Cloudy Friday for Luzon, parts of Mindanao
Don't be surprised if it suddenly starts raining in Makati. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), the country will experience cloudy weather starting Friday. Metro Manila, in particular, will have "partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains" and a temperature ranging from 24 to 34 degrees Celsius. If you have plans for this weekend, prepare to call them off in case the worst happens!
Holiday express buses expected to alleviate heavy Christmas rush traffic on EDSA
Stuck in the Christmas traffic? Rejoice, O shoppers, for the holiday buses have arrived. These buses will have special routes to accommodate commuters who are doing their last-minute shopping for the Yuletide season. Specifically, the routes will include:
- Route A1: Trinoma, North EDSA – Park Square Terminal, Ayala Center (Php80)
- Route A2: SM North EDSA – Glorietta 5, Ayala Center (Php80)
- Route B: SM Megamall – Park Square Terminal, Ayala Center (Php80)
As of this writing, they have yet to gain traction with commuters — presumably because of the lack of publicity. Perhaps you'd like to give them a try?
Montero driver in Iloilo reports sudden unintended acceleration case
If you're planning to buy an SUV this Christmas, don't buy a Mitsubishi Montero. Just this December 7, a driver from Iloilo City reported that his Montero experienced sudden unintended acceleration (SUA), which caused the vehicle to crash into the dining area and living room of his house. Fortunately, no one was injured.
However, social media has been chockfull of these SUA incidents involving the Montero lately. As of this writing, Mitsubishi has yet to acknowledge their responsibility for the incidents.
Pinoy develops wearable tech to save elderly from deadly falls
On a more heartwarming note, we have Simple Wearables CEO Angelo Umali. Reeling from an incident where his grandmother died a few days after falling in her home in the United States, Umali was determined not to have his other grandmother — or anyone else's grandparents — suffer the same fate. Thus, he invented Simple Wave, a device that sends message alerts to family members as soon as their elderly relative experiences a fall. This way, medical help can be called for immediately. (Now you know what to give your elderly relatives this Christmas!)
J.K. Rowling says Trump is worse than Voldemort. Polls show Americans agree.
Considering U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's stance on immigration, among other things, his success (or lack thereof) in the upcoming November 2016 elections will definitely impact Filipinos — a good number of whom migrate to the U.S. every year.
Recently, Trump has suggested that all Muslims be banned from entering the United States, prompting J.K. Rowling — author of the bestselling Harry Potter series — to tweet: "How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad." Apparently, Americans concur: According to candidate net favorability ratings from Real Clear Politics, Voldemort has a rating of approximately -10, while Trump has -20. Ouch!
Hold Uber, Grabcar vehicle processing
Do you use apps like GrabCar and Uber on a regular basis? Unfortunately, you might have to hold off on that for the time being.
That's because the Quezon City Regional Trial Court issued a 20-day TRO (temporary restraining order) on the "granting of provisional authorities to TNVS (Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS)." The court clarified that the TRO does not halt the operations of the aforementioned TNVS, but simply restricts the increase in the use of these services. This was granted after Pascual Magno, the president of STOP & GO, complained that their own taxi franchises have been affected by TNVS vehicles.
Maybe if their drivers started charging passengers more fairly, they would not have as much reason to worry about business?
New films beneath our Christmas tree
In the Philippines, there's a period around Christmas when foreign films are not allowed in any theater in the country. This 2015, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) will run from December 25, 2015 to January 7, 2016. So before that happens, make sure you don't miss out on the latest cinematic offerings!
For example, there's "In the Heart of the Sea" starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Thor: The Dark World), which tells the story of the incident that inspired Herman Melville's classic piece Moby Dick. There's also "Sisters" starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, where they play the titular sisters who throw one last hilarity-filled party before their parents sell their house. And, of course, you have remakes like "Macbeth" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." You can find all these films and more in the link above.
After reading this, we hope you have enough "conversation filler" to last you through the weekend. Have a great two-day break ahead, and Merry Christmas!