Saturday, January 18, 2014

Let's Do The News! (January 18, 2014)

Things We Learned This Week:

1) Dove Cameron and Olivia Holt are my picks for the night

Image source: Radio Disney Tumblr

Disney Channel aired not one, not two, but three cool stuff earlier that night. There was a latest episode of Liv and Maddie where the twins switch places, then there's a new DCOM titled Cloud 9 which stars Dove Cameron as Kayla Morgan and newbie Luke Benward as Will Cloud. It's extreme at its best...literally. After that, Girl Vs. Monster's Olivia Holt returns and stars in a brand new show titled I Didn't Do It! This's all about five misfits get into all sorts of trouble and when bad things happened, there's only one answer: I DIDN'T DO IT!!! Hope you guys enjoyed it.

2) Typhoon Agaton

Typhoon Agaton, the first storm of the year, killed 37 people and injured 65 people as of last night. Yesterday at 4:00PM, Agaton spotted 165km northeast of Surigao del Sur with 55kph of winds near the center. So far, signal no. 1 is placed in 9 provinces.

3) Cyberporn is Philippine's no. 1 crime

Forget snatching, kidnapping, and corruption. The number one crime in the Philippines involved cyberpornography because this crime is prevalent throughout the country that law enforces considered it the worst crime of the nation, more menacing than illegal drug trade. Such criminal activities put the Philippines one of the top ten nations where cyberpornography is common.

4) The Oscars 2014 Nominations

There's the list of the nominations for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, where the winners will be announced on the 2nd of March, 2014. Here are the full list of nominees:

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Judi Dench, Philomena
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
June Squibb, Nebraska
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
The Wind Rises
Ernest & Celestine

David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

The Grandmaster
Inside Llewyn Davis

Costume Design
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave

Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture

Documentary Feature
The Act Of Killing
Cutie And The Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet From Stardom

Documentary Short Subject
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Film Editing
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave

Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

Original Score
The Book Thief
Saving Mr. Banks

 Original Song
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone
“Happy” from Despicable Me 2
“Let It Go” from Frozen
“The Moon Song” from Her
“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Production Design
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
12 Years a Slave

Short Film, Animated
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom

Short Film, Live Action
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Sound Editing
All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

Visual Effects
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

Original Screenplay
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club

Adapted Screenplay
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

5) Bugatti boss warns that there will be no powerful Veyron or Galiber

The president of Bugatti, Wolfgang Scheiber, warned that there won't be a more powerful Veyron or a production version of the four-door Galiber concept. It stated from an exclusive interview from Top Gear but the Bugatti boss says that the Veyron successor will redefine the benchmarks.

6) Why I'm so enjoying the Japanese version of Let It Go?

We all enjoy the Frozen theme song titled Let It Go I the only one enjoying the Japanese version of this song? JPop singer May J. did the Japanese version of Let It Go, in case you never heard of it. Frozen (日本名:アナと雪の女王) hits Japanese theaters this March 2014.

7) Hamburg wants to be CAR-FREE within the next two decades

The German city of Hamburg hates cars and according to a report, this city wants to get rid of cars on the roads once and for all in two decades time. Hamburg spokeswoman Angelika Fritsch said that this city will offer people opportunities to hike, swim, do water sports, enjoy picnics, restaurants, and other stuff in the city more than driving. Hmmm...

8) R.I.P. Roger Lloyd Pack

Veteran British actor Roger Lloyd-Pack died at the age of 69 from pancreatic cancer.


Boy Abunda, IHAW NA!

For the first time, on the January 17, 2014's Banana Nite's IHAW NA segment, Boy Abunda is the guest. You could commonly see him everyday; Bandila on Weeknights, Bottomline on Saturday, and Buzz ng Bayan on Sunday. This guy bares all in the name of being a self-styled king of talk.


On the January 17, 2014 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Treasure Hunt gags

- We check out what would a Rich Kid and a Poor Kid do in stuff like meeting with friends, treats, and got his phone snatched.

- IKAW AT ANG INA acknowledges...too much makeup!!!

- Mag-out na si Junior!

- Bubble Gang does Yakult by spoofing this commercial as JKULT! Mabu-tiyan.

- Tata Lino is always here to help you...

- Treating him like a dog...literally.

- The Dingga Rap!

