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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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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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