Liza Soberano open to taking Darna role + more things you might have missed today

Pia Wurtzbach may enter politics in the future, VP Binay leads latest SWS survey, and more.

 

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

 

1. Liza Soberano open to taking Darna role

Eighteen-year-old actress Liza Soberano was one of the frontrunners to become the next Darna in Erik Matti's upcoming film adaptation. Although no formal announcement has been made from Star Cinema, Liza told the press during her contract renewal signing that she's open to taking the role. "I'll accept it and I'll work hard for it. But my body is not flattering yet," she admitted. She also remained coy on whether one of the contracts she signed was for the Darna role, saying, "No one’s telling me anything. Maybe it’s a surprise."

 

2. Pia Wurtzbach is interested in going into politics in the future

In an interview with HOT 97 radio in New York, reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach said she "wouldn't mind" entering politics, saying, "Maybe when I'm a bit older, in a few years' time, get some more experience, I can see myself doing public service in the Philippines." She also noted that she would have to "get [the] right qualifications," should she decide to pursue politics.

 

3. People aren't happy about the Oscars' lack of diversity...again

For the second year in a row, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trended again after the announcement of nominees yesterday, January 14. Despite Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu earning 12 nods for The Revenant, there were no non-white actors nominated in any acting category. Over on Twitter, users cited impressive performances from non-white actors that were snubbed, including actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler for Creed, Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation, and Samuel L. Jackson for The Hateful Eight. 

 

4. Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys charged with battery

Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter was arrested on January 13 in Key West, Florida, after he allegedly punched a bouncer. According to the police, Carter and a friend were denied service at Hog's Breath Saloon "due to their level of intoxication." The pair was asked to leave the bar’s premises after they allegedly got aggressive toward the bartender. The 35-year-old former pop star then allegedly punched the bouncer once he was outside. He and his companion were later arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor battery. His bail was set at U.S. $1,500 the next day, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said.

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5. Pinoy gets standing ovation for Sinatra tribute in Czech Republic

Arthur Manuntag, a Filipino crooner, received a standing ovation from the audience of the recently concluded tribute concert held in honor of the 100th birthday of music icon Frank Sinatra in the Czech Republic. Manuntag was personally invited by organizer Jan Smigmator, known as the Czech Republic's "King of Swing." His heartfelt rendition of "How Do You Keep the Music Playing," which was part of the gala night of the Sinatrology concert series, has been making the rounds online.

 

6. Escudero asks colleagues to override P-Noy’s veto on pension bill

On January 14, vice presidential aspirant Sen. Chiz Escudero urged his fellow senators to revoke P-Noy’s veto of House Bill 5842 which grants a P2,000 across-the-board increase in the pension of retired Social Security System (SSS) members. “I urge my colleagues in the Senate and members of the House of Representatives to do the right thing and vote to override the President’s ill-advised veto of this bill,” he said. What Escudero suggests is possible under Article VI, Section 27 of the 1987 Constitution, stating the Congress can override a presidential veto by passing the bill with a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

 

7. VP Binay, Chiz, and Sotto lead latest SWS survey

Vice President Jejomar Binay (31%) and Sen. Chiz Escudero (28%) are the leading presidential and vice presidential bids respectively, based on the latest results from the BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations surveys. Meanwhile, Sen. Tito Sotto (56%) tops the polls for the senatorial race. The survey sampled 1,200 validated voters from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao from January 8 to 10.

 

8. Attackers leaves at least 7 dead in Jakarta, Indonesia

On Thursday, attackers set off explosions and exchanged gunfire with local police at a Starbucks cafe in Jakarta, Indonesia. Police said four of the attackers and three others were killed, but no one has claimed responsibility for the incident. Several weeks earlier, police reportedly received several warnings that Islamic militants were "planning something big." It is still unconfirmed whether the attacks were related to the warnings.

 

9. 10 Great Places for Live Music in Manila

"Nothing beats the real thing" is a statement that holds true for music fans. Nothing can top hearing and watching your favorite bands and artists live. Here are the best places in Manila where you can grab a beer, chill, and jam with musicians in the flesh.

 

10. Top 10 Salads That Will Make You Stick to Your Diet

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