- Average people...with star potentials.

- A night at a museum with a guard and two statues.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Lexus CT200h Minor Change

2014 Lexus CT200h

So, Toyota Motor Corporation kicks off the year 2014 with a new model launch and for a start, it's a facelifted Lexus CT200h hybrid hatchback. Although it's not as sharp-dressed as any other rivals from Europe, the CT is positioned as the cheapest Lexus money can buy so, for this 2014 minor change, how about a little 47 second science?

2014 Lexus CT200h

For its 2014 minor change, the CT now gains the Japanese luxury brand's signature Spindle Grille, first applied on the Lexus GS two years ago. It maybe sounds more predatory but the new face always in tune with the times of today's trends.

2014 Lexus CT200h interior

2014 Lexus CT200h interior

On the interior, there's not much to see of a change except some minor adjustments and tweaks on the software. However, there are over 80 variations of the selection patter of the interior color and seat upholstery. The seat upholstery now adopts L tex, don't know what it is, and depending on the variant, there are numerous seat colors to choose, sure enough to make it yours and unique.

What about performance? Well, not much of change here on the 2ZR-FXE 1.8L engine connected to a 3JM electric motor and the conventional nickel metal battery. Running on engine alone, it produces 99PS of power and 142Nm of torque while running on electric motor alone, it produces 82PS of power and 207Nm of torque. However, the biggest change here is its fuel economy and the base model will have a JC08 mode-calculated fuel economy of 30.4kmpl while higher-end models get around 26.6kmpl of fuel economy.

Steering wise, it still comes with the rack and pinion power steering while the suspension system relies on MacPherson struts on the front and double wishbones at the back. Not quite surprising but when you discover the Drive Mode Selector, you can select to three modes such as ECO for economical driving, NORMAL for well-balanced, and SPORT which makes the suspension get even harder for tight cornering.

2014 Lexus CT200h F-Sport

There's even an F-SPORT model as well and in this model, it comes with a rear-spoiler, a scary-looking front face, rear bumper, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and a black roof while on the inside, it comes with a new Dark Rose Leather, Dark Rose and Black, slate gray and black fabric. Don't get too comfy on this one because the F-Sport comes with a track-tuned suspension which some say it's made for even tighter cornering and emotional driving feel. Not quite sure but when it gets understeer, it really wasn't their fault.

The 2014 CT200h starts at 3,560,000 Japanese Yen up to 4,480,000 Yen, including consumption tax.

Available colors: White Pearl Crystal Shine, Mercury Grey Mica, Platinum Silver Metallic, Black, Black Opal Mica, Red Mica Crystal Shine, Mader Red, Fire Agate Mica Metallic, Flare Yellow Mica Metallic, Exceed Blue Metallic, and White Nova Glass Flake.

Photo: Toyota Motor Corporation

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Kim Chiu, IHAW NA!

On the January 15, 2014's Banana Nite's IHAW NA segment, the guest of the day is none other than the lovely Kim Chiu. A Chinese-Filipina born from Cebu, Kim Chiu's big break dates back when she was a housemate from Pinoy Big Brother, alongside Gerald Anderson. Life after PBB, Kim Chiu has been featured in several TV dramas, movies, and commercials. She used to have a love team alongside Gerald Anderson but now, she's moved on to Xian Lim since My Binondo Girl and the movie adaptation of a best-seller novel "Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?"

Meanwhile, we check out what does a SINGLE, IN A RELATIONSHIP, and IT'S COMPLICATED do in stuff like...weightlifting, and paying bills at a restaurant.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Let's Do The News! (January 15, 2014)

The big scoop today...

OFW Caregiver is Israeli X-Factor champ

This is one of the most trending topics spiralled on the net recently as a Filipina caregiver in Israel, Rose Fostanes, became the winner of X Factor Israel. Having working as a caregiver in Israel for two decades, Rose ever dreamt about being a singer and the Israeli version of The X Factor gave it a shot of her life. At first glance, she might feared that most Israelis will ignore her because she's a foreigner competing in a reality show for Israeli talents but the tables are turned when her take on Lady Gaga's "You and I" shook the competition into standing ovation, receiving the most votes via text messages and the show's website, and risen to celebrity status. In the eyes of Israeli talents, they see to her as what Susan Boyle does to Britain's Got Talent five years ago.


