The Covid-19 pandemic is currently causing fear worldwide, with everyone susceptible to the virus. Staying away from large crowds can help keep infections at bay.
Practicing this important preemptive measure has a sad downside to everyone's professions, including celebrities—shows and events are getting cancelled, and businesses are declining. Most celebrities depend on these shows and events alongside their appearances onscreen, so the cancellations created a huge impact on their income.
“Hindi lang naapektuhan, talagang wala na,” says Nikko Nativad when asked if there was a gig that was postponed because of the Covid-19. According to him, March to April were supposedly one of the busiest months because of the summer vacation, but in light of recent events, he and his team have decided to cancel the shows to secure the welfare of everyone.
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At first, he was saddened by the cancelations, but then he realized health must also be taken into consideration. He shares, “Nakakalungkot kasi, iniisip ko nung una yung kita, pero doon ko naisip nung mga na ka-quarantine, mas nakakalungkot isipin ang kalusugan.”
Out of five gigs for Rocksteddy, four were cancelled, according to band member and Showtime host Teddy Corpuz. Their events in Laguna and Batangas that were scheduled to be held this month would definitely not push through anymore.
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The lead vocalist of the band is also worried about his bandmates whose main source of income is the shows they do.
“Syempre ‘yung kabuhayan ng mga bandmates ko, syempre iniisip din namin ‘yun. Yung mga PA namin. Kasi rin yung ibang bandmates ko full-time sila sa Rocksteddy, wala silang ibang trabaho, eh 'di yung banda lang talaga. Mahirap din kasi saan ka kukuha ng pera.”
Because of these recent events, he and his bandmates are contemplating job alternatives, so they can still put food on their tables even with the scarcity of projects.
“Ano kasi kami eh, no work, no pay. ‘Pag wala kaming gig, wala kaming kita,” says Jugs, also a co-host in Showtime, on their band Itchyworms. Like Teddy, he is also thinking about the welfare of his other bandmates and their crew. Still, he emphasized the importance of health. “Siyempre kailangan natin isipin ang health ng tao sa Pilipinas.”
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As of now, they’re still not sure if their cancelled events will be rescheduled or not.
So far, Kyla's event projects have not been cancelled, but just postponed.
She chose to look at the silver lining amid all of these. According to her, “Nature is telling us to slow down.” She also asked everyone to follow the government’s protocols to help the Covid-19 from spreading even more.
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“Irespeto nalang natin ang desisyon ng gobyerno na to stay at home hangga’t maaari.”
Neil is no exception to those who also want to prioritize everybody’s health than to continue doing his shows. He also managed to sort things out and reschedule the projects to the next coming months when things are already under control. According to him, he would rather cancel gigs than risk the health of his fans.
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“Mas maganda maging safe tayo, kasi mamaya magperform ako, tapos yung mga tao magkakasakit, kaysa sa magkahawaan pa, it’s better to resched or postpone nalang, diba?”
Despite everything, Neil encouraged everyone to not panic. “Sana, ‘wag lang masyadong magpanic, kasi ‘yung iba nagkakagulo. ‘Yung makikita mo sa social media, sa mga nababasa natin, nagkakagulo sila, dapat di naman eh, diba? Dapat mas maging healthy ka, mag-alcohol ka. Maging clean ka lagi, para di ka kapitan ng sakit.”
Juan Miguel Severo
Juan Miguel posted on his Twitter account a photo of an empty stage that was supposed to be used for their production. He shares that he was heartbroken, upon seeing that everything was torn down—since the show is currently on hold because of COVID-19.
Photo from Twitter (juanmiguelsevero)
He writes, “Grabe ang lungkot ko kahapon pagkakita na binaklas na ang entablado ng #Dekada70Musical nang di kami nakapagpaalam.”
Juan Miguel also consoled his co-theatre actors who were also affected by such circumstances. “Isang malaking group hug sa lahat ng kaibigan sa teatro na may mga naputol at naunsyami na produksyon.”
Reynold “Pooh” Lagrimas
Despite losing almost seven shows for the first quarter of 2020, Comedian Pooh is still looking at the comforting prospect of all these. He said, “Ok naman din kesa magkasakit. Be safe everyone," he shared in a Facebook post.
Photo from Instagram (pooh_tik)
These celebrities serve as examples on how it’s better to prioritize our health because at the end of the day, it is what matters most.
Stay home, Kapamilya!