Photo wRap: Les Miserables x Vogue, awkward photos, #RHBill

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Cultural differences, strong women in legislature, and an adorable "baby turkey"--that and more in Rappler's photo wRap for November 18-24, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – We’re sure you’re here for the photos, so we won’t bore you with any more words. We present you this week’s photo wRap:

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When cultures collide, interesting things happen. Take this photo of American president Barack Obama and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. On November 19, Obama met Suu Kyi during his historic trip to Myanmar, in the very same house which served as her prison under the former junta, according to AFP

And no, don’t worry, no accidental kisses happened, although this picture would suggest otherwise. Obama’s actions have also sparked discussion on cultural sensitivity — do a quick Google search on “Myanmar culture kissing” and you’ll get what we mean. 

In case you didn’t know yet, the Rappler social media team has a thing for anything and everything adorable on the Internet. Thanksgiving isn’t really a thing in the Philippines, but cute babies are.

Gobble gobble! What are you thankful for? We’re thankful for the Internet and adorable photos of babies (and baby animals). (Photo source


When a world leader and an Olympian-slash-meme meet, the Internet explodes. Yes, that’s Olympian McKayla Maroney and Obama recreating the former’s infamous post-Olympic awarding stance.

The decorated 16-year-old Olympian may have had to settle for the silver in the vault finals in the 2012 Olympics, but hey, she has a cool photo with the US president. And unlike Obama’s meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi days later, this photo wasn’t awkward at all. All’s good. (Photo source)

You want war? You got it. Here’s a photo that was posted on Philippine Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s Facebook page moments before a debate on the controversial Reproductive Health Bill heated up on the Senate floor. “Getting ready for the RH Bill fight,” read the caption on Santiago’s Facebook post. 

Philippine Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Monday presented a motion to tackle the controversial measure so he could present 17 ammendments to it. The Senate was originally scheduled to tackle the sin tax bill first.

Enrile was reacting to Senator Pia Cayetano’s statement last week. According to the RH bill’s sponsor in the Senate, Enrile’s refusal to introduce amendments were delaying deliberations on the bill. At the end of the Monday session, the Senate voted to remove the mandate of local government units and private hospitals to provide RH services. (Photo source)

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never heard of Fantine, Cosette, or Victor Hugo. It won’t even matter if you have no idea who Anne Hathaway or Amanda Seyfried is. These photos by renowned photographer Annie Leibowvitz are still awesome.

Are you looking forward to the 2012 adaptation of the musical?

(Click to see the rest of the photos by Leibowvitz

Our lawmakers could learn a thing or two from this working mom. Mommy duties didn’t stop Licia Ronzulli of Italy from fulfilling her duties as a member of the European Parliament.

Our legislators have been absent from sessions recently. Lack of quorum is one of the many reasons why the RH bill is not progressing in the House of Representatives. (Photo source)

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Here’s a photo of an apartment building standing in the middle of a newly-built road. We have Luo Baogen, 67, and his wife to thank for this photograph of a “nail house.”

“Nail house” is a term used in China to describe houses or buildings that stick out in the middle of real-estate developments because their owners refuse to move out.

Take this “nail house” in Wenling, Zhejiang province for example: when the elderly couple refused to move out, the government went ahead and built the road around what’s left of their apartment building.

Yes, that’s right. Part of the original building has already been demolished, but since the Luos can’t be forcibly kicked out of their home, developers left behind the units immediately surrounding their apartment. The couple claims the government’s intended compensation offer isn’t enough to cover the money they had spent for renovations in the past.

We’re really happy for local celebrities Zoren Legaspi and Carmina Villaroel. After 12 years, they finally tied the knot in a ceremony that made even the coldest hearts melt (just a little).

The groom somehow managed to pull off a surprise wedding, thanks to the help of an ice cream brand the family endorses and the bride’s home network. The special aired on local television Saturday evening, pushing #ZorenCarminaWedding into the list of Twitter trending topics in the Philippines.

This meme somehow managed to answer a question that might have been in a lot of people’s minds: what did Carmina’s ex-husband, Rustom Padilla aka BB Gandanghari, have to say?

We can’t help but agree with this meme: sila na talaga. (Photo source)

And that’s a wRap for this week in photos! Did we miss out on any good picture? Send us a tweet, leave us a message on Facebook, or email us at and let us know. Bea Cupin,

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