We support the LOCAL ARTIST
Today I aired my support for Filipino artists who are demanding that the producer of the Phantom of the Opera musical pay the proper equity fees for displacing local talents.
The Alliance of Working Artists for Rights and Equity (Aware) wants the producer to pay P5,000 as equity for every foreign actor brought in for the show. Under a memorandum of agreement between the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), the equity fee is used to provide medical assistance and other benefits to homegrown singers and artists displaced by foreign productions.
The local artists also want the BI to revoke the special working permit it gave the foreign cast and crew of the musical. The bureau classified the said foreign actors as non-singers and therefore exempted from equity fees.
The position of our Filipino artists is justified. The Phantom’s stage actors are also singers. Besides…
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