Entertainment editors cancel movie awards over coronavirus


Posted at Apr 16 2020 11:27 AM


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MANILA — The fourth Entertainment Editors' Choice Awards for Movies, or The Eddys, which is organized by the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEEd), has been canceled. 

The event was initially scheduled for July.

In a statement released by SPEEd president Ian Farinas, she said that their focus now is to aid those affected by the enhanced community quarantine, as well as tge frontliners who are risking their lives to fight the pandemic coronavirus disease. 

“Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the country and across the world, the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors would like to announce the cancellation of its 4th Entertainment Editors’ Choice movie awards, annually held in July. SPEEd president Ian Fariñas and the rest of the organization have agreed to focus resources in joining efforts to help marginalized groups and the brave and selfless frontliners during these trying times,” part of the statement read.

The statement went on to say that the group has already distributed food packs and personal protective equipment to frontliners. 
“The beginning of the Luzon-wide community quarantine in March already saw SPEEd distributing food packs to frontliners in the areas of Marikina and Rizal, among them policemen and military personnel at check points, gasoline boys, bank security guards and grocery/convenience store staff,” it said.

“This month, the group has also made a donation to the Shields for Heroes PH, which continues to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for distribution to various hospitals in Metro Manila. As the crisis continues, SPEEd hopes to be able to extend a helping hand albeit in small ways to help alleviate the repercussions of this global pandemic, believing that the Philippines can win over the war against COVID-19 as a people united.”

The SPEED also thanked those who continue to support their effort in helping frontliners.

“May we also laud and thank the ever growing number of groups and members of the entertainment industry who are actively doing their share, be it by holding fund-raising concerts from their homes, making personal donations and writing songs of hope for COVID-19 patients, COVID-19 warriors and the general public who need spirits uplifted today more than ever. Finally, to the Philippine government, the frontliners and every Filipino, mabuhay tayong lahat! Together we will rise.”