April 2019


When Shake Shack finally opens its doors to the public, expected long queues apparent at Central Square in Bonifacio Global City come May 10th. “Did ya hear? We’re opening on May 10 at Central Square BGC!” read a post on the Shake Shack Philippines Facebook page on Monday. The famous American burger joint was brought to the country by the luxury retailer SSI Group. As the first Philippine branch of

taxi app

Popular ride-hailing firm Grab Philippines stated Monday having updated its policy to include a P50 fee for cancellations and no-shows to curb “unreasonable” behavior. Penalties will apply to passengers who dismiss a ride 5 minutes after acquiring a driver and for passengers who fail to show up at the pick-up points within 5 minutes upon arrival of their GrabCar booking. Whereas, the window is shorter at 3 minutes for GrabShare.


Around 18 mild shakings of tectonic origin hit Surigao del Norte from the dawn hours till mid-morning on Monday, April 29, Phivolcs cited. A Phivolcs earthquake bulletin noted a 3.7 magnitude quake at 12:34 am on Monday, with epicenter at 60 km southeast of General Luna town of Surigao del Norte, and a depth of 12 km. It was then followed by a series of much milder quakes at 30

Department of Foreign Affairs

Teodoro Locsin Jr., Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary pleaded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Libya to evacuate to the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli amid the rising violence in the north African nation. Locsin posted in a tweet late Sunday, “Please go to the embassy, I beg you.” Locsin’s plea comes following an earlier post by Chargé d’Affaires Elmer Cato, asking Filipinos working at the Ali Omar Ashkr Hospital in Esbea to


Former Governor Eleandro Madrona’s camp admonished the Sandiganbayan to hold the private complainant of his fertilizer fund scam case for indirect contempt for citing his pending graft charge at a Facebook group. A petition filed on April 15, where Madrona named the Sixth Division to order respondent Lyndon Molino “to immediately stop” discussing his case in public. He stated Molino should also be penalized with a fine not more than

fire in building

In the middle of the summer heat, a fire seethed through the top floors of a 21-storey residential building in Manila on Monday, killing an elderly woman and injuring five other people, authorities said. Mayor Edwin Olivarez stated over phone that more than 100 firetrucks engaged the blaze at the Pacific Coast Plaza condominium in Paranaque city, where one lane of a coastal road along Manila Bay was closed due

gold medal

A 14-year-old barefoot runner Leslie de Lima seized the first gold medal in the 2019’s Palarong Pambansa. The Bicolana athlete surpassed the 3,000-meter run Monday at University of Mindanao Sports Complex in Davao City. This marks the second time that Davao hosts the Palarong Pambansa, which involves student-athletes from the 17 regions of the Philippines. First hosted the annual multi-sport event in 1950. De Lima effectively defended the title she


Oil prices to jack up on Tuesday, April 30, as petroleum-exporting countries continue to suppress supply. Oil consortiums, Shell and Petro Gazz declared on Monday, April 29, that gasoline prices will be increased by P0.75 per liter, while diesel will be hiked by P0.80 per liter. Shell is to implement a P0.90 per liter increase for kerosene while Petro Gazz has no kerosene products. Other oil companies are expected to

Nadine Lustre

Nadine Lustre received the award for “Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” in the last 67th Filipino Academy of Arts and then Sciences, Sunday. She received her special performance as “Joanne” in the movie “Never Not Love You.” “Oh my God , I do not really know what I feel now. Combined emotions,” said the 25-year-old actress in her speech. She did not forget to thank her

philippines flag

Under President Rodrigo Duterte, via an independent Philippine foreign policy led, “to a new height of diplomatic relations”. As Malacañang stated on Sunday as the Chief Executive returned from a three-day trip to China. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo stated Duterte’s presence at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum provided the country an opportunity to work towards a shared goal of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and prosperity. “Our countrymen are