MANILA -- It's nothing new.
Getting non-singers to record albums or do concerts has long been practiced not just in the Philippines but also in Hollywood. ("Star Trek" stars Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner even released a joint album entitled "Spaced Out.")
This practice is currently under fire after young singer Rhap Salazar expressed his disappointment that non-singers are the ones being given the opportunity to release albums.
"I hate seeing artists lip-syncing on TV," wrote Salazar on his Twitter account. "Yung iba nagkaka-album pa."
However, the local entertainment industry has had a long history of actors dabbling into music -- and vice versa -- from a young Vilma Santos in the 1960s to a young Judy Ann Santos in the 1990s.
Vilma Santos practically grew up in showbiz, starting out as a child star. In 1969, a teenybopper Santos released "Sweet 16," which became a huge success such that Santos continued to record other hits.
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