John Button, Jenson's dad, passed away

John Button is known to be a rallycross racer in the 70's and well known as the dad of F1 racer Jenson Button. Sadly, Jenson's dad passed away because of a suspected heart attack. He died at the South of France last Sunday.


Britain's first pay-as-you-go cafe

Somewhere in Shoreditch, London, there is a cafe where you can pay-as-you-go to use their internet. The food, beverages, and internet access are free but you have to pay 1.80 GBP per hour or 3 pence per minute for your stay. It's called the Ziferblat cafe, and it's located at 388 Old Street. It's the first UK branch of a Russian chain as there are 11 branches in Russia with the first opening in Moscow in 2011.


US Court rejected Net Neutrality rules

Well, that doesn't sound right to us, netizens, because recently, the US Appeals Court rejected federal guidelines that stated that ISPs must treat all internet traffic equally. This decision provides the groundwork for broadband providers and carriers to charge extra fees for faster internet access to certain services or sites. This is the second time courts ruled against net neutrality as the first one happened four years ago.



Cars GT6 Should Put (Volume 20)

In a galaxy far far away, just off our backyard, lies Leopaul's Blog; boldly pushing the boundaries of car culture because there's some CARS GT6 SHOULD PUT.

Cars like...

1) Marussia B2 '10

Made in the communist nation of Russia, the Marussia is definitely the communist car we all like not only because this is by no means the most unique supercar ever made, but it's also one of the best cornering supercars in existence. The top-spec version is powered by a 2.8L Cosworth V6 turbo engine developing 420HP of power and 600Nm of torque. It can do 0-60mph in under four seconds and top speed over 150mph.

Marussia B2

2) Subaru Levorg 2.0 GT-S EyeSight '14

Unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the new Levorg is a new-generation "real sports tourer" that takes on a new spin on station wagons in its class. The name Levorg is a portmanteau of the words Legacy, Revolution, and Touring. It has the similar sizing of the current Legacy Touring Wagon but available engines offered are turbocharged and connected with Subaru's Lineartronic CVT gearbox. It comes with the 1.6L DIT engine producing 170PS of power and the 2.0L DIT engine producing 300PS of power. Although its CVT is going to be the issue for us, I just want to see if the Levorg stacks up with the other station wagons offered on Gran Turismo 6.

3) Suzuki Hustler 660 X Turbo '14

This is one of the most bizarre-looking kei cars offered by well as the name itself. The Hustler is as marketed as the first-ever kei-crossover but despite its crossover looks, it's still a kei car and not much else. It was showcased at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, went on sale in January 2014, and it's offered with a 660cc engine, normal or turbocharged, mated with either a CVT or a 5MT. Did I also mention that the Hustler also comes with an optional 4WD system? Even though the Hustler is not my type, I just want to have one in my Gran Turismo 6 garage to see what it's like.

スズキ ハスラー 試乗レポート/今井優杏

4) Pagani Zonda Revolucion '13

With only five of these track-only models made, the Zonda Revolucion succeeds where the Zonda R left off. The 6.0L V12 sourced from AMG now churns out a mighty 800HP of power and 730Nm torque. Because of its lightweight processes, the Revolucion has a stronger power-to-weight ratio than the Bugatti Veyron, so it's got to be mighty fast in the straights and in the corners. This is truly a must have for every GT players should this Zonda Revolucion find its way here.

5) HKS Racing Performer (ZN6)

The HKS-tuned Toyota 86 is Nobuteru Taniguchi's machine for the D1GP 2013. The FA20 engine has been tweaked and enlarged to 2.2L and with HKS' blend of supercharging, Nobu's 86 now produces 580PS of power output. Aside from that, HKS spent a lot of time gearing this 86 up with their signature transmission, clutch, and suspension as well as a wide array of HKS parts. It runs on ADVAN NEOVA AD08 tires. What amazed me that this 86 is one of the quickest tuned 86's to lap round the Tsukuba Circuit in 0:58.808 respectively. Quite a record set by Nobu but we sure want one if GT6 wishes to add it!

The results please? So when one of these cars showed up in future updates on GT6, you can't say I have a little bit to do with that.

Take that to Kaz Yamauchi!

What's in our Car Town garage today? (January 15, 2014)

What's in our Car Town garage today?

