Pinoy fans now have limited ways to revel in the Kapamilya spirit beyond their screens as ABS-CBN’s experience and retail businesses are shutting down their operations permanently by August 31, including the Studio Tours, ABS-CBN Store, Hado Pilipinas, Heroes Burger, and ABS-CBN Studio Experience.
These ventures are part of ABS-CBN’s services to Filipino families affected by the denial of its broadcasting franchise by the House of Representatives last July 10.
An in-demand service inside the ABS-CBN compound since 1997, Studio Tours is permanently shutting down its operations that welcomed local and foreign audiences and conducted educational tours inside the network studios where visitors got to see behind-the-scenes exclusives in the production of various programs.
The ABS-CBN Store, which has delighted fans through the years with its huge assortment of program, celebrity and network merchandise, including the widely popular Christmas SID Shirts, will also no longer operate.
The country’s pioneer studio city located in TriNoma, the ABS-CBN Studio Experience, closes down after two years of housing physical attractions and digital innovations. The indoor theme park allowed thousands of Filipino families to experience various ABS-CBN shows via the It’s Showtime Directors’ Booth, Pinoy Big Brother: Breakout, Minute To Win It: The Experience, The Voice: Open Mic, and the Kapamilya Theater attractions.
The organic chargrilled burger joint Heroes Burger, which also started in 2018, is also discontinuing its operations for good.
Another experience business of ABS-CBN, Hado Pilipinas, is also officially ending its journey just a year after it was launched. The techno sport was included as a breakthrough tournament in NCAA’s 95th season and its winners from College of St. Benilde (CSB) AniGators team represented the country in the 2019 Hado World Cup in Tokyo, Japan.