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WATCH: ‘Avengers’ stars have message for Filipino moviegoers

MANILA — Cast members and the directors of “Avengers: Endgame” thanked Filipino moviegoers in a video message released Friday as the mammoth film broke box office records here after its April 24 opening day.

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1,800 hurdle 2018 Bar

MANILA, Philippines — A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) topped the 2018 Bar examination, the results released yesterday by the Supreme Court (SC) showed.

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'Extremely Severe' Cyclone Fani Makes Landfall on India's Coast

(NEW DELHI) — Cyclone Fani tore through India’s eastern coast on Friday as a grade 5 storm, lashing beaches with rain and wind gusting up to 205 kilometers (127 miles) per hour and affecting weather as far away as Mount Everest.

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Drake Dethrones Taylor Swift to Win Most Billboard Music Awards of All Time

Drake has good reason to be all up in his feelings tonight. The Scorpion rapper officially dethroned Taylor Swiftat the 2019 Billboard Music Awards as the artist with the most awards ever from the show.

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LOOK: Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner tie the knot in Las Vegas

MANILA, Philippines —Joe Jonas, one of the Jonas Brothers and “Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner have tied the knot.

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Still KD at the helm as Warriors score wire-to-wire win over Rockets for 2-0 lead

OAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant scored 29 points and established an early defensive tone against James Harden, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Houston Rockets 115-109 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

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Facebook Dating: 9 things you need to know

Now that Facebook Dating has launched in the Philippines, you probably have some burning questions, such as: Will my parents see this?

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‘Pagod na ako sa laro’: Baron Geisler to wed psychologist-girlfriend

MANILA — Baron Geisler is set to wed his partner of eight months, psychologist Jamie Marie Evangelista, the actor has confirmed.

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Phivolcs monitoring possible magnitude 8 tremor after quake swarm off Surigao del Norte

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it continues to monitor a possible magnitude 8 earthquake following the more than 600 aftershocks connected to a magnitude 5.5 tremor that struck the coast off Surigao del Norte last week.

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LIST: Cebu Pacific cancels dozens of flights on April 28 - 30

MANILA -- Dozens of Cebu Pacific flights have been canceled from April 28 to 30, the country's largest carrier said Sunday.

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Taylor Swift wears Filipino-designed dress in new ‘ME!’ music video

MANILA, Philippines — International pop star Taylor Swift has released the music video of her new single, “ME!,” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, on Friday, catapulting her at the top of Twitter’s hottest topics for the day.

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The cast of Avengers: Endgame recaps the entire Marvel franchise

The cast of Avengers: Endgame recaps the entire Marvel franchise by singing their own superhero version of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire."

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Uni Student Rushed To Hospital After Crying Non-Stop During Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is all everyone is talking about right now and it makes sense because the hype on social media has been through the roof ever since the first trailers began to drop a few months ago! This movie is said to be the longest and the most emotional one, and even Chris Evans cried six times watching the movie! But is it really that emotional?

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Scottie bought Digos lot with first Ginebra paycheck. His dream house now sits there

SCOTTIE Thompson is among the people who don’t just have dreams, but they do what they can to turn them into reality.

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'Avengers: Endgame’ rakes in P205M on opening day

“Avengers: Endgame” raked in P205,676,345 across 970 screens on opening day. It is the biggest opening of a Marvel film in Philippine cinemas, breaking the opening day record of 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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"Avengers: Endgame" first reactions are here: "Everything you want it to be and more"

More than a decade in the making and 22 movies later, "Avengers: Endgame" made its premiere Monday in Los Angeles. Some critics raved about the last film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe saga on social media.

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Why was Pampanga worse hit by quake than Zambales epicenter?

MANILA - Zambales’ topography spared the province from being devastated by a 6.1-magnitude tremor that flattened some structures of neighboring Pampanga province, state seismologists said Tuesday.

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Clark International Airport heavily damaged by quake

MANILA, Philippines — The Clark International Airport in Pampanga province, which serves as an alternative to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, will be closed for 24 hours after being heavily damaged in the wake of a powerful earthquake that rocked Luzon Monday afternoon.

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Red Cross: 59 injured, 19 still missing in Porac after quake

MANILA, Philippines — At least 59 persons were reported injured while 19 others were still missing in Porac, Pampanga, after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook several parts of Luzon, according to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

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Magnitude 6.1 quake jolts Luzon, rocks Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines (4th update, 6:56 p.m.) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake was felt in parts of Luzon Monday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

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Fresh arrests as Sri Lanka Easter attack toll hits 290

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – The death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically on Monday, April 22, to 290 – including dozens of foreigners – as police announced new arrests over the country's worst attacks for more than a decade.

