Angelica opens up about failed relationship with John Lloyd + more things you might have missed today

A Fruit Ninja movie, U.S. returns historic bell to La Union, and more


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


1. Angelica opens up about failed relationship with John Lloyd

Angelica Panganiban has opened up about her failed relationship with John Lloyd Cruz for the first time. In an interview with Vice Ganda on Sunday, May 22, she admitted that she has yet to fully recover from their split, saying, "Sikat 'di ba? Ang daming billboard. Kapag nakita ko, ano ba iyan, 'yan na naman, maiiyak na naman ako." She added that while she intentionally avoids places that are memorable for the two of them, they remain friends, saying, "Kasi 'di ba hindi niyo na na-save 'yong relationship niyo as a couple, why not save your relationship bilang magkaibigan?"


2. Cannes jury defends Jaclyn Jose's Best Actress win

According to an article by Indiewire, film critics weren't happy about Jaclyn Jose's win for Best Actress at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. (They suggested it was a supporting role rather than a lead actress role.) Jury member and actor Donald Sutherland defended their choice, saying, "The critics were wrong. It's a big-time leading role." Co-juror Arnaud Desplechin added, "She's the film. She broke my heart." Jaclyn Jose plays the titular character in Brillante Mendoza's entry, Ma' Rosa.


3. A Fruit Ninja movie is in the works

After Angry Birds' success in the U.S. box-office, another popular gaming app is set to hit the big screen. According to Empire magazinefilm producer Tripp Vinson (San Andreas) has secured the rights to bring Fruit Ninja (reportedly the second highest-selling iOS title of all the time) to the big screen. No director or cast has been announced, but the script will be penned by J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani.



4. Uber knows when passengers are more likely to agree to surge pricing

According to a report from The Daily Dot, Uber's head of research Keith Chen says the app knows when users are more willing to pay for a surge. Chen said that the app can "sense" when the user's phone battery is dying and knows when the user is more likely to accept a surge price. Chen denied that the company is "manipulating" surge prices because of the phenomenon, and said it was more of an "interesting psychological fact of human behavior." The app only collects the data to determine when it needs to go into "power-saving mode."

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5. Man adopts abandoned grocery pushcart

Andrew Mitchell from Melbourne, Australia, adopted an abandoned trolley that appeared on his doorstep. He sent a message to the owner, Officeworks, to have it returned to the office supply store. "I doubt I can keep him as I have no need for mass transportable storage so I phoned your Werribee store to come and collect him. Three days later, he was still at our front door and was getting frightened because he thought you didn't love him anymore," he said on Facebook. While waiting for the rightful owners, Mitchell took the the puschart, now named Trevor, around and taught it how to take selfies and mow the lawn.


6. Duterte to sign EO on Freedom of Information

Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte's announcement that he would sign an executive order on Freedom of Information once he assumes office is good news for The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition. "A carefully crafted [executive order] on [Freedom of Information] can go a long way in addressing administrative hurdles to public access to information in the executive (branch)," said the pro-Freedom of Information (FOI) group in a statement issued on May 23. The coalition hopes that the incoming administration will consult with key stakeholders and representatives before coming up with an overall FOI policy.



7. Walk of shame in Tanauan done Santacruzan-style

Eleven suspects arrested during a drug buy-bust operation in Tanauan, Batangas took a walk of shame on Monday, May 23. The individuals paraded in town wearing signs that read: "Ako'y Pusher, Wag Tularan." Their "procession" was preceded by a makeshift arc with the words "Flores de Pusher," a play on the annual Flores de Mayo celebration. The Commission on Human Rights and other human rights groups have previously protested against the practice implemented by Mayor Antonio Halili as they say it could be a form of mental torture.


8. U.S. returns historic San Pedro bell to La Union

Residents of Bauang, La Union, welcomed the bells' return through a grand festivity complete with colorful banderitas, loud drums, and a Holy Mass on Monday, May 23. Made from an alloy of gold, silver, and copper, the 400-year-old Spanish bell was taken by American soldiers in 1901 during the Philippine-American war to prevent guerillas from melting them down to make guns. It was transferred to the United States Military at West Point, New York and was rediscovered in 1959. American veteran Dennis wright pushed for its return to the Philippines. The bell arrived at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul on Sunday evening, May 22.


9. 10 Good Sunscreens for the City

Just because the rainy season is around the corner doesn't mean you should skip the sunscreen. In fact, you should make this a vital part of your daily beauty regime! We round up 10 sunscreens that are perfect for the hectic life in the big city.



10. 10 Beautiful Boutique Hotels Around the Philippines

If you're in a charming boutique hotel with an infinity pool, would you want to leave? We list down 10 non-chain hotels that you should consider when planning to explore the Philippines' many islands.

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