Itâs a go for Air Supply
Australian singing duo Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock will be in Manila on Dec. 6.
Photo courtesy of Air Supply’s website

It’s a go for Air Supply

Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) - December 1, 2016 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) gives the singing group Air Supply the go signal to perform in the country this month. 

In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that Australians Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, who are better known as the famed Air Supply, was able to secure a special working permit (SWP) last week.  

Air Supply became famous in the ’80s with its hits such as Every Woman in the World, All Out of Love and Lost in Love.

The work permit allows foreigners, only for a short duration, to engage in gainful activity in the country. In the absence of SWP, foreign concert artists, talents and musicians are prohibited from engaging in gainful activity and may be subjected to deportation proceedings.??         

Aside from the duo, Morente also issued SWP to backup performers Americans Derek Frank and Aaaron Mc Lain, Israeli Aviv Cohen and Dutchman Amir Efrat.??         

The work permit allows the band to perform at the Pacific Grand Ballroom Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City on Dec. 6 and at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay City on Dec. 8.??         

It was Steve O’Neal Productions, the concert organizer and promoter, which filed the application for SWP on behalf of the foreign performers.??         

The Asosasyon ng Musikong Pilipinong Foundation, Inc., Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit and Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc. have reportedly endorsed the petition.??         

In his order, Morente stated the SWP is valid for three months and that the applicants should not engage in other gainful activities while in the country or the said work permit will be revoked.??         

 “This is without prejudice to the prosecution of the applicants of CA 613, or the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, and other laws,” the BI chief added.??         

The concert organizers were also ordered to withhold and remit to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) the taxes due on the income that the foreign entertainers will be derived from the concerts.

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