1 Philippine Miss Universe 2016 bet Maxine Medina finished as one of the Top 6 finalists during yesterday’s 65th Miss Universe competition. But Maxine received social media backlash when she opted to speak in English during the pageant’s question and answer round—even though she had an interpreter relay the question in Tagalog. ‘Let’s move on. It’s already done,’ she quipped when asked about the issue during a post-pageant interview. (ABS-CBN)
2 ICYDK, Miss Universe 2016 first runner-up Raquel Pelissier of Haiti is of Filipino descent! The graduate student revealed in an interview that she hopes to be more connected to her Pinoy roots on her mother’s side: “Before coming here in the Philippines, I was really excited because from my mom’s side, I have Filipino blood, and since I was little, they used to tell me that I never lived with that side of the family, but I’m interested in learning about the culture and that’s why I’m happy to be here.” (GMA Network)
3 Supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid have joined the New York protest against President Trump’s refugee ban in America. Both of Gigi and Bella’s parents are US immigrants—their mother Yolanda Hadid is Dutch-American while their father Mohamed Hadid is Jordanian-American and Muslim. (People.com)
4 Ashton Kutcher is another Hollywood celeb who has been vocally anti-Trump in his sentiments towards the refugee ban in America. Ashton opened up on Twitter about how the new executive order affects his wife Mila Kunis. At age 7, Mila moved to the US from Soviet Ukraine with a refugee visa during the Cold War. (Teen Vogue)
My wife came to this country on a refugee visa in the middle of the Cold War! My blood is boiling right now!— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) January 29, 2017
We have never been a nation built on fear. Compassion that is the root ethic of America. Our differences are fundamental 2R sustainability.— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) January 29, 2017
5 Here’s the first official cast photo of Oceans Eight! Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina lead the all-female cast. Too bad we have a looong wait until June 2018 for the film’s release!