- Ely Buendia called out the winner of Pop Stage, CJ Villavicencio, for allegedly plagiarizing some parts of the iconic musical "Ang Huling El Bimbo"
- The singer of "Pare Ko" stated the ROTC part of the musical was among the most brilliant arrangements and choreography in the show
- He then lamented why there exists a culture that "makes it okay to take credit and be rewarded from someone else's work"
- The singer said that he was disappointed for the AHEB crew because he knew that they poured their heart and soul in creating their craft
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Ely Buendia took to Facebook and called out the winner of The Pop Stage competition, which was produced by Matteo Guidicelli.
He lamented how parts of the "Ang Huling El Bimbo" (AHEB) musical was plagiarized and claimed by the winner as their own.
Ely wrote this on a post made by Jef Flores, where he did a side by side comparison of the video of Pop Stage winner CJ Villavicencio vis-a-vis the parts allegedly plagiarized from the AHEB musical.
"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."
The full post of Ely was:
"AHEB’S ROTC Pare Ko was by far, among all the brilliant arrangements and choreography in the show, the most striking and original renditions I had witnessed and enjoyed during its original run, and easily became my favorite. It took something old and was INSPIRED to make it NEW and FRESH. Therein lies the difference. Which is why 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. In our day to day struggles against this oppressive life, the temptation is always there to take the fast route, the shortcut, the easy way to success. But we are human. I hope this matter is resolved soon and credit is given to those who deserve it."
Here is the actual video from Jef Flores:
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Ely Buendia is a famous singer. He is the frontman of the iconic band called Eraserheads.
Previously, Ely addressed fans who ask him to do a reunion concert with the rest of the Eheads members.
The Pop Stage was a competition produced by Matteo Guidicelli, the husband of Sarah Geronimo. The singer also opened up about being a wife, and about being in quarantine. She revealed that it gave her and Matteo enough time to adjust to married life.
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