Isay, Robert lament lack of support for local acts
"Miss Saigon" London veterans Isay Alvarez and Robert Seña lamented how many Filipinos would rather pay thousands of pesos to watch a foreign act instead of watching a local artist perform for a much lower price.
While they stressed that there is nothing wrong with being a fan of foreign artists, the couple said Filipinos should also give local singers and theater actors a chance to make it big.
"For Filipino artists, it's really heartbreaking because you know, there are so many talented artists, Pinoy artists, and napakaliit nung pinaglalabanan namin," Alvarez said. "And here comes the big international artist na Filipinos are willing to pay P15,000, P20,000 per ticket, and there's a Filipino artist na trying to make it at ang ticket niya would be P500, P1,000 at most. And really begging ka pa for people to watch."
Seña, for his part, said the government plays a huge role in promoting local talent.
"There's nothing wrong with watching foreign acts... I just don't know what happened to our culture. Pinabayaan lang," he said.
Citing the popularity of K-Pop in South Korea, Seña said: "The reason kung bakit mataas ang K-Pop is because the government is supporting K-Pop. Talagang binibigyan ng pera 'yan kasi it has to be top of the line, lahat ng gagamitin. Here, I don't know what happened."
"Just a little help, you know, technical-wise, and we can be at par [with foreign acts]," he added.