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December 12, 2013: 5 Conversation Starters This Morning

Here, news you missed while you were sleeping.

1 And TIME magazine’s person of the year 2013 is…POPE FRANCIS! Dubbed as "The People's Pope," Pope Francis beat Miley Cyrus and Barack Obama, who were both top 10 finalists, to the number one spot. (time.com)

2 Tired of living on planet Earth? Move to Mars! No seriously, you can if you're one of the first 200,000 people to apply for a spot. A Dutch company says it is moving along with its plans to send four human beings to colonize and reside in the Red Planet to test if human settlement is possible. Awesome! (cnn.com)

3 She may not be TIME magazine's person of the year, but Miley Cyrus is MTV's 2013 artist of the year. (Full story here!)

4 Social media has been buzzing with excitement and anticipation for the announcement of the lineup for the 7107 International Music Festival happening in Clark, Pampanga in February. So far, Red Hot Chili Peppers has been confirmed as one of the musical acts! The first half of the lineup will be announced today at 11:00a.m. (7107imf.com)

5 Dingdong Dantes received the Outstanding Youth Ambassador Award from the International Business and Academe Conference. Congrats Dong! Among the other other awardees were Manny Pacquiao, GMA 7's Jessica Soho, and news personality Jiggy Manicad. (PEP.ph)