Too Dumb To Notice

@mchavez11 (1406)
Philippines
October 10, 2008 8:39am CST
I can't believe that our local music industry did not see the true potential of Charice Pempengco. She had to be boot out from a competition by winning only the thrid place spot. What I heard also is that she was told by an ABS-CBN whatever that she wont make it because of her appearance. She did not faultered but instead Charice moved on with pursuing her dreams because she knows she has the talent more than any overrated so called singers here in our struggling country. After their numerous tries hoping to bag a big break here in our own land, failure and setback strucked them. This is the time where Her mum had to upload a video at YOUTUBE that eventually saw by Ellen Degeneris, and was invited to guest at her show in the United States. Then success came like rapid fire, soaring rocket leaving behind all the self-proclaimed divas or whatever you call them and letting them eat dust from the accomplishment of this 11 year old singer. This just shows that our music and literature has gone down to a certain level of mediocrity and lost its essence of true art form. Our country is run by thieves politicians and our music industry is run by music illiterates that just wants to bag with showbiz personalities and tagging them as singers, actors, or what have yous. It came to a point that its all about the money and being disposable. I am so sad that most of us particularly the one whose on top of the society don't think, visualize and dream anymore. Obviously, these people who are running the music industry have no deep passion at all. All of their artist have no international qualities. They focus so much to Regine Velasquez, Sarah Geronimo, Zsa Zsa Padilla and a lot more artless big headed stars. When do we learn from all this? Charice could've been managed by a filipino but instead I heard that she's being managed by Oprah. There goes our pride. Sold and taken care of by other foreign land. I am not into this ballad thing or this kind of music because I am into sub-culture preferably punk rock, etc. I can be the nerd type when it comes to real music. The best way to earn and know music is to really listen with you ears, mind and heart. However, after seeing this kid sang, it moved me somehow that made me say wow. How could she be not the one here?.. Really frustrating. Now she's popular then all of a sudden our networks want to ride with her popularity. Pathetic. Entertainers should remain entertainers. Leave the music to musicians. Period.
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@alena824 (376)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
Here's my take on the issue: the problem with the local entertainment industry is its fixation with "beautiful" people. Most of the time they are hesitant to develop talents because they lack in the looks department, never mind if they are loaded with genuine talent. On the one hand, you should also blame Filipinos because after all, they patronize the singers, their records and concerts. Record companies or producers only want to guarantee that if they invest in a talent, they will also stand to gain from such investment. Let's be honest here... if Charice never made waves in the US via Oprah and Ellen, would you have given her a second look, even with her enormous talent. Chances are people won't. She's too ordinary looking and we already have so many local talents who sing like she does (birit style). But now, Filipinos are sitting up and taking notice because she's beginning to make a lot of noise in America. Yes, she has made great strides, guesting in shows and concerts of really influential artists. But this has yet to translate to any tangible contract or project for her. So, it still remains to be seen if she is really able to break into that market. In the meantime, let's just be proud we have a kababayan who is being noticed for her talent.
@mchavez11 (1406)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
Absolutely, if I'm into pop ballad or whatever birit songs. I would've not just given her a second look but I would give her the first look. But its not my department. I've been breathing real music since the early stages in my life.. My kind of music, so I know how it matters especially to mainstream which is the easiest context among the genres of music. Tower Records hired me and others like I and we experienced how the local music industry lacks musical integrity and doesn't have any clue about the real art form and its essence. For crying out loud, their run by Chinese who just thinks about how they'll capitalize. The true problem is, Filipinos are easy to fall to sublimination. We don't resist, we just open our mouth and let them shove in whatever they dictate us.. And it actually sells. That's what bothers me. People here don't go out of their way to discover new things and treasures. Thanks for your opinion. Happy posting.
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
Well I guess she is destined to be there. Well locally we are also encountering discrimination too especially when a talented singer starts to shine but becaus of the lack of connections in the industry they fail to thrive in here. Well I do not think ABS is to be blamed for that. She started there although she was not given the break because the station was focusing on others her talent was first shown in there and it was there that she was given the chance to expose her talent. She was first noticed actually by the Koreans and made her famous in there because of her exotic beauty perhaps which is a common site for us Pinoys already. And from there Ellen had started noticing her and then Oprah. We should allow Charice to have a better life in US perhaps because she deserves it. If it were managed here locally her career might not grow as much as she could in the US. It is not a loss for us since she still recognizes that she is a true blooded Pinay and is very proud of her heritage. Our industry might not have noticed her potentials but hey her talents was seen by US and was appreciated why not maybe that was her destiny.
@mchavez11 (1406)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
That's exactly my point. I know she's better off in the USA. However, she could've been managed here and make it abroad. Kinda like The Brits when they invaded America (Beatles, Stones,etc.) They made it big in America by still being managed by their own country. Some of the press in the U.S. are already asking why she wasn't given a break here because one way or the other she'll have the best of both worlds - locally and internationally. It just shows that this current regime has a negative effect in every areas of nationalistic pride. We always sell and abandoned our land for greener pastures. Why not for a change let's all break new grounds here and let the whole world know..because really, with our mentallity we are being left behind. Thanks for sharing. Have a good one.