Even OPM icons scratch their heads and sigh over costly live performance tickets of international artists

Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid put down his cell phone when requested what his ideas are on dear live performance tickets of international artists, and what his group, the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), can do about it.

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid with (from left) Erik Santos, Martin Nievera and Ogie Alcasid (mb.com.ph)

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid with (from left) Erik Santos, Martin Nievera and Ogie Alcasid

“Actually the pricing of tickets ay isang mahabang usapin talaga,” he stated with a sigh, indicating this isn’t the primary time he’s been requested that. “We have no control over that dahil ang nagpa-pricing ng tickets ay ang mga promoters.”

In current years, the most costly tickets to concert events of worldwide acts that go to the Philippines have reached as a lot as R50,000 or $1,000. Sometimes, it’s cheaper to e-book a flight to and get lodge lodging in a close-by Asian nation to catch the present there – and some individuals really do this.

But being a non-government group, OPM has no say about it in any respect, Ogie stated.

His spouse, singer Regine Velasquez-Alcasid who was seated beside him, couldn’t assist however give her two cents’ price on the matter. She expressed disappointment over some concertgoers’ readiness to pay for such excessive ticket costs whereas concert events by native artists comparatively get free change.

Regine identified how costly producing concert events are even for the likes of them.

“Everything is so costly. Kaya nga walang nagpo-produce masyado (ng concert events). In reality, after I do my concert events (these days), it’s us who produce it. Kami-kami na lang talaga or in any other case, nobody will produce it anymore. The factor is, hindi kami makabawi sa ticket value kasi umaalma ang mga manunuod if we make it costlier.

“Kasi nga daw native artists lang kami and we really feel kinda unhealthy (about it). Kasi if somebody like Madonna comes right here, the tickets are 50 thousand bucks and the concertgoers simply purchase it identical to that. It’s like we’re citizen in our personal nation however we are able to’t even charge like that in our personal nation.”

Don’t get her unsuitable, Regine understands individuals would naturally need to seize the possibility to see their favourite international musical acts dwell and up shut at no matter value. She simply hopes native artists and their reveals get similar therapy or reception.

“I mean we understand na once in a blue moon lang sila mag-perform dito but same with us,” she shared. “We don’t perform all the time. Yeah, they (audience) see us on TV but we don’t perform like this every day, it’s also once a year lang. So I think, i-level lang sana (in terms of ticket pricing).”

To be straight about it, Ogie and Regine stated they don’t have anything towards international artists holding concert events within the nation. What they need addressed is due safety for native artists from no matter “displacement” these international acts might trigger.

“OPM is not against foreign concerts. In fact, it’s good for tourism, it’s good for us. Filipinos deserve to watch good artists,” Ogie stated. “What we want is just to protect our industry as well as the concertgoers.”

Martin Nievera recalled the glory days of OPM when promoters had been allowed to deliver restricted variety of international artists into the nation inside a 12 months.

Regine hopes for related help from the current authorities.

“You know what, the reason K-pop is so successful kasi sa Korea, you won’t hear any other music. Talagang puro local nila, and sinu-suportahan sila ng kanilang government,” she stated.

Erik Santos underscored the vital position media performs to show the tide.

“Like sa radio kung mas gagamitin nila ’yung mga local music, mas maraming tao ang makaka-appreciate nito. And kung mas ipa-prioritize nila ang local music, I think everything else will follow,” he stated.

Love within the air

On a lighter notice, Ogie, Regine, Martin and Erik headline the Valentine live performance “#paMORE.” Directed by Paolo Valenciano, it’s on Feb. 10 on the MOA Arena.

Erik expressed pleasure over working with the three all of whom he considers his idols.

“I’m past grateful and grateful na makasama ko sa stage, sa isang malaking live performance ang mga tinitingala kong mang-aawit. Hindi po dumadating ’tong pagkakataon na’to sa lahat eh. I’m simply so grateful and grateful to God na binigay sa akin ’tong blessings na’to.

“Bata pa lang po ako nasa industriya na sila. Pinapanuod ko na sila sa telebisyon tapos makakasama ko na sila sa isang malaking produksyon ngayon.”

