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This Week in Metro Manila (September 12 to 18, 2016)

Contrary to negative travel advisories, it’s still more fun in the Philippines!

By: Patricia Marie Prado | September 12, 2016
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Government assures travelers that it’s still more fun in the Philippines.

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Government assures everyone that it’s still safe and fun in the country. (Photo from the Department Of Tourism Facebook Page)

Despite the travel advisories of various foreign countries regarding visiting the Philippines, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar assures tourists that it is safe and, as stated in the country’s tourism slogan, it is still more fun in the country.

Due to the recent incident in Davao, countries like United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Singapore immediately released advisories for their citizens to refrain from visiting certain parts of Mindanao and to take extra caution while in the Philippines. Andanar understands the reaction of other foreign nations but assures them that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are on guard and ready to protect the country.

HLURB suspends sale of Four Season Riviera Condominiums

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Four Seasons Riviera to put a hold on selling their units (Photo courtesy of Four Season Riviera Manila)

The Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) is putting a hold on the sales activities of the Four Season Riviera Condominium located in Binondo, Manila.

The developers of the property, Central Realty and Development Corp. and Federal Land Inc., are under a legal battle with Solar Resources Inc. regarding the ownership of the land where the property stands. Hence, the HLURB are advising the public to postpone any acquisition of units in the said condominium until the case has been resolved.


Eid’l Adha or Feast of Sacrifice

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September 12 is Eid’l Adha.

September 12 is Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice. The Feast of Sacrifice for the Muslims honors Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah as an act of submission. Allah then intervened through his angel Jibra’il, informing Ibrahim that his sacrifice has already been accepted.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9849, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar is declared a regular non-working holiday in respect to the Muslim’s holiest holiday, the Eid’l Adha.


National Suicide Prevention Week

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DOH urges people experiencing depression to seek help this National Suicide Prevention Week.

Every second week of September is the National Suicide Prevention Week. The Department of Health (DOH) promotes the event in the hopes of removing the stigma of suicide being a taboo topic in the Philippines. Filipinos often undermine people with suicidal thoughts or those with depression and relates it to just stress or weakness. Hence people with such case are reluctant to come forward and seek help. The DOH urges the public to be supportive to those who need psychological help.

The Philippine Psychiatric Association sites suicide as the 9th cause of death among young professionals in the country.


Passengers to take extra time during airport security

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Arrive earlier than usual at the airport to avoid long lines. (Photo credit to Karlo Mabalot)

As increased security measures are being implemented in all airports in the country, the Philippine Airlines (PAL) advises its passengers to turn up earlier in the airport for them to have ample time for airport security and check in procedures and avoid missing their flights. PAL encourages its passengers a lead time of two hours for local flights and three hours for international ones.

Philippine National Police’s Aviation Security will also be on guard to protect and ensure the safety of the passengers. The enhanced security measures in airports are done because of the recent bombing incident in Davao City.

UBE Express now serving airport travelers

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The new fleet of busses of UBE Express

The government in partnership with private company Airfreight 2100 Inc., launched the Premium airport bus service Ultimate Bus Experience or UBE Express.

UBE Express is now serving customers in Manila and Makati an introductory bus fare is PhP150. With 21 buses, UBE Express operates every day as early as 3:00 AM to 12:00 midnight. The buses used are Mercedes MCV C 120 Low-Entry model buses equipped with GPS, radio communications, Wi-Fi, and CCTV cameras.

The airport bus service project is part of the 100-days initiative program of President Rodrigo Duterte with the goals of alleviating the traffic going to and from the airport and giving the public cheaper transportation options. The UBE Express has plans of expanding in other areas like Alabang and Ortigas.


E-trikes debuting in the streets of Manila

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E-tricycles to traverse Manila starting this week (Photo from the Department of Energy)

The E-tricycles or E-trikes are expected to traverse the streets of Manila on September 15. City Mayor Joseph Estrada who spearheaded the project said that releasing of E-trikes aims to minimize the pollution in the city. Charging stations for the vehicles are also being installed around the city in partnership with Manila Electric Company (Meralco).

There will be 380 E-trikes traveling around the tourist belt like Malate, Luneta, Ermita, Chinatown, Binondo, Intramuros, and Quiapo.

New EDSA traffic scheme implemented

The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) has implemented new traffic schemes along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) last September 5, to ease the traffic in the major highway.

The new schemes are as follows:

• Closure of U-Turn Slots Southbound near Trinoma after West Avenue to SM City Northbound;
• Closure/Removal of counter flow at Rockwell Flyover from Rockwell to EDSA; and
• North Road, EDSA - One way only from EDSA.


Thunderstorms abound all throughout the week.

The morning commute will be a little difficult this week with the thunderstorms and showers covering the whole metro. Commuters can prepare against the bad weather by bringing umbrellas and by wearing boots or slippers. The evening weather will be a little better with only cloudiness and a little shower.


37th Manila International Book Fair

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The 37th Manila International Book Fair will be held this week from September 14 to 18. (Photo from Manila International Book Fair Facebook page)

The 37th Manila International Book Fair will happen this week from September 14 to 18 at the SMX Convention Center. The biggest book fair in the country will be attended by the biggest players in the literary industry showcasing various genres, from fiction to non-fiction.

The event will also include various talks from different personalities in the book industry. There will also be book signing and launches from various authors hosted by different publishing houses.

Gates are open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM with tickets selling at PhP20.
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About Patricia Marie Prado
Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.
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