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Coco Martin speaks out amid rumors Julia Montes giving birth

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Coco Martin called out unnamed detractors for talking about his private life after rumors circulated that his girlfriend Julia Montes recently gave birth and that he was the father.

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She thought it was a scam: ‘Yolanda’ survivor wins P25M

MANILA, Philippines — Sometimes she would look at her parents and wonder how she could give them a better life. Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) destroyed their home, and they haven’t really recovered from the tragedy.

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Goodbye, Brangelina: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie divorce finalized

MANILA, Philippines — More than two years after they filed for divorce, Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are now officially single.

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After backlash, Glutamax sorry for 'discomfort' over online whitening ads

MANILA -- Whitening brand Glutamax apologized Monday for the "discomfort" caused by its "#YourFairAdvantage" online campaign over the weekend.

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‘That set the bar’: Pinoy dance crew gets perfect 100 from ‘World of Dance’ judge

MANILA — “That set the bar.” These were the words of “World of Dance” judge Ne-Yo as he locked in his score for Filipino dance crew VPeepz after their April 14 performance.

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Kobe Bryant said last month he wouldn't become Lakers GM

Magic Johnson stepped down as president of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, a vacuum at the top of the Lakers basketball operations department.

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FAFSA Put A Latina On Notice After She Posted Her Lavish Prom Video That People Read Too Much Into

In late March, 17-year-old high school student Lizbeth Rivas opted to have a video taken of her prom experience, instead of traditional photos.

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BLACKPINK Makes Coachella History as First K-Pop Girl Group to Perform at Festival

BLACKPINK just made Coachella history. Jennie, Rosé, Lisa and Jisoo became the first K-pop girl group to play Coachella when they took the stage at the festival in Indio, California, on Friday.

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'Hala kaliit': Duterte twits Jim Paredes over video scandal

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte took a swipe at musician and critic Jim Paredes after the latter figured in a video scandal.

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Kris Aquino withdraws theft case vs Nicko Falcis in Mandaluyong

MANILA, Philippines — “Queen of all Media” Kris Aquino has withdrawn her theft complaint against her former business partner Nicko Falcis in Mandaluyong.

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Kylie Verzosa confirming relationship with Jake Cuenca?

Is Kylie Verzosa finally ending speculations about her and Jake Cuenca?

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LOOK: Enrique Gil celebrates birthday in Bali with Liza Soberano

Enrique Gil welcomed his 27th birthday last March 30 in Bali, Indonesia, alongside Liza Soberano.

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Jinkee Pacquiao denies Claudine Barretto owes her money

3 Apr – Jinkee Pacquiao has recently dismissed rumours that Claudine Barretto owes her a lot of money.

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Kai Sotto arrives in Atlanta Hawks facility for first step of NBA journey

KAI Sotto has taken his first step in his quest to be the first homegrown Filipino player in the NBA as he arrived in a US training facility late Tuesday night (Manila time).

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‘Di pa na-elect, nagnakaw na’: Raymund Marasigan slams politicians using unauthorized pop songs as campaign jingles

Rock musician Raymund Marasigan took a jab at political candidates who use popular songs without permission as campaign jingles: “dipa naelect nagnakaw na.” (You have not even been elected yet but you already steal.)

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‘We’re soaring, flying’ as Miley Cyrus tags Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens in video

MANILA, Philippines — Miley Cyrus woke the sleeping Wild Cats’ as she posted a video on Twitter with her singing High School Musical’s “Breaking Free.” She even tagged ex-couples Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens

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Curry on wearing contact lenses: 'Like a camera lens when you put it in focus'

STEPH Curry has already established himself as arguably the greatest shooter in NBA history.

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Ogie Diaz, Jerrold Tarog on Liza’s exit from ‘Darna’: Her health is more important

Actor-talent manager Ogie Diaz and director Jerrold Tarog aired their sentiments after Liza Soberano withdrew from Philippine superhero film project “Darna.”

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LOOK: Yasmien Kurdi graduates magna cum laude

Yasmien Kurdi finished her undergraduate studies with honors — no mean feat as a working student, mother and wife.

