Jason Magbanua offers videography services for free + more things you might have missed today

DIWATA-1 engineer quits, smart contact lenses, and more.

Photo via Jason Magbanua's Instagram account

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


1. Jason Magbanua offers videography services for free 

Yes, you read that right. Ace lensman Jason Magbanua, who has done gorgeous wedding videos with celebrities like Iya Villania and Heart Evangelista, is offering his services for free. Magbanua called the project an "experiment" and a "creative exercise." He asked interested applicants to send details and logistics of their event, and assured them that it didn't need to be locally based. "A good meal would be appreciated but great coffee is a must," he said. "Your wedding (or not) doesn’t need to be one of a kind, nor push boundaries. The only thing it needs to be is compelling. To inspire people to love. Or to make people understand." Magbanua added that he and his team will likely be picking several couples, depending on the event.


2. How newcomer Sanya Lopez landed her lead role in Encantadia

GMA Network has finally unveiled their new ensemble cast for the 2016 "requel" of Encantadia, with a few unfamiliar names on the list. One of them was Sanya Lopez who, according to PEP.ph, was discovered by the late German Moreno when she visited her brother on set. She reportedly auditioned for different roles and was called back four times. Eventually, she landed the role of Danaya, formerly played by Diana Zubiri. The show is slated for a late 2016 release.



3. This law school had to change its name because of its unflattering acronym

George Mason University's law school recently announced that it will be renamed "the Antonin Scalia School of Law" in honor of a late Supreme Court justice. It looks as though they didn't think things through, as students wasted no time making fun of its acronym: "ASSoL at George Mason University." The Internet quickly chimed in with jokes of their own, that is, until the university administration decided to rename the law school...again. Now, they're called "the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University."

4. Samsung patents smart contact lenses

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The tech giant is now venturing into...optometry? Samsung has been granted a patent in South Korea for contact lenses with a built-in camera that's controlled by blinking. (Yes, like in the spy movies.) The lenses would also have a feature that sends the photos to an "external smartphone-like device" for processing. It is still unclear whether Samsung will release a consumer product...or how exactly the blinking technology works.

5. No more Philippine map on new passports due to “political sensitivity”

Because of the territorial issues regarding the West Philippine Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs has opted to take out the illustration of the Philippine map from the new electronic passport or e-passport, which will be released in May. It has been decided that the map does not accurately show the extent of the Philippine territory as defined in the Constitution. The new passport will have upgraded security features, as well as lyrics to the national anthem and illustrations of Philippine landmarks and icons on its pages.



6. DIWATA-1 engineer resigns from DOST program

In the midst of the DIWATA-1 controversy, one of the engineers, Julian Marvick Fua Oliveros, has resigned from the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Microsatellite program. Oliveros, who graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman, submitted his resignation letter on Sunday, April 3. Oliveros did not cite reasons for his resignation, but he also mentioned that some of his colleagues in the DIWATA-1 program are thinking of resigning as well. “Others are thinking of it but I won’t disclose who,” said Oliveros.


7. Roxas calls Duterte’s anti-crime promise “pambobola

Itong three to six months na ito, pambobola ito eh. Lahat ng eksperto na nakakaalam sa krimen, nagsasabi na imposible ito,” says Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas, referring to presidentiable Rodrigo Duterte’s vow to wipe out crime in the said time duration. He is asking voters to determine if Duterte is telling the truth or merely saying what voters want to hear. He also points out that Davao City has one of the highest number of index crimes. Believing in solving crimes through the rule of law and a programmed approach, he counters Duterte’s campaign pitch with “Oplan Lambat Sibat.” “‘Yan ang ating ipinakita sa ‘Lambat Sibat.’ Klaro ito magmula 918 [crime] incidents a week, at ito’y audited, tinitingnan sa blotter, ngayon mahigit 250 na lang,” Roxas says.


8. Robredo tells Marcos to give back ill-gotten wealth

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo demands fellow vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos to return the riches that his family allegedly pilfered from the country’s coffers. “Para iyon sa mga biktima ng human rights violations so kailangan talagang isauli,” Robredo explained. She denied any mudslinging, saying, “Hindi naman ‘yon paninira kasi talagang nangyari.” She encouraged voters to look beyond a candidate’s promises and into his character. “'Yong pagkatao, hindi naman ‘yon mabubuo sa isang buwan lang o isang lingo, pero ang pagkatao ay kung sino kami mula noon hanggang ngayon, kahit walang nanonood sa amin,” she said.



9. Top 10 Gelato Spots in Manila (2016 Edition)

You might not like the sweltering heat, but there is a silver lining to the summer weather: gelato! We show you where to go for the perfect gelato scoop. 


10. 10 Swimming Pools with Stunning Views

Clueless about where to go for a refreshing dip? We round up 10 swimming pools complete with amazing views for your summer pleasure. You’re welcome!

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