The World Health Organization recently declared the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic. And in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte just addressed the nation on March 12 amid its increasing number of cases by elevating it to Code Red. In light of this, and to assure the safety of the public and everyone involved, talents and organizers alike have responded are adjusting the dates of their ongoing and highly-anticipated events. Below are some concerts, trade shows, sports events and large crowd gatherings in the country that are (as of this writing) cancelled or postponed.
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Mr. Pure Energy himself made the tough decision to reschedule his PURE ENERGY 2020 concert to other dates later in the year. Gary Valenciano and his team had originally planned it for April 18-19.
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Hello everyone. Due to the current situation regarding CoViD19, we have decided to postpone the concert PURE ENERGY 2020 to a later date this year. Thank you to all who have expressed support for this concert. Your immediate response was most encouraging. Our team received so many requests to purchase tickets and offers to sponsor the show, but the health and wellbeing of all our fans, our guests, our artists, musicians, dancers, and the production crew are my main priority. It pains us to make this difficult decision, but new learnings about this new virus call for us to be vigilant and sensitive, careful and prayerful. Once our new concert dates are set I will make sure to get the word out to everyone. I look forward to seeing all of you when we all finally come together for PURE ENERGY...One More Time 2020. Meantime, to my fans abroad in Canada and the USA, I will proceed with my concert tour dates in your cities as previously announced. God bless, protect, and keep us all safe.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
98 Degrees were scheduled to arrive in the Philippines last February, but the much-awaited concert dates have since been moved to May 2020. They will be in Davao on May 16, Manila on May 21, and Cebu on May 23.
Early this month, Avril Lavigne announced that she was canceling the Asian leg of her Head Above Water album tour. Her team has yet to announce new dates.
Towards the end of February, Green Day stated on their official Instagram page that they would set new dates for their shows in Asia. The American Idiot hitmakers were originally scheduled to perform their first show in the Philippines on March 14.
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Khalid fans will have to wait longer for his return to the Philippines. As seen on Midas Promotions’ official Facebook page, they will move his concert dates.
The NBA released an official letter on March 13 stating it will suspend its games for at least 30 days. The temporary hiatus comes after Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19.
The NCAA likewise decided to pull the plug on its upcoming championship games, including those for spring and winter. They also announced a ban on in-person recruiting across all sports, which will run until April 15.
Locally, the UAAP Board of Managing Directors officially extended its suspension of UAAP Season 82 events to March 17. It was initially suspended until March 14.
Also on March 10, the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) released a statement, saying their annual event is postponed until further notice.
WORLDBEX, the country’s leading building and construction trade show, has likewise postponed.
What should have been the return of Art In The Park PH’s on March 15 will be rescheduled to later in the year.
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is suspending the Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) until further notice. It was originally set on March 15, with over 293,000 registered to take the test.
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