The COVID-19 pandemic has practically affected everyone around the world in a lot of ways—may it be physically, mentally, or financially. Even countries’ economies have received a huge blow because of the health crisis, and the Philippines, whose economy is now in recession, has been among those that are most affected.
Over the course of the quarantine period, many businesses in the country were forced to conduct massive layoffs, suspend their operations, or worse, close down completely. The pandemic has not spared even well-loved brands and restaurants that many have grown up patronizing—and local business, big or small, had to make huge adjustments to avoid further losses. (Read: Laid-Off Chefs Team up to Start Online Food Business Amid Pandemic)
This is exactly what Lockdown: Food Diaries aims to shed light on. The special documentary, to be hosted by Asia’s Multimedia Star Alden Richards, is a GMA Public Affairs project that hopes to tackle how COVID-19 has affected the food industry and how it has led to the rise of the online food business in the country. It will premiere on September 27, Sunday, at 3:45 PM on GMA-7.
Alden, who also owns a couple of restaurants, admits that Lockdown: Food Diaries is a personal project for him. He says he can really relate to the topics that they will cover in the documentary, as even his businesses took a hit because of the pandemic. (Watch: Alden Richards Is the New DOH Advocate for Good Health and Safety)
“Very compatible din siya sa akin since meron tayong mga restaurants and I can really speak first-hand from experience kung ano talaga ‘yung naranasan namin,” Alden told 24 Oras. His fast-food branch has limited its operations to take out and drive-thru transactions since April to adhere to the government’s health protocols.
Alden, who is known to be resilient and “madiskarte” when it comes to dealing with adversities, says his primary objective, for now, is to earn enough to cover enough. “Kahit wala kaming kitain, as long as covered ‘yung expenses. Kasi survival ngayon ang mode e. Kailangan mong mag-survive, kailangan mo lang lagpasan,” he says.