The Week Inside Manila: Game of Thrones Teaser, Passport Data Breach, Visprint Closing, and More
by Maria Romero, January 18, 2019 4:50pm
winter is coming
This week may not have kicked off with a great start because of the trending government blunder involving passport data. But luckily, something has to happen to consolidate our dread—the much-awaited Game of Thrones teaser. Yay!
Here are what went down under Inside Manila’s radar this week:
Department of Foreign Affairs Receives Backlash From Alleged Data Breach
There's another government fiasco
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is facing backlash after DFA Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. revealed through his personal Twitter account that the agency’s former data security contractor took all their security data: passport holder’s name, age, address, photograph, signature, and other identifying information.
Because previous contractor got pissed when terminated it made off with data. We did nothing about it or couldn't because we were in the wrong. It won't happen again. Passports pose national security issues and cannot be kept back by private entities. Data belongs to the state. https://t.co/8vsN96jqij— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 8, 2019
Senators, Philippine National Police, Defence Department, and National Privacy Commission are set to investigate the issue.
Safe Streets and Public Spaces Bill Approved on Final Reading
House Bill 8794 or the “Safe Street, Public and Online Spaces Act,” sponsored by Senator Risa Hontiveros and Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, is now approved on its third and final reading in Congress. Hopefully, it may be signed into law this year.
The bill tags catcalling, gender-based discrimination, and other forms of sexual harassment like whistling and sexist slurs, both online and in public as criminal offenses. Fines for the offense range from 30,000php to 500,000php and up to 20 days to four years of imprisonment depending on the severity of the violation.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Releases Teaser Trailer; Confirms Premiere Date
Can it be April 14 already?
After almost a year of waiting and a painful bit-size clip last week, Game of Thrones finally released the official teaser trailer of the final season which made all the waiting (and conspiracies) worth it. To top it all off, a release date.
The one minute and a half trailer showed the “Starks” (Arya Stark, Sansa Stark, Jon Snow) walking in the crypts of Winterfell passing the significant dead members of their house. In the end, ice enters the crypt showing the much evident and powerful enemy Westeros will face soon. Mark your calendars, Game of Thrones Season 9 will premiere on April 14.
The National Museum Planetarium Reopens
Be one with the universe
Two months after it was closed for repairs, The National Planetarium is now open again for the public from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is still free, but planetarium shows have rates of 50php for regular viewers, 40php for senior citizens, and 30php for students with valid ID.
Visprint Turns Final Page
It's always sad to see a publishing house cease its operations
Visual Print Enterprises, Inc., a.k.a. Visprint, a publication behind Bob Ong’s books, announced on Facebook they are officially shutting down. The reason being, two of its founders are set to retire in 2021. Visprint will no longer publish new titles but will continue to sell existing ones such as those of Ricky Lee, Eros Atalia, and Manix Abrera, until supplies last.
Egg Beats World’s Most-Liked Instagram Photo
Step aside, Kylie
We're still a few weeks into January and a photo of an egg is already crowned the most liked photo on Instagram. As if this year’s not confusing enough, right? The stock photo has surpassed Kylie Jenner's most liked photo of an actual human being with her actual human baby. The egg has over 47 million likes—that's more than any other post online ever. And the numbers still keep growing as of the time of this writing.
Ariana Grande to Release New Song
Way to go, Ari!
Ariana Grande has been dropping hints about her new song "7 rings" for weeks now, and while in 2018 she gave us the ultimate moving on the song ‘thank u, next,’ this new bop is all about women empowerment. Ari shared on a tweet, her new single was inspired by a memorable shopping trip with her friends after her split with Pete Davidson. We’re excited to see Ari dismantle the patriarchy while dancing around bathe in pink light this January 18, Friday night US time.
Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino happening in September
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) announced that the third Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino will happen on September 11 to 17. The film festival is moved to September in time for the celebration of Philippine Cinema’s centennial anniversary.
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