Taylor Swift is getting her own mobile game + more things you might have missed today
Sake-flavored Kit Kats, Congress fails to pass BBL on final session day, and more.
(SPOT.ph) Busy day, Spotters? We quickly recap 10 things you might have missed while you were off the radar.
Get excited, Swifties! According to Taylor Swift's official website, the pop star is creating a "new, one-of-a-kind mobile game" for smartphones and tablets. Although they have yet to disclose further details, the app is being developed with Glu Mobile, Inc., the company that's also behind Kim Kardashian West's popular game.
Four of your favorite stars were nominated at the 2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Pinoy Personality: Kathryn Bernardo, Enrique Gil, Maine Mendoza, and James Reid. Each of them is half of the four top love teams in the country today (KathNiel, LizQuen, JaDine, and AlDub). Meanwhile, De La Salle University basketball player Jeron Teng was nominated in the Favorite Asian Sports Star category. The winners of the KCA will be determined through online voting, and you know how supportive these stars’ fans can be! The awarding ceremony will be held on March 12.
The first trailer for Me Before You has finally hit the web. Based on the romance novel by Jojo Moyes, the film stars The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin as Will Traynor, whose life changes when an accident leaves him in a wheelchair. Despite his promise to pull the plug on his life in six months, he meets and falls in love with Louisa Clark (Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke). The movie is slated for release on June 3.
A student in England is reportedly threatening to sue Nestle after buying Kit Kats that are all-chocolate and contain no wafers. Twenty-year-old Saima Ahmad is demanding a lifetime supply of the chocolate for her "monetary and emotional" loss. In a letter to Nestle, she wrote, "The failure to take due care in the manufacturing process resulted in a product being defective. As a result I feel as though I have been misled to part with my money and purchase a product that is clearly different from what has been marketed by Nestle."
Speaking of Kit Kats, Nestle Japan has recently released a sake-flavored version that is available exclusively to Japan. Made with sake powder and white chocolate, the Kit Kats come in a box embellished with cherry blossoms and would cost about U.S. $5.82 for a nine-piece pack.
Indonesian government officials confirmed on February 3 a single case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, but they said they were prepared to handle any outbreak of the disease. The virus was detected in a patient from Jambi, Sumatra Island during a dengue fever outbreak between December 2014 and April 2015. Senior minister Puan Maharani said the situation is "under control." Health experts have warned that Asian countries are vulnerable to the virus, given that the Aedes aegypti mosquito (carrier of Zika, dengue fever, and the chikungunya virus) thrives in congested cities.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s domestic partner, Honeylet Avancena, claims that the presidential aspirant is no longer a womanizer. "Dati 'yon, 70 na siya ngayon," she said. Meanwhile, Duterte jested, "Nahuli ako, kaya buntot nang buntot 'yan." Avancena said she is okay with living with the Mayor’s first wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman, in Malacañang should he win the presidency because the latter is the mother of the Mayor’s children. Duterte also has an 11-year-old daughter with Avancena.
Congress failed to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law on its final session day (February 3) before it adjourns for the election campaign. P-Noy pushed hard for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a key component of the peace deal signed by the President with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, aimed at creating a new Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao. Apparently, P-Noy was unable to garner enough support in the House to secure a vote. This means the passage of BBL won’t happen under the Aquino administration, whose six-year term ends in June, with no certainty over whether the next president will pursue a peace deal. Chief Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said the peace negotiators on both sides have set an emergency meeting to discuss what their next move should be.
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