Saturday, June 19, 2010 | 05:00 PM
...OPM BOARD MEMBER. Samantala, bukod sa kasiyahang dulot ng renewal ng kanyang kontrata sa ASAP, masaya ring ibinalita ni Gary na finally ay nakapag-eleksyon na sila ng board of directors ng Organisayon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), isang samahan ng mga singers at performers. Isa si Gary sa anim na nasa OPM board ngayon na kinabibilangan din nina Ogie Alcasid, Jose Mari Chan, Noel Cabangon, Dingdong Avanzado at Christian Bautista.
"I'm excited, I'm very honored," ang sabi niya sa pagkakasama niya sa board of directors. "Hindi ko pa alam kung ano ang posisyon ko. I don't know where I would be effective."
Ang muling mabuhay daw ang OPM ay isang napakalaking bagay.
"I've been with OPM since 1986. So, lahat ng mga rights, lahat ng mga mabuting gawain ng OPM, I experienced it. E, what about the others out there? Hindi naman natigil ang OPM. I think it just needs time to gather us together. And si Ogie went out talaga to tell everybody na we have to get together for OPM...
"Malaki ang paniniwala namin na may magagawa kami. We have our plans at least for the next two years. At sana makuha rin namin yung cooperation ng government, ng media, both radio and television, to really establish what OPM was meant to be.
"Before the nominations took place there was a rundown, almost like bullet points, as to what OPM has done from the day that it was established. And it's sad na many of the things we continue to fight for have not really progressed at a level that can really change. For example, the rights of the artists, not all artists know about their rights."
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