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Magic Johnson steps down as Los Angeles Lakers chief

Magic Johnson stunned the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday after resigning from his role as president of basketball operations at the struggling NBA giants.

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House help, nanny, seamstress now a magna cum laude

Cebu City, Philippines — Grace Labrador Bacus of Talisay City has gone through the toughest times just to finish her studies.

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Las Vegas Fil-Ams involved in murder-suicide

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Two Filipino-Americans were involved in what authorities consider to be a murder-suicide case on Wednesday morning.

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Playing at home court, PH athletes bat for overall win at SEA Games

MANILA – Filipino athletes are raring to win big at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games later this year with the country’s hosting of the 11-country meet.

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MICHAEL JACKSON TO REMAIN IN ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Michael Jackson will not be ejected from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, even after allegations of abuse were made about him in the new documentary Leaving Neverland, a representative said.

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WATCH: Duterte, Robredo send birthday greetings for Vice Ganda

MANILA - It's not every day that you get a birthday greeting from the president and vice president of the Philippines.

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Filipino netizens fume over Lonely Planet video featuring Banaue Rice Terraces

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Travel guide Lonely Planet is in hot water for publishing a video that claimed the famed Banaue Rice Terraces, dubbed by some as the "Eighth Wonder of the World," were built by the Chinese. The video was a feature on the "world's greenest places."

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Tricycle driver sa umaga, estudyante sa gabi.

Tricycle driver sa umaga, estudyante sa gabi. 'Yan si Generito Yosores, 64-anyos, at ngayo'y magtatapos na sa kursong Education (major in English) sa Western Mindanao State University-Molave sa Zamboanga Del Sur.

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LOOK: Teacher from Sultan Kudarat creates over 50 portraits for her students as graduation gifts

In 2018, Mailyn Esquelito Akoy made the rounds on social media after speaking proudly about her inspirational feat in life — having graduated from college through the hard work of her father who works as a “kargador” or porter.

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Maymay Entrata, aminadong challenging ang role sa 'MMK'

Challenging ang gagampanang role ni Maymay Entrata sa "Maalaala Mo Kaya." Gagampanan ni Maymay ang kuwento ni Judith Manap, isang katutubo na sumabak sa isang beauty pageant sa Mariveles, Bataan.

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'No steel plates': Officials insist new motorcycle plates are safe

MANILA - Transport authorities on Tuesday defended anew a new law that requires motorcycles to have bigger, readable, and color-coded number plates, amid protests from motorcycle riders.

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Conor McGregor retires from MMA again

'I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as 'Mixed Martial Art' today,' says McGregor in a shock announcement

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PDEA chief: 20 actors, 11 actresses on drugs watchlist

MANILA, Philippines — Twenty actors and eleven actresses are among the 31 celebrities on the government’s drugs watchlist, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino said Wednesday.

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Maine Mendoza brings Arjo Atayde as date to college reunion

MANILA, Philippines — Kapuso actress Maine Mendoza and Kapamilya actor Arjo Atayde were spotted anew in a theme park in Pasay.

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Justin Bieber puts music on hold while struggling not to fall apart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Teen hearthrob Justin Bieber has told fans he is putting new music on hold while he struggles with “deep rooted issues” that he hopes will stop him from falling apart.

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'No Window Hours' enforced on major roads, Mabuhay Lanes: MMDA

MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday reminded motorists that the “No Window Hours” policy will be strictly enforced in all major thoroughfares and in roads identified as Mabuhay Lanes.

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EPD Chief yearns for implementation of new motorcycle plate law amid another EDSA shooting

Following the drive-by shooting that killed a policeman on Tuesday; the chief Eastern Police District recommends the implementation of the new law which requires motorcycle to have bigger and color-coded license plates both in front and in the back.

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Katy Perry Cries Tears of Joy After This 'American Idol' Surprise Proposal -- Watch!

American Idolgot really romantic with a heartfelt expression of love on Monday's new episode.

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Heat back in playoff position

Dwyane Wade and the Heat trip the Mavs to reclaim the No. 8 spot in the East...

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Maine Mendoza hailed as Box Office Queen

MANILA, Philippines — Kapuso actress Maine Mendoza was awarded as the country’s Box Office Queen for the movie “Jack Em Popoy: The Pulis Credibles” in the recently concluded 50th Box Office Entertainment Awards of the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

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Kathryn Bernardo voted Favorite Trending Pinoy

MANILA – Kathryn Bernardo was voted the Favorite Trending Pinoy artist at this year’s Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.

