Daniel Padilla stands by his decision to support Mar Roxas + more things you might have missed today

A Second Chance heads to Europe, SC halts No Bio, No Boto policy, and more.

 

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

 

1. Daniel Padilla stands by his decision to support Mar Roxas

In an interview with PEP.ph, Daniel Padilla said he remains firm in his decision to endorse LP presidential candidate, Mar Roxas. He took the criticism in stride, saying, "Hindi naman lahat [ng maytalagang gusto sa iyo, gusto ang mga desisyon mo. Lahat tayo may right na bumoto kung sino ang gusto nating iboto. Kung sino ang gusto nila, kanila 'yon. Basta ako, kay Sir Mar ako." Daniel and his love team partner, Kathryn Bernardo, were rumored to have been paid at least P20 million each to endorse Mar, which the latter denied.

 

2. Tom Rodriguez denies rumors he is secretly married

Marimar star Tom Rodriguez recently took to Instagram to respond to rumors that he was secretly married in the U.S. while he was living there, and that it was affecting his relationship with actress Carla Abellana. "Please lang, sana 'wag bigyan ng kulay ang mga bagay na 'di dapat. I have never been married my whole life and I have no problems with anyone," he said in a message to commenters. "I appreciate the concern, pero blindly coming to conclusions and assuming is never a good thing po...thank you." He also said that it was the first time he heard of the rumor.

 

3. A Second Chance is hitting theaters in Europe

Popoy and Basha are headed to Europe! The sequel to Star Cinema's One More Chance will be screening in major theaters across Europe, including Milan, Rome, Paris, Madrid, and the U.K. starting December 5 (December 6 in some cities). This marks the first Pinoy film to break into the mainstream film circuit in Europe. Since its release on November 25, the film has earned a total of P300 million...and counting!

 

4. Emma Watson reveals why she's “prioritizing just feeling awesome”

At the age of 10, Emma Watson said she was figuring out Hermione Granger and how best to portray her while her peers were getting to know themselves. Now at 25—and an Ivy League-educated, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador—Emma told Porter that she’s enjoying a newfound sense of what she likes and doesn’t, particularly with fashion. “When I was younger I remember being told ‘no pain no gain,’ but recently my willingness to wear something that makes me freezing cold or that I can’t walk in has changed,” she said. She admitted that she just wants to “feel fabulous and comfortable and sexy and strong and beautiful. And if it’s making you uncomfortable, don’t do it...Moving forward, I’m prioritizing just feeling awesome.” Amen!

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5. Solar-powered theme park uses the sun and people to run its rides

An eco-friendly theme park in Wales called GreenWood Forest Park powers its rides through solar energy and people! The park takes pride in its people-powered rollercoaster called The Green Dragon. Managing Director Stephen Bristow said the theme park aims to bring fun and entertainment while addressing the environmental cost of the huge amount of power required for big rides.

 

6. DOH says unprotected sex is still the top cause of AIDS

In case you didn’t know, December 1 is World AIDS Day. Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy revealed in an interview with GMA's News To Go that unprotected penetrative sex is still the leading cause of HIV and AIDS in the Philippines. The number of new HIV and AIDS cases in the country rose to over 3,000 in May, with 28% composed of 15- to 24-year-olds. Suy said their campaign is still focused on urging the public to get examined. "Malaking balakid siya in a way dahil sa takot ng mga bata na magpa-eksamen. But then sabi nga natin, itong mga batang ito, kailangan din mabigyan ng proper guidance. Kaya sa pagpapa-test nila, bibigyan din ng counselling ang mga magulang nila," he explained. 

 

7. Duterte says Pope Francis will understand his remark

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte caused a stir once again when he cursed at the Pope in his speech during his proclamation as Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban) standard-bearer for the 2016 presidential elections. The Mayor said on December 1 that he believes that Pope Francis will understand him as the Pope is compassionate. "Compassionate si Pope. Maiintindihan niya ako. Kayo man maihi sa loob ng sasakyan, matutuwa ba kayo?" Duterte said. The Mayor said his remark was not intended to insult the Pope, but was a mere expression of his exasperation towards how the government handled the Papal visit.

 

8. SC halts "No Bio, No Boto" Policy

The Supreme Court has stopped the COMELEC from enforcing their "No Bio, No Boto" policy, which prevents registered voters with no biometric data from voting in the upcoming elections. This was in response to pleas from several petitioners who questioned the constitutionality of the policy, "[depriving] more than three million registered voters without biometrics of their right to participate." The COMELEC has 10 days to file their comments on the petition.

 

9. 10 Comfy White Sneakers Under P3,000

We’re sure you’ve seen this trend everywhere. If you’re hesitant to buy yourself a pair of white sneakers—not only because they’re difficult to maintain, but they’re also usually pricey—we've got you covered. Here are 10 affordable options that don’t compromise on style and comfort.

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10. Best of Manila: 100 Great Restaurants of 2015

It's been an exciting year for food in Manila. As 2015 winds down to a close, we list 100 of the best and buzziest restaurants in the Metro, from international chains to intimate, home-grown eateries.

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