December 26, 2013: 5 Conversation Starters This Morning

Here, news you missed while you were sleeping.

1 The Christmas spirit prevails in Tacloban. In this photo, two brothers built a giant Christmas lantern out of typhoon debris and other available materials in the ruins. (CNN Twitter account)

2 First, there was the Chatroulette version of Miley Cyrus’ "Wrecking Ball," and now this. We’re still LOL-ing over this hilarious spoof Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” by funny man Steve Kardynal.

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3 What does KC Concepcion want as a Christmas or New Year's gift? A Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) award for her role in Boy Golden! During her press conference for the film, she shared, “[Winning an award] would be a really nice New Year or Christmas gift—sana. Pero, mataas ang respect ko sa ibang artistang matagal nang nandito. Sino ba naman ako para mag-expect? Pero, if ever man na magbibigay, I would be thankful kasi medyo mahirap din naman ang naging role ko dito.” (

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4 Bring out the tissues, CGs! This one is a real tear-jerker. Brenda Schmitz, a wife and mom of four who lost her battle to ovarian cancer, surprised her family this Christmas with an unexpected wish two years after her passing. She had asked a friend to send a letter to radio station KSTZ “Star” 102.5 FM, which is known for its “Christmas Wish” program. In her letter, she requested that they pamper the new partner of her husband, David, and that they grant her family a “magical trip” where they can "create those memories that will be with them forever.” Aww! (

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5 Look who made it on the cover of FHM Thailand's January issue! Marian Rivera posted this photo on her Instagram account (@therealmarian) with the caption, "Whooaaw! I'm [on] the cover of Thailand's FHM January 2014 issue. I am so honored." Congrats, Mars! (Philstar)

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