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'Asia's Got Talent': 10-year-old Pinay gets standing ovation

The acts from the Philippines turned out to be the standouts from the second batch of semifinalists, as fans saw on Thursday's episode of "Asia's Got Talent." Junior Good Vibes, from Sampaloc, Manila, were sent straight to to the grand finals by the judges, while 10-year-old singer Eleana Gabunada got a standing ovation for her cover of "Defying Gravity."

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Jason Kidd mentioned as 'serious candidate' for Lakers coaching job

MANILA, Philippines – With the Los Angeles Lakers embracing the inevitable path away from the playoffs, team management is already looking forward to the next season.

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Lakers win again as LeBron torches Kings with triple-double

MANILA, Philippines – LeBron James recorded his eighth triple-double of the season to lift the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings, 111-106, on Sunday, March 24 (Monday, March 25, Manila time).

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Nagsalita na! Toni Fowler shares her side of the story

Toni Fowler aired her side of the story amidst the Jelai Andres and Jon Gutierrez controversy. She revealed that Jon also fooled her and made her believe that he was already separated with then girlfriend Jelai Andres in 2016.

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5 dead, 10 wounded as van flips over at NLEX

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Five people were killed and 10 were wounded after their vehicle flipped over while passing through an elevated portion on the northbound side of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Apalit, Pampanga around noon Saturday.

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Tanod sa Cebu, cum laude sa kursong civil engineering

Estudyante sa umaga, tanod sa gabi. "Lodi" kung ituring ng kaniyang mga kaklase at guro ang tanod ng Barangay Kalubihan na si Janryll Tan na nagtapos na cum laude sa kursong civil enginerring sa isang kolehiyo sa Cebu.

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Duterte to get over P100,000 salary hike

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will finally get a P102,000 monthly salary increase this year after approving the release of funds for the fourth tranche of salary hike for government officials. Duterte recently signed Executive Order No. 76 to ensure funding for the fourth tranche of the salary increase this 2019, as the passage of the national budget this year remained stalled.

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Pagsagip sa dayuhang muntik malunod sa BORACAY nag-viral

Nag-viral ang ginawang pagsagip ng magnobyo sa isang dayuhang nawalan ng malay at muntik nang malunod sa Boracay.

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Kathryn, Daniel have decided not to accept projects together in 2019

MANILA – Kathryn Bernardo revealed that she and boyfriend Daniel Padilla have agreed not to do any projects together for 2019. She made the statement through an open letter which Preview magazine published online on Tuesday.

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Daniel tells Kathryn: 'I love you very much'

MANILA - Kathryn Bernardo tried to hold back tears as she listened to Daniel Padilla’s birthday wish for her. The sweet moment happened after her production number on “ASAP Natin ‘To” on Sunday where she danced to Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.”

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How San Beda Alabang cheer captain fights body-shaming, leads team to victory

How does one become a cheerleader? Does one have to fit a certain image or stereotype? As San Beda Alabang’s Junior Red Lions team captain Edgael Galimba, 16, has happily realized, one doesn’t have to be a typical cheerleader. In most people’s eyes, she doesn’t look like one—she isn’t reed-thin or even slim.

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Dani Barretto opens up about relationship with dad Kier Legaspi

MANILA -- Dani Barretto is the only daughter of Marjorie Barretto and Kier Legaspi but only one of them will be walking the bride-to-be down the aisle on her wedding day. Dani made this statement in her vlog entry on Saturday where she talked about her relationship with her father at length for the first time.

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WATCH: Alden surprises Kathryn with birthday cake

MANILA — The fresh teamup of Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards appears off to a great start, as the Kapuso actor took part in a surprise to celebrate the Kapamilya star’s birthday. An unsuspecting Bernardo, who will turn 23 on March 26, was all smiles as the crew of their upcoming film wished her a happy birthday, with Richards bringing her a cake with lit candles.

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NBI arrests suspect in killing of Cebu teen

CEBU (3RD UPDATE) - The National Bureau of Investigation on Monday said it has arrested a suspect in the killing of 16-year-old student Christine Lee Silawan.

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WWE signs Pinoy wrestler

Just a few weeks after releasing a Filipino-American wrestler, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has signed another Pinoy.

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Angel Locsin eyed as Marvel’s Wave; actress says no thanks

MANILA, Philippines — Despite being eyed to play the role of Marvel’s new character Wave by its co-creator, Angel Locsin said she was already done with superhero roles.

