Ben&Ben Concert Canceled Due to COVID-19 Surge

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Written by Jason Inocencio · Updated Jan 06

    Ben&Ben Concert Canceled Due to COVID-19 Surge

    Popular Filipino band Ben&Ben is canceling a scheduled performance in Dubai. They posted a statement on Instagram on January 25 that they are doing so “due to COVID cases within the band and our team.” The band was scheduled to perform at Expo Dubai on January 27. With the Ben&Ben concert canceled, this marks the latest of several concerts and large events that have been affected by the global pandemic. Travel abroad remains restricted while concert venues have remained basically closed due to health protocols.

    Ben&Ben Concert Canceled

    Ben&Ben are led by twin brothers Paolo Benjamin Guico and Miguel Benjamin Guico. They first gained fame as The Benjamins and wrote the song “Tinatangi” which won second runner-up at the 2016 PhilPop Music Festival. Renaming themselves Ben&Ben, they released their debut album Limasawa Street in May 2019 and sophomore album Pebble House Vol. 1 Kuwaderno in August of 2021.

    “We understand how this will come as a disappointment to many of you who were looking forward to meeting us there,” Ben&Ben said about the cancellation. “But we as a band decided it to be the best decision in the interest of everyone’s health to postpone the performance.”

    “We will make our absolute best effort to nurse ourselves back to the best condition possible to provide you with the quality of performance we have been so excited to share with you,” they added.

    Risks of Concerts and Large Events

    The cancelation of Ben&Ben’s performance highlights the continued concerns over reopening venue and large events for audiences. It is just the latest among many canceled events.

    The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup had just allowed a limited number of fans to watch live in playing venues in December 2021. The last two PBA tournaments were held in “bubble” formats in Ilocos Norte and Pampanga.

    The spike in COVID-19 cases that opened the new year also forced the league to place the ongoing Governors’ Cup on hold. “The Philippine Basketball Association has postponed all scheduled games this week until it hears from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) allowing the league to continue its tournament,” the league said.

    Most concerts and theater performances have been done virtually since the pandemic began in March 2020. ABS-CBN’s YouTube channel and Facebook page streamed the musical “Ang Huling El Bimbo” in May 2020. It streamed through TFC Online last year. Due to the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, even benefit concerts to assist victims of Typhoon Odette were held virtually.

    Performers and athletes may want to perform live, but they too are prone to the virus. Performing their chosen profession means being without masks for the duration of the concert or game. For their part, Ben&Ben will announce a new concert date soon. The band had just performed in their first major online concert on December 5, 2021. They were coming off a holiday break prior to this scheduled performance.

    Prevention Tips Against COVID

    To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, health protocols have been enforced worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO)) has urged the following measures against COVID-19:

    The WHO also cautioned against going to crowded places as COVID-19 spreads easily in that environment. They warn against going to close-contact settings, especially where people have close-range conversations. Finally, the public should avoid confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation. The risk is higher in places where these three overlap.

    Key Takeaways

    With the Ben&Ben concert canceled, this is the latest example of an event affected by the global pandemic. Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, concerts, musical performances, and sporting events in arenas are currently not allowed in the Philippines. The World Health Organization consistently encourages the public to follow health measures to guard against the spread of the coronavirus.
    Until positive cases go down, concerts and sporting events will not likely be allowed again in large venues.

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    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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    Written by Jason Inocencio · Updated Jan 06