFFICIAL STATEMENT. PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) reached out to SM Malls for their official statement regarding this matter.

Here is their statement sent to PEP Thursday morning, April 20: 

“We would like to clarify the information being circulated online regarding performances that happen in our malls.

“We would like to reiterate that we promote all international and local entertainment acts in all our mall event areas nationwide. Moreover, we have been a proud supporter of the Filipino Talent as we promote many celebrity and movie mall tours as week long celebrations of Independence Day and Linggo ng Wika.

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“We are now looking into this matter carefully and will reach out to the concerned party. We apologize for any inconvenience this incident may have caused at this time.”


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