Buen­dia blun­der

Ely Buen­dia's con­cert has artist per­form­ing with hoarse voice

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - By Joice C. Cudis

IT was sup­posed to be a con­cert to rem­i­nisce their younger years, but Eraser­head’s fans didn’t know they were in for a blun­der as Ely Buen­dia took the stage with a hoarse voice, say­ing it was due to stress from another gig the other night.

Davao City Coun­cilor Al-Ryan Ale­jan­dre, a fan of the band which had Ely Buen­dia as its lead vo­cal­ist, was dis­ap­pointed with the turnout of the event.

In a phone in­ter­view yes­ter­day, the coun­cilor said that he’s from the

said that he’s from the gen­er­a­tion where Buen­dia’s fame was at a top­notch. Adding that he al­ready pur­chased a ticket early on.

“I al­ready had my tick­ets, VIP to say the least, in De­cem­ber last year. That’s how ea­ger I was to se­cure a seat and him (Ely Buen­dia) just telling that he lost his voice be­cause he had a gig the other night is un­fair sa mga nag­bayad,” he said.

In Bace Pro­duc­tion’s, Ely Buen­dia: The Great­est Hits Live con­cert or­ga­nizer, Face­book page, a video teaser for the event was first up­loaded on Novem­ber 20, 2017.

“His man­ager or him­self should have at least or­ga­nized his projects, he had a long time to pre­pare for the Davao con­cert and pro­vid­ing an al­ibi that he had pre­vi­ous en­gage­ments is not ac­cept­able. He should have pre­pared for this event know­ing that a lot of peo­ple paid to watch him per­form,” Ale­jan­dre added.

Ale­jan­dre also ex­plained that he’s aware of the artist’s sick­ness; how­ever, he added that it was a tick­eted con­cert and peo­ple were ex­cited to re­ally watch him sing “The Great­est Hits Live”. And know­ing that he still opted to agree on hav­ing con­certs, the artist made the as­sur­ance that he can still per­form well. Ethics Karla Sing­son, a notable event or­ga­nizer and busi­ness­woman in Davao City shared her thought re­gard­ing the “con­cert”.

“Per­son­ally, when you sell tick­ets, there’s a prom­ise that goes with it,” she be­gins.

The con­cert fea­tur­ing Ely Buen­dia as its main act which also had Parokya ni Edgar and Hale to per­form, sold tick­ets at P1,800 for VIP; P1,000 for Gold, and P500 for Gen­eral Ad­mis­sion.

With so­cial me­dia fum­ing from dis­sat­is­fac­tion, Sing­son ad­mit­ted she was al­ready aware of the event as she read com­plaints from peo­ple rant­ing on the plat­form.

“To have peo­ple buy­ing these tick­ets mean they are re­ally look­ing for­ward to a good show,” she added. “Per­son­ally, sa side ng or­ga­niz­ers, they owe the pub­lic an apol­ogy. There’s in­tegrity in sell­ing. Kahit sa Jol­libee nga na­ga­galit tayo pag hindi sat­is­fied sa ser­vice.” Bace Pro­duc­tions An­gel Selo­rio-Uy, the mind be­hind the or­ga­niz­ing big con­certs in Davao, said in her de­fense that they were only in­formed on the day of the event that Buen­dia was not feel­ing well.

“We never talked to Ely when he ar­rived as his man­ager told us he needs to rest to pre­pare for the event (the con­cert),” she stated through a con­ver­sa­tion on Mes­sen­ger yes­ter­day.

“What­ever hap­pened to Ely’s per­for­mance is out of our con­trol. We de­liv­ered what we have promised, to bring in the artists and let them per­form,” the or­ga­nizer said.

But it’s not just the ticket buy­ers who are com­plain­ing, but also the me­dia com­pany they con­tacted to carry their ad­ver­tise­ments for the con­cert in ex­change for some VIP tick­ets.

In a com­ment to a crowd­sourced rac­tions to the con­cert, Guillermo P. Tor­res Jr of the Univer­sity of Min­danao Broad­cast­ing Net­work and Min­danao Times wrote: “Spon­sor kami. Bi­gay sila VIP-Com­pli tick­ets. Pag punta ng anak ko and his friends, hindi pina­pa­sok sa VIP sec­tion kasi ExDeal daw tick­ets nila. WTF? Bakit pa bi­gay sila VIP tick­ets? Di ba alam ng pro­ducer that the ex-deal is a pay­ment of their ads in our FM sta­tion and news­pa­per? Epic fail daw si Ely Buen­dia.” City’s move Coun­cilor Ale­jan­dre, who also chairs the tourism and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion com­mit­tee of the city thinks that the city has to take ac­tion.

“The coun­cil shall re­visit and strengthen points for the is­suance of the City Mayor’s Per­mit to grant events here,” he said dur­ing the same in­ter­view.

“Dabawenyos de­serve qual­ity con­certs,” the coun­cilor added. Back story Last Satur­day, at the Crocodile Park, Buen­dia climbed the stage and an­nounced be­fore he started singing, “Be­fore we be­gin, I just want to ex­plain to you, I lost my voice this morn­ing.”

In his pre­vi­ous con­certs, the singer also raised the same ex­cuse but as the fans adores him too much, he was still well­re­ceived.

Like the one posted by Face­book User Sheila Mae Pul­gar Zal­dua with the quote along with their photo, “Ely Buen­dia Con­cert. Su­per paos na kakakanta,” end of quote. The post was pub­lished on Oc­to­ber 21, 2017 at the Univer­sity of North­east­ern Philip­pines.

Twit­ter user Rowel Riñon II also mir­rors the same sen­ti­ment say­ing, “Paos na si Ely Buen­dia, nag­susu­lat pa rin ako,” he tweeted on Novem­ber 9, 2016.

A con­trib­u­tor to this news­pa­per said that he found it ar­ro­gant of Buen­dia when he said, “I should do more of shows like this, yung hindi ako ku­makanta.”

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