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The lead vocalist of OPM band Spongecola, Yael Yuzon translated one of the band’s tagalog songs, “Jeepney,” into English due to an alleged mall policy. Uh-oh.

The singer was asked to perform at the launch of a mobile brand in SM Megamall Fashion Hall last Tuesday, April 18.

On Twitter, Yael said that the English version of the 2004 hit single was translated on-the-spot.

Before his performance, he said to the audience, “Technically, I’m not allowed to speak in Filipino, so I’m going to translate this song for you.”

Netizens commended Yuzon for being professional and bashed SM’s management for prohibiting the singer to perform a tagalog song to their premium mall.

Meanwhile, SM Megamall released an official statement regarding the issue:

We would like to clarify the information being circulated online regarding performances that happen in our malls.
We would like to reiterate that we promote all international and local entertainment acts in all our mall event areas nationwide. Moreover, we have been a proud supporter of the Filipino Talent as we promote many celebrity and movie mall tours as week long celebrations of Independence Day and Linggo ng Wika.
We are now looking into this matter carefully and will reach out to the concerned party. We apologize for any inconvenience this incident may have caused at this time.

Posted by SM MEGAMALL on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Good job, Yael! Props for being a pro. And to SM, we’re looking at you.

Watch the video here:


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