- Tim Yap had a birthday party in a hotel in Baguio City even though it’s prohibited under the city’s MGCQ
- Filipino entertainment personality apologized for their actions and said they only wanted to promote local tourism and help the economy
- The Department of Tourism in the Cordillera Administrative Region announced that it has launched an investigation
Tim Yap spoke up about his controversial birthday party in Baguio City amid the pandemic that has sparked the frustration of many netizens.
Yap threw a birthday party at a Baguio City hotel last January 17, even though mass gathering is still strictly prohibited under the city’s modified general community quarantine or MGCQ protocols. Videos and photos of the party were posted online as netizens called out Yap for possible violations.
Recently, the Department of Tourism in the Cordillera Administrative Region announced that it has launched an investigation on the viral party.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News’ Jeff Canoy, Yap stressed that they followed health protocols and secured the necessary permits from the local government for them to be allowed to hold the party. He also disclosed that all of the participants tested COVID-19 negative before attending the party.
According to Yap, they held the party in Baguio because they wanted to promote local tourism.
“Ang pakay po noon is to promote Baguio as a destination. Sa akin, ‘yun ang hangarin ko talaga. Para mag-push ng local tourism. Kung makikita mo social media ko, lahat talaga, ‘yun ang ginagawa ko for the past few months. I’m discovering and rediscovering iba’t ibang parte ng Pilipinas na sana ma-discover ng ating mga kababayan,” he said.
Yap apologized for their actions, especially when photos surfaced of them not wearing masks.
“I am very, very sorry for those videos that came out where we didn’t wear our masks. There’s no excuse for not wearing your masks. We have to be at all times vigilant and take care of each other,” said Yap in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Final Word.