I was pleasantly surprised to find out that ABS-CBN actress Anne Curtis released a music CD last 2011. Not only that, her song topped the OPM (Original Pilipino Music) charts and her solo concert was sold out. What’s funny is that Anne openly admits she’s vocally challenged and once said, “My music is not soulful, it’s painful.”
I don’t know which I’m surprised more; that Anne released an album or that thousands of Filipinos bought her CD earning her Gold-Platinum record award? Thousands also went to her solo concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and was certain to give Pops Fernandes a run for her money as the new concert queen of the Philippines.
Before the legion of Anne Curtis fans berate me on this article, I want to make it clear that I am not attacking her character nor her “karapatan” to belt out a note or two to her audience. With all due respect to Anne, she is capitalizing on her popularity and the growing demand for her music. Consumers ultimately choose where to spend their hard earned money to be entertained and will eventually decide if an artist is a certified entertainer or not. Anne, no doubt with her smarts and confidence has successfully bridged that gap impressively.
As a father, and as someone who teaches the value of excellence and artistic beauty to my children, I must admit that Anne’s CD will be the last thing in my mind if I want to expose my kids to quality Filipino music. If I’m teaching my kids confidence and positive daydreaming, I might consider it.
I know “Annebisyosa” is all in the name of fun, entertainment and following one’s dream. But does her musical success trivializes excellence in Filipino music that many of our singers worked hard for? Does her popularity reflect a deeper issue that popular arts in the Philippines is not set to a higher standard? Are Filipinos just so gullible and uninterested in high quality? What do you think? Am I over reacting or old-fashioned? Is so, please pardon my prudeness.
Oh well, if Kris Aquino and Ruffa Gutierrez once made it as best actresses in the movies, why not Anne Curtis too?