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.