Some 200k families benefit from artists’ online gig

MANILA, Philippines — Some 200,000 families are set to benefit from the proceeds of an online concert staged by ABS-CBN artists for families affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

“With your donations and the help of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), we were able to deliver sacks of rice to local governments across Metro Manila. In partnership with the mayors, barangay officials and volunteers, these will be distributed to families in need,” ABS-CBN said Saturday.

Apart from rice, ABS-CBN said items to be distributed also include canned goods, noodles, biscuits, milk, coffee, shampoo, soap, detergent, and vitamins.

This was purchased through the first P100 million donations made to “Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig: At Home Together Concert” which totalled P 237 million.

The online concert featured dozens of artists who performed from their homes last Sunday, March 22.

Among them were Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Piolo Pascual, Vice Ganda and Gary Valenciano.

ABS-CBN said it will continue to call on the public and private sector for more donations as it aims to reach communities outside Metro Manila.

The Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine takes effect until midnight of April 13, affecting families whose livelihoods have been halted in a bid to limit the public’s movement.


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IndyCar goes iRacing as latest series to offer fans content

The walk to the starting grid for Tony Kanaan began in his Indianapolis kitchen, through the foyer, past the trophy case, up the stairs, down the hall, through the master bedroom, master bathroom and finally into the closet.

That’s where the former Indianapolis 500 winner tucked away Saturday to participate in a full day of iRacing on a simulator in the one place his wife will tolerate the rig. Kanaan participated in two virtual races, a legends event won by three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. Then he joined the first of a six-week series that launched Saturday to give IndyCar fans content during the coronavirus pandemic.

IndyCar followed the lead of NASCAR and other racing series in throwing together something – anything – to fill the void created when COVID-19 brought sports to a halt. IndyCar suspended the start of its season 48 hours before the March 15 opener in St. Petersburg, Florida, and on Thursday the Indianapolis 500 was postponed until August.

NASCAR had a successful launch of its iRacing series last Sunday and it was the most-watched televised esports event ever with more than 900,000 viewers. IndyCar couldn’t get a television deal so its inaugural race was streamed online from virtual Watkins Glen International Speedway, the venue decided by fan vote.

YouTube streams from IndyCar and iRacing combined for about 45,000 viewers to watch a virtual race called by NBC Sports’ regular booth of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. The invocation was done remotely, as was the National Anthem, sung by Chicago Blackhawks regular Jim Cornelison.

The field included NASCAR’s seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who made his iRacing debut last weekend in a stock car using SIM settings more suited for IndyCar or sports car. Johnson has been using his rig to prepare for potential

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Several more tournaments wiped out by pandemic

The women’s national team was supposed to showcase its improvement in the AFF Women’s Championship originally scheduled this May. The tournament was scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. —EARVIN PERIAS

More internatio­nal football tournaments, including a regional competition, which the Philippines is hosting in May, have been postponed by the Asean Football Federation (AFF) due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The AFF announced that it was postponing competitions in the next four months, the biggest of which is the AFF Women’s Championship that was slated from May to June in the Philippines.

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) said it was also supposed to field teams in the AFF U18 Women’s Championship (June 2020), AFF U16 Boys’ Championship (July 2020), and AFF U19 Boys Championship (August 2020). These tournaments have now been moved to later dates, the PFF said.

Also shelved is the revival of the 12-team Asean Club Championship, where Philippines Football League cham­­pi­on Ceres-Negros was supposed to see action. The tournament has been rescheduled for next year.

The PFF said AFF Suzuki Cup, which is slated to start in November, is still pushing through as well as the AFF U15 Girls’ Championship.

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