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Chot says PH team has shot at beating Angola, Italy at World Cup. He explains

FOR someone who’s been there, Chot Reyes really, really likes the chances of Team Pilipinas in the coming FIBA World Cup. Reyes said he’s very positive about the Filipinos’ campaign in the August 31 to Sept. 15 showpiece in China owing to three major factors – groupings, scheduling, and tournament format.

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Angel Locsin reaches 5 million Instagram followers

MANILA, Philippines — Actress Angel Locsin celebrates another milestone: five million followers on Instagram!

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Prosecutor junks Gretchen Fullido libel raps vs Ces Drilon, Marie Lozano

(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor of Quezon City has dismissed libel charges filed by ABS-CBN anchor Gretchen Fullido against ABS-CBN journalist Ces Drilon, ABS-CBN news reporter Marie Lozano, and ABS-CBN news executive Venancio Borromeo.

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PAGASA declares start of dry season

MANILA, Philippines – The country's dry season has officially begun. In a statement on Friday, March 22, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced the end of the northeast monsoon or hanging amihan, which means the start of the dry season.

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Scientists Have Discovered a Seaweed that Tastes Like Bacon But Much Healthier!

We all love bacon. I would gladly have bacons any day than, say, seaweeds. The only problem here, of course, is that we all know that the latter is much healthier to consume than the former.

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LOOK: New Filipina superhero to debut in Marvel comics

MANILA - Coming soon to the Marvel Universe: a Filipina superhero. Comic book writer Greg Pak took to Twitter to unveil the look of a new Filipino heroine in the Marvel Universe, designed by Filipino comic book artist Leinil Francis Yu.

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Duterte signs law mandating use of car seats for children

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law that will require vehicle owners to use car seats when transporting children. Duterte signed last Feb. 22 Republic Act 11229 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act. A copy of the law was released by the Palace on Tuesday.

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James Reid’s ex calls out JaDine fans

MANILA, Philippines — James Reid’s former girlfriend Ericka Villongco called out the fans of the JaDine love team for bashing her. In an Instagram story on Wednesday, the Los Angeles-based model and singer wrote that it is unfair for her to get hate messages for merely being the ex-girlfriend of the actor.

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It's official! Kathryn, Alden to be paired in a movie

MANILA - The rumors are true! Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards are teaming up for a big-screen project. Set to come out this year, the movie will be directed by Cathy Garcia Molina and produced by Star Cinema.

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MWSS: Water shortage government's 'fault,' solutions underway

MANILA -- A water shortage that is bringing misery to tens of thousands in the Philippine capital is the "fault" of government, which for years, has failed to build a new water source to meet demand from a growing population, a regulator said Thursday.

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49 dead in New Zealand mosque shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead Friday, with one gunman -- identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city.

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Sandigan convicts ex-OMB chair Ronnie Ricketts of graft

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has convicted former Optical Media Board (OMB) chairman Ronny Ricketts of graft in connection with the release of confiscated pirated movie discs in 2010.

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Facebook blames server problem for massive outage

Facebook blamed a "server configuration change" Thursday for a massive outage affecting its applications around the world and brought fresh attention to the embattled social networking leader.

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Taylor Swift Takes Selfies With Swifties At iHeartRadio Awards After Her Big Win — See Sweet Video

This is just too precious. After receiving the ‘Tour of the Year’ award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Taylor Swift celebrated in the most special way – by taking selfies with her fans!

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Oh baby, baby... Britney Spears hits set for Broadway

NEW YORK - Britney Spears is heading to Broadway, the singer announced Tuesday, in the form of a fairytale jukebox musical with a feminist bent set to the pop star's hits. "Once Upon a One More Time" begins previews and then a limited run in Chicago from October 29 before setting its sights on New York.

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Hollywood stars among dozens charged over college entrance scam

NEW YORK, United States – “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and fellow Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin were among 50 people indicted Tuesday in a multi-million dollar scam to help children of the American elite cheat their way into top universities. Read more: https://entertainment.inquirer.net/321591/hollywood-stars-among-dozens-charged-over-college-entrance-scam#ixzz5itHalEpE Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

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WATCH: Nadine Lustre’s swimwear ad for H&M

MANILA – Swedish fast fashion giant H&M has released its newest swimwear advertisement featuring its first Filipino ambassador, Nadine Lustre. Uploaded on H&M’s Facebook page on Monday, the short film shows Lustre wearing pieces from her namesake swimwear line with the brand.

