Marj Pacheco’s thriving nail spa and RTW boutique businesses were the family’s bread and butter. But when the extended lockdowns due to the covid-19 pandemic forced her to close them down – in the process cutting off a significant portion of the family’s financial resources – Marj decided to shift gears and execute her “Plan B”: baking.

The year 2020 was supposed to be a period of sustained recovery for the island of Boracay. After a painful but necessary shutdown in 2018 to restore its pristine beauty, many locals and businesses in the island looked forward to a more robust tourism. Sadly, even with its gradual reopening, life was never the same for many – some of whom had to suffer from loss of livelihood due to necessary restrictions. When 2020 came, the odds grew worse against their favor.

The lights dimmed and subsequently went out for the live entertainment scene as the global pandemic mercilessly hit not just public health but also the economy. The concert scene in the Philippines was evidently not spared from the impact of it all. Live events organizer PULP Live World’s Happee Sy-Go speaks out her thoughts to NewsFeed360 about the proverbial elephant in the room.