In the recent months the SM group in Philippines has been hit with bad talk on their activities in Baguio - Philippines where they have been accused of falling trees and damaging the environment. SM is one of the premiere group of companies in Philippines which owns shopping malls and many other businesses. STING was all set to perform at the SM Mall Of Asia Arena but an online petition has caught his eye and as such STING being the known global environmentalist advocate he is has since changed the venue of his performance and distance him self from the SM group.
The concert promoter has since announce a change in venue an a replacement of tickets inline with the new venue. Talents For Asia commends STING on his stand and the concert promoter for taking the right actions needed to keep the concert going and make the changes in respecting STING stand on environmental issues. In anyway you look at this, most international celebrities be it film or music have their own respective advocacy and they will never associate them self with companies who go against their advocacy as a matter of firstly principle and secondly support of the cause they are advocating.
Although SM may be innocent or even guilty what the company does not know about celebrities is of STING's stature is that as long as the rumor mill is hard at work, no artiste of this status will go near the company and risk compromising their principles on what they are advocating so innocent or guilty makes not much difference as they will still distance them self's. And to be fair to STING, he has never been a silent advocate much like BONO of U2, STING has made his stand clear many times over on various issues concerning the environment and is an artiste of great integrity. Thus this does not boon well for SM as a company because it does hurt their global reputation just a little but like all corporate companies their Public Relations machines will kick in and in a few months this will be water under the bridge. But this action by STING now begs the question, Will other global celebrities follow suit when performing in Manila and ask for a different venue?. This will be interesting to see and how this will effect SM Mall Of Asia Arena's revenue and credibility on a global scale because of the actions of their family member. Its a rather interesting point to follow but we at Talents For Asia hope SM group will clear the air an return the reputation it had prior to the Baguio issue as we find them to be an excellent venue for events of all types.