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This Week in Metro Manila (April 03 to 09, 2017)

Temporary provincial south bus terminal moving to Pasay City

By: Patricia Marie Prado | April 03, 2017
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Courage is at the forefront as the country commemorates Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor this week. A new terminal for provincial bus will also be opening and international artists will visit the country this week.

Temporary Provincial South Bus Terminal Moving to Pasay City

April 2017 travel news Metro Manila

The terminal for provincial buses will move to Pasay City. (Image: Manila Bulletin)

A new provincial bus terminal will be opening on Pasay City on April 4. The move was initiated by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), as the contract in the original terminal located at Uniwide Coastal Mall in Parañaque City, has already expired and will no longer be renewed.

The new terminal known as the Southwest Integrated Provincial Transport System (SWIPTS) will temporarily have its new home at the lot adjacent to HK Sun Plaza. The lot owned by the MMDA will extend from Macapagal to Roxas Boulevard. Seventeen slots will be dedicated for loading provincial city buses, while 11 slots will be for unloading. Meanwhile, six bays will be allotted for city buses for both loading and unloading.

SWIPTS is part of the Integrated Transport System (ITS), a program initiated by the government to have three central bus terminals located around Metro Manila to help stabilize the traffic situation in the city.

Coldplay Live in Manila

April 2017 travel news Metro Manila

Coldplay to perform for the first time in the Philippines this week (Image: Coldplay Facebook page)

British rock band Coldplay will be heading to the Philippines on April 4, for their “A Head Full of Dreams” Tour, happening at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds at 8:00 PM. The previously sold out concert added more slots due to high demand. Tickets for Gold, Platinum, and VIP are still available.

Coldplay, formed in 1996, is known for their hit songs “Yellow,” “The Scientist,” “Paradise,” and “Sky Full of Stars” among others. It will be the band’s first time to play in the Philippines. They will also be stopping by Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan as part of the Asian leg of their tour.

Fifth Harmony: The 7/27 Tour

April 2017 travel news Metro Manila

Girl group Fifth Harmony will serenade their Filipino fans on the 5th of April. (Image: Smart Music Live)

American girl group Fifth Harmony will also be heading to the Philippines on April 5, at the Mall of Asia Arena at 8:00 PM. The concert will be part of the group’s “7/27” tour and it will be their first time to visit Asia.

Known for their hits “Worth It,” “Boss,” and “Work from Home,” Fifth Harmony became a worldwide sensation when they won third place in the reality television music competition show “The X-Factor USA” back in 2012. Members Ally Brooke Hernandez, Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, and Normani Kordei will be joined by Los Angeles-based Filipino group, The Filharmonic, on the 5th.

Weather advisory for April 3 to 9

This week in Metro Manila, the sun will still rule the skies but light rain showers could be abundant in the mornings. At night, prospects of rain and thunderstorm are a bit high but clear skies are still to be expected when the short rains have passed. Rain or shine, an umbrella will come in handy.

Araw ng Kagitingan

April 2017 travel news Metro Manila

Courage is at the forefront as the country commemorates Araw ng Kagitingan. (Image: PIA Bataan)

This week the whole country will commemorate the fall of Bataan on April 9, known as Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor, and will celebrate its 75th Anniversary. The special event remembers the efforts of the Filipino and American soldiers in Bataan during World War II against their fight with the Japanese Army.

April 9 is declared as a non-working holiday by virtue of Executive Order No. 203, series of 1987, and will fall on a Sunday. Araw ng Kagitingan also coincides with Philippine Veterans Week, celebrated from April 5 to 11, to honor the Filipino war Veterans who served and fought for the country.

A wreath laying ceremony for the 2017 Philippine Vetrans Week is scheduled at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio, Makati City.
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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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