BTS is without a doubt, the biggest boy band in Asia, and arguably in the world today.
They have millions of followers that are called ARMY. The ARMYs will go out of their way to defend their most beloved idols.
There has already been one instance when the ARMYs got a real estate agent fired in defense of BTS.
Recently, BTS was in New York and visited a Korean BBQ Restaurant called Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong. It was also reported that Jungkook, one of the members of BTS, is a fan of Baekjong’s sister restaurant in LA.
This restaurant is highly regarded as one of the best in its category, getting high ratings ever since its opening. Celebrities are even commonly seen dining there.
But when co-owner Bobby Kwak compared the BTS to another K-pop group Big Bang, the ARMYs were none too pleased.
In an Instagram post, Kwak said, “Maybe I am being too harsh or maybe it’s way past my time but I feel like Big Bang had more talent than BTS. Kinda like Jordan vs. Lebron debate but I will admit they are slowly growing on me. At least they know where to get good KBBQ.”
The ARMYs immediately went on Yelp and gave the restaurant low ratings.
Some ARMYs accused the restaurant of setting up hidden cameras and filming people, including celebrities, without consent, something which management denied.
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Just want to apologize to BTS and all the BTS fans out there. The video taken yesterday was not done by Baekjeong the restaurant but by myself personally while i was eating there. There are no hidden cameras and i take full responsibility. I got star struck. I hope all the fans and the members of BTS will be forgiving and know it was done with zero malice.
Kwak, in a new Instagram post, apologized saying, “Just want to apologize to BTS and all the BTS fans out there. The video taken yesterday was not done by Baekjeong the restaurant but by myself personally while I was eating there. There are no hidden cameras and I take full responsibility. I got starstruck. I hope all the fans and the members of BTS will be forgiving and know it was done with zero malice.”
Some people love their pets deeply and would do anything for them, but one owner might have taken it a bit too far. Emma was a healthy Shih Tzu mix who had to be put down because her owner wanted her to be buried with her.
On March 8, Emma arrived at Chesterfield Country Animal Shelter in Chesterfield, Virginia where she stayed for two weeks after her owner’s death. During that time, the shelter remained in contact with the executor of the dead woman’s estate and tried to convince them to sign over the dog and keep it alive.
“We did suggest they could sign the dog over on numerous occasions because it’s a dog we could easily find a home for and re-home,” said Carrie Jones, manager of Chesterfield Animal Services told CNN affiliate WWBT.
The spokesperson of the Chesterfield Country Police told the CNN that on March 22 the executor of the woman’s estate came to the shelter to get the dog. The shelter again tried to have the dog signed over to be adopted, but the executor declined.
According to the WWBT report, Emma was taken to a local veterinarian, euthanized, and taken to a pet cremation center in Richmond, Virginia. Her ashes were placed in an urn and returned to the representative of the woman’s estate.
There are cemeteries in the US where it is legal to be buried with your pet. In 2014, Virginia enacted a law to make it legal. The law allows a cemetery to have a section devoted to humans and for the pets of the deceased humans.
There are sections where pets and humans are buried together, but they must be clearly marked. No pets may be buried in the same grave as a human. Other states like Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey have similar laws.
Some states allow humans to be cremated then have their ashes buried in pet cemeteries. Others allow pets to be buried with humans in a family plot but some states forbid it entirely.
According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association, licensed veterinarians, certified euthanasia technicians, animal control officers, and human investigators in Virginia are allowed to perform euthanasia but finding one willing to do so on a healthy pet could be challenging.
Veterinarian Dr. Kenny Lucas of Shady Grove Animal Clinic offered his views on euthanizing an animal.
“Whenever we’re faced with a euthanasia situation, it’s a very emotional situation—and beyond everything we talk about—that we need to do ethically, and we’ve taken an oath to do,” he told WWBT. “Also it’s something we take home too. It weighs on us as professionals.”
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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Grey has “exchanged pleasantries” with President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, December 20, before she headed to New York.
Grey was in Manila for a quick visit just days after her victory in Bangkok, Thaland on Monday, December 17.
She is the 4th Filipina to win the crown and title.
The President and the beauty queen met at the Villamor Air Base around 6:20pm on Thursday as she was set to leave the country after.
According to Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, the President expressed his gratitude to Grey for winning the prestegious competition.
“They are just exchanging pleasantries. He thanked her for bringing the crown. He said everybody is euphoric about her win.”
