LINK LOVE: Pinoy Named CNN Hero Of The Year; New Moon Breaks Records

Check out this week’s crop of newsmakers.

Efren Penaflorida was hailed CNN Hero of the Year for his "pushcart classroom" strategy of educating poor children. He now joins the ranks of Pinoys who made international airwaves in 2009, like Charice Pempengco, Brillante Mendoza, and Manny Pacquiao.

Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel
is included in the 2010 movie line-up of 20th Century Fox. Finally, we can hear Charice Pempengco, whose move to lend her voice to the animated film has been highly publicized.

Who wasn't (pleasantly) surprised with the physical transformation of Taylor Lautner? The 17-year-old hunk who plays Jacob Black in New Moon graces the December 2009 cover of Men's Health International Edition. Learn how he got buffed in a year's time and watch the BTS of his cover shoot.

Speaking of New Moon, the Twilight sequel raked in $72.7 million on its opening day, according to, breaking the first day box office record previously held by The Dark Knight.

If you're among the fans of Cosmo Centerfold Xian Lim, you might have noticed that he's been missing from his soap Katorse. Xian explains the situation to PEP.

The Krista Ranillo-Manny Pacquiao-Jinkee Pacquiao controversy is far from over. Check out this poster that's currently making the rounds on Facebook.

And speaking of Facebook, if your so-called social life currently revolves around this site, then it may be time to do a lifestyle check. Check out Spot's 12 Steps to Quitting Facebook for ideas on stemming your social networking addiction.

Photo Sources: Efren Penaflorida (CNN), Jinkee and Krista (Spot), Taylor Lautner (Men's Health International), Xian Lim (Pep)

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