FANS LINING UP FOR GAME SHOW TICKETS FAINT RUSHED TO HOSPITALS
MANILA, OCTOBER 16, 2011 (BULLETIN) By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ (PHOTO - Former 'Wowowee' host Willie Revillame currently headlines 'Wiltime Bigtime')
Nearly 20 individuals who lined up among thousands to score tickets for a game show at the Amoranto Stadium in Roces Avenue, Quezon City were rushed to separate hospitals on Oct. 14, many of whom fainted on site.
As reported by ABS-CBN News on Oct. 15, 16 people were taken to the Capitol Medical Center, while another one was rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center. One of them is reportedly in critical condition at the intensive care unit after suffering a heart attack.
“Thousands of people” are said to have been camping outside the said stadium since Oct. 13 in hopes of getting tickets for the show’s anniversary celebration, which will take place next week, as related by General Elmo Santiago, head of the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) in the same ABS-CBN News report.
Although about 12,000 tickets have already been distributed, Santiago said that around 12,000 more people were waiting to be given their passes, added the same report.
A separate report by Bomboradyo identified the said program as Willie Revillame’s game show, “Wiltime Bigtime.”
TV host and entertainment columnist Ogie Diaz, who was shooting an indie film near Roces Avenue at the time, called the attention of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday night for the apparent commotion near the Amoranto Stadium.
He posted a series of tweets, some of which went:
“Sana, me mga kapulisan o mga taga-@MMDA dito sa Amoranto Stadium para isaayos ang mga tao. Nakakalokah, sa bangketa na yata titira ang iba.”
“Ang dami nang nahihimatay sa labas ng Amoranto Stadium sa gutom at sa hilo sa pila ng Wiltime Bigtime. @MMDA”
“Natutulog na yung iba sa island. Ang daming matatanda. Umaasa pa rin sila. #WagNangUlitinAngNakaraangTrahedyaUwiNaKayo.”
The management of TV5, which airs “Wiltime Bigtime,” has yet to issue a statement regarding the incident.
Recall that last Feb. 4, 2006, a highly controversial Ultra stampede left 71 dead and many others hurt. Thousands of fans of Revillame’s then-variety show in the Kapamilya network, “Wowowee,” trooped to the said venue in Pasig City, with hopes of watching the first anniversary celebration of the said show live.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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