This Week Inside Manila: Earthquake, Avengers: Endgame, First Local Hybrid Train, and More
by Inside Manila Team, April 26, 2019 6:40pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
We’re on the last week of April, and a few top fleet news from the nationwide earthquake to the groundbreaking opening of Avengers: Endgame to wrap up the month.
Here are the latest happenings this week:
Multiple Earthquakes felt in different parts of the Philippines
Everyone is advised to stay calm and be ready.
Multiple parts of the Philippines experienced magnitudes of earthquakes this week.
On Monday (April 22), a 6.1 quake hit Manila and surrounding Luzon provinces. It prompted high-rise and other older buildings to do a checkup on structures and maintenance.
The following day a 6.3 earthquake was recorded in the Visayas region, Samar province was hit the most with five death tolls and dozens trapped under a collapsed supermarket building; the quake also created panic over a tsunami, but no tsunami warning has been raised by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
A moderate quake was also felt in Davao City on Wednesday, April 24 and in Ilocos Norte on April 26, Friday.
National roads and bridges affected by quake now passable
Kudos to national disaster response!
All national roads and bridges affected by the April 22 earthquake are now accessible to the public, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar stated on Friday, April 26.
The DPWH Quick Response Teams were able to act immediately after the shocks in the National Capital Region, Regions III, and IV-A, Eastern Visayas, Surigao del Norte, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental.
The DPWH-NCR chapter found upon general inspection that three out of 275 bridges—Guadalupe Bridge (Makati City), and Tinejeros and Tanza Bridges (Malabon City)—were slightly affected by the earthquake. The quake also affected fifty-three out of 452 school buildings.
Avengers: Endgame sets records high number for the global launch
The last installment of global-phenomenon Marvel's Cinematic Universe's Avengers: Endgame hits its first day with record-breaking numbers.
BOX OFFICE: #AvengersEndgame is shattering records overseas, bringing in $169 MILLION in its opening day (25 major markets).— DR Movie News (@DRMovieNews1) April 25, 2019
• China $107.5M
• South Korea $8.4M
• Australia $7M
• France $6M
• Italy $5.8M
• Germany $5.6M
• Philippines $3.9M
• Hong Kong $2.7M
Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/50KxtB8XPQ
Avengers: Endgame earned $169 million already on its first release in China, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines among other countries.
Its first day on China was the most impressive with a whopping $107.5 million.
Film critics are also predicting Endgame will surpass its own numbers in the box-office hit movie Avengers: Infinity War.
First Pinoy-made hybrid train makes an inaugural run
It’s 100% local!
The first-ever Filipino-made Hybrid Electric Train (HET) was officially launched on Wednesday, April 24 through an inaugural run from Philippine National Railway’s (PNR) Alabang to Biñan station.
Developed and produced by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the fully air-conditioned hybrid train is equipped with sliding doors, LED tv sets, and CCTV system. It can accommodate up to 1,000 passengers along the PNR’s Alabang to Calamba line.
Passengers will catch free rides for 19 days starting May 6 as part of the HET’s 150-hour validation testing phase.
United Nations' latest draft report: One Million Species at Risk of Extinction
Many experts think a so-called "mass extinction event" is already underway.
The warning of a mass extinction comes from a forthcoming United Nations report catalogs how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its survival depends.
150 experts from 50 countries prepared a product of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem (IPBES), with the help of another 250 contributors.
The pace of loss "is already tens to hundreds of times higher than it has been, on average, over the last 10 million years," the report states. It added that unsustainable human activity already has "severely altered" 40% of the marine environment, 50% of inland waterways, and three-quarters of the Earth's land. By the year 2100, activities such as pollution and overfishing may drive more than half of the world's marine and land species to extinction.
The final document is due out May 6.
Beyoncé drops surprise album after ‘Homecoming’ release
Queen Bey back at it again
Just when we thought we wouldn’t have Beyonce music in our summer playlist, Queen Bey dropped a surprise 13-track album Lemonade following the release of her Netflix documentary, “Homecoming.”
Although three years late of its release, Beyoncé latest album explores marital infidelity issues and unapologetically being a person of color as a homage to her Houston roots. It also features the original demo of the track “Sorry”.
Stream Lemonade here:
Taylor Swift Collaborates With Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie
We are ready for a new era of Taylor Swift!
Two years since she released "Reputation," Taylor Swift is back with new music!
Swift collaborates with Panic! At the Disco frontman, Brendon Urie, as part of her seventh studio album. Brendon is featured in Taylor's new song "ME!". Its track and visual was out on all platforms on April 26, midnight Eastern Time.
Last week, Swift posted pastel-colored images on her Instagram with the same caption: "4.26," indicating the countdown of her latest album. One of her latest posts was a butterfly mural launch in Nashville, Tennessee. Fan theories suggest this could be a symbol of transformation from her dark “Reputation” era.
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