5 Filipinos Named as Top 100 Scientists in Asia
Who says Filipinos aren't inclined towards STEM? Certainly not Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay, Angel Alcala, Edgardo Gomez, Gavion Trono Jr. and Ramon Barba. All of them have garnered prizes for their work in 2014 or 2015, which is the main criterion for inclusion in the list. They also ranked pretty high, with Barba in third place, Alcala in seventh, Gomez in ninth, Lagmay in 10th and Trono in 12th. Awesome, right?
Acting Makati Mayor to Implement SMAC
Makati residents, rejoice: Your card privileges are about to get better. According to mayor-in-charge Romulo "Kid" Peña, his administration is on Phase 1 of the Smarter Makati All-in-one-Card (SMAC) project, which will allow citizens to benefit from multiple social services using a single card. There's no official launch date yet, but we hope it'll be sometime in the near future — preferably within the year!
Filipino Documentary Nabs Prize in Taiwan Film Festival
You may have heard about Jaclyn Jose, the first Southeast Asian to win the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress. But did you know about Hector Barretto Calma's "Murmurs from the Somber Depths of Sta. Mesa" and Perry Dizon's "Of Cats, Dogs, Farm Animals and Sashimi"? While the former didn't take home a prize, the latter managed to get a "Jury Special Mention" at the 10th Taiwan International Documentary Festival held last May 15.
Filipino-Americans to Celebrate Philippine Independence Day in San Francisco
This June 12, Filipinos — or Americans of Filipino descent — will commemorate their country of origin's independence through a large, colorful celebration in the Bay Area. Featuring outdoor festivals, concerts starring Lani Misalucha and Martin Nievera, and more, the KalayaanSF event is a must-attend for anyone who has patriotism flowing through their veins.
Makati Pilot Tests Disaster Risk Reduction Framework from Sendai, Japan
As a country close to the so-called "Ring of Fire," the Philippines is particularly vulnerable to the effects of strong earthquakes. That's why it — along with Pakistan and Indonesia — was chosen by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) to pilot test the Sendai Framework Local/Urban Indicators in their respective cities: Makati, Islamabad and Yogyakarta.
Meralco Charges Lowest Electricity Rate in Six Years
Despite the presumably wide use of air conditioners this season, customers will see a 41-cent/kWh reduction in their electricity bill this May. According to the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), this is due to the "downward movement in generation, transmission, taxes and other charges." Apparently, this hasn't happened since January 2010, but we're sure customers wish it would happen a little more often.
New York Exhibit to Showcase Philippine-Inspired Works by Grade School Students
On June 2, at 10:30 A.M. to 12 P.M., the Asia Society Museum will hold an exhibit called "Inspired by Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms." Created by grade school children, the exhibit aims to showcase how the artists derived inspiration from the museum's previous "Philippine Gold" exhibition. (If that's not a reason to be "Proud to be Pinoy," we don't know what is.)
PAG-ASA: Out with El Niño, In with La Niña
The good news is, the searing hot days are over. The bad news is, the days of cold and floods are about to begin. At least, that's the prediction made by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) regarding the country's climate in the upcoming months. In case the worst-case scenario (read: typhoons) happens, here's our handy-dandy guide to dealing with typhoons in the Philippines.
Uber Opens Additional Shuttle Services in Makati, BGC and Quezon City
Stressed out by Metro Manila traffic? Stress no more, as Uber adds more routes within the central business districts of Bonifacio Global City, Makati and Quezon City. Specifically, if you're going to commute between 6:30 to 8:30 A.M., you can catch a shuttle service from TriNoma to Tower One (Ayala Avenue) or Net Quad along 31st Street.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System to be Implemented Within 2 to 3 Years
Speaking of traffic woes, the new administration — or, at least, Francis Yuseco Jr. of Philtrak — promises to end it all within the next three years. If the next administration greenlights the massive bus rapid transit (BRT) system, 96 new buses serving one million passengers a day will travel elevated routes and drop off at designated points.
And that's it for the news items to close out May 2016. We hope you derive as much pleasure from reading them as we did from compiling them. If you have any thoughts at all about any of these, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments!