Pia Wurtzbach's newfound romance draws mixed reactions + more things you might have missed today

Twitter may start using stickers, a new scanner in NAIA-3 breaks down, and more.


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


1. Pia Wurtzbach's newfound romance draws mixed reactions

Just a day after Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach admitted that she was "dating," another Snapchat from her and Dr. Mike Varshavski hit the Internet. The post featured Wurtzbach holding the camera while Dr. Mike was sprawled on the couch behind her. According to a report by PEP.ph, fans of the beauty queen had mixed reactions to the news about her dating life. Some were "concerned" and "let down with her antics," with many advising Wurtzbach to focus on her duties during her reign. On the other hand, other fans defended her saying that she was free to "enjoy her life" as long as she wasn't breaking any rules.


2. Chloe Grace Moretz explains why she declined to be part of Taylor Swift's squad

In an interview with Complex magazine, Chloe Grace Moretz admitted that she was once invited to be part of Taylor Swift's famous girl squad, and that she had declined the offer. "They appropriate exclusivity. They're cliques!" she told the magazine. When asked how the invite happened, she simply replied, "[Taylor] is a very talented person."



3. This man got a Donald Trump tattoo for a year's worth of concert tickets

An Arizona morning show called The Ben & Matt Show held a little contest for its listeners: They would supply someone with a year's worth of concert tickets if he got a Donald Trump tattoo. And it wasn't just any normal tattoo; it had to be placed on the lower back (you know, a "Trump Stamp" instead of a "tramp stamp"). A 38-year-old listener named Travis Gaardner agreed, but made it clear that he was no fan of the presidential candidate. "The only reason why I did it was for the concert tickets," he said.



4. Filipinos in Belgium told to exercise caution in the aftermath of terror attacks

On Tuesday, March 22, bombs went off at Brussels Airport, killing an estimated 10 people. Around an hour later, there was another explosion at the Maelbeek subway in central Brussels, killing some 20 people. With the heightened security, Filipinos in Belgium are advised to exercise caution and avoid public places, Philstar.com reports. “Stay where you are if you do not necessarily need to travel to and from Belgium, and spread caution around,” Philippine Ambassador Victoria Bataclan posted on her Facebook account. Belgium has raised its alert to the highest level, which is Level 4. The Philippine Embassy has yet to report any Filipinos directly affected by the attacks.

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5. Twitter is reportedly testing a new "Stickers" feature

According to a report from tech news site Re/code, Twitter is currently testing a new "Stickers" feature that will allow users to edit photos before tweeting them. The feature will also let users see how other people on the social networking site have edited the photo and will also suggest photos that could be edited and posted. It is still unclear if the feature will definitely be pushing through.


6. COMELEC considers starting election polls at 6 a.m.

Originally slated to begin at 7 a.m., the Commission on Elections plans to start voting hours earlier due to the issuance of voting receipts. Inquirer.net reports that the proposed voting hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., instead of the original 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., as the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) want voting hours to finish before dark. The poll body says that it would depend on the COMELEC en banc to approve the proposed hours. 



7. Newly purchased full-body scanner at NAIA-3 breaks down

Just in time for Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya’s inspection, a newly installed full-body security scanner at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 broke down. According to ABS-CBN.com, a male senior citizen was being scanned when the machine malfunctioned. Airport authorities have reported the incident to the machine’s local distributor. Airport security is being heightened not only due to the Brussels terrorist attacks, but also because of the huge volume of passengers expected to travel during Holy Week. The Manila International Airport Authority announced that “heavy screening may necessarily take more time.”


8. Absolute lifting of bank secrecy laws encouraged

On the heels of the alleged U.S. $81-million money laundering incident in the country, Anti-Money Laundering Council Executive Director Julia Bacay Abad said, “absolute (lifting) will be better,” referring to the bank secrecy law, Philstar.com reports. Speaking during the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 101 briefing, Abad admitted that it would be a challenge to accomplish this. However, she also expressed that lifting the bank secrecy law would be a big help in investigating dubious transactions. Abad remarked that the agency had already been pushing for the lifting of the law even before news of the recent money laundering incident broke out. 


9. 10 Funniest Pinoy Action Movie Titles

No matter how campy they get, you can always be sure that classic Pinoy action films will have titles that mean business. Think physical threats, strange metaphors, and a lot of hilarious names.



10. 10 Books to Read During Holy Week

This is the time to relax and catch up on some reading. Pious or sacrilegious? Just take your pick from these 10 reads!

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