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July 1, 2013: 5 Conversation Starters this Morning

Here, news you missed while you were sleeping.

The Voice hottie Jacob Benedicto may not have won the hearts of judges Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Apl. de. ap,  but he did trend on Twitter last night, June 30, after he sang "The Way You Look Tonight." What did you think of his performance? (YouTube)

And it's a boy! Jessica Simpson gave birth to Ace Knute Johnson—her second child with fiance Eric Johnson—on Sunday, June 30. Congrats, Jess! (

Rachel Alejandro plays Justice Charlier in Rock of Ages this month (Philippine Star); and musical Imeldarella (A Rock Opera) is in the works for a July 2014 screening—just in time for Imelda Marcos's birthday. (Philippine Star

Ano ba talaga, kuya? According to the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, we should start using "Filipinas" instead of  the word "Pilipinas" to "promote the country's official and modern name which reflects its history and development as a nation.” National artist Virgilio Almario, who has been pushing for the use of "Filipinas," says that using many variations just leads to national confusion. “Hindi  tayo magkaisa kahit sa pagtawag himang sa ating sarili (We fail to unite even in what to call ourselves),” he says.  (Yahoo!)

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29 mail-order brides were rescued from a Korean syndicate in Cavite. These Filipinas were tricked into accepting marriage proposals for a better life in Korea, but were maltreated and abused once they got there. (GMA News)

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