THE Bureau of Immigration has granted the Australian pop duo Air Supply a special work permit allowing the band to perform in the country this December.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued an order allowing Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock to serenade thousands of Filipino fans with their songs that became popular in the early 1980s.
The work permit allows foreigners, only for a short duration, to engage in gainful activity in the country. In the absence of an SWP, foreign concert artists, talents and musicians are prohibited from engaging in gainful activity and may be subjected to deportation proceedings.
Russell is a British-born singer-songwriter and guitarist while Hitchcock in the duo’s lead vocalist.
Aside from the duo, Morente also issued an SWP to their backup performers, namely 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.