2025 Mazda Kaan

At the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, a selection of carmakers send on their top designers to envision futuristic concepts fit for the year 2025. For Mazda, their vision 2025 is an electric racer designed to compete in the E1 races. They foresee that in the future, the freeways of California have been resurfaced with a sub-level electro conductive polymer that powers modern electric cars. The Kaan's inspiration comes from electric fields and textures from nature. It comes with a patented electronic tire system to send the Kaan at a top speed of over 250mph with no harmful emissions.

2025 Mazda Kaan

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

The iconic RS200 is Ford's rally legend made to compete for the WRC's Group B racing. To comply with homologation regulations, 200 of these models were made. By the time the RS200 is ready to compete, major carmakers competing in this group have been struggling and numerous fatal accidents spell the end of Group B rallying but the RS200 story didn't end there. What they did to the remaining 200 cars is adding some carpets on it and make it a road-going supercar. The road cars can reach a 0-60mph time in a sub-6 second mark and most geared at 150mph, all with four-wheel drive. Even today, the RS200 is a rarity.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

1983 Lancia 037 Stradale

One of the most memorable rally cars made for Group B rallying, the 037 is loosely based on the Montecarlo and it's served as the replacement to the iconic Stratos. Developed in cooperation with Abarth, the 037 is powered by a 2.0L engine from a Fiat Abarth 131, developing 265HP of power. At the hands of Markku Alén, Attilio Bettega, and Walter Röhrl, the Lancia 037 is the last rear-wheel drive to win the WRC, especially the manufacturer's world championship in 1983. As always, for homologation purposes, 200 road-going versions are made and the road-legal version produces 60HP less than the rally car.

1983 Lancia 037 Stradale

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Let's Do The News! (January 14, 2014)

The big scoop today...

Senator Recto warned P-Noy about emergency powers

While the whole power issue is all around with us ever since electric bills gone skyrocketing, leaving us penniless for obvious reasons, Senator Ralph Recto, yesterday, warned President Noynoy Aquino about "emergency powers" because such political risks could "electrocute" him, not literally but metaphorically speaking. He also warns that once P-Noy has his hands on the emergency powers, solving today's energy crisis would deem to be difficult.

Report: related news...

P-Noy's performance rating dropped by 6% in last month's Pulse Asia survey, in the midst of controversy over his administration's poor performance in the aftermath of Superstorm Yolanda last November 2013. However, the Malacañang Palace stated that "3 out of 4 Filipinos" remained loyal to the President, based on the survey, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.


About last night's lunar halo

The social media made a buzz regarding the moon with a ring about it. PAGASA stated that it's a normal occurrence and this "lunar halo" is a reflection of ice crystals brought by high clouds. It's caused by the LPA in the Visayas.


Former import player arrested

Tom Randall, a former import player of the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association, the PBA's precursor, was arrested for child abuse. NBI officials and the DSWD raided Randall's nursing home, which is an orphanage, after reports saying he molested about 30 children under his guardianship.


Teletubbies take on North Korea?!

Now this is weird news to us but for the United Kingdom; in order to take down the North Korean regime, all they need is some good quality British telly. Foreign Secretary William Hague told that the BBC is negotiating North Korea's state run television to provide British shows such as Teletubbies, Top Gear, Doctor Who, and any other British shows as long as its not offending the regime.

"You couldn't send Dad's Army as it is about war. But Teletubbies could be an option, or The Good Life, with a bit of gardening and squabbling in the kitchen." He said.

I know, this whole idea of British programming on North Korean television sounds crazy but will it work as if they did in the fall of the Berlin Wall?


Hasbro renews MLP for next season!

While Season 4 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is still with us for a while, Hasbro announced that they're renewing it for a fifth season! Such success really deserves a new lease of life, especially for a girly show that attracts grown men. He he he...

Report: other related news...

Ashleigh Ball, the Casting Voice behind MLP's Rainbow Dash and Applejack, recently joined Twitter! I know, she was recently added an hour ago but you're more than welcome to follow her! Her Twitter handle is @ash_leigh_ball

...I almost forgot...

