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The Week Inside Manila:

Battle of Manila Bay,

Miss Intercon Victory, Cinemalaya

All-Access Pass, and More

by Maria Romero, February 01, 2019 5:45pm

Art by Dani Elevazo

News Bits

The Week Inside Manila: Battle of Manila Bay, Miss Intercon Victory, Cinemalaya All-Access Pass, and More

by Maria Romero , February 01, 2019 5:45pm

The long month of January is finally over. As we enter the love and arts month, three great news greeted us: the success of Manila Bay Clean up, Karen Gallman’s victory in Miss Intercontinental 2019, and a discounted all-access passes in Cinemalaya 2019! It seems like February will be an eventful month!

Here’s what went down this week:

Initial Phase of ‘Battle for Manila Bay’ Results In A Cleaner Coast
Our sunset center’s photogenic beauty is back!

The government scheduled to start the rehabilitation of Manila Bay with a clean up last January 27—thousands of volunteers and government workers were present during the cleanup. The initiative was then referred to as the "Battle for Manila Bay" This resulted to a garbage-free coastline to which many netizens captured and shared photos of and immediately went viral.

Private establishments which will be found polluting Manila Bay due to violations with environmental laws will pay a fine ranging from 20,000php to 200,000php per day or will be facing possible closure. The Aristocrat Restaurant, Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin Restaurant, and San Miguel by the Bay were already given cease-and-desist-orders after the restaurants were found dumping untreated wastewater into Manila Bay.

Discounted Cinemalaya All-Access Passes Are Now up for Grabs
What a treat!

In time for the 15th celebration of “Pasinaya Festival”, Cinemalaya announced on its Facebook page that Cinemalaya 2019 All-Access Festival Pass is on sale starting February 1 to 3 only for only 1,750php! You can get it at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Box Office in Pasay City from 9 am to 6 pm.

The all-access pass entitles holders for passes on all Cinemalaya films in 2019 and other CCP-produced events and shows.

OPM Rock Icon ‘Pepe’ Smith Passes Away at 71
Continue rocking in heaven

Original Pinoy Music rock legend Joey “Pepe” Smith, from the iconic Juan dela Cruz band passed away on Monday, January 28 at the age of 71.

The musician’s daughter, Daisy Smith-Owen, confirmed the news on Facebook.

Owen said in the comments section of her social media post that on Monday morning, her father had trouble breathing and was rushed to the hospital. However, more details on the cause of death are yet to be confirmed. Smith reportedly suffered a stroke in 2017, which impaired his speech. He also underwent cataract surgery recently.

Karen Gallman Wins the Philippines' First Miss Intercontinental Title
Mabuhay, Pilipinas!

After Catriona Gray's Miss Universe 2018 win, the Philippines rejoiced once again after Karen Gallman won the country's first ever Miss Intercontinental title last January 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Photo by Shara Balce/Inside Manila

The question that clinched her victory was: "How do you define success?" To which she answered: “For me, success is not just about winning in life but setting goals, smaller goals, and achieving your dreams and working hard for everything you want, and always looking up to God and being thankful for everything. For me, that is success.”

House Gives Final Nod to Medical Marijuana Legalization
It’s strictly for medical use

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill (HB) No. 6517 or a bill that would legalize and regulate the use of medical cannabis (marijuana) on Tuesday, January 29.

The proposed law seeks to help patients suffering from debilitating diseases and authorizes the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to administer marijuana.

It would also allow the availability of marijuana to qualified patients with IDs issued by DOH and a list of qualifications of physicians and caregivers allowed to prescribe medical marijuana.

El Niño Is Likely to Fall in the First Quarter of the Year Says Pagasa
Better to prepare now

Make the most out of the chilly nights ahead as the beginning of El Nino may come in the first quarter of the year, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Pagasa expects Abra, Bataan, Palawan, Ilocos Sur, and Zambales may have experience drought by the end of March. A drought climate can extend up to 5 months with 60 percent rainfall reduction for at least three consecutive months.

The ‘World’s Biggest Book Sale’ Returns to Manila
Two million books. 24 hours open for 11 days. One good cause.

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, deemed the world’s biggest book sale, is returning on February 22 until March 4 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. In a press conference last Tuesday, Big Bad Wolf Book Sale founder Jacqueline Ng expressed her regards towards the warm response Filipinos gave at last year’s edition.

“We had such an exciting time in 2018 and we are thrilled to return to the Philippines this year. We’re happy to continue our long-term commitment to make books affordable and accessible,” she said. Big Bad Wolf Book Sale has partnered with Gawad Kalinga once again to bring said advocacy to fruition.

French ‘Spider-Man’ Scales Makati Tower
GT Tower management is pushing for trespassing and reckless endangerment violations

56-year-old “French Spider-man”, Alain Robert was in custody on Tuesday morning, January 29 after scaling the 47-story GT Tower along Ayala Ave. Makati.

In an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for “most buildings climbed unassisted”, Robert claimed he was unaware he was committing any violation as he had scaled other high-rise buildings in other countries: Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The Frenchman is notorious for climbing tall buildings around the world using only his bare hands and a bag of chalk for grip. His 30-minute climb caused traffic and commotion on the Makati CBD. The Makati Fire Department was quick to take action providing inflatable rescue cushion in case of an accident.

What other interesting news did you encounter this week? Share it with us using the hashtag #InsideManila

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