Entertainment productions are slowly returning to work under the implementation of the general community quarantine in the National Capitol Region (NCR), but of course with limited operations and health protocols. (Paano na ang pag-aartista ko?!)

Aside from the standard sanitation and disinfection of work area and facilities, there are guidelines for the new normal that talents and production staff need to follow. (Ang di sumunod, ligwak!)

Our radio station, 91.5 Win Radio, did not take a break from airing even during the first month of the lockdown, with management so strict with implementing the new rules.

One of these involves the schedule of radio jocks. See, each show has a 30 minute gap from its pre-program so one radio jock has to leave the booth and the premises, before the next radio jock arrives. (Di halata ang gap kasi tuloy tuloy naman ang music! Wala na nga lang chika-chika pa sa station!)

WTFu on YouTube, which I host, has installed an acrylic glass between the guests and I (so kahit medyo magkalapit, hindi ko mahahawakan o mahahalikan ang guest!). Not all members of the production team are required to be on the set. Some of them are assigned to work from home, while those in the studio need to wear face shield and face mask. (Ang di sumunod, babatuhin ng telepono ni direk, yung landline ha!)

My online show with Lolit Solis and Cristy Fermin requires us to wear face shields and face masks even on-cam (so nag-bi-blind item kami na may tapal sa bibig!). The show also no longer allows visitors. (Unless may dalang envelope para kay ‘Nay Lolit!)

Tapings for teleseryes are stricter. According to my talent-manager friend, one unit of talents and production team will undergo rapid tests before the taping. This unit shall stay in the designated location for one month. No visitors. No glam team for the stars (so waley na yung bitbit na isang batalyon ng assistant ni celeb!). Most cast members are subject to pay cuts due to network’s income losses and more expensive production cost. (Bawi na lang next year mga besh!)

The new normal in the entertainment industry is a challenge but we just have to be thankful for the blessing of having to work again (although yung iba, di pa nakakabalik). Basta, things will get better for sure. (Kapit lang habang may face mask at face shield!)

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://entertainment.mb.com.ph/2020/06/11/wtfu-new-normal-no-glam-team-on-set-pay-cuts-for-cast/)