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Duterte signs law mandating child restraint system in vehicles

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law mandating special protection for child passengers in motor vehicles. Duterte signed Republic Act 11229 (Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act) on February 22, nearly a month after the enrolled bill was transmitted on January 24 to Malacañang for his approval.

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Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes, killing all 157 on board

NAIROBI — An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard, the airline said, and there were no survivors, according to the state broadcaster. The flight left Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8:38 a.m. local time, before losing contact with the control tower just a few minutes later at 8:44 a.m. (1:44 p.m., PHL time).

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Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod are engaged. She autographed a poster for him 20 years ago

(CNN)Jenny from the block got a rock. "She said yes," Alex Rodriguez gushed on Instagram as he posted the picture of a very large diamond on the left hand of presumably Jennifer Lopez, who posted the same photo on her Instagram along with eight heart emojis.

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Comedian Chokoleit dies

(UPDATED) Comedian Chokoleit passed away aged 48 on Saturday night, his talent agency, Star Magic, has confirmed. Chokoleit, whose real name was Jonathan Aguilar Garcia, featured regularly in ABS-CBN movies and shows, most notably in 2004's Kapamilya fantaserye "Marina".

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'I'm no artist,' says homeless man who paints on scrap wood

"Do you consider yourself an artist?" The man responded with a gesture of disagreement with his paint-stained hands. "Tsamba, tsamba lang," he quipped. "Kapag artist, kailangang nakapag-aral 'yan. Kailangang may pinag-aralan tungkol sa art, di ba?"

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PH skaters hit ground running for 2024 Olympics

The Philippine skateboarding team has started to lay down the groundwork with skateboarding approved as a regular event in the 2024 Olympics in Paris. The Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines has recently accredited 12 new judges and referees under the tutelage of Asian Extreme Sports Federation technical director Warren Stuart.

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Luke Perry, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Riverdale' Star, Dead at 52

His rep confirmed his death on Monday. "Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke," the statement reads. "He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends.

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Duterte picks Diokno as new Bangko Sentral chief

President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno as the new governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Palace confirmed Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte announced his decision to appoint Diokno at the start of Monday’s Cabinet meeting.

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Forbes names Kylie Jenner youngest self-made billionaire

Move over Mark Zuckerberg. At 21, Kylie Jenner has been named the youngest-ever, self-made billionaire by Forbes magazine. Forbes estimated that Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics is worth at least $900 million, and she owns it all. She hits the billion-dollar mark when you add in cash she has already pulled from the profitable business, the magazine said. Read more: https://entertainment.inquirer.net/320749/forbes-names-kylie-jenner-youngest-self-made-billionaire#ixzz5hpJNe18d Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

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Clint Bondad addresses breakup in long Instagram post

After too much sympathy and criticism coming his way, model-actor Clint Bondad finally spoke up about his breakup with Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray. The actor, who addressed the breakup issue following Gray's interview on "Tonight with Boy Abunda", shared his thoughts on Instagram, saying that he finally decided to set all the record straight so that people no longer came up to him and expressed their sadness about the breakup, and so that he could control what would come out of the whole situation.

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Manny Villar is now PH's richest man

Tycoon and former Senate president Manny Villar is now the richest man in the Philippines, Forbes Magazine said Tuesday. Villar has a net worth of $5.5 billion, up from last year's $5 billion, and ranked 317th worldwide, Forbes said in its 2019 ranking of the world’s billionaires.

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Duterte approves implementation plan for National Program on Family Planning

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with members of the Cabinet, has approved the full and intensified Implementation Plan for the National Program on Family Planning, Malacañang said on Tuesday. The plan was presented by National Economic and Development Authority Director-General Ernesto Pernia, and Commission on Population and Development Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III at the 35th Cabinet Meeting on Monday, March 4.

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LTO starts implementing new policy on driver's license

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Monday advised drivers applying for a license that starting this week, some of its offices will only accept medical certificates submitted online by accredited clinics and doctors. The LTO said the new policy also applies to drivers applying for student permits as well as those who are renewing their license.

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Pacquiao defends Karen Davila after viral interview: 'I was never offended'

Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Friday came to the defense of broadcast journalist Karen Davila who received flak online for their televised interview which has since gone viral. The boxer-turned-lawmaker also pleaded to the public to "stop the hate" and work instead.

