ELY BUENDIA Speaks Out Against 'Ang Huling El Bimbo' Plagiarism Issue
Local music and theater fans were furious when they found out that singer CJ Villavicencio's winning piece at the The Pop Stage music competition was copied from the hit musical production Ang Huling El Bimbo.
Now, Ely Buendia himself is speaking out against the controversy. Expressing his displeasure on social media over the matter, the former Eraserheads singer wrote: "It is disheartening that there is still a culture out there, not just in entertainment, that somehow makes it okay to take credit, and be rewarded, for someone else’s work. I am disappointed for all the AHEB crew because I know for a fact that they poured all their hearts and souls into creating something that was true to the material and their craft."
Courtesy: Ely Buendia on Facebook
In his latest Facebook status update, Ely appealed to everyone involved in the issue. "You alone have the power to make this right. You have the power to teach a young man and all the young people out there about to join the world, our children, a most valuable lesson that can have no other effect except make them good and become better."
He added: "You have the power to stand up for and give back to the art which has been a source of life for all of us. You have the power to set an example and for once do the right thing, and become a beacon of hope in these dark times ruled by greed, hate and lies. Yes there are even more pressing matters out there, but in the end this will not just be about a song, a contract, a million pesos, or credit."
In the end, the Pupil and Apartel frontman reminded everyone that their "actions will set a precedent and have repercussions in the years to come. On which side of history do you want to be on? Search your hearts for the truth and it will set you free."
'AHEB' Musical Director Myke Salomon previously called out Villavicencio for "ripping-off" the musical without their permission.
A guy copied/ripped-off our musical arrangements for #AngHulingElbimboMusical (musical treatment, concept) without permission won in that pop stage contest for his final round. He won 1million and an artist contract. I feel bad for the other contestants. 👎— Myke Salomon (@DJMYKEsalomon) August 2, 2020
CJ, who won the grand prize worth 1 million pesos, released an official statement. Sharing his apology on Facebook, he wrote: "There was no intention whatsoever on my part to plagiarize. I am sorry if I caused undue distress, seemed disrespectful or if I have hurt the theater community," he wrote. Check out the full statement below: