Because of the pandemic, the world seemed as if it was on pause, waiting for someone to press play once again. Quarantines were put in place, establishments we once regularly visited had to close, and concerts, festivals, parties had to be canceled.
While many had hoped that things will become better after a year of being in quarantine, it turned out that annual events still had to be postponed— at least for the first quarter of 2021. This means music and concert fans will once again be missing their much-anticipated events to give way for the safety of everyone. (Read: What is the difference between MECQ, GCQ, and MGCQ?)
So for the time being, let’s take a trip down memory lane to see what events would have been scheduled in the coming days or weeks if not for the global health crisis. It might be bittersweet, especially for regular patrons of these events— but it’s as close as we’re going to get to the actual event.
Canceled Summer Plans: Strawberry Festival
Benguet is known as the Strawberry Capital of the Philippines, and it’s all for good reason. They have some of the best-tasting and freshest strawberries in the entire country, and people can even pick the fruits themselves on farms! (Read: 3 Local Fruit Wines for the Wine-Loving Tita)
It is also for this reason that Benguet prides itself on its Strawberry Festival that is held every March. In this annual event, strawberry farmers would bring their best produce to the table and have tourists and visitors take a bite of their delicious and one-of-a-kind strawberry. Unfortunately, for this year, the festival is once again canceled.
Canceled Summer Plans: Wanderland Music and Arts Festival
Any music fan out there has definitely heard of the Wanderland Music and Arts Festival, sometimes called “Wanderland.” This festival is held on open grounds where there are art installations and performances by local and international music acts. Since 2013, Wanderland has been held every summer (anytime between March to May), and has had the likes of Daniel Caesar, IV of Spades, Kodaline, and Jhéne Aiko perform on their stage.
It was the first time in 2020 that the festival didn’t push through due to the protocols on mass gatherings ordered by the IATF. And for this year, the same might be happening again.
Canceled Summer Plans: Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival
Similar to Wanderland, the Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival is a yearly event in Lubao, Pampanga that showcases different music acts, along with hot air balloons that patrons can ride. The festival has gained popularity because of its hot air balloons and the unique experience it gives to visitors and tourists.
However, despite it being held in open-air venues, the festival has been postponed for the second time around in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.