The casting voice behind Rarity, Claire Corlett, now has her own Twitter account also. Stop by her Twitter account if you have something to ask! Her Twitter handle is @ClaireMCorlett

C7 Z06

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Welcome the all-new Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06, the ultimate Corvette at this moment of time. At first glance, it looks like the new C7 Corvette Stingray but with the Z06, a fine array of aerodynamic upgrades are added to give it more of an aggression to this American sportscar. Also, the old 7.0L V8 has been thrown away and replaced with a more powerful supercharged LT4 6.2L V8 engine producing 625HP of power. It maybe about less than the C6 ZR1 but the new Z06 is more powerful than the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 or the Ferrari 458 Speciale! It's offered with either a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

The new Z06 is set to be on sale next year.

Toyota FT-1 Concept

NAIAS 2014: Toyota will blow you away with this FT-1 concept
2014 Toyota FT-1 Concept

For the NAIAS 2014, Toyota showcased a concept sportscar called the FT-1.  This sporty concept car previews its new design language as well as the future of Toyota's sportscars. Not only it was designed at Toyota's Calty Design studio in Michigan but the folks at Gran Turismo helped them create this masterpiece and oh! You can drive one in tomorrow's update on the Gran Turismo 6 video game exclusively on the PS3!


Monday, January 13, 2014

Let's Do The News! (January 13, 2014)

The big scoop today...

Golden Globe Awards 2014

In case you missed this year's Golden Globe Awards, here are the list of winners, just so to let you know:

BEST TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES: Behind the Candelabra

Next-generation F150 revealed

2015 Ford F-150

The best-selling pickup truck in America, the Ford F-150, underwent a full-model change and for its full model change, the all new F-150 comes with brand new technologies first for its class. It is the first pickup to come with an 8-inch screen, 360-degree camera view, inflatable rear seat belts, smarter trailer tow module, LED sideview mirror spotlights, LED headlamps, Active Park Assist, BOXLINK interchangable cargo management system, power tailgate lock and release, and 12-corner crush boxes for improved front impack protection. It comes with the all-new 2.7 EcoBoost petrol engine with idling stop system as well as the 3.5L EcoBoost and the 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine.

This car is set for its 2014 NAIAS debut this week and it will go on sale before the end of 2014.

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Shorter work days for tobacco workers because of SIN TAX

A year after the Sin Tax Reform Law of 2012 was signed into law, workers at the Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) are facing problems. According to the president of the labor union of PMFTC, the company cut work days until the month of May. Tensions between the union and PMFTC grew in the last week of 2013 after plant management delayed its 2014 production plans, making the workers worrying that the management is on the risk of shutting down operations.


Nissan GT Academy graduates achieved class win at the Dubai 24 Hours

At the 2014 Dubai 24 Hours endurance race, those recent Nissan GT Academy graduates - USA’s Nick McMillen, Europe’s Miguel Faisca (Portugal), Russia’s Stanislav Aksenov and Germany’s Florian Strauss - take control of a race-spec #123 NISMO 370Z race car. In the end, they came 25th overall and a SP2-class win with 513 laps completed.

The #126 NISMO 370Z racer was piloted by former F1 driver Karun Chandhok, V8 Supercar racer James Moffat, ADR-Delta LMP2 racer Tor Graves and first-ever GT Academy graduate Lucas Ordoñez. Things are looking good but as the race intensifies, reliability issues hit the #126, sending them 73 laps behind the recent graduates but still snagged a 3rd-place in class to send the GT Academy 2013 graduates on a SP2-class win.


Kris Aquino decides to remain in ABS-CBN

In order to secure the future of her two sons, Bimby and Joshua, celeb Kris Aquino decided to renew contracts with ABS-CBN despite rumors that she was offered by Manny V. Pangilinan to leave the Kapamilya network for good. The queen of all media will be renewing contracts with ABS-CBN tomorrow, as stated in the January 12 episode of Buzz Ng Bayan.


Bea Rose's dad provoked because of lies

This is one of the biggest issues occurred this year because ever since Miss International 2013 winner Bea Rose Santiago got interviewed by Buzz Ng Bayan, she said that she did apologized to her dad, Paul Valencia Santiago, the person who abandoned her when she was young. Days after the interview, her dad posted a very long response on his Facebook account stating that what Bea Rose said about her family a lie. It says...

“This is in reply to what my daughter Bea Rose Santiago had falsely and maliciously said during her interview last Sunday (January 5, 2014) in the Buzz ng Bayan."

