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How has the coronavirus crisis affected the entertainment industry?

The pandemic effect on the entertainment industry doesn’t end locally.

The “community quarantine” will commence on Sunday March 15, 2020, but as early as now the entertainment industry has been affected by the novel coronavirus.

Several local musical shows here in the Philippines have been canceled to help prevent the coronavirus from spreading. Some of the suspended local musical shows are ‘Anna in the Tropics’, ‘The Band’s Visit’, ‘Oliver!’, ‘Carousel’, and ‘Tabing Ilog: The Musical’

Even Vice Ganda’s Gandang Gabi Vice replacement show, Everybody Sing’s pilot episode has been moved.

As announced earlier, ABS-CBN said beloved classic Kapamilya teleseryes and a fresh iWant original series will take over the network’s primetime block starting March 16, Monday. ABS-CBN decided to stop tapings of all teleseryes in compliance with guidelines set by the government concerning the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak to ensure the safety of artists and other workers involved in production.

Their announcement reads:

“Starting 16 March 2020, we are bringing back our classic teleseryes and airing iWant original series in lieu of our current primetime shows.

“Pamilya Ko” will be replaced by the heartwarming series “100 Days to Heaven” starring Coney Reyes, Jodi Sta. Maria, and Xyriel Manabat.

“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” will be replaced by the phenomenal inspirational series “May Bukas Pa” starring Zaijian Jaranilla.

“Make It With You” will be replaced by the hit romantic series “On The Wings of Love” featuring Nadine Lustre and James Reid.

“A Soldier’s Heart” will be replaced by the mystery thriller “I Am U,” an iWant original series topbilled by Julia Barretto, from March 16 to 20.”

The Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation also canceled its scheduled 51st Box Office Awards on Sunday, and the first Metro Manila Summer Film Festival has been postponed, too.

The pandemic effect on the entertainment industry doesn’t end locally. International films set to hit the cinemas worldwide such as The New Mutants and Mulan have been moved to new dates of release.

Aside from films and award shows, local concerts have been canceled due to coronavirus, the first local concert which was canceled was ‘Titas of Manila’ of Kim Molina, Candy Pangilinan, and Giselle Sanchez.

Other canceled and postponed concerts and events are as follows:

  • ALL UAAP Season 82 Events postponed until March 17, 2020
  • Baguio’s Panagbenga Festival moved to March 21, 2020
  • PBA Games halt for a week
  • 98 Degrees Concert will be pushed back to May 16, 21, and 23, 2020
  • Avril Lavigne Concert in Manila on May 20, 2020 is now canceled


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