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QMy kids want to watch a concert but ticket prices are too steep. I’ve heard that this is partly because foreign producers have to pay certain fees to local arts and music associations before their shows can push through here. What is the purpose of such fees? Are they necessary?
the philippines is fortunate to be the destination of many famous foreign artists. However, with these performances come certain conditions, like the payment of fees and licenses. the Filipino society of Composers, Authors and publishers, Inc. (FILSCAP) protects Filipino artists by collecting royalty fees and payments for their music when it is played on the radio, on tv, or in concerts. Although not a requirement, foreign artists can become members of FILSCAP, and royalties are also collected for their music when it is played in the philippines. these royalties are then added to the concert ticket prices.
the Organisasyon ng mga pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) collects equity fees from foreign musicians as a way to make up for the income presumably lost by local artists due to lack of audience and sponsors. OPM charges a p5,000 fee for every foreign performer, as well as members of the band and production staff. these fees are also included in the concert ticket prices.
While this may seem unreasonable at first, the purpose of these fees is to encourage Filipinos to support local artists. this is anchored on the same principle of paying more for imported products, which are charged customs duties and higher taxes than local goods. —ATTY. RITA LINDA V. JIMENO
KEEP IT REAL
QMy six-year-old daughter asked me what “gay” means after hearing it on TV. I didn’t know what to say. How do I explain it to her?
We need to explain things to children in a way that they can understand. Depending on how old they are, we only explain what is relevant to them. For instance, your daughter is only six years old. she might be too young to understand sexual attraction, but she will be old enough to understand people liking each other. so, you can attempt to answer her question in this way: “Gay people are people who like to have partners of the same gender. so gay men like other gay men, and gay women like other gay women.” In many instances, that’s all there is to it.
If your daughter is a bit more inquisitive, she might ask more questions about it. For example, she might ask why this is so. In this case, you can simply say that’s just the way it is. Whereas most men like to have women as partners, and vice versa, there are some who like people of the same gender.
remember to just answer your daughter’s questions in a simple and direct manner. say it as it is.
—BOBOY ALIANAN AND VANGE ALIANAN-BAUTISTA
Part of concert ticket prices pay for fees and licenses that permit foreign acts to perform in the country.