If you think this month's been nothing but bad news, think again. We bring you no less than 8 news pieces, designed to help you end your month with a smile. Because hey, you can never be too positive in this nation.
EDSA-Whiteplains Closed Today
It's the anniversary of the People Power Revolution, which means it's a special non-working holiday per Proclamation No. 1071, s. 2015. What does this mean for you, you ask? Well, aside from commemorating the time when Filipinos successfully ousted a dictator from the country, it also means you'll have to watch out for re-routed roads, like the intersection of EDSA and White Plains Avenue.
"Heneral Luna" Bags Asian Film Awards 2016 Nominations
"Heneral Luna" has yet another achievement under its belt. Aside from becoming the highest-grossing Filipino historical film of all time, and getting praised by publications from abroad, this movie about the eponymous general now has a chance to win at least one of 3 awards from the 10th Asian Film Awards. Specifically, John Arcilla is a nominee for "Best Actor," Carlo Tabije is a nominee for "Best Costume Design," and Benjamin Padero — along with Tabije — are nominees for "Best Production Design." Wonder who else they're up against?
First Dengue Vaccine Available in PH
After decades of claiming the lives of innocent people, dengue has finally met its match. Last February 11, the Philippines hosted the launch of Dengvaxia, the world's first-ever dengue vaccine. This is good news, especially in a country where dengue cases jumped to 200,000 in 2015 from 120,000 in 2014. Unfortunately, as with any new medical breakthrough, Dengvaxia still has side effects that researchers have yet to iron out.
Uberhop Carpooling Service Now Available in BGC and Makati
Tired of overcharging taxi drivers? Don't know which bus/jeepney/MRT to ride on what route? Thanks to Uber, there's now an affordable (and fun!) alternative to both of these. For only Php75 per ride, you can share with other commuters a la an FX van, and find your way around Makati and Bonifacio Global City. However, as with anything good, there's a catch. (Clue: It has something to do with schedules, availability and pick-up points.)
"Star Wars: Episode 8" Details Revealed
After smashing box office records worldwide, Disney's "Star Wars" saga is set to return to your movie screens on December 15, 2017. It was supposed to be released on May 2017, but the script was allegedly rewritten to the point that delays in production were inevitable. Actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia from Episodes 4 to 7, also tweeted an image of a director's style chair, where the working title for Episode 8 was printed. Can you guess what it is?
Miss Universe 2015 Gets Invited to Final Fantasy Event
It seems the world has yet to recover from "Wurtzbach fever." (That's our official name for the Pia Wurtzbach phenomenon, at least.) After revealing in a Reddit AMA that she's a big fan of the Final Fantasy video game series, particularly the eighth installment, the half-Filipino half-German beauty received an invitation from Square Enix to attend the Final Fantasy XV event in March. Needless to say, cuteness and exchange of inside jokes ensued.
Shinagawa Expands Operations to PH
That headline is true, in more ways than one. After testing Philippine waters with a small clinic in Makati, Shinagawa officially brings its eye surgery services to the country. The Japanese company, considered the largest Lasik eye surgery provider, cited the Filipino youth's "exposure to the computer" as one of the reasons eye health is getting poorer and poorer. Now that they have a new branch in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, things are looking brighter (pun intended) for the visually impaired in the country.
Ayala Museum Runs Exhibit by Renowned Photographers
Take a break from shopping in Ayala's high-end Greenbelt, and drop by the Ayala Museum. From the time of this writing until March 27, you'll be dropping your jaw at the works of master photographers.
For example, remember the Afghan girl with the piercing green eyes featured on National Geographic? Well, it's by Steve McCurry, one of the five creators of the museum's The World We Live In exhibit. Along with Sebastian Salgado, Robert Polidori, Edward Burtinsky and Annie Leibowitz, McCurry will show you images from around the world capturing the essence of humanity.
People with Internet access now number 3.2 billion, as of 2015, according to a study sponsored by Facebook. As for the remaining 4.1 billion, however, they have no way to go online. Whether this is an accurate, honest report about the state of humanity's digital interconnectedness, or a not-so-subtle means for an online company to assess their target market, is up for interpretation.
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