The BER months are here! It has officially been 173 days since the country was first put under community quarantine. Well, kumusta ka naman? We hope you’re doing as well as can be even as the world continues to be as weird as possible.
Tiktok for all ages!
@mrjosemarichanDid I do it correctly? 😅♬ original sound – mrjosemarichan
September marks the start of the Pinoy Christmas season, so of course, who else would welcome us but our favorite Christmas caroler, Mr. Jose Mari Chan? And while you can’t enjoy his voice crooning over the mall speakers when you’re out shopping for gifts, you’d still see him everywhere — yes, even Tiktok. He’s so cute UWU
~iT rEalLy huRtS~ (yourlolagets version)
Eto pala yun! HAHAHA Lintyak!
It really hurts sa tuhod ko 😂 pic.twitter.com/GTyrP8ubIe
— Gina Pareño (@yourlolagets) September 3, 2020
Nobody was shocked when Mimiyuuuh’s newest Tiktok dance challenge went viral, but maybe some of us were surprised that it’s not just your usual millennial or gen-Z Tiktokers joining the challenge – your lolo and lola probably did it, too. Just look at veteran actress Gina Pareño, whose knees unfortunately acted up after all that action. But if it makes for a good Tiktok vid, it’s all good, yeah?
White? Sand? In? Manila? Bay?
TINGNAN: Bahagi ng Baywalk sa Manila Bay, tinatambakan na ng white sand galing Cebu.
Ayon sa DENR, bahagi ito ng plano na gawing mala-Boracay ang Manila Bay | via @aprilrafales pic.twitter.com/N7biLS8SA4
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) September 3, 2020
The Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) announced that as part of the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, they’ve brought in tons of “white sand” from Cebu to turn the bay into something resembling Boracay. According to DENR, the color white will serve as a reminder to keep the bay clean. While the idea seems to come from a good place, environmentalists don’t agree with the long-term effects this new variable will have on the bay.
Fun fact: the “white sand” they brought to Manila Bay isn’t actually white sand because transporting white sand isn’t allowed. Apparently, those are actually pulverized dolomite rocks.
Is honestly always the best policy?
Elsewhere in another branch of the Philippine government, the newly appointed president and CEO of PhilHealth admits he doesn’t know anything about public health. Unfortunately, while some Pinoy netizens appreciate his honesty (check out the comment section!), many still criticized the appointment due to the desperate need to fill the gaps in PhilHealth amid the pandemic.
Up the movie IRL
When the movie Up was first released, audiences around the world wondered if it’s really possible to fly using helium balloons. The question of flying a house with balloons is still up in the air (pun intended), but magician and illusionist David Blaine just proved that yes, it’s possible to fly solo with just helium balloons. And what a feat it was.
Kite flying gone wrong
A kid in Taiwan accidentally got latched onto a kite. Fortunately the kid is safe. pic.twitter.com/ftLsyglxBd
— Toon Seri Anthraxxxx (@anthraxxxx) August 30, 2020
Another kind of flying happened on our side of the world. Taiwan saw a girl accidentally go flying after accidentally getting stuck on a huge kite. Thankfully, she was safely rescued with the help of the crowd. We just hope it doesn’t happen again.
A 3D printed steak is here and this is the press photo pic.twitter.com/JwZd8pXJxX
— Ｊｅｓｓｅ Ｈｉｒｓｃｈ (@Jesse_Hirsch) September 1, 2020
3D printing has been in use for quite a while now that the novelty has worn off. Even some edible items like fruits have been created as early as 2014. And now we’ve got printed steak, which is made of soy and pea proteins, coconut fat, sunflower oil, and a bunch of other things that, of course, are trade-secret. But don’t worry, the company behind the printed steak says it’s all plant-based and vegan. (*whispers* but what if it’s cake?)
Just like you and me
It is a fantastic gift. https://t.co/kkj63YGHI0
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 2, 2020
Celebs! They’re just like us! Exhibit A: Arnold Schwarzenegger is on Reddit. Arnold Schwarzenegger finds something he likes on Reddit. Arnold Schwarzenegger tells the person he wants to buy it. Except unlike us, he got to pay for it with an autographed photo. Cool.
What other unusual news did you find this week? Share them with us below!