By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The onslaught of heavy rains in the last few days has resulted in the postponement of the Manila visit of Big Bang member T.O.P and the launch of a mobile messenger application in the country scheduled today, Aug. 22.
|Big Bang's T.O.P and Sarah Geronimo (Photos by www.newsen.com and SarahGLiveOfficial on Facebook)|
"After deep deliberation, we regret to inform you that the Kakao Media Launch with Big Bang’s T.O.P and Sarah Geronimo on Thursday, August 22, has been postponed due to the continuing inclement weather," the organizer of the event told Bulletin Entertainment in an email.
KakaoTalk Philippines also posted a notice on its Facebook page to inform fans of the postponement.
"We greatly value your safety and well-being as well as that of our KakaoTalk Philippines ambassadors, hence this postponement. We will make an announcement as soon as we get concrete updates," the notice said.
It added, "We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for understanding."
The KakaoTalk Philippines fan meet-and-greet was originally scheduled on Aug. 22. Geronimo and T.O.P were set to meet fans during the event.
Some 20 fans will receive two tickets each to the event.
With the postponement of the event, KakaoTalk Philippines said the new date of the event will be announced soon.
"Thank you for all the people who understand that everyone's safety is our main concern. For those asking, announcement will be made as soon we have complete updates on the matter," it said on its Facebook page.
It added, "Thank you for your continued support. Let's all pray that the weather gets better and also for the safety of everyone."
Big Bang and Geronimo are the endorsers of KakaoTalk in the Philippines. A TV commercial was recently unveiled featuring the two artists.
As of Aug. 22, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 267,551 families or 1.25 million people in 112 towns and 31 cities in 16 provinces were affected by the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm "Maring."
A total of 16 persons were killed, 41 were injured and five were missing. Damage to agriculture and infrastructure amounted to P78.86 million.
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