The Week Inside Manila: Facebook's Clear History Feature, Filipino Films on Netflix, MRT Subway Construction and More
by Inside Manila Team, March 01, 2019 5:22pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
February ended with announcements about traffic, social media, and a reunion of our favorite childhood boy group. We bid the love month goodbye as we say hello to March.
Here’s what went down this week:
Jonas Brothers Reunite With Brand New Song
Now we’re speechless, over the edge and just breathless because of this reveal!
Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas popularly-known as the Jonas Brothers are back! Even better, the trio reunites with a comeback single "Sucker" after nearly six years apart.
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They revealed their comeback in a two-minute teaser on James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke". In the teaser, Corden asks "Is what I think is happening is it happening?" the boys in return answered "Yup, we're back" in unison.
The band is set to reveal “Sucker” Friday midnight.
An “Anti-Palo” Bill is Now in the Works
No more palo!
“Anti-Palo” Bill, a measure sought to prohibit parents from resorting to corporal punishment to disciple their children, has been vetoed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 23.
The measure hopes to promote "positive and non-violent discipline" and protect children from degrading acts such as kicking, beating and slapping, and non-physical forms of violence like embarrassing a child in public and cursing as forms of punishment.
Metro Manila Subway Project breaks ground
A pipe dream turned reality
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) officially started construction of the Metro Manila Subway on February 27 in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City.
The Metro Manila Subway Project is the most ambitious infrastructure project unveiled in the "Dutertenomics Forum," held on April 18, 2017, to address the poor infrastructures in the country. The subway system will span 15 stations from Quezon City to Pasay and Taguig, all connected through a 36-kilometer rail line.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, said the subway system, with the use of Japanese tunneling expertise, will cut Quezon-Taguig travel time to 31 minutes—accommodating around 370,000 commuters daily.
More Pinoy Flicks are Available on Netflix
Brb, downloading for our commute
Watching Angel Locsin do that iconic hair drag scene is now available for viewing anytime and in HD—thanks to Netflix's new roster of local content.
From the iconic Four Sisters and a Wedding, historical films such as Goyo down to your LizQuen or KathNiel based-kilig movies, we now have a handful of local films to binge-watch this weekend. Thank you, Netflix!
FYI, a bunch of Filipino films just arrived on Netflix. Get on it, folks! pic.twitter.com/PtwPNJ2lgm— Kuhang Kuha (@KuhangKuhaFilms) February 27, 2019
DICT, Facebook work to take down ‘Momo Challenge’ in PH
Beware of your children’s activity online!
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Thursday said they are working with social media giant Facebook to block all “Momo Challenges” in their platform after the death of a child who allegedly joined the viral online challenge.
Momo challenge features a doll figure with dark, bulging eyes, gaping mouth, and bird’s legs the users to commit dares that may inflict harm to themselves. The Momo character is based on the Japanese sculpture "Mother-Bird" by Keisuke Aisawa.
New Muntinlupa Museum soft launch
Another reason to go down south!
Inspired by early traditional fishing contraptions used in the area, the local government of Muntinlupa envisioned a whopping 3,000 square meters city museum by the shore of Laguna de Bai; the new museum boats its infusion of history, interactivity and communal spaces—complete with interactive galleries for kids and kids-at-heart, a research center, and a state-of-the-art 200-seater theater.
The project was created to provide a venue for discovery and creativity. Presenting the history and culture of Muntinlupa from the pre-colonial era to the present, it not only showcases heritage but provides areas for contemporary artists and temporary exhibitions. In line with the city’s 24th founding anniversary, Museo ng Muntinlupa will have their soft launch this March 1.
Facebook will launch Clear History feature this year
Hurrah for safer browsing!
The popular social network site Facebook will soon add a new feature later this year.
Facebook will launch its Clear History tool, a privacy feature, which will let its users control browsing history on Facebook. It will be a simple way to clear cookies and history whenever you want. There is still no information on how this tool would work, but it will affect Facebook ad's businesses.
The Clear History tool was first promised last year in May.
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