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Besides Poblacion Girl’s hotel, others apparently have pay-to-skip-quarantine schemes, too. Now what?

DOT confirms something we’ve suspected all along: Hotels are accepting bribes to allow travelers to skip quarantine. And it’s not just that Makati hotel where the Poblacion “patient zero” stayed

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What’s a granular lockdown again and how is it different this time?

Basically, COVID-19 hotspots in NCR will be locked down while the rest of Metro Manila is under a more lax general community quarantine

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Another ECQ violator battling mental illness is killed. This time, by an armed tanod

An armed tanod shoots a scavenger with mental illness dead. But why does he have a gun in the first place, despite it being illegal? Let’s go back to a 2018 statement by Pres. Duterte

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Officials debunk ‘no bakuna, no ayuda’ and other reasons behind vaccine site frenzy

People rushed to Metro Manila vaccination sites a day before the implementation of ECQ out of fear that they will not be allowed out or will not receive aid. Local government officials are now saying these are just rumors

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Growing up, holding on to friends, and the beauty of low-maintenance friendships

When it comes to low-maintenance friendships, Carole King put it best. “All you have to do is call, and I’ll be there.”

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Even with masks on, fragrance TikTok will convince you to wear perfume anyway

Surviving quarantine (in the mental and emotional aspect) is all about finding what brings you joy. Fragrance TikTok has a lot of that

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Went on an island vacation before GCQ? You can still fly back to your home in NCR+

The Civil Aeronautics Board through an advisory said NCR+ residents will just need to present proof of residency—NCR+ being Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna

Will Metro Manila ease into MGCQ this year? NEDA says it’s possible

Despite confirmed cases of the new COVID-19 variant, NEDA is confident that Metro Manila can be placed under more lenient quarantine measures

Revenge spending might be the one thing ruining your budget this pandemic

No, not spending money for months isn’t an excuse to break your budget and buy everything in your cart

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These hospitals and clinics offer at-home COVID-19 RT-PCR testing

The swab tests from these hospitals and clinics are administered by certified medical practitioners