“Also, this is an overdue reply to all the innuendos that had been levelled against me by Bea's mother Ophelia Monterde who deceitfully uses her deceased mother's name in her Facebook account."

“I would like to point out that I am issuing this statement not to ride on the 'popularity' of my daughter, I have kept silent for a long time but I can no longer stand the lies and malicious imputations that are being hurled against me by my own flesh and blood."



Sunday, January 12, 2014

Let's Do The News! (January 12, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- Tonight at 10:00PM, Philippine Standard Time, on ABS-CBN, there's a documentary about climate change presented by Cheche Lazaro, titled PANAHON NA. From Probe Productions, PANAHON NA tackles on the risks of climate change and why is the Philippines is highly prone to natural calamities such as typhoons, drought, and others, as well as the world around us. Ever since typhoons, big and small, hit the Philippines at random occurrences, our country became the third nation vulnerable to climate change. In this documentary, scientists, experts and disaster-reduction managers identify, assess, and explain the vulnerabilities of various areas in the country. They discuss what Filipinos can do to prepare and mitigate the consequences of climate change.

Cheche Lazaro Presents PANAHON NA airs tonight at 10:00PM, Philippine Standard Time, on ABS-CBN and learn how we can prevent every calamity to become a disaster.

- Audi revealed the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept car and it's set to debut at this week's 2014 NAIAS at the Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan. Although, this concept crossover is a bit of a decent looking machine, it also previews the next evolution of Audi design...I think.

Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept

- Drifting in Saudi Arabia with a front-wheel drive car can be extremely mental for daredevils and doing it on a public roads can be menacing and deadly. Because of that, the Arab government is adjusting laws against the Arab drift. Sources say that whoever caught doing it for the first time will be sent to trial and confiscate the car for a month, plus a $2,700 fine.

- The Visayas region of the Philippines is now a typhoon belt, areas commonly prone to typhoons, as acknowledged by an Climate Change Commission official. This region is again in the path of this year's first LPA named Agaton if it intensifies into a tropical depression. A PAGASA forecaster said that this LPA's chances of turning into a storm is slim because of the northeast monsoon or Hanging Amihan. As of 4:00PM yesterday, the LPA was estimated at 250km southeast of General Santos City.

About 20 domestic flights are cancelled today.

- The Colorado-based 2015 GMC Canyon midsize pickup has been revealed and for this full model change, it feels like it's the little brother of the GMC Sierra pickup. Set for 2014 NAIAS debut, the new generation Canyon comes with the best-in-class power from the 2.5L and the 3.6L V6 petrol engine, best-in-class payload, best-in-class maximum trailering rating, and greater capability with a 2.8L Duramax Diesel engine coming in 2016 model year.

2015 GMC Canyon

- The Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is ranked as the No. 2 Googled Philippine destination according to a CNN report.

- The cruise ship Grand Princess, supposed to be on a 15-day cruise in the Pacific on a San Francisco-Hawaii-San Francisco route scheduled to arrive on the 19th of January, 2014, has been delayed due to a ship worker, mostly a Filipino one, jumping overboard. CCTV footage saw the ship worker fall from the vessel and since then, the crew along with the Coast Guard and other ships have been searching to find the lost Filipino crew member.

- Last week, a former Miss Venezuela turned actress Monica Spear and her former husband were killed in a highway robbery after resisting robbers by locking the doors of their car and her daughter was wounded. Hundreds of mourners waited in long lines days after her brutal murder in Caracas to pay tribute to the late beauty queen turned actress.

- QUICK REMINDER: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics starts from February 7 to February 23, 2014, in case you forgot. Oh yeah, over the course, I'll be setting up some kind of special segment later on during the course of the games. Schedules on games at

- Kids, tell your mommies and daddies! Premiering this January 20 on the Disney Junior channel is the newest addition to the DJ line. It's Sheriff Callie's Wild West! In our newest addition to the Disney family, toddlers welcome the newest Sheriff in town. The lovable kitty-cat Sheriff Callie is the bravest and most thoughtful leader that ever roamed the Wild West. When bad things happen in the town of Nice & Friendly, it's up to Sheriff Callie and her friends to save the day.

The new show airs this January 20 on Disney Junior. Check local listings.

Sheriff Callie's Wild West

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