The nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards are out + more things you might have missed today

Makati cancels New Year’s countdown, VP Binay’s trust and approval ratings sink, and more.


( Busy day, Spotters? We quickly recap 10 things you might have missed while you were off the radar.


1. The Golden Globes announce nominations

Prepare to be happy...or outraged. It really depends on what you're rooting for. The Golden Globes announced their nominations on Wednesday, with Birdman leading the pack with seven movie nominations. Best Director nominations include Wes Anderson, David Fincher, and Richard Linklater. For Best Actor in Drama categories, the list includes Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Eddie Redmayne, while Rosamund Pike, Felicity Jones, and Julianne Moore scored nods for Best Actress in Drama. On the TV front, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, and Game of Thrones were among those nominated. Click on the link for the full list of nominees.


2. JC Intal and Bianca Gonzalez’ post-wedding reception at Araneta Coliseum

After tying the knot in Palawan, TV host Bianca Gonzalez and basketball player JC Intal celebrated their wedding reception at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday. Among the guests were Kris Aquino, Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, and JC's teammates from the PBA.



3. Purisima stays in White House, even as Espina takes over PNP

Despite a six-month preventive suspension, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Alan Purisima is still staying in the PNP chief's official residence inside Camp Crame, Quezon City. PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said that as of Thursday morning, Purisima remained in the "White House," though the latter has "acknowledged" the suspension. Mayor also said the PNP post will continue to be occupied by Deputy Director General for Operations Leonardo Espina.


4. Drilon urges P-Noy to decide on Purisima’s fate

In more embattled Purisima news, Senate President Franklin Drilon urged the President on Friday to immediately decide on the fate of the suspended PNP chief, in lieu of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meetings next year.

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"Ito po ay malalaking events na kailangan ang napakaayos na seguridad, sa aking tingin. Hindi tayo pwede magpabaya rito, kaya hindi biro ang pangangailangan ng ating bansa sa security," Drilon said. He added that an OIC (in this case, Leonardo Espina) has limited power to effect changes and reforms in the PNP.



5. Pleased with PH response to Ruby, US gives P33.4M

According to the United States Embassy, the US government will give P33.4 million in emergency humanitarian assistance to the Philippines for Tropical Storm Ruby, praising the administration "on its extensive preparations" and "successful response in the wake of the storm."


The aid will be given through the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office for Disaster Assistance.


6. Third placer Santiago doesn't mind being behind Binay, Grace Poe

What was Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s reaction to the latest survey on presidential candidates? "Big deal." The third-ranking Santiago continued, "I'm already a battered veteran in politics so these things are not able to shake my equanimity. There's still more than a year before the elections." She also added that being considered No. 3 was a "good place to be."


7. Binay trust, approval ratings plummet, says Pulse Asia

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s approval and trust ratings plummeted in the latest Pulse Asia survey after being linked to alleged corruption during his time as mayor of Makati. His approval rating dropped from 66 percent in September to 45 percent in November. His trust ratings also fell from September (64 percent) to November (44 percent).



The survey was conducted right after Binay rejected an invitation to appear before a Senate Blue Ribbon committee investigation on various corruption allegations in Makati City.


8. 17 more balikbayans from Ebola-hit countries undergo quarantine

17 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Ebola-hit countries are currently undergoing quarantine procedures in the Philippines after returning home last week, according to the Department of Health (DOH). Among the OFWs, 15 are in Metro Manila, one in Cebu, and another one in Davao City. Protocol requires the said balikbayans to undergo quarantine for 21 days.


9. Makati cancels New Year's countdown to sympathize with Typhoon Ruby victims

The annual New Year festivities along Ayala Avenue held by the Makati City government have now been cancelled, according to a post on the city’s website. The P30 million budget for the countdown will instead be distributed across local governments to help those hit by the storm in the Visayas region.



10. Top 10 Carbonara Dishes in Manila

There’s just something about carbonara that reminds you of home. It’s easy to prepare and is found in most restaurants. We, however, took it upon ourselves to scour the metro for the best...just in case you wanted to eat out for a change.

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