Grey will be based in New York during her Miss Universe reign. She is scheduled to return to the Philippines early next year for a formal homecoming celebration.
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American singer Brian McKnight is in the Philippines for his concert series.
In an interview with ABS-CBN, he shared how thrilled he is to be back in the country, especially now that he has a greater connection with Filipinos than before.
McKnight and his Filipina girlfriend of three years, Leilani Malia Mendoza, tied the knot last New Year’s Eve in Oheka Castle, New York. The couple has been together since 2014 and got engaged in 2017.
Now that he’s married to a Filipina, he was really looking forward to be back in the Philippines.
“Well, I guess now it starts with my wife and her family. Being married to a Filipina is a fantastic thing. My love for Filipino food has gone through the roof.”
When he was asked what endeared him the most about the Philippines, he answered, “Just the love.”
The singer added, “There is so much love here. So many people, as you meet them and you come back year after year, and you see how much they love you… They constantly tell you that they love you. There is so much heartfelt love for the kind of music that I do.”
He also grateful toward his fans who continuously supports his music even though some have been released way back in the 90s.
McKnight has previously collaborated with Filipino singers such as Martin Nievera, Regine Velasquez, Gary V, and Kyla.
His hits include One Last Cry, Back at One, and 8, 6, 12.
Sarah Geronimo has once again been recognized by an international award giving body.
The Pop Star Royalty recently won two trophies from the New York-based Big Apple Music Awards (BAMA). She was named as the Best Filipino Act and Most Popular BAMA Artist.
The good news was made on the Instagram account of the awards show on Friday, November 30, coinciding with its ceremony.
It was noted that the singer’s trophies has been sent to her.
BAMA has been held annually since 2004 and has named international artists from Central Asia, Caucasus, and Middle East.
Other recipients of awards were Rossa, who won the Best Indonesian Artist; KPOP group Super Junior, who was named the Best Korean Pop Artist; Ahlam, who got the Icon Award; and Ramy Ayach, who won the Best Middle Eastern Artist.
The winners were determined by “membership participants” and according to BAMA’s Facebook page, “There are no “pre-nominations” and not allow the exchange of vows. Managers that call other managers to discuss strategies to contribute to the disqualification of the product and affect artists. The process will be of the value that we give those who participate in the process, and that will be nominated or winning remains important in the career of an artist.”
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Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach guested on New York radio show “Sway in the Morning” on January 8 as part of her media rounds before she return to the Philippines on January 23.
During her guesting, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach said that she has no hard feeling for Steve Harvey and even wants to show him around the Philippines. She talked about major attractions in the Philippines such as Boracay, Manila and more. Wurtzbach also speaks how Americanized the Philippines is. She also shared her advocacy about HIV and AIDS relief organizations as well as her cyber bullying campaigns.
Pia’s cover of Britney Spears’ hit song ‘Baby One More Time’ on their ‘Karaoke’ time became one of the highlights of her guesting in “Sway in the Morning.”
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Do you know where’s the newest playground for children?
Kids ages 6 to 12 can now party inside New York’s hottest night clubs. Held once a month, the dance parties feature child DJ’s and professional dancers to entertain children.
Fuzipop, a company that organises parties for kids at major night clubs in Manhattan, aims to “inspire the next generation of DJs, music producers, artists, dancers and music business moguls. Growing up in New York City is a unique one-of-a-kind experience and city kids deserve an event of the same stature.”
For $20, a parent and a child get to access a safe nightclub-like environment in The Big Apple. A family of four is charged $60.
Founded by couple Jesse Sprague and Jenny Song, the idea of a family entertainment business came up after they held their first son’s birthday party at one of the clubs where Sprague used to work.
Sprague, who worked as a DJ for 20 years explained the concept of their business: ”They get to come into a really cool space, socialize with their friends, get away from televisions, ipads and tablets, and come in and experience something that has a very cool vibe.”
In one of the parties held, around 300 people including parents and kids attended. While kids can try their hands in the DJ booth, parents can enjoy a beer or vodka from the bar.
One of the parents in the party commented:
“I love it. My daughter’s having a great time. It’s a lot of fun. It’s also safe for the kids. It’s during the day, and they get to feel like grown-ups,” said Laura Lamper.
Meanwhile, Pier Singh, who brought her two sons Nico and Miles, thinks the event is a perfect family outing.
She said: “I think it’s really awesome. What kid doesn’t love dancing these days.”