Ask The Ex­perts Your Ques­tions An­swered

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LE­GAL MAT­TERS

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.

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