Sponge Cola vocalist Yael Yuzon's on-the-spot performance of an English version of their hit "Jeepney" during a product launch at SM Megamall recently went viral. Apparently, he was prohibited from singing Filipino-language songs at the venue. Check it out below:
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SM has released an official statement on the said incident, reiterating that they "promote all international and local entertainment acts" nationwide and "have been a proud supporter of Filipino talent."
Yael has finally spoken up on the issue, admitting that he was taken aback by the mall's prior request to remove "Jeepney" from the set so he decided to rebel through its English version. The band frontman also revealed that he has already met with SM to clear the misunderstanding.
"Mayroon lang nawawala in translation habang nagtri-trickle down iyong information sa mga employees nila, I guess," Yael told ABS-CBN News. "Lumalabas sa mga artist na hindi puwedeng mag-Tagalog when in truth, puwede naman. So OK na."
"SM naman has always been very supportive sa mga Filipino artist. I'm sure every single Filipino artist at one point has played an SM show... Everything is good."
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