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Imee Marcos did not graduate, no honors, from UP Diliman, says UP exec

Imee Marcos did not graduate from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, much less finish a degree with honors, a high-ranking UP official disclosed on Friday. The country's premier state university disclosed this after the Ilocos Norte governor, now a senatorial candidate backed by President Rodrigo Duterte, posted photos of her supposed graduation from the UP College of Law in 1983.

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Rami Malek Wins Best Actor Award At This Year's Oscars

Rami Malek has won the Oscar for best actor at this year's Academy Awards. The 37-year-old actor was awarded the gong for his role as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Rami might be running out of places to show off his awards, though, having already won a BAFTA and Golden Globe for best actor - making tonight's win a rather lovely hat-trick.

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Ariana Grande is now the most-followed woman on Instagram

The 25-year-old "thank u, next" singer Ariana Grande just became the most-followed woman on Instagram. In a report on Unang Balita Wednesday, Lyn Ching said Ariana has already reached 146, 280,000 followers, surpassing Selena Gomez by more than 20,000 followers.

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Matteo Guidicelli skydives, declares love for Sarah G. in midair

Matteo Guidicelli went into daredevil mode as he went skydiving for the first time. The Filipino-Italian actor and triathlete’s adventure happened at the WCC Aviation Binalonan Airfield in Pangasinan, as seen in a Facebook video by professional skydiver and instructor Snooky Cruz, posted last Monday, Feb. 25.

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Parents, guardians urged to guide kids on online safety

The Department of Education is urging parents and guardians to be pay more attention to their children's activities online in light of news about a so-called "Momo challenge" and similar "online challenges that reportedly lead to self-harm and suicide among the youth."

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Enrique, Liza confirm relationship of 'more than two years'

Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano have admitted that they are already a couple. Appearing on "Gandang Gabi Vice" on Sunday, the "Alone/Together" stars were asked about their relationship.

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Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom get engaged on Valentine's Day

Congratulations are in order for Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom after the couple got engaged this Valentine's Day. The pop star took to Instagram this Friday (Manila time) to share a picture of herself with the actor as she showed off her large ring. "Full bloom," was the caption she used.

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Top 3 NBA plays from All-Star Game 2019

The NBA All-Star Game doesn't fail in producing highlights every year, but there are only a handful of plays worthy of a second look. Although Team Giannis squandered a 20-point lead in its 164-178 loss to Team LeBron, Giannis Antetokounmpo stole the show for himself by exploding for a game-high 38 points with 11 rebounds and 5 assists.

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New law lets you keep your mobile number under different service provider

You can now keep your mobile number even if you decide to change your mobile service provider, thanks to a new law. President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No 11202 or the Mobile Number Portability Act on February 14. A copy of the law was made public on Tuesday, February 19.

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Leaving Facebook makes people happier but less informed, study says

Pop princess Ariana Grande is the first act in more than 50 years to claim simultaneously the top three spots on the US singles chart, industry tracker Billboard said Monday.

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PAGASA issues El Niño advisory, says temp could exceed 40°C in some parts of PHL

PAGASA has issued El Niño Advisory No. 1 as the phenomenon — which is already being felt in the Pacific — is expected to go full blown by the end of February or March.

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Duterte signs law providing health care to all

President Duterte led yesterday the ceremonial signing of the Universal Health Law and the Revised Corporation Code, among other measures, at Malacañang.

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Duterte signs law expanding maternity leave to 105 days

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law extending paid maternity leave to 105 days, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Thursday.

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Leaving Facebook makes people happier but less informed, study says

Leaving Facebook may be good for your emotional well being, but you could be less informed about current events. A new report from researchers at New York University and Stanford University looked at what happened to people who deactivated their accounts. The researchers paid people $102 to turn-off their Facebook accounts for four weeks.

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DOTr cites need to amend land transport law to legalize motorcycle taxis

Legalizing the use of motorcycles in public transport needs an amendment of the law, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Saturday, as it sought time to study such proposal. In a statement, the DOTr said an existing law on land transportation "clearly does not allow motorcycles to be classified as 'for hire' or for public utility."

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Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ musical hits Broadway

We've got one hand in our pockets and another giving 90's musician Alanis Morissette's newest announcement a thumbs-up. Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette's iconic alternative-rock hits are being revived as a musical.

