Summer MMFF postponed after Metro Manila put under 'community quarantine'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2020 12:47 AM | Updated as of Mar 13 2020 12:39 PM

A photo of one of the floats during the annual 'Parade of the Stars' of the Metro Manila Film Festival. It was announced on Thursday that the planned early-year festival to be held next month has been postponed. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) organizers have confirmed plans to move the first-ever April festival to a later date over coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

"In light of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and health emergency, the Summer Metro Manila Film Festival is hereby postponed," an announcement posted on Facebook read on Thursday.

 

It follows the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte to place Metro Manila under a "community quarantine" beginning on Sunday, as part of the government's plan to curb the COVID-19 spread.

The measure includes a ban on mass gatherings.

As of Thursday, the Philippines has 52 confirmed cases, mostly in Metro Manila.

The Summer MMFF is the latest in a number of postponed events that also include concerts due to COVID-19.

It was set to feature eight competing movies, starring the likes of Dingdong Dantes, Coco Martin, and Angelica Panganiban, to name a few. It was set to run from April 11 to April 21.