The Philippines’ longest-running noontime TV show has closed its doors to live audiences, while Manila’s foremost “affordable art” fair has been postponed after an uptick in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.
The management of variety show Eat Bulaga said in a statement today that they will temporarily stop filming in front of a live crowd “to help prevent the spread of the virus and to ensure the health and safety of its talent, staff, crew, and members of its audience.”
According to the GMA Network show, the temporary suspension was decided upon “after extensive and careful consideration in order to cooperate with government efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.” The program assured audiences that they will continue to entertain them through their TVs at home.
Meanwhile, the organizers of Art in the Park announced today the postponement of the fair — which was set to start on Sunday — until an unspecified date “later this year.”
“We were looking forward with anticipation to another successful edition of Art in the Park. However, in consideration of recent advisories by both the World Health Organization and the Department of Health, we feel that pushing through with the event would be irresponsible,” the organizers said.
The outdoor fair slated for Makati City’s Jaime Velasquez Park had prepared an interactive edition with live drawings by Robert Alejandro and interactive pieces from Dex Fernandez, better known as Garapata. In the spirit of making art accessible, all art sold during the fair is capped at PHP50,000 (US$986).
“We deeply appreciate the support that our participants, visitors, and partners have expressed throughout the planning process for this year’s Art in the Park,” the organizers said, adding that they hope the global health crisis “will be overcome soon.”
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