What Local Support Are You Talking About?
It’s actually my first time to hear or read the name “Cynthia Alexander”, however, the author of this online piece is complaining
that the home-grown talented song writer/singer gets no ‘local support’ and that’s why she’s leaving the Philippines for good.
Yes, the main reason, according to the article writer, is career-wise: Cynthia gets “very limited local support”.
The writer also made the following commentary:
With Cynthia leaving, I can’t help but think about the hysteria surrounding American Idol also-ran Jessica Sanchez, a Filipino-Mexican American.
Her lineage had us all waving the flag of Pinoy pride. We lionized her as “our own.” Like the half-Pinoy contestants before her whose names we’ve forgotten, we want Jessica to come “home” so we can bask in her glory.
Meanwhile, homegrown geniuses like Cynthia Alexander are leaving home.
Who’s waving the flag?
Will Cynthia continue to wave the Philippine flag for us when she settles and works elsewhere?
But then, the other question is: does Cynthia need to go abroad and “make it” before WE wave the flag for HER?
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I really don’t get it. What kind of support is this online writer talking about? Is it government support?– industry support?– or individual support of Filipinos? Do we have a duty to support our local artists just because we share the same nationality?
There are a lot of very talented Filipino artists out there who turn to YouTube or use online technology only to be noticed. They sing cover songs, which is unfortunately not very much appealing to some snooty people who have a very bizarre and elitist understanding of ‘success’. I’m NOT against singing cover songs if that’s just one effective way to market one’s talent since many local record companies in the country seemingly value mediocrity over real talent.
Perhaps that’s the reason why the local music industry is now on the wane. A lot of people now buy music on iTunes and I’m one of them. Technology is actually changing the rules of the game in the music industry and traditional music companies are not comfortable with this setup.
Also, I observed that such a ‘local support’ mentality is the philosophical motivation behind the proposal to regulate foreign artists from doing concerts in the Philippines.
People need to understand music business is very competitive. One doesn’t get noticed by simply being talented, which is a very sad reality in the global music industry. A lot of so-called music icons like Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga had to do their best to look awkward and do bizarre things just to broaden their fan base. The reality is: music is all about business or making money, not about patriotism or local support.
We’re not yet a socialist country, comrades. Wait for this already bankrupt country to degenerate to complete socialism– that’s the time our local artists would get absolute communal support from the central government for singing nationalistic songs.
Cynthia Alexander doesn’t need our ‘local support’. I’m sure that she’s talented, and if she’s talented enough she can go a long way in her chosen career. I respect her decision to look for greener pastures, but I disagree with the writer’s trying to pin the blame on lack of ‘local support’. We have protectionism in this country, comrades!
Should she achieve success elsewhere, she doesn’t have to look back and say: “I’m proud to be a Filipino!”
Charice Pempengco did not achieve international success because of ‘local support’, but because of her selfish determination to help and improve her ‘self’.
NOTE: To all Charice fans who are so worried about my use of the word selfish, read THIS!