Being the youngest within the group, a reporter requested how Erik manages to maintain tempo with them.

“Honest po ako sa kanila palagi whenever I feel intimidated,” he shared. “Minsan kasi talaga, iba ’yung nakakausap lang sila sa nakikipag-perform ka sa kanila.”

“To be honest, hindi na ako nasanay to perform with them. Excited ako palagi eh. Dito sa concert na’to, pinagpe-pray ko na sana hindi ako ma-intimidate kasi kapag nangyari ’yun, I tend to be quiet. Baka mamaya papanuorin ko na lang sila habang nasa stage!” he added, laughing.

Ogie, Martin and Regine welcome Erik becoming a member of them in live performance. In reality, the three discover him “very talented” and “very fantastic” who “deserves” to be within the trade.

“Are we surprised that Erik joins us? No. A big no. Number one because he is a colleague. He is fantastic. He always says that he is honored to be with us and I’m so happy for him that he is working for us. He is a great guy and he deserves it,” Ogie stated.

Martin stated concertgoers will see a mixture of skills and voices on the live performance.

“We (three) are all balladeers and that’s what we have in common. And so, I’m looking forward as to how we’re going to blend our voices. We’re not here to outshine each other, we’re here to perform and to make people happy,” he stated.

Erik, Regine, Martin and Ogie join forces for a Valentine concert (mb.com.ph)

Erik, Regine, Martin and Ogie be a part of forces for a Valentine live performance

Being the one lady within the group, Regine is happy to do harmonies with the boys, saying she loves doing it.

“Lahat ng combination gagawin namin like trio, quartet, duo but in such a way na hindi predictable,” she hinted. “I’m excited sa mga kanta, kasi we will try do new songs na hindi pilit, like we are going to sing in our own ways.”

Since it’s a Valentine live performance, we requested the 4 when was the final time they felt “kilig.”

“Every day,” Regine stated, smiling.

“Ogie texts me out of nowhere like ‘Can I date you?’ Tapos I’ll answer, ‘I’ll ask my parents first.’ Minsan naman, out of nowhere, he’ll give me flowers or random gifts. Tapos sa birthday ko, we will be going to Boracay kasi gusto niya kaming dalawa lang.”

She shared Nathan, their five-year-old son, bought Ogie’s “pagka-malambing.”

“Lagi kami nagki-kiss. Si Ogie kasi lagi niya ako pinapatawa and my son is doing the same thing. He is so funny. ’Pag nakikita nila (kids) na very loving ang parents nila, pati ang mga anak they come out very loving, too.”

Regine stated it will be significant that individuals present like to their companions not simply on Valentines Day however day by day.

“Hindi lang dapat kapag Valentines mo pinapakilig ’yung spouse mo or ’yung boyfriend/girlfriend mo. It’s a relationship and so it needs work talaga,” she defined. “You always have to find out kung ano ba ’yung naiiba sa kanya or nagpapakilig sa kanya. Kaya paminsan-minsan nagpapa-mysterious pa rin ako para meron pa rin siyang surprise factor sa akin.”

For Ogie, what makes him kilig are the little issues Regine does to and for him.

“Like kapag binilhan ka ng wife mo ng pang-shave, they think we don’t appreciate that. But ’yung mga little things na ganoon, nata-touch talaga kami,” he stated.

Martin calls himself “master of kilig.”

“I taught Ogie everything he knows actually,” he stated in jest.

Turning critical, Martin shared he suggested his son Robin Nievera and girlfriend Zia Quizon to maintain that “kilig factor” to one another.

“I told them to continue holding each other’s hand, don’t stop doing that because that’s the feeling you should sustain for your relationship to work,” he stated. “The two of them take vacations together and that’s very important. As for me, that’s my mission, to keep my woman kilig always.”

Erik thinks guys are in charge of that side within the relationship.

“Most of the time, dapat mga lalaki ang nagsisimula talaga. Kami ang nagpi-first move. Mahilig ako mang-surprise ng girls but I hate surprises. Tapos mahilig din ako kumanta kapag kausap ko siya (girl he likes) sa phone. Basta, it takes a lot of effort talaga to make a girl feel loved and special.”

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