Here are the TL:DRs of important things that happened this week.
University of Santo Tomnas (UST) now has a July to May schoolyear, while Ateneo de Manila University and all University of the Philippines (UP) campuses excluding its Diliman campus now feature an August to June academic calendar.
This change is meant to accommodate global alignment with most of the rest of the world, but many traditionalists and legislators do question if there are any tangible benefits to actually shifting the calendar, or if this is merely an accommodation for foreigner students who might wish to study in the Philippines.
Within the last few days alone, actor and activist Tado, veteran actor Roy Alvarez, and former child actress turned diplomat Shirley Temple have all passed away due to various causes. The last time celebrity deaths have been this glaring has probably been in 2009.
Tado’s case, in particular, was made a tad controversial when Willie Revillame was quoted by Ricky Lo as “shouldering the expenses” of Tado’s funeral arrangements, with specific amounts even mentioned.
Tado’s friends, particularly Ms. Gang Badoy-Capati and Mr. Dong Abay, have promptly denied this claim.
Just a day or two after everyone crucified the government for not helping Michael Martinez achieve his Olympic dream which allegedly led to his family mortgaging their house, it turns out that the Philippine Olympic Commission actually helped in financing his Sochi campaign, and the much-ballyhooed mortgage is now called into question.
Thousands injured in Tokyo due to worst snow storm in decades
Japan's Meteorological Agency has reported that as much as10.6 inches of snow fell on Tokyo over the weekend, the most in 45 years.
Citing that the game is “too addictive,” Vietnamese game creator Dong Nguyen removed Flappy Bird from the market despite making $50,000 dollars a day from it. This is strange, because his initial reasoning was that “Flappy Bird ruined my life.”
Funny how a guy named Dong got ruined by a Bird, isn’t it?
Voter registration resumes on May 6. Watch delinquent citizens fail to register until a day before registration closes. Again.
Because they managed to circumvent getting licenses, the LTFRB are cracking down against Uber and Tripid, two transportation apps that hope to somehow ease the traffic situation in Manila by offering high-tech carpooling or chauffeur services for multiple people in a coordinated, organized manner.
It’s good to know that the LTFRB has its priorities set straight, right?
In Mexico, at least, where a law has been passed banning certain names to protect children from being bullied.
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