Kuh Ledesma wants foreign acts regulated

Posted at 01/03/11 9:39 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino pop diva Kuh Ledesma is calling for the immediate regulation of concerts by major international idols such as Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars.

In an interview, Ledesma said lawmakers must study how to protect the interests of Filipino artists who are being challenged by concerts of international singing stars such as Swift, Mars and Justin Bieber. She said the foreign artists are now holding concerts during the traditional "concert seasons" in the Philippines such as Valentine's Day and Summer.

Ledesma is holding a major concert on February 12 and 13 at the PICC with the Hitmakers: Rico J. Puno, Marco Sison, Dr. Nonoy Zuñiga, and composer-singer Rey Valera. It will be the first time that Kuh performs with The Hitmakers.

The concert will be held a few days before the Taylor Swift concert at the Araneta Coliseum on February 19. Tickets for the Swift concert are sold out.

Advanced sales of Justin Bieber's concert at SM Mall of Asia on May 10 are also picking up.

A local promoter who declined to be named said foreign artists are flocking to the Philippines and other Asian nations due to insistent public demand. Report by Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News