Liza Soberano responds to Pia Wurtzbach's Miss Universe comments + more things you might have missed today

AFP museum may be shut down, WHO declares global health emergency over Zika virus, and more.

Photo via Liza Soberano's Instagram account

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


1. Liza Soberano gushes over Pia Wurtzbach's flattering comments about her

Teen actress Liza Soberano took to Twitter to thank Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach for the latter's earlier comments that she could be Miss Universe. She thanked Wurtzbach, saying, "Nahiya po ako [especially because it's] coming from the Queen. Congratulations again!" Soberano was one of the many celebrities to congratulate Wurtzbach for winning the pageant. 


2. This new clip of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will give Potterheads the feels

Harry Potter fans might not be kids anymore, but they'll certainly feel that way again once they watch this new, behind-the-scenes featurette from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Released by J.K. Rowling's site, Pottermore, the clip gives fans an inside look at the set, with exciting interviews from the cast (including star Eddie Redmayne) and director David Yates. By the way, the spinoff hits theaters November 2016.


3. Ai-Ai says Jiro Manio will soon appear in drama show

Fresh from stint in a rehabilitation and wellness center, award-winning child actor Jiro Manio is set to make his showbiz comeback. Actress Ai-Ai delas Alas, who helped the 23-year-old actor with his recovery, took to Instagram to post a photo of Manio reading scripts. “Jiro signing for Magpakailanman...Yehey aarte na s’ya ulit,” she wrote. Manio’s appearance in the said drama show will be his first after a two-year hiatus.



4. Adele told Donald Trump to stop using her songs for his campaign

It looks like Adele is no fan of Donald Trump. The outspoken Trump was using Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and "Skyfall" at his political rallies, and the British pop star isn't pleased. In a statement, her spokesman said, "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning." She joins the ranks of other musicians who have all told Trump to stop using their music. Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler actually sent him a cease and desist letter, as it "gives the false impression that he is connected with, or endorses, Mr. Trump’s presidential bid."



5. You need to see this Italian reporter snap at a video-bomber

Here in the Philippines, we're all too used to the sight of random passersby shamelessly waving in the background during live news reports. Over in Italy, one reporter didn't take the "special appearance" too lightly. This sports journalist was interrupted mid-report, thanks to a random guy wielding a large, inflated banana. At first, the former remained calm and professional until...well, you need to see what happens.


6. AFP museum in danger of being shut down due to unpaid electric bills

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Museum in Camp Aguinaldo may be shut down due to its unsettled electric bills from November 2013 to December 2015 worth P1.3 million. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) issued a notice to "disconnect [their] electricity connection" on February 3 if the museum fails to pay the whole balance. The museum houses historical collections and military artifacts like the firearm and uniform of Emilio Aguinaldo. Meanwhile, Administrator of the AFP Museum and Historical Library Elizabeth Dapiton said there was a "verbal agreement" that the AFP would shoulder the museum's utilities. "They (AFP) know from the start that this is a non-stock, non-profit foundation," she said. "We have no means to pay our utilities." In 2013, however, the AFP informed the foundation that the museum would be billed for its electricity usage because of a camp ruling treating the foundation as a tenant.

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7. WHO declares a global health emergency over Zika virus

On February 1, the World Health Organization said the Zika virus was “strongly suspected” as the cause of the increase of serious birth defects such as microcephaly and Guillain Barre in South America, declaring it an international health emergency. World Health Organization (WHO) warned last week that the mosquito-borne virus was “spreading explosively” in the Americas, and said the region could see up to four million Zika cases in 2016 alone. It also stressed the need to improve diagnostics and develop a vaccine for the virus which currently has no treatment. The Department of Health on January 31 warned the public against Zika virus, saying the threat is real and is even amplified by the El Niño phenomenon since there will be more potential mosquito-breeding sites.


8. Erap party’s presidential bet quits and backs Binay

The May national elections will have one less presidential candidate after the standard-bearer of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino party decided to quit. On February 1, Romel Mendoza said that he initially joined the presidential race as Estrada’s placeholder in case the latter decided to run again for the country’s top post, should Sen. Grace Poe be disqualified. Mendoza explained that he withdrew his candidacy for president as Estrada looks set to run for re-election as Manila mayor. Mendoza also announced that they will now be endorsing Vice President Jejomar Binay’s presidential bid.


9. 10 Skincare Products for Your Boyfriend

Who says skincare for dudes isn't as important as yours? If you want to keep your guy’s skin healthy and clean, these 10 products will get you started.



10. PHOTOS: The Best Travel Pics From Local Celebrities

With summer right around the corner, it's easy to start thinking about your next vacation. Let stars like Liza Soberano, Nadine Lustre, Isabelle Daza, and more inspire you to explore the world...right now!

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