The past few months have seen a number of unprecedented changes in nearly every aspect of our lives. The ways we socialize, eat, go to work, travel, and more are all nearly unrecognizable when compared to our lifestyles six months ago, and we’re only beginning to scratch the surface. The effects of the global pandemic COVID-19 are far reaching, and are likely to be felt years and years into the future.
While we struggle to comprehend the depths of the pandemic’s impact on the Philippine economy, lifestyle, and education, there are certain sectors that have been harder hit than others. One of these sectors is, predictably, travel and tourism. Since flights first began slowing down and then stopping completely at the beginning of 2020, the industry has had to completely restructure. Here’s a look at just how the Philippine tourism industry has changed, and what it could look like in the future.
There’s no denying it: eSports have gone mainstream.
The significant presence of it in pop culture has added a new facet in the world of competitive gaming, rolling the red carpet for a new breed of cyber athletes and fans altogether. On the other hand, eSports still have the tendency to remain niched, in such a way that despite its legions of followers worldwide, there’s still the issue of inaccessibility.
This inaccessibility specifically affects beginners and/or novices who are looking for a nearby community that can cater to their needs, whether physically being with a group of people to play with (i.e. gaming nests) or enjoying a live major event with peers in sort of a sports bar.
Thanks to a host of different factors— changing norms, better technology, and, yes, a worldwide crisis— jobs where you can work from home have increased in number. It used to be that work was something you did in an office, but a changing culture is beginning to disprove that.
The last few months have seen an unexpected upending of the modern way of life. Countries all over the world have been instituting quarantine and lockdown efforts in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, now named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO). COVID-19, first described as a “pneumonia of unknown origin,” was first discovered in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China in late December 2019.
After its spread through mainland China and other countries, it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by WHO on January 30, 2020. By March 11, WHO declared it was a pandemic, urging countries to ramp up their responses to the virus in order to curb the spread. As of April 3, 2020, COVID-19 has infected over 1 million people worldwide, causing 53,238 deaths, affecting 204 countries and territories.
Fashion has always had its leaders, from style icons like
Twiggy in the 1960s to Kate Moss of the 1990s. These icons have shaped the
tastes of a decade, sometimes a generation, showing consumers what’s in and
what’s not. But as the Internet became more of a daily presence and the advent
of social media led to shifts in consumer habits, fashion has begun to change.
Social media has become an almost inescapable part of our
daily lives. Ever since the emergence of social media platforms in the late
90s, modern society has learned to connect and communicate in ways that would
have almost seemed impossible decades before. Social media influences the way
we speak, the music we listen to, where we travel, what we eat, and what we
wear— and at the forefront of that are the influencers.
With MMA slowly gaining popularity in the country, it’s only right that we should take a look at some of the biggest names in the sport currently. Here’s a list of the top 10 best Filipino MMA fighters in the country.
When you live in Metro Manila, heading out of your house means coming face-to-face with one of the most dreaded traits of the megacity: the infamous Metro Manila traffic. Every day, millions of travelers in and around the Metro struggle through one of the longest commutes in the world, with cars, buses, motorcycles, bikes, jeeps, and pedestrians all vying for space on the road. Over 370,000 vehicles daily pass through EDSA, Metro Manila’s busiest highway, and the metropolis itself has a population of 12.8 million people. If you’d like to know more about this perennial problem, or are stuck in traffic yourself, then here are ten top facts about traffic in the Metro.
There are tons of fitness fads that fade in and out of
popularity, but there’s one on the rise that looks like it’s here to stay.
Wall-climbing is an intensive, cardio-heavy sport that makes use of all your
muscle groups, so you get a full-body workout all at once. Climbers scale
vertical planes with the aid of grips or protrusions on the walls, holding
themselves up until they can find their next foot- or handhold. It’s definitely
not for the faint of heart, but it’s intense, fulfilling, and fun.
Health Fitness Revolution says that wall climbing combines cardio and strength into one workout, but that’s not the only reason why climbers climb. It strengthens muscles, increases flexibility and mental strength, and reduces stress, so if you’ve been looking for your newest workout, wall climbing might be the one for you. There’s also nothing like the feeling of pride after having accomplished a climb, which is enough to make enthusiasts come back again and again. Interested in capturing the experience for yourself? Check out this short list of places to get your wall-climbing fix in Metro Manila, strap on your gear, and climb!
If you haven’t been living under a rock the past few months,
you’d know that we’re only a few hours to the opening of one of the most
anticipated movies of all time. Philippine comic book fans, geeks, and casual
moviegoers all over the country are preparing to sit down to the final
installment to the current story arc in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers: Endgame. If you haven’t
bought your premier ticket yet, are killing time until your showing, or really
have been living under a rock, then take a look below at this brief
backgrounder into the movie event of the season.