Sina Pops Fernandez at Regine Velasquez ang dalawa sa mga invited performer sa star-studded virtual Grand Gathering for Teachers na magaganap sa darating na Sabado, October 3, 3 P.M.
Live itong mapapanood sa YouTube channel at Facebook page ng Gabay Guro, ang programa ng PLDT Smart Foundation na pinamumunuan ni Chaye Cabal-Revilla.
Layunin ng okasyong ito na bigyan ng pagpupugay at pagpapahalaga ang mga guro na itinuturing na bayani ng bansa at pangalawang magulang ng mga mag-aaral.
Nangyari ngayong umaga, October 1, ang virtual press conference ng Gabay Guro para sa event na may theme na “Digitalization: Transitioning to a Better Normal.”
Ang epekto ng coronavirus pandemic sa entertainment industry ang isa sa mga itinanong kina Pops at Regine.
Hindi itinanggi ni Pops na malaki ang epekto ng pandemya sa mga artist na katulad niya, pero nagpapasalamat siya dahil nagkaroon ng social media at WiFi.
Pahayag ng Concert Queen, "Very affected ang live performances as we all know because of the gatherings. It’s something that we’re trying to do right now.
"Thank God for social media, thank God for Wifi na, somehow, nairaraos namin ang aming pag-perform, of course, virtually.
"It’s not the same, I have to say. I have not really done it. I don’t have proper equipments.
"I know Regine and si Jona, they have done their own performances.
"I always believe kasi na if we want it, there’s a way. If there’s a will, there’s a way. So we will always manage to cope up.
"Of course, we’re very sad for the other musicians who are so not equipped.
"Madaming-madami ‘yan, kasi it’s not just about the performers, it’s also about the people behind every performance, which is the production people.
"Madaming-madami po talaga ang naghihintay na magkaroon ng chance na magtrabaho uli. Sana it ends soon."
Para naman kay Regine, nasasanay na siya sa kasalukuyang sitwasyon, pero umaasa siyang babalik sa normal ang lahat.
Saad ng Asia's Songbird, "As far as I am concerned, I am getting used to it, although it’s hard work.
"Like Pipay said, when you mount a concert, there’s a lot of people involved, there’s production and, basically, we just sit down. We wait for our turn.
"But nowadays, we are the ones working.
"Kami na rin yung behind the scene, kami na yung cameraman, kami na yung nagpipindot ng minus one, lahat-lahat. Kami na ang nag-iilaw din sa sarili namin.
"It’s hard, but I’m just grateful that I still get to work.
"I think that’s the most important thing na God is still blessing us with something to do."
"I am also grateful that I have a wonderful husband who helps me with everything that I have to do.
"It has become a partnership. Hindi lang bilang mag-asawa, pati bilang mga artist na rin," pagtukoy ni Regine sa kanyang mister na si Ogie Alcasid.
Patuloy niya, "But like Pipay said, I also have to say, it’s different.
"Kasi ako, bata pa lang ako, concerts na yung ginagawa ko, so I miss performing infront of a live audience.
"I really miss that. I’m also very hopeful because I know someday, I’d still be able to…"
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