MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III administered the oath of office to the new officers of The Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc. (FILSCAP) in a simple ceremony at the President’s Hall of Malacañang Palace on Tuesday.
The FILSCAP officers were led by Arturo Lui Pio, popularly known as Nonoy Tan, who was sworn in as Chairman.
Award-winning singer and songwriter Noel Cabangon, a staunch supporter of the Aquino administration, was inducted as President, and Jaime Paredes, member of the defunct OPM band APO Hiking Society, as Vice President.
Also installed into office were Leocadio Sanchez III (Corporate Secretary); Ma. Victoria Benedicto (Assistant Corporate Secretary); Raquel Dacillo (Assistant Treasurer); and board members Katrina Belamide, Rodolfo Cayamanda, Ramon Chuaying, Nathaniel De Mesa, Alvin de Vera and Roberto Rigor.
Those who failed to attend the event were Rivermaya vocalist Rico Blanco; Sixto Adolfo Rapadas, lead singer of the defunct band Neocolours; and Adoracion Saturno who has been elected as Treasurer.
Established in 1965, FILSCAP is a non-stock, non-profit association of composers, lyric-writers, and music publishers who undertake collective rights management for public performances and use of songs in television, radio and movies.
It is the holder of deeds of assignment to collect royalties from artists in the Philippines and abroad.
The role of FILSCAP is to provide consistent income for its members through creative licensing, efficient collection, accurate and timely distribution of performance, mechanical reproduction and synchonization royalties.
It has more than 800 local members, including famous songwriters Ryan Cayabyab, Jose Mari Chan, Danny Javier, and Vehnee Saturno to name a few.
FILSCAP is a member of the Paris-based International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), the umbrella organization of all composer societies across the world.
As CISAC member, FILSCAP is recognized worldwide as the sole and official music copyright society in the Philippines, and is subject to the strict regulations and statutes of CISAC. (MNS)