The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), on Wednesday, confirmed that it is investigating video of actress Kim Chiu doing the “Bawal Lumabas” dance amid EDSA traffic.
In the brief video clip from actress Angelica Panganiban’s Instagram story on Monday, the first day of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila, Chiu can be seen coming down from a car parked in the middle of the road.
A line of the vehicles ahead of Chiu can also be seen as she dances to her song “Bawal Lumabas.”
The incident allegedly happened at EDSA, according to comments on social media.
“We will verify if this video of the actress really happened in EDSA. If it did, We will summon/invite her to explain her side and from there, we will act accordingly,” said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago in a text message.
“Marami po tayong problema na kailangan pong unahin at pagtuunan ng pansin kaya po sa ngayon ito po muna ang reaksyon ng aming opisina sa issue,” she added.
(We have a lot of issues that need to be prioritized and given attention. This is our office’s reaction to the issue for now.)
Pialago even warned that dancing on major roads such as EDSA is prohibited. She used the example of the “Kiki Dance challenge” which went viral and was ridiculed by some motorists in 2018.
In the challenge, a motorist dances to Drake’s “In My Feelings” song while the vehicle is still open and moving.
The MMDA then warned the imitators of the dance challenge that they would face charges such as reckless driving and jaywalking.
Kim Chiu turned her lemons into lemonade after she released her “Bawal Lumabas” song with new lyrics and music she made with Adrian Crisanto and Squammy Beats.
The actress went viral on social media in recent weeks after she released a statement regarding the closure of her network ABS-CBN.
Chiu used an analogy of students could be allowed to go out once they comply with the classroom regulations. She received negative criticisms as her explanation, as she also admitted, was not well-formed.
Netizens quickly made fun of Kim Chiu’s statement and made it into memes, parodies, and dance songs.
But Kim seemed recovered from the social media bullying and turned her experience into an inspiring song.