Korina Sanchez criticized over airport photo + more things you might have missed today

COMELEC summons Grace Poe, Adele writes heartfelt letter to fans, and more.

Photo via Korina Sanchez's Instagram account

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


1Korina Sanchez criticized over airport photo

According to a report from PEP.ph, Korina Sanchez was criticized over a recently posted photo where she was falling in line outside NAIA Terminal 3. Her original caption read, "On my way to Cebu for a speech. Aba, opo, pumipila po ako haha!" Readers quickly reacted, calling her caption "pakitang tao." After the backlash, she later edited her caption as "On my way to Cebu for a speech" which commenters still noticed.


2. Adele writes heartfelt letter to fans

In an open letter on Twitter, Adele apologized to fans for the long wait for her upcoming album entitled 25 (her age at the time of recording). "25 is about getting to know who I've become without realizing," she wrote. "My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did." According to reports, BBC Radio 1 will be premiering her first single on October 30.


3. Daniel Radcliffe opens up on how Harry Potter affected his drinking problem

Daniel Radcliffe has openly spoken about his alcoholic past but a new interview with Playboy magazine revealed that his role as Harry Potter affected his drinking problem. "Anytime I’d go out to dance, camera phones would come out," he explained. "That would make me very self-conscious, and what’s the easiest way to escape being self-conscious? Alcohol is a quick way of doing that." He shared that he still sees plenty of camera phones during his down time, but added, "Getting recognized on the street teaches you that most people are polite and nice and just want a quick picture." 



4. A documentary on Yolanda wins in Portugal film festival

Nash Ang’s documentary about typhoon Yolanda entitled Paraiso won the the Grand Prix at the 21st Cine Eco: International Festival of Environmental Cinema of Serra da Estrela, held in Portugal on October 20. Ang took home a cash prize of €2,000 (approximately P105,000). Organizers described the documentary as a form of "direct cinema," which "shows the lives of Filipinos, young and old alike" a month after the typhoon hit in 2013.


5. Sesame Street adds girl with autism to its cast

Meet Julia, the newest member of the Sesame Street family. The cheerful girl will join Elmo, Big Bird, and the rest of the gang in Sesame Street and Autism: See All in Amazing Children, a program that aims to spread awareness about children with autism. The program is available as an app and on desktop, and includes resources like daily routine cards to help people who interact with children with autism. Good on you, Sesame Street!

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6. YouTube announces ad-free paid subscription

YouTube has unveiled an all-in-one, ad-free paid subscription service called YouTube Red. For U.S. $9.99 per month (U.S. $12.99 for iOS), you can peacefully stream videos—sans the ads—along with original content from its creators, and have access to its licensed music catalog. Red is set to be launched on October 28.


7. Only five of 130 presidential aspirants make the cut

A total of 130 hopefuls filed for the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for president last week—and only five made it to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) law department's list of serious presidential aspirants. The department also suggests cutting the number of those who filed for vice president, senator, and party list. If approved, only 55 aspirants will be qualified to run for president, vice president, and senator. This year marked the highest number of COCs filed for president since the EDSA revolution.



8. COMELEC summons Grace Poe for election offense case

COMELEC has summoned Sen. Grace Poe to appear at a preliminary investigation regarding the election offense case filed by Rizalito David against her. According to COMELEC Chairman Andy Bautista, the law department has already issued a subpoena for Poe for reportedly violating the Omnibus Election Code. The preliminary investigation will be held on November 3.


9. 10 New Filipino Artists to Watch

Museums and Galleries Month is about to end, but the Metro’s abundance of creativity cannot be stalled. The country continues to produce promising young artists, and we are keeping an eye on them—and their art.


10. 10 Things a Manila Commuter Wouldn't Want to Hear

It's hard out here for Manila commuters. There's a long, long list of things they wouldn't want to hear but unfortunately, they hear them more often than they should.

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