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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 2, 2020


MANY CELEBRITIES who own restaurants were affected by the lockdown, like Judy Ann Santos and her Angrydobo Restaurant, Ai Ai de las Alas and her Asian Fusion Resto in Balintawak Ayala Malls, Kris Bernal and her Korean samgyupsal resto,

Alden Richards and his McDo and Concha’s restos, Aga Muhlach and Kris Aquino and their various fast food restos, and Maine Mendoza and her many food outlets.

They lost so much money with their restos being closed for sweveral weeks, so they’re all glad now that we’re on General Community Quarantine, and they can open their restos again even for take outs and deliveries starting today, June 1st.

Their big problem then is how to sustain all the staff and crew members working for them, like the cooks, food servers, etc. They still have to keep them and give them a minimal salary even if the restos were closed down to help them in their daily needs.

Well, let’s hope the GCQ will help ease their financial problems now that their restos are operational again.

The next problem of stars are with their children who are still in school. What kind of education of will their kids have? Most of them feel very reluctant to send them back to school and mix with their classmates.

It’s good the twins of Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales, Andres and Atasha, have just finished high school, although there was no official graduation rites because of the lockdown’s social distancing requirements.

In college, they can take up courses via the open university or long distance education now available in many colleges and universities.

They can just get the modules relayed to them through their personal computers and accomplish all the requirements while they are in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

It’s the kids who are in grade school and high school who will have problems. There are some schools who open online classes.

Our own grandchildren are now enrolled in online classes and they communicate with their teachers via laptop three times a week. But only those with computers and wifi at home can afford to do this.

Those who live in depressed areas and rely only on free public school education surely cannot avail of such kind of online education.

And also, our kids provide personal tutoring to their own children. Our son is a great teacher who knows to solve even complex math problems and I’m completely in awe of how very patient he is in teaching his kids. But not all parents can be adept at home schooling like what my own son is doing.

Maybe celebrities who want to be of more help to their own kids should enroll in classes about home tutoring so they can be more capable teachers their own kids if they're considering home schooling.