1. Claudine Barretto fuming over Raymart's nephew who allegedly hurt Santino
"Nagkamali kayo ng sinaktan! You hurt my son physically. God forgive me sa anong gagawin ko sa inyo!" the actress wrote on Instagram. Claudine didn't mince words in a series of posts about an incident that involved estranged husband Raymart Santiago's nephew, Raphael Santiago, who allegedly laid a hand on their son Santino. "Never ko ipinagdamot yung mga anak ko, pero hindi porke’t yung anak ko nagta-tantrum or wala sa mood, ibig ba sabihin nun yung ibang tao entitled, may karapatan nang saktan [ang bata]? Hindi lang siya palo, inano, tinwist yung arm, sinakal. Ang hirap to tell the truth." she told Pep.ph exclusively. Claudine is already in talks with lawyers and is firm on filing charges against Santino's alleged attacker. According to her, the mother of 20-plus-year-old Raphael didn't even apologize. "Sinabi ko, 'You can correct my son right there and then, but do not lay a hand on my child.' But that's exactly what they did." However, the mom-of-two said she's still giving them the chance to apologize to her and Santino, while also hitting back at Raymart for not being able to protect their children.
Raymart, who was not present during the incident, defended his nephew and said his estranged wife is just making it a bigger issue that it actually is. "Away-bata! Pinipigilan yung bata na [hindi] makapanakit dahil namamato na ng mga bagay. Yun, actually yun lang yun. Ngayon, pinalaki niya," he said to Pep.ph, adding that Santino’s tantrum allegedly involved getting a knife after playtime turned sour. "Pati sa akin galit dahil hindi ko daw kinakampihan ang anak ko. Sabi ko, ‘Anak ko ‘yan, bakit hindi ko kakampihan? Di ba, away-bata ‘yan, ayusin na lang," he said.
2. Marian Rivera receives certificate for being a breastfeeding advocate
The Kapuso Primetime Queen was recognized by the Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc. for being a breastfeeding advocate. Marian has been breastfeeding daughter Zia, who just turned one last week. "Siguro tulad ni Darna, Dyesebel, Marimar, at Amaya, naging matapang ako na harapin ang pinakamalaking pagsubok na ito -- pagsubok sa tunay na buhay na makapagbigay ng gatas sa aking anak. At totoo nga. Mahirap. Masakit. Maraming sacrifices, personal man o sa career. Pero dahil sa pagmamahal ko sa anak ko, na higit pa sa pagmamahal ko sa aking sarili, ginawa ko! Nagawa ko! At patuloy ko pang gagawin!" she wrote on Instagram. Marian thanked the people who supported her breastfeeding journey and also dedicated the award to all moms who want to nurse or are breastfeeding. Dingdong Dantes also posted a shout-out on Instagram to say he's "proud of his wife for being able to fulfill her personal commitment of breastfeeding our baby till this very day."
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Meanwhile, Marian and actress Ai-Ai delas Alas quickly shot down an online basher who commented against breastfeeding in public in one of Ai-Ai's Instagram video posts of Marian breastfeeding. "Hindi maganda mag-entertain ng bisita while she's doing breastfeed, especially party. And then she's finish doing her breastfeed, pwede na silang dalawa lumabas na mag-ina," the comment read. Marian snapped back, "Walang masama sa pagpapadede sa anak in public lalo kung may cover naman. Hindi ka pa siguro nanay o wala ka pang anak kaya hindi mo maiintindihan. #justsaying." Ai-Ai also defended her friend, "Walang private room doon kasi birthday ng bata sa isang function room. Alangan naman sa CR mo padedehin si Z. Kaya nga ginawa 'yung breastfeeding infinity scarf for baby (nursing cover) para sa situations na ganito," she said. (gmanetwork.com)
3. Watch: Georgina Wilson and Arthur Burnand's baby gender reveal!
If you missed the It Girls on E! season finale last night, then you also missed Georgina's baby's gender reveal -- but, we're happy to report that it's going to be a boy! According to the reality show's trailer, the sex of their baby was also a surprise for Georgina and husband Arthur, as the ultrasound result was given to Ange dela Cruz of The Sweet Life by Ange who made the cake for the shower. The white cake, when sliced by the couple, revealed layers of blue chiffon, signaling that their first baby is going to be a boy! Back in October, Georgina and Arthur's friends organized a baby shower to celebrate their journey to parenthood. The baby shower's black-and-white photos were all over Instagram, but the tiny detail, that of the baby's sex, was kept secret as the event was filmed for the reality show's finale. Congratulations!
4. Three top PH universities included in global employability rankings Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), University of the Philippines (UP), and University of Santo Tomas (UST) were all ranked in the 201+ out of 300 universities around the world in the latest graduate employability rankings released by international higher education information provider Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). According to QS, the rankings were determined by five indicators: employer reputation, alumni outcomes, employer partnerships, employer-student connections and graduate employment rate. Based on the rankings, ADMU has a graduate employment rate of 82.7 percent, while UP and UST both obtained 81 percent. UST scored 90.2 points in employer-student connections, while UP has 51 points in alumni outcomes. The top five included Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (both in the U.S.), Tsinghua University (China), University of Sydney (Australia), and the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). (philstar.com)
5. P2,000 SSS pension hike approved! The Senate and the House of Representatives came up with a joint resolution granting a P1,000 increase in the monthly Social Security System (SSS) pension starting January next year, while the next P1,000 increase will be given in 2022. "[The proposed P1,000 hike] is what we can afford now. Reserves will be compromised [if we grant a P2,000 increase]. We do not want them to lose money,” Senator Richard Gordon told reporters. He added that the Senate committee on government corporations and public enterprises will be pushing for the immediate passage of the proposed joint resolution so that the pensioners could receive the increase by December, or at least get the next proposed increase earlier than 2022. Currently, the government and SSS officials are finding solutions on how they can increase the funds, such as increasing premium, recruiting more members and employers to pay for the SSS of their employees, or investing in funds. (inquirer.net)