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This Week in Metro Manila (September 19 to 25, 2016)

NAIA Terminal 1 shouldn’t be in world’s worst airport list anymore!

By: Karen Grace Libao | September 19, 2016
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New look of NAIA Terminal 1

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The lobby retains its contemporary Filipino design but now has a better lighting system. (Photo from Manila International Airport Authority)

Originally intended as preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leader’s Summit in Manila in November 2016, the newly renovated interiors of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA) can now be enjoyed by passengers.

The renovations extend not only to the lobby, waiting areas, baggage claim areas, and boarding gates but also to the terminal’s electrical, mechanical, plumbing, ventilation, and toilet facilities. The improvements done by coffee place Starbucks on its architectural design and services are also something to look forward to in Terminal 1.

Mayor Estrada declared Rizal Avenue a no-parking zone

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Rizal Ave., Manila (Photo courtesy of Galo Pahignalo)

Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada bans parking along the entire stretch of Rizal Avenue in Manila starting September 15. The declaration is followed by a cleaning operation and towing of illegally parked vehicles in the said area. Rizal Avenue is a major highway and getting rid of parked vehicles will let the motorists use two lanes instead of just one.


Traffic in major thoroughfares remain heavy at rush hours

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Regular commuters are still advised to traverse major Metro Manila roads as early as possible before the traffic gets heavier. The rush hour usually occurs at 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Private vehicle owners should check advisories on road repairs, alternative routes, and expressways before hitting the road to avoid delays.

NAIA Expressway opens on September 22

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Photo courtesy of TigaSouth Ka Ba

The first phase of Ninoy Aquino International Airport expressway (NAIAX) opens on September 22. The expressway, which connects Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of NAIA, will be accessible to the public for free in a span of one month. The last installment of the project, which includes a link to Terminal 3, is expected to be finished before the year ends. The development of NAIAX is aimed to decongest traffic surrounding the nation’s premier airport.


MIAA implements stricter rules to avoid flight delays

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Photo courtesy of MIAA

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has been implementing a 5-minute rule to airlines before they can have a clearance for departure since September 1. The 5-minute rule suggests that an aircraft should be ready for takeoff the moment they ask for clearance.

The agency has also reduced the number of hours allotted for chartered and private flights. Aircrafts for these flights are not allowed to use the runways from 12 noon to 7:00 PM. Furthermore, only aircrafts that have originally placed a slot will be allowed to fly out.

Conclusively, a decrease in flight delays has been observed since the new regulation was implemented.


Warm weather despite rainy season in Manila

This will be a typically warm but not a perfectly sunny week for Manileños and tourists visiting Manila. Warm and humid air can be expected during the day while afternoon showers may occasionally persist throughout the week. Bringing of umbrellas and jackets or light cover-ups can be considered necessary.


Hotel Suppliers Show 2016

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The industry’s all-in-one expo (Photo from Hotel Suppliers Show Philippines Facebook Page)

The biggest Hospitality Sourcing Expo in the country is happening on September 22 to 24, at SMX Convention Center in Pasay, City. The event will be a full-blown showcase of the hospitality industry covering front designs and décor, food and beverages, and furniture and equipment, among others.

The exhibit schedules are 10:30 AM until 7:00 PM on September 22 and 23 and 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM on September 24. Registration and other details are available at their official website.

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About Karen Grace Libao
Karen writes for a living and for fun. She started her writing career in 2014 when she worked as Content Manager for a women’s website and never looked back since. On her free time, she tries to catch up on her current reads, seeing independently-produced films, watching theatre plays, and attending live music and open mic gigs. She dreams of becoming a published writer and film producer in the future.
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