MANILA, Philippines — Wish Music Awards will return to Araneta Coliseum this year but under a new normal setting.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wishers and music artists have remained in the safety of their homes but the music never stopped. For the 2021 Wish Music Awards, several OPM artists will once again provide world-class performances on January 17 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Minimum health standards will be implemented in the venue, with limited attendance. Those who will enter the Big Dome will also undergo swab testing before the event. Wearing of face mask and physical distancing are also a must for the event-goers.
Gloc-9, KZ Tandingan, Ben&Ben, SB19, and other OPM artists will perform at the WMA. The event will be hosted by Christian Bautista and Gretchen Ho and will be broadcasted live via YouTube.
The Philippines dominated the Conde Naste Traveler’s (CNT) list of top islands in Asia.
Cebu and Visayas Islands have been named among Top Island in Asia while Palawan, Siargao, and Boracay ranked fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said it will be a challenge for the department to continue advocating sustainable and responsible tourism practices that will help preserve these destinations.
“This latest citation from CNT gives us in the Department of Tourism (DOT) a boost of confidence, as we continuously carry out our strategies to gradually reopen domestic tourism, to once again welcome travelers from other countries when things become better,” she said. AAC
To continue the spirit of charity, Wish 107.5 celebrated its 6th anniversary by giving away over 100 tablets to students.
The Wish 107.5 digital benefit concert ‘Notes of Hope’ featured performances of several OPM powerhouse artists including Moira Dela Torre, Jason Marvin, Darren Espanto, The Juans, Bugoy Drilon, SB19 and BMPI’s own Wishfuls.
Desiree Castro, one of the beneficiaries, is grateful for the tablet especially after her parents lost their jobs.
“Marami pong hirap ngayong pandemya pero malaking pagkakataon po ito para sa aming mga estudyante itong tablet na ito para magamit po namin sa pagaaral (This pandemic has been a great challenge but this tablet is a good opportunity for us to use in our studies),“ she said.
Another beneficiary, Manuelito Carretero, had to make ends meet by being an on-call driver. He has long been worrying for the school needs of his children
“Malaking bagay po sa kanila kasi wala po kaming kakayahan makabili ng ganoong gadgets lalo po sa panahon ngayon (This is a huge deal for them because we have no means to buy these kinds of gadgets especially during these times),” he said.
The radio station’s benefit concert also gave hope to Erika Mae De Vera who was close to stop pursuing her studies. She said her father already told her not to enroll since they would not have any means to buy the gadget for online learning.
“Makakaasa po kayong pagbubutihan ko po ang aking pagaaral (Rest assured that I will do good in my studies),“ she said.
BMPI CEO and President Daniel Razon expressed his gratitude for the support of Wishers and vows to continue providing a platform for artists.
“Our friends from the live events industry are some of those who have been heavily hit, which is one of the reasons we strive to remain to be a platform where artists can continue to share their music and impart messages of positivity amid these difficult times,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)
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