This Week Inside Manila: Black Hole Image, Minor Planets for Naga Students, BTS Comeback Album, and more
by Inside Manila Team, April 12, 2019 4:19pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
The second week of April just started right with a few out of this world news. See the first ever photo of the black hole, the minor planets named after Naga students, Beyonce’s Coachella documentary on Netflix, and more.
Here’s what went down Inside Manila:
3 minor planets named after Filipino students
It’s a galactic celebration!
Three minor planets were named after three Naga students from Camarines Sur National High School after they bagged a second place trophy in the 2018 Intel Science and Engineering Fair held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Students Eugene Rivera, Joscel Kent Manzanero, and Keith Russel Cadores received a certificate indicating the respective minor planet named after them and an orbital plot showing its current location.
The team’s winning design in the “Energy: Physical” category is a solar device developed using acrylic sheets, repurposed broken umbrella, and electric fan.
First-Ever Black Hole Photo Released
It looks like the Eye of Sauron
We now have solid proof of the existence of a black hole after a group of astronomers captured its first real-life image.
Scientists of the Event Horizon Telescope, a global network of telescopes, obtained the image combining the power of eight radio telescopes around the world. This created a virtual telescope as large as the Earth itself.
The image shows how light bends to a ring around the intense gravity of the black hole.
A black hole is a celestial body made of up of huge amounts of matter that creates an intense gravitational pull even light can't escape it. This image alone opens a new window studying this enigmatic celestial body.
BTS comeback album drops April 12
A mini-album and a new music video for a weekend treat!
The biggest Korean boyband to cover international waters and have an international mainstream status, BTS (BangTan Sonyeondan) will drop their latest album after a year of touring around the world.
Map of The Soul: Persona is set to drop on the afternoon of April 12. BTS fans (aka ARMY) all over the world are excited for the much-awaited “comeback” (K-pop fan term for new releases). Along with the album drop is a new music video release. Map of Soul: Persona album is expected to have seven new tracks, and is based on psychiatrist Carl Jung’s book “Map of the Soul.”
BTS is known to break boundaries with their songs about inclusivity, diversity, and mental health. Their third studio album Love Yourself: Tear garnered them nominations from Billboard and the Grammy’s.
Luzon Power Grid Placed Under Red Alert for 2 Straight Days
As if water shortage isn’t enough.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) raised red alert status in Luzon for two days straight as power supplies continue to thin with the increasing demand and usage especially as the summer season rolls in.
Specifically, a yellow alert notice from 8 am to 10 am and from 4 pm to 9 pm last April 10, and red alert from 10 am to 4 am yesterday, April 11.
A red or yellow alert means there is insufficient power supply in the grid. The red alert status was raised last Wednesday due to power demand that exceeds available generating capacity and projected low power supply reserves. Should this continue, there is a possibility of rotational brownouts to take effect according to Meralco.
Beyonce’s Netflix Coachella Documentary Premieres This April 17
The one and only Queen B.
Online Streaming giant Netflix released the official trailer of Beyonce’s Homecoming: A Film by Beyonceon April 8.
This documentary film presents an intimate and in-depth look at Beyonce’s historic2018 Coachella performance as the first black woman to headline the event. Her performance paid homage to the historical American black colleges and universities. The documentary will premiere on April 17.
Manila holds first ever First Cut Lab International Film Conference
Film knowledge from the best experts!
The Film Development Council of the Philippines organized Manila's first-ever First Cut Lab International Film Conference. The event will be on April 11 to 13 at the Alliance Francaise de Manille, Makati City.
ThisEurope-based project development and editing lab help Filipinos learn more about producing and developing films through talks from the film experts. Among the local filmmakers involved in the First Cut Lab are Pepe Diokno, Pedring Lopez, Armi Cacanindin, and Carlo Manatad.
Reconstructed Quirino Bridge II now open to motorists
More lanes, less travel time
Motorists traversing the Quirino Highway in Paco, Manila can now travel with ease as the construction of a six-lane Quirino Bridge II has been completed.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar on Thursday, April 11, opened the new northbound lanes of Quirino Bridge II. The 58-million construction project commenced in February 2018, with the three southbound lanes completed back in October 2018.
The Quirino Bridge II, also known as Concordia Bridge, is expected to lessen travel time of motorists driving in and out the South of Manila.
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