Tara drawing tayo! 5 ways to make your long weekend memorable

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019   •   1335

It’s almost the end of the year, have you gone on vacation yet? Have you been anywhere else besides your bed or the kitchen?

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It’s not bad to unwind once in a while especially with all the stress from work or school. We have listed a few fun activities you can do with your friends, loved ones, or by yourself—self-love.

Take a hike!

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Spend time with nature. Hiking has been one of the popular activities today because of the breath-taking views to enjoy with good company. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about the local culture.

READ: Shinrin-yoku: How to remove stress through forest bathing

You can become a joiner through various hiking groups on Facebook and make friends with new people. This is also a good exercise but be sure to be well-prepared before hiking. Check the itinerary that will be given by hiking organizers and re-check your stuff before leaving.

If you’re uncomfortable talking to strangers you can just reconnect with nature without the need to become social, no one would mind.

Just dive in!

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If climbing mountains seems too tedious for you, just get the classic vitamin sea instead. Nothing beats a good old beach vacation. Imagine yourself dipping in fresh saltwater or making sandcastles. Also, budol fiigghhtt!

You can also enroll in free-diving lessons and enjoy an underwater experience. Be a mermaid for a day! Just make sure you have the proper training before diving in—safety first!

Nurture your culture!

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You can also try immersing yourself in art. The Philippines has interesting museums you can explore. Some of them are even offering free entrance—yay! Free stuff.

Spend your vacation touring Manila, track the roots of Filipino culture and appreciate the art that embodies it. Looking at art can also have a calming effect. Some museums even offer fun activities like painting, origami, or seminars.

Eat to your heart’s content!

If museum hopping isn’t triggering your excitement then try food exploring! Every city in the country has its own best food destination — it’s not just Maginhawa anymore.

Spend your vacation trying some of the best foods that the Philippines can offer. Imagine yourself as a well-known chef in search of the most delicious bites. Create a memorable culinary experience by going to the unfamiliar. Is there a food that you haven’t tried before?

Home sweet home

What else is there to say? Food, check! Entertainment, check! Comfort, check!—AAC

DOH, DOT probing claims female from US skipped quarantine rules to attend party

Robie de Guzman   •   December 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday said they are now investigating claims that a female traveler from the United States violated quarantine protocols and attended parties in Makati earlier this month.

In separate statements, the DOH and DOT said they are verifying the report in coordination with concerned agencies.

“The DOT is in touch with the concerned authorities to validate reports regarding an individual who was allowed to leave a quarantine hotel before finishing the prescribed quarantine period,” it said.

“The hotel in question is currently being investigated and has been served a Notice to Explain (NTE), directing the establishment to submit its response to the allegations within three days,” it added.

The DOH said that non-adherence to COVID-19 guidelines and policies constitutes a violation of Republic Act No 11331 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act of 2018.

The law provides fines and imprisonment, as well as administrative penalties such as suspension or revocation of accreditation depending on the gravity of the offense.

“The DOH, the Bureau of Quarantine, the Department of Tourism, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Transportation, and the Philippine National Police shall ensure that violators shall be dealt with in accordance with the law,” the agency said.

The DOH also appealed to the public to not become complacent and “deliberately put others in danger” by violating protocols.

“The entire nation worked so hard to keep our cases down. Following minimum public health standards however comfortable at times, our healthcare and frontline workers working overtime to save lives, our LGUs, and the rest of the government carefully crafting policies so that we can balance health and economy – these are just some of the sacrifices we make so we can recover from the pandemic, return to work and safely open up schools and establishments,” it said.

The agency also reminded the public to exercise caution in joining gatherings, particularly when it will involve individuals who have recent travel or exposure history.

“We also ask LGUs to strictly implement current guidelines. Keeping cases low and hospital admissions manageable is a whole-of-society effort,” it said.

“The DOH encourages the public to report individuals, establishments, or LGUs violating quarantine protocols to local authorities to ensure its proper implementation and further prevent transmission of COVID-19,” it added.

Number coding scheme sa Metro Manila, suspendido sa holidays – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Suspendido ang pagpapatupad ng modified unified vehicular volume reduction program (MUVVRP) o number coding scheme sa Metro Manila sa ilang petsang deklaradong holiday ngayong buwan.

Sa abisyo ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), hindi iiral ang number coding scheme mula alas-singko ng hapon hanggang alas-otso ng gabi sa mga sumusunod na pets:

• December 24, Biyernes
• December 30, Huwebes (Rizal Day)
• December 31, Biyernes

Wala ring number coding sa December 25 at January 1, 2022.

“Ibig sabihin, ang mga sasakyang may plakang nagtatapos sa 7 at 8 na sakop ng coding tuwing Huwebes (Rizal Day); at 9 at 0 na sakop ng coding tuwing Biyernes ay maaaring bumiyahe sa mga lansangan ng Metro Manila buong araw,” ang pahayag ng MMDA.

Telcos at internet service providers, pinaghahanda para sa holiday online traffic surge

Robie de Guzman   •   December 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Inatasan ng National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ang mga telecommunication company at internet service provider (ISP) sa bansa na palakasin pa ang kapasidad ng kanilang internet at broadband services.

Ito ay bilang paghahanda sa inaasahang pagtaas ng online traffic ngayong holiday season.

Ayon sa NTC, marami ang magsasagawa ng virtual gatherings ngayong Disyembre dahil na rin sa nagpapatuloy na banta ng COVID-19. Inaasahan rin ang mataas na usage rate ng video call at conferencing na nangangailangan ng malakas at maaasahang internet connection.

Kaya dapat ay naka-alerto ang telcos at ISPs upang masegurong maayos ang serbisyo at maiwasan ang downtime.

“During the period from December 17, 2021 to January 07, 2022, please observe a heightened level of emergency preparedness to ensure minimal disruption and downtime strictly complying with the prescribed service performance standards at all times,” ayon sa NTC.

“You are hereby directed to fast track your maintenance efforts, increase internet/broadband capacities, and ensure that business continuity and disaster recovery protocols are in place and functioning, 24/7,” dagdag pa ng ahensiya.

Una nang hinimok ng Department of Health ang publiko na gawin na lamang online ang selebrasyon sa halip na magtipon ng pisikal ngayong panahon ng holiday upang makaiwas sa banta ng COVID-19.

Noong nakaraang taon, nagpalabas rin ng kahalintulad na kautusan ang NTC upang matiyak na matatag ang serbisyo na ibinibigay ng mga telco at ISP bunsod ng mataas na demand sa internet sa bansa.

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