“I WAS mortified when I heard about it!”
‘Yan ang hugot ng Broadway singer and The Voice of the Philippines judge na si Lea Salonga sa ginawang pambabastos ng isang Tawag ng Tanghalan finalist sa veteran composer-musician na si Louie Ocampo.
Kahit na nag-sorry na si TNT finalist Shantal Cuizon kay Louie dahil sa kanyang “hustisya” at “composer ka lang” tweet, patuloy pa rin siyang binabatikos ng netizens.
Para kay Lea, “It made me feel really bad for Louie. I didn’t watch it yet (public apology) so I have no opinion on how it came across kasi somebody might say, ‘Anong klaseng apology yan?’ but somebody else might say, ‘No, that’s acceptable. That’s okay.’ So it’s hard.
“I haven’t seen it. Oh my gosh, first of all to say blank ka lang, what if somebody to my face siad, ‘Ay, singer ka lang.’ Excuse me! Like don’t you know who I think I am? (laughs) No, just joking.
“Number one, don’t ever say blank ka lang for any profession because minamaliit mo yung profession ng iba. When every profession is one of dignity and huwag mong i-la-lang ang kahit sino na parang minamaliit mo yung kung sino man yung naging propesyon nila. And then you say that about Louie Ocampo,” pahayag pa ng international singer-actress sa isang panayam.
Umaasa rin si Lea na mas maging marespeto ang mga batang singer sa mga veteran musicians sa bansa, “I’m very pleased and I think all of us are just happy with the way the show went. What a fun, fun weekend it turned out to be. But I think this is a lesson hopefully for that singer to know who these people are who are judging you.
“They’re sitting in those judging chairs because they have achieved something in their chosen lines of work. Please don’t be ignorant of who the composers are. Even if you don’t know their work, know their standing in this industry,” lahad pa niya.
Gaano ba sila ka-close ni Louise Ocampo para masaktan siya nang ganoon? “When did I first meet Louie Ocampo, maybe I was in my early teens when we first started working together. It was for an event and he was also performing on this keyboard na parang gitara. So
“we’ve been working together, collaborating for so many years. And the same goes for people like Mr. C (Ryan Cayabyab) and so many other writers and composers in this country. So when one of my friends and one of my colleagues, somebody who I’ve known for over 20, 25 years is ni-la-lang lang lang sila, that personally hurts me. Because have you no idea who these people are?” Lea added.