Happy hump day! It’s finally Wednesday, the time where you can be proud of yourself for getting through half of the week while also being just a little more time away from another weekend. If you need some pick-me-up news to power through the rest of the week, these feel-good stories may bring a smile to your face.
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In order to adapt to the restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, the Catholic Church has released guidelines to help communities in observing Lent properly while still following social distancing protocols. People who are unable to attend mass at the church in person can still join through masses on TV or online streaming. To receive ashes, “family members who were able to go to church for the celebration . . . will bring home ashes for them,” according to the PNA.
Treat yourself to a 500-milliliter Yakult
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Yakult lovers, rejoice! According to a conversation a netizen had with Yakult Philippines, the reason Yakult only came in small bottles is because “the products carry live culture that will be prone to contamination once it’s not consumed once.”
But apparently, a bigger version of your favorite probiotic drink actually exists! Japanese grocery store Tokyo Market PH is selling a 500-milliliter Yakult drink for PHP 130. But it’s not exactly the same as the original small-bottle version: it doesn’t carry the live culture due to the reason previously mentioned. Still, you can definitely enjoy a big bottle of this Yakult!
This Nanay frequented a PowerMac Store just to talk to her kids
In PowerMac Greenbelt, an elderly woman frequently drops by the store to use the demo MacBook to talk to her family. The kindhearted employees have allowed her to do this and even taught her how to use the MacBook properly. After netizen Walter So posted about her online, an anonymous donor worked with the store to be able to give Nanay her very own MacBook. Now she can contact her family from the comforts of her home.
An online store in Binondo is helping the unemployed in their area by giving them work as delivery couriers
A delivery rider used a bicycle to travel from Binondo, Manila to Bacoor, Cavite and deliver action figures. The customer, Michael Jamandre, was shocked when he saw the rider. When he asked the seller about it, he shared to Philippine Star, “Sabi nung store yes sir mga tambay dito sa amin ‘yan imbes na mag bisyo eh binibigyan namin ng trabaho.” Jamandre said he’s impressed with the store helping people in this small way and with the riders who are using bicycles to travel long distances.
Intramuros is reopening
Nearly a year since lockdown started, Intramuros is finally welcoming tourists to the walled city once again. Starting today at 2 PM, guests from ages 15 to 65 can visit Fort Santiago (daily, 12 PM to 8 PM), Casa Manila (Tuesday to Sunday, 8 AM to 5 PM), and baluarte de San Diego (Saturdays and Sundays, 8 AM to 5 PM). So if you’ve been itching to go an adventure but don’t want to go too far from the metro, Intramuros is the place to visit.
DOTA gets an anime
Gaming fans were surprised when Dota announced earlier today that a new anime series will delve into the world of the DOTA 2 game franchise. Netflix’s DOTA: Dragon’s Blood will be an eight-episode series to be released this March 25, 2021.
Cruella is almost here
Hello, Cruel World. New Trailer Tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/UpOkEX07M7
— Cruella (@cruella) February 16, 2021
We’ve finally got a teaser for the much-awaited film featuring fan-favorite villain from 101 Dalmatians. Disney released a character poster for the upcoming movie Cruella starring Emma Stone. In the poster, the actress displays a wild look in black and white. The film is reported to be an origin story for the villainess before she ever dog-napped the dalmatians, but we’ll get a clearer look later once the trailer drops. For now, just appreciate Emma Stone slaying in all these Cruella de Vil looks.
EMMA STONE AS CRUELLA HER SERVE INCOMING pic.twitter.com/ZplDd9Gx59
— dio (@rueonfilm) February 16, 2021
Japanese fans praise Filipino adaptation of Voltes V
Another much-awaited production is the Philippines’ live-action adaptation of well-loved anime Voltes V. And apparently, it’s not just Pinoys who are eagerly waiting. Fans in Japan, where the series was originally from, have also offered positive reactions to the teasers for the live-action. Youtuber RobzTV compiled reactions from Japanese fans on Twitter. Even the singer of the original Voltes V theme song Michiko Horie praised the show.
What other feel-good stories do you have that would make you say “Yay, it’s Wednesday”? Share them with us!