This Week in Metro Manila (May 21 to 27, 2018)

Airline news and PAL domestic flights updates are the focus this week!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | May 21, 2018
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The rains will get frequent in the next few weeks.

Summer is ending soon. After months of intense heat in the metro, the rainy season is expected to come in the latter parts of May. While the thunderstorms are not here yet, Manileños can get to enjoy the clear and dry weather by heading to several new spots like the newly-opened National Museum of Natural History. Commuting to the museum might be a little easier now as transport service Grab has improved some of its services. Meanwhile, for those flying this week, note the new terminal assignments of PAL flights bound for Cagayan de Oro and Puerto Princesa in NAIA.

Weather: Rainy season nears as warm weather continues

While the previous week’s heat wave made every Manileño sweat, this week’s weather will be a mix of both dry and wet as thunderstorms are forecast to occur during the latter parts of the week. Expected temperature for the week ranges from 33 °C to 35 °C and a cloudy and possibly wet weekend awaits those who are planning for a grand weekend getaway [1].

Speaking of wet weather, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the rainy season is just around the corner and might occur after the last weeks of May. In the previous weeks, several downpours have already occurred all over Metro Manila despite the sweltering heat. PAGASA explained that this is a normal occurrence during summer due to the evaporation and condensation brought about by the intense heat. [2] The rainfall is set to continue in the following weeks in anticipation of the rainy season.

Traffic News: Grab releases new interface and upgrades for passenger safety

Grab updated its interface and improved some of its features, including a sleeker user interface which lets the users navigate the app more easily. A new help center is also included, and it lets users report incidents and drivers without using a third party app such as social media. The in-app emergency button will now also let passengers directly contact 911 and send in-app text messages to emergency contacts. Currently, only the iOs version of the app has this feature, but the update will be available in Android devices by July this year [3].

Travel Updates: PAL gets new airbus; National Museum of Natural History finally open

Philippine Airlines acquires new airbuses

Twenty-one of Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) airbus A321neos will arrive in Manila and will be deployed all over Asia and Australia. The 168-seater A321neos will have inflight wi-fi, personal TV screens on every seat in all the cabin classes, and full-flat business class seats [4].

New Terminal Assignments for some PAL domestic flights

PAL’s Manila to Cagayan de Oro and Manila to Puerto Princesa flights have been transferred from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 to Terminal 2. According to PAL’s advisory, passengers arriving in Terminal 2 can get the transfer service if their connecting flights are in Terminal 3.

National Museum of Natural History now open to the public

The National Museum of Natural History is finally open to the public. It is the newest museum among other national museums such as National Museum of Fine Arts and National Museum of Anthropology. The Museum of Natural History will house exhibits that highlight unique flora and fauna in the country. Just like the other national museums, the entrance is fee for every visitor [5].

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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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