MANILA, Philippines – For Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, it doesn't matter if a show is headlined by a foreign or a local artist as long as audiences are entertained.
Speaking on the issue on the regulation of foreign acts in the country, Salonga told Push.com.ph that Filipinos should be able to wisely discern what shows they would watch.
“Don’t support a Filipino show just because it's Filipino. Support a Filipino show because you know it’s going to be the best show that you are going to watch,” she said.
“Ang sa akin lang kasi if you think the Filipino artist is excellent then the market will know it. If you are a discerning concertgoer, you know where you are going to spend your money. Ang sa akin lang kasi hindi ko binabase ang pagbili ng ticket kung foreigner ba o Pinoy o taga-saan ba siya, taga-Cebu or whatever,” she explained.
“Wala akong pakialam. Kasi ang sa akin lang kung ang isang artist ay magaling, dun ako pupunta regardless kung local o foreign... I would most likely support a show na alam kong masisiyahan ako, where I will be happy, where I know I will have a good time, where I know the singing would be excellent, where I know the production value is high,” Salonga added.
Meanwhile, Salonga said she is hoping that people would watch her concert with American soul musician James Ingram.
“I’m excited about this and I am hoping that people actually come and find enough interest in that to come to Araneta and watch the show,” she added.
Salonga and Ingram are set to hold a Valentine concert at the Araneta Coliseum on February 17.