Earlier this month, Ledesma made her opinion on the matter of foreign artists "flocking to the Philippines and other Asian nations due to insistent public demand" known to the Media:
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.
The more important issue, however, is more along the lines of the economic freedom issue that has Noynoy's mouthpieces on damage control mode. One of the challenges we face in our efforts to become more competitive globally is to reform a regulatory framework described as "burdensome" in the Heritage Foundation report.
The Manila Standard Today Editor put it quite aptly:
I am surprised that [singer Kuh] Ledesma and company are raising the issue of protectionism at a time when Filipino artists are finally penetrating the global market. Charice Pempengco, Arnel Pineda, Lea Salonga are just some of the Filipino artists who have successfully built a global following. There are actually quite a number of other Filipino musicians and entertainers who are also making waves abroad although may not have stars that shine as brightly as those of Pempengco, Pineda, and Salonga.
So on one hand, we aspire to be a more open economy and then on the other, our noted performing arts celebrities call for a more closed one!
The scary thing to consider here is how many of these protectionist local "artists" provided pro bono "services" to Noynoy's campaign back in 2010. That will again put Noynoy in a tight spot as he balances the interests of Kamaganak and Kabarkada Inc and his government's "reform" agenda.
The funny thing with Filipinos is that we are always so quick to call for a "level playing field". Kelangan pantay ang laban -- provided that it is pantay (levelled) in our mediocre favour.