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Free live stream for Maroon 5 concert with 'big hip-hop presence'

The Super Bowl has kicked, about to see what Maroon 5 has in store for us during the Super Bowl LIII halftime show. When the popular band was named as the headliner for massively watched concert, it left some people scratching their heads, as plenty of wildly successful musical acts have come out of the Atlanta area, including a large portion from the hip-hop genre.

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Anne Curtis gives 34 Blackpink concert tickets to fans

In celebration of her 34th birthday, Anne Curtis gave away 34 tickets to the upcoming Manila concert of the South Korean girl group Blackpink. The “It’s Showtime” host got to meet the lucky fans on Thursday as she gave the general admission tickets to the Blackpink concert, which will be held on February 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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Duterte transfers power to approve reclamation projects to his office

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order transferring the power to approve reclamation projects to the Office of the President. Duterte signed on Feb. 1 EO No. 74 transferring the Philippine Reclamation Authority to the OP.

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Grammy-nominated Rapper 21 Savage arrested by ICE, faces deportation

Grammy-nominated Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage was arrested by U.S. immigration officials on Sunday, who said he was illegally in the country and a convicted felon. The rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, came to the United States from the UK as a teenager in 2005, overstaying his visa to settle in Atlanta, said Bryan Cox, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Pacers beat Lakers by 42, deal LeBron worst defeat of career

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and the Indiana Pacers tied an NBA franchise record by making 19 3-pointers in a 136-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, handing LeBron James the most lopsided loss of his career.

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Duterte to get over P100,000 salary hike

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will finally get a P102,000 monthly salary increase this year after approving the release of funds for the fourth tranche of salary hike for government officials. Duterte recently signed Executive Order No. 76 to ensure funding for the fourth tranche of the salary increase this 2019, as the passage of the national budget this year remained stalled.

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Pagsagip sa dayuhang muntik malunod sa BORACAY nag-viral

Nag-viral ang ginawang pagsagip ng magnobyo sa isang dayuhang nawalan ng malay at muntik nang malunod sa Boracay.

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Duterte to get over P100,000 salary hike

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will finally get a P102,000 monthly salary increase this year after approving the release of funds for the fourth tranche of salary hike for government officials. Duterte recently signed Executive Order No. 76 to ensure funding for the fourth tranche of the salary increase this 2019, as the passage of the national budget this year remained stalled.

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Pagsagip sa dayuhang muntik malunod sa BORACAY nag-viral

Nag-viral ang ginawang pagsagip ng magnobyo sa isang dayuhang nawalan ng malay at muntik nang malunod sa Boracay.

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Duterte to get over P100,000 salary hike

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will finally get a P102,000 monthly salary increase this year after approving the release of funds for the fourth tranche of salary hike for government officials. Duterte recently signed Executive Order No. 76 to ensure funding for the fourth tranche of the salary increase this 2019, as the passage of the national budget this year remained stalled.

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Pagsagip sa dayuhang muntik malunod sa BORACAY nag-viral

Nag-viral ang ginawang pagsagip ng magnobyo sa isang dayuhang nawalan ng malay at muntik nang malunod sa Boracay.

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Scientists Have Discovered a Seaweed that Tastes Like Bacon But Much Healthier!

We all love bacon. I would gladly have bacons any day than, say, seaweeds. The only problem here, of course, is that we all know that the latter is much healthier to consume than the former.

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LOOK: New Filipina superhero to debut in Marvel comics

MANILA - Coming soon to the Marvel Universe: a Filipina superhero. Comic book writer Greg Pak took to Twitter to unveil the look of a new Filipino heroine in the Marvel Universe, designed by Filipino comic book artist Leinil Francis Yu.

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Unsend feature rolls out for Facebook Messenger

Facebook said Wednesday it started rolling out a feature that lets 1.3 billion users of its Messenger app remove messages on the platform. Messages can be removed for individual chats and group conversations as users can opt to delete a message either just for themselves or for other persons they sent it to, Facebook said.

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5 dead, 10 wounded as van flips over at NLEX

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Five people were killed and 10 were wounded after their vehicle flipped over while passing through an elevated portion on the northbound side of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Apalit, Pampanga around noon Saturday.

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Tanod sa Cebu, cum laude sa kursong civil engineering

Estudyante sa umaga, tanod sa gabi. "Lodi" kung ituring ng kaniyang mga kaklase at guro ang tanod ng Barangay Kalubihan na si Janryll Tan na nagtapos na cum laude sa kursong civil enginerring sa isang kolehiyo sa Cebu.

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