MMFF Summer Festival postponed after Duterte placed Manila under “community quarantine”

  • Organizers postponed the Summer Metro Manila Film Festival 2020
  • The decision came after President Rodrigo Duterte placed Metro Manila under “community quarantine”
  • Moviegoers applauded the organizers’ decision

MANILA, Philippines — Organizers have decided to postpone the first summer edition of the Summer Metro Manila Film Festival after President Rodrigo Duterte has placed Metro Manila under “community quarantine” to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Image by Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Official via Facebook

The Festival’s organizers shared via Facebook on Thursday, “In light of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and health emergency, the SUMMER METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL is hereby postponed.

“We’ll keep you posted for more updates in the coming days. Thank you!”

The film festival was originally scheduled to run from April 11 to 21, 2020; days after its Parade of Stars which was first scheduled for April 5, 2020. Just like the festival celebrated every Christmas season, eight films will be showcased and compete for revenue as well as awards.

The competing films are: (1) A Hard Day starring Dingdong Dantes and John Arcilla; (2) Tagpuan starring Alfred Vargas, Iza Calzado, and Shaina Magdayao; (3) Love The Way You Lie starring lex Gonzaga, Xian Lim, and Kylie Verzosa; (4) Isa Pang Bahaghari starring Nora Aunor, Philip Salvador, and Michael De Mesa; (5) Love or Money starring Coco Martin and Angelica Panganiban.

Other entries for the Summer MMFF are: (6) Coming Home starring Jinggoy Estrada and Sylvia Sanchez; (7) Ngayon Kaya starring Paulo Avelino and Janine Gutierrez; and (8) The Missing starring Joseph Marco, Ritz Azul and Miles Ocampo.

Image by Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Official via Facebook

Moviegoers applauded the festival organizers’ decision to move the activity to a later date.

“That’s right. It should be postponed. This should be done after COVID-19 is gone,” one said. Another suggested it should be re-scheduled on May, 2020.

The World Health Organization, as shared by a recent Virtual Pinoy story, has provided ways to protect ourselves from COVID-19. This include avoiding close contacts with other individuals; to do this, people needs to practice social distancing or avoid going to crowded places.

Timely updates on COVID-19 can be read here.

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