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MANILA — Manila Pavilion Hotel recently unveiled the second phase of its renovation, which pays tribute to a significant person in the hotel’s history. “We are very proud because of this building, from the day that it was Hilton, has always been there and witnessed the significant events in this country,” said general manager Christopher…

FILM REVIEW: Miss Granny Philippines #WhatsUpManila

*Photo by VIVA Films MANILA — The trend of movie production nowadays usually revolves in superheroes, action-comedy, thriller, and romanticized loneliness and rejection, until August 2018 Filipinos finally had an option to watch a ‘different’ (a sort of) movie.  So it’s a breath of fresh air when CJ Entertainment of South Korea released a movie…

Pinoy travelers’ best option for buying foreign currencies

*Actual rate on the day of conversion according to XE Currency App: TWD 1 = HOVERS AROUND PHP 1.74 Top 3: Mabini Street, Manila money changers Just like you I also had my doubts on the legitimacy (based on the judgment of their shops) of local money changers in Mabini street. Well, I’ve tried it…

Online Martial Law museum launched vs historical revisionism

MANILA — A team from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) recently launched an interactive ‘online museum’ in their effort to educate the public on late Ferdinand Marcos’ reign as Philippine President and his implementation of Martial Lawwhich runs for another decade. Still in Beta versionthe site is easily accessible to everyone through any up-to-date internet…

Weekend crowd in Wawa mountains swells

RODRIGUEZ, RIZAL — Barangay Wawa is blessed with its four magnificent hiking destinations that share a common trail since it opened to the public years ago. Mountains like Binacayan, Pamitinan, Hapunang Banoi, Sipit-Ulang and as far as Ayaas’ trails begin at the tourism center of the small barangay. According to one of the local tourist officers,…

Media and academe unite to discuss disinformation in PH

MAKATI — Days after the Philippine senate’s probe on the proliferation of ‘fake news’ and license to ‘control’ media, major news outlets and universities held a conference on democracy and disinformation at Ateneo de Manila Rockwell campus last February 12 to 13, 2018.  The event organized by national daily, Philippine Daily Inquirer focused on how rampant disinformation…

#TGIF: Ayuntamiento de Manila is now open to the public!

MANILA– Four years after the reconstruction of the former seat of the 18th century Manila City Council, the general public can finally explore the beautiful Ayuntamiento building in Intramuros starting today, March 31, 2017.  In a tweet by Intramuros Administration, it showed a humble streamer that bares the announcement from Beareu of Treasury regarding the…

List of cancelled flights due to radar maintenance in March

MANILA– In relation to the announcement of scheduled maintenance of an air traffic radar in Tagaytay City, major commercial airline operators in NAIA cancelled hundred of flights from March 6 to 11.  Check the full list of cancelled flights below.  MARCH 6 Philippine Airlines 2021 – Manila-Masbate 2022 – Masbate-Manila 2265 – Manila-Naga 2266 –…

TEAM Mag & Blued launched first Filipino gay web series

MANILA — Blued and Philippines’ only gay magazine TEAM Magazine recently launched Hanging Out, a gay web series featuring  a twenty-something sketch artist, that becomes an accidental party-crasher when a Grindr hookup sends him to the wrong address. The awkwardness creeps in once everyone realizes the mistake. In an interview with CNN Philippines during the show’s premiere night,…

Lady Gaga and Adele mashup that you need in your cold December nights

MANILA — Famous Pop star singer Lady Gaga recently released her much anticipated album Joanne, the 14 song list include her hit Million Reasons that recently debuted its official music video in YouTube.  Meanwhile YouTuber Andy Wu somehow finally found the perfect material that would meet Adele’s Someone Like You. Yes, they fit just perfectly.  So here…

Burot beach owner preps for next phase of “development”

MANILA — The famed Calatagan’s “secret beach” or Burot beach is on temporary closure to make way for the privatization and development from its current owners.  According to claims, a unit of the holding company SM Investment Corporation acquired the property from Elizalde family way back in 2012. Turning it into another mixed luxury residential-resort complex…