The Week Inside Manila: World Street Food Congress in October, Dot’s Barabara Font, Extended Maternity Leave, and More
by Inside Manila Team, February 22, 2019 5:55pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
February's getting interesting as the month comes to a close. Big events and news are coming our way!
Here’s what went down this week:
World Street Food Congress returns to Manila in October
The World Street Food Congress returns to the country this year! This time, they will bring the event to Bonifacio Global City in October. World Street Food Congress gathers together street-food merchants from all over the world, making up a big food festival.
WSFC19's theme is "Street Food Roads to Success", involving inspirations and opportunities since the event is a platform for those who are in the food industry.
List of participants and dialogues will be announced soon!
Iconic Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85
The fashion industry mourns.
One of the most influential fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld died on Tuesday, February 19 in Paris, the Chanel fashion House of Paris to CBS News confirmed the news. According to the latest reports, Lagerfeld died from an eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
From 1983 to 2019, Lagerfield served as the Creative Director of a renowned and profitable luxury brand, Chanel, French label Cholé, Italian Fashion House Fendi, and his own eponymous line.
The prominent artist, photographer, and costume designer was credited with taking Chanel from its floundering perfume sales to an industry leader about years after the death of its founder, Choco Chanel.
DOT’s It’s More Fun campaign takes on a new font, Barabara
The iconic jeepney signage font “Barabara” relaunched the Department of Tourism’s "It’s More Fun In the Philippines 2019" campaign. According to DOT, the new design is rooted in traditional motifs and colors of the country. Along with the font is a new logo inspired by local woven textiles symbolizing the country’s diverse culture and DOT’s fun, contemporary, and more sustainable offerings for this year’s tourism campaign.
Barabara has 27 characters and comes complete with local symbols and is free to download at DOT’s website.
Super Snow Moon rises above PH, world
Hope you watched the sky this week!
The Snow Moon on Tuesday, February 19 peaked and lit up the sky, much to the delight of sky watchers across the globe.
The full moon of February peaked at around 358,000 kilometers away from the Earth’s orbit, appearing about 10 percent larger than an average full moon. The Snow Moon is the biggest and brightest full moon of 2019. The next full moon, the Worm Moon, will rise on March 20.
Maternity Leave is Officially Extended to 105 days
Good news, moms!
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) bill into law on February 22. The law grants additional maternity leave benefits to working mothers, from 60 to 105 days.
Single moms also get an additional 15-day paid leave days under the EML law. All new moms have the option to extend their maternity leave for 30 more days but without pay under the new law provided they provide due notice 45 days before their maternity leave ends.
Seven days out of the 105 paid leave days may be transferred to new fathers. That’s on top of the seven-day paternity leave that’s already mandated by law, new dads who are married and are living with the new mom and their newborn child can only claim which.
Metro Manila Subway’s ground-breaking ceremony happens this February
Metro Manila subway’s much-awaited groundbreaking ceremony is slated to happen this February 27.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) confirmed on Thursday, February 21 that the estimated 355.6php-billion project will have 15 stations from Quirino Highway to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay.
As part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s "Build, Build, Build" program, DOTr said the subway will be fully operational by 2025 serving 370,000 daily passengers.
Any other interesting stories you encountered this week? Share them with us!