GOSSIP GIRL: 'Titas of Manila' falls victim to COVID-19 situation
The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) estimated few days ago that the tourism industry has lost at least P10 billion since the onset of COVID-19. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon said the country could lose P22.7 billion a month in foregone revenue due to same cause.
Even the entertainment industry has been greatly affected. Not only have movies been postponed indefinitely, but even concerts and events that gather a sizeable number of people.
Giselle Sanchez, Candy Pangilinan and Kim Molina
“Titas of Manila” starring myself, Candy Pangilinan, and Kim Molina and set to open next week in Music Museum, which is 300 meters away from the prayer hall in Greenhills frequented by one person who contracted COVID-19, is not pushing through as scheduled. Upon the orders of the San Juan government to temporary close the Greenhills Mosque and areas nearby for disinfecting and sanitation, Viva Live Entertainment decided to move the comedy to a later date.
Elsewhere, more than 20 events were cancelled last week. During the 83rd Araw ng Davao, 12 of its major events were scrapped, including Pasiugdang Pagsaulog, Reyna Dabawenya, Ginoong Davao, Sayaw Pinoy, and Kalingawan sa Sta. Ana.
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said, “We cannot possibly carry hundreds of sick individuals all at the same time to our hospitals. Because of these limitations, the plan for us Dabawenyos is to ensure we do not get the infection.”
Mayor Benjamin Magalong of Baguio City also postponed the opening parade of this year’s Panagbenga, as well as “all crowd-drawing activities numbering to around 10 events for the next three weeks.”
Kalinga Governor Ferdinand Tubban cancelled the activities for the province’s 25th Founding Anniversary and the 4th Bodong Festival.
La Trinidad’s Strawberry Festival has also been cancelled. Turumba Festival and Musikahan Alay Kay Adonay in Pakil town in Laguna province? Cancelled.
The cities of Sagay and Bago announced the cancellation of the 24th Sinigayan Festival and the 54th Charter Anniversary of Bago, respectively.
As for big music events, here are some of those set in the next weeks that were eventually cancelled:
* American heavy metal band Slipknot at Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 29
* Wanderland Music & Arts Festival on March 7 and 8 .
* American singer-songwriter Khalid at Mall of Asia Arena on April 2.
* American rock band Green Day concert at SM Mall of Asia Arena supposedly today.