Local celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to ABS-CBN employees who lost their jobs following the non-renewal of the media giant's broadcast franchise.
Among them were Judy Ann Santos, Angel Locsin, Jodi Sta. Maria, Iza Calzado, and Carlo Aquino.
"Sa lahat ng mga nakasama ko sa ABS-CBN, mabuhay kayo! Hanggang sa muli nating pagkikita," Judy Ann, who has been with ABS-CBN for nearly three decades, said.
"Maraming salamat sa mga masasayang alaala at maraming taon ng pagta-trabaho. Habangbuhay kayong nakaukit sa aking puso."
"Isang pagpupugay sa mga nagpaalam na Kapamilya," Angel, a Kapamilya star since 2007, for her part, said. "Maraming salamat. Hanggang sa muli."
Jodi, the lead star of the primetime series "Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin," meanwhile, said, "Maraming salamat, Kapamilya. Saludo kami sa bawat isa sa inyo."
Thousands of employees spent their last day in ABS-CBN on Monday, August 31, as a result of the company's retrenchment program.
The retrenchment comes more than a month after a lower House committee denied the network's application for a new franchise, shuttering the network's free TV and radio services, and resulting in massive layoffs.
In a statement, ABS-CBN said that the retrenchment program is "inevitable," and is "the only way to ensure the continued employment of the rest of our Kapamilya."
"We are doing all we can to mitigate the pain that will be felt by those affected, including paying out separation and retirement benefits and providing job placement programs. The loss of their jobs comes at a time when the uncertain and perilous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic further makes our decision truly difficult, but inevitable," it said.
"For those who are affected, we pray for you and your families, that you may have the strength and guidance to deal with the challenges ahead. For all that you have done for ABS-CBN, maraming salamat po," it added.