As the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) ends on May 16, Kapuso actress-singer Glaiza De Castro can’t help but think about how the local entertainment industry will adapt to the “new normal” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly about how TV and movie shoots will be conducted after the quarantine period.
As she reflects on what will happen to shootings and tapings of artists and crew amid the threat of COVID-19 disease, the 32-year-old actress recalled her last taping in Banaue, Ifugao before the Luzon-wide lockdown was imposed by sharing a picture.
In the caption, the My Letters to Happy star wrote, “Habang nag ba-browse sa camera, nakita ko itong huling taping namin sa Banaue bago nangyari ang enhanced community quarantine.
“Ano kaya [ang] mangyayari sa mga shootings at tapings kapag naipatupad na ang new normal?
“Maitutuloy pa kaya itong soap? Maipapalabas pa kaya ang mga pelikula sa sinehan?”
Despite the uncertainty of what is to come for the local entertainment industry as ECQ ends, Glaiza expressed her belief that everything will turn out fine and encouraged her co-artists to pray, as it is the most powerful thing that anyone can do.
She said, “Though marami ring kagaya ko ang nagtatanong at nag-aantay, kumakapit pa rin ako sa paniniwalang magiging maayos ang lahat.
“Dasal lang, mga kaibigan sa industriya, magkikita-kita tayong muli,” Glaiza continued.
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Habang nag ba browse sa camera, nakita ko itong huling taping namin sa Banaue bago nangyari ang enhanced community quarantine. Ano kaya mangyayari sa mga shootings at tapings kapag naipatupad na ang new normal? Maitutuloy pa kaya itong soap? Maipapalabas pa kaya ang mga pelikula sa sinehan? Though marami ring kagaya ko ang nagtatanong at nag aantay, kumakapit parin ako sa paniniwalang magiging maayos ang lahat. Dasal lang mga kaibigan sa industriya, magkikita kita tayong muli.
On a side note, a huge wave has rocked the entertainment industry as ABS-CBN Network officially shut down after National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a cease-and-desist order after its government-granted franchise expired on May 5.
However, ABS-CBN was given ten days from the receipt of order, to appeal and explain why their respective frequencies should not be revoked.
For this reason, thousands of employees and artists of the media giant were affected since they lost their source of income amid the pandemic.
On April 28, Malacañang announced that the production of movies, music, and television programs may resume after April 30 but only in areas that are under the general community quarantine (GCQ).
However, entertainment-related mass gatherings including theaters, cinemas, large concerts, and shows are still not allowed to open both in places under ECQ and GCQ until further notice.