Water Rates to Rise in April
With the summer season upon us, Metro Manila's main water companies are expected to raise their rates in the next month. Customers who use Maynilad's services will see a 15-centavo increase on their bills (assuming they use at least 10 cu.m.), while those who use the services of Manila Water Co. will see an increase of 59 centavos for the same usage rate.
11 Filipinos Make It to Forbes' 2016 "World's Richest" List
To wit, the Filipinos who cracked Forbes' annual list include Henry Sy (SM Group), John Gokongwei Jr. (Robinsons Malls), Lucio Tan (Philippine Airlines, Philippine National Bank), George Ty (Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company), David Consunji (DMCI Holdings), Andrew Tan (Megaworld Corporation), Tony Tan Caktiong (Jollibee), Enrique Razon Jr. (International Container Terminal Services, Inc.), Lucio and Susan Co (Puregold Price Club), Robert Coyiuto Jr. (Coyuito Group of Companies) and Manuel Villar (Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc.). Interestingly, nine of the entrants are of Filipino-Chinese descent, one is of Spanish descent (Razon) and only one can be considered "fully" Filipino (Villar).
National Museum Open to All Filipinas (For Free) This March
In lieu of National Women's Month, all female visitors can enter the National Museum in Manila for free from March 1 to 31. The same applies for National Museum branches in Angono-Binangonan Petroglyph Site, Butuan Kabayan, Kiangan, Vigan and Tabaco City. Since March 31 is today, take advantage of this awesome opportunity while it lasts!
The Philippines Launches Its First Homegrown Microsatellite
Proudly developed by Filipinos, the Diwata-1 makes history as it launched alongside the Cygnus resupply cargo ship last March 23 (Philippine Time). The microsatellite contains a high-precision telescope, a multispectral imager and a wide field camera to help resupply the International Space Station (ISS) on March 26. Its developers cheered Diwata-1's takeoff, as they watched the launch from their base in Japan's Hokkaido and Tohoku universities.
Apple Unveils Smaller iPhone and iPad
Despite its current entanglement with the FBI, the Steve Jobs-founded company remains unfazed. Apple recently released the iPhone SE, with a screen size of 4 inches (smaller than the iPhone 6 series which had screen sizes between 4.7 and 5.5 inches). Meanwhile, the latest version of the iPad Pro measures 9.7 inches, down from the 12.9 inches of its predecessor.
Sony to Launch Virtual Reality Device in October 2016
Looks like tech geeks have much to be happy about. Aside from the latest Apple devices, the much-anticipated Sony PlayStation VR device will hit stores this October. At a list price of $399, it's more affordable compared to the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. However, gamers have to make a trade-off in return for that lowered price.
Il Divo to Perform in Manila on April 6
Head over to the Meralco Theater in Pasig City, and be serenaded by this dashing quartet of tenors from the UK. As part of their "Il Divo Amor & Pasion Tour 2016," the band will perform intimate numbers like the tango "Por Una Cabeza" as a group, and solo songs by each member. To purchase tickets, log on to https://smtickets.com/events/view/4299.
8-Hour Movie "Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis" Now Showing in Select Theaters
No, that's not a typo: At eight hours, "Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis" (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery) is an epic story about the search for the corpse of Andres Bonifacio — the foremost hero of the Philippine Revolution — by his widow Gregoria de Jesus. If you can't sit that long in the theater, don't worry: The film will be divided into three parts, each clocking in at over two hours each. For more details, check out the Facebook pages of the movie and Star Cinema, respectively.
Hashtag #IfDisneyPrincessesWerePinay Trends on Twitter
What if the Disney princesses lived in the Philippines? Filipino Twitter users posted an array of hilarious answers, ranging from "Cinderella wouldn't make it to the ball because of traffic" to "(Ariel) and Snow White would be fighting it out in singing battles (in karaoke joints)." Incidentally, two of these princesses — Jasmine and Mulan — were given their singing voices by Lea Salonga of Miss Saigon fame.
Manila Hoists Security Alert After Brussels Bombings
Over the Holy Week, Manila saw police officers on high alert, following the attacks on Brussels last March 22. Since Christians were expected to fill up churches during Lent, they'd be more vulnerable to similar incidents, according to Manila mayor Joseph Estrada. Thankfully, there have been no untoward incidents to date, and we hope the police will keep up the good work in the future.
So that's our final post for the month. As always, we hope you've enjoyed this piece as much as you enjoy Makati. Let us know what you think of this post, or if you have any ideas for future posts, drop us a line in the comments!