The Week Inside Manila: Pia Wurtzbach’s Wax Figure, No Shorts Policy in Caloocan, MRT Week-Long Shutdown and More
by Sherry Tadeja, March 29, 2019 5:15pm
Pia Wurtzbach’s Wax Figure, No Shorts Policy in Caloocan, MRT Week-Long Shutdown and More
As we close the first quarter of 2019, news of empowerment around the metro is still buzzing. It’s a mix of ups and downs and next month will be full of exciting news as we officially enter the summer season.
Here’s what went down this week Inside Manila:
Pia Wurtzbach is the first-ever Filipina to be made into a wax figure
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is the first-ever Filipina to model for a wax figure at the renowned wax museum chain Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong.
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Pia’s wax figure replicates the moment where she crowns her predecessor, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at Miss Universe 2016 wearing a Swarovski-embellished royal blue gown by Michael Cinco.
The wax figure will be available for public viewing at the #PiaMadeIconic Travel Festival on March 29 at the SM Mega Fashion Hall before it is permanently displayed at the museum in Hong Kong.
Caloocan City Mayor Clarifies the City’s “No Shirtless & No Shorts” Policy
The ordinance existed for 11 years already.
The government of Caloocan City clarified on Wednesday that its residents are not prohibited to wear shorts in public places after their 11-year-old ordinance resurfaced and enraged social media users through GMA’s report below.
Ordinance 439, or the Caloocan City Dress Code in Public Places was passed on Nov. 6, 2007, to prescribe “appropriate” and “acceptable” manner of wearing clothes in public places in the city. In a statement posted on the Facebook page of Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan, he clarified the 2007 dress code requires the residents, especially in government offices to be "decently attired," but it does not prohibit to wear shorts. Mayor Oscar Malapitan also said he would push to revoke the ordinance prohibiting women from wearing shorts in public in Caloocan City. “I stand for equal rights to freedom and I believe that all women should be respected no matter what they wear,” Mayor Oca said. Meanwhile, on the issue of sexual harassment on women, the City Mayor encouraged victims to stand up for themselves and report to the police.
MRT Schedules maintenance shutdown during Holy Week
No trains for one week
Operations of the Metro Rail Transit-3 will be suspended starting April 15 (Holy Monday) and will last until April 21 (Easter Sunday) for its annual maintenance work—this will include structural and electrical fixes.The Department of Transportation (DoTr) said the “degraded” condition of the MRT-3 will need a longer maintenance break than the five-day maintenance break in 2018.
HEADS UP:— DOTr MRT-3 (@dotrmrt3) March 19, 2019
MRT-3 will have its annual general maintenance shutdown (Holy Week shutdown) from Holy Monday, April 15, to Easter Sunday, April 21. pic.twitter.com/6hEtcZJJXT
As of this week, passengers still suffer from long lines and unpredictable train breakdowns. We’re hoping this maintenance break will improve the situation of the public transport; the MRT-3 caters to half a million passengers daily with only 15 trains running.
Operations will return to normal on April 22 (Monday).
Lawton Avenue road closure makes way for Proclamation Rally
"Ganito kami sa Makati"
Makati City announced on Wednesday, March 27, that the stretch of Lawton Avenue will be closed to motorists from 7 a.m. of March 28 until 6 a.m. on Saturday.
The road closure—covering Kalayaan Avenue to J.P. Rizal Extension in Barangay Northside—comes to pave way for a Proclamation Rally of former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Makati Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay, and Team Performance candidates for the May elections.
The Makati Public Safety Department has advised motorists to take alternative routes.
SC opening it's first electronic library to public use
Finally, after 15 years!
The Supreme Court (SC) has announced on Tuesday its electronic library will be open to the public for free soon.
The actual opening of the e-library is expected to coincide with the High Court’s redesignedwebsite launch on or before the court’s 118th anniversary on June 11. In a press statement, the high court said proper registration and documentation are required to access the top court’s online database.
Supreme Court grants free public access to electronic library https://t.co/XXuBYUxTKL— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) March 26, 2019
SC e-library contains decisions and resolutions from 1901 up to the present including court rulings and laws, bench books, catalogs of court libraries, index to Philippine periodicals, and a “Memorabilia Room” of the past and retired SC Justices. Launched in 2004, it is the brainchild of Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.
Meet 'Cheese in the Trap's' Seo Kang Jun this summer
Outshine the summer sun with this Korean Charmer
Korean Superstar Seo Kang Jun is bringing his charm in Manila with "The Last Charm: Seo Kang Jun Live in Manila!" Get to know more about this actor who gave life to hit K-drama series Cheese in the Trap, Entourage, Are you Human, too?, and The Third Charm on May 25, 2019, 6 p.m., at the New Frontier Theater (formerly Kia Theatre) in Cubao, Quezon City. Tickets for the one-night-only engagement is now on sale; tickets start at 3,000php.
Philippines' Toyo Eatery named as one of the 50 best restaurants in Asia
Filipino foodies rejoice!
The Philippines' very own Toyo Eatery made it to the 50 Best Restaurants in Asia, specifically at the list’s 43rd spot.
The list was announced at a ceremony in Macau last Tuesday, March 26.
Jordy Navarra, Toyo Eatery's chef and founder, established the restaurant in 2016 at 2316 Chino Roces Ave, Makati, 1231 Metro Manila. Since then, it offers dishes that are "steeped in the country's identity, but modern in flavor and presentation."
Among the lauded dishes are Toyo Eatery's Three-cut Pork BBQ Silog and the dessert duo off charred cassava cake and chocolate bonbons filled with fish-sauce salted caramel.
Meanwhile, Singapore's Odette topped this year's 50 Best Restaurants in Asia.
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