• Delamar Arias Gives Birth to a Baby Girl. Hello, Harper Adeline!

    Plus, see photos from Gladys Reyes baby shower, find out what motivates Judy Ann Santos to get fit, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Delamar Arias gives birth to a baby girl

    Congratulations are in order! The former Morning Rush radio host gave birth to a baby girl, making the announcement via Instagram with a photo of her and her daughter. "Blood of my blood, the flesh of my flesh. Harper Adeline and I made it! We made it! Thank you for your prayers and concern,” Delamar wrote as the caption. 

    Two days ago, the now mom of three (she and Tyler are already parents to sons Cooper, 4 and Parker, 1) posted a photo of her second son Parker with the caption “because this is the smile I would like to have going in.” She previously shared with SmartParenting.com.ph that pregnancy and childbirth gave her a mix of emotions since she lost her daughter Ava in 2013. “My brother told me we can never be sure of anything in life. All we can do is hope for the best,” Delamar said. Congratulations!

    A baby shower for Gladys Reyes

    The soon-to-be mom of four had an intimate baby shower (she is expecting a baby boy, Gavin Cale) with a party theme based on Boss Baby, an animated movie about welcoming a new baby into the family. 

    The small gathering had three big baby shower cakes for the guests. To beat the summer heat, the party also had an ice scramble booth and hand-painted fans.  

    Gladys and husband, Christopher Roxas, announced the pregnancy back in September 2016. It was a surprise pregnancy, but Gladys, who is due to give birth in May, admitted Christopher had always wanted more kids. They are already parents to sons Christoph and Grant and daughter Aquisha. 

    Judy Ann Santos shares post-baby weight loss journey

    Today, April 28, the actress and mom of three is celebrating her eighth anniversary with husband Ryan Agoncillo, and and she has never felt better or healthier. She revealed during the press conference for the second season of Bet On Your Baby that she lost 32 pounds through proper eating, drinking lots of water, taking only natural sugars from fruits and veggies, and going to the gym three to four days a week.

    Judy Ann revealed she was 172 pounds during her pregnancy; she is now down to 140 pounds and aims to lose about 15 to 20 pounds more. “Pero hindi naman 'yung liit ng waistline ang hinahabol ko -- 'yung fitness, 'yung ma-reach 'yung highest energy as much as possible. Maging healthy, susunod naman 'yung katawan doon, pero ang goal lang talaga ngayon ay to look good muna," Judy Ann said.

    She also shared what drives her to get fit. "Ang motivation ko din kasi is to be able to run after my kids, 'yung tapatan mo 'yung energy nila. Kasi kung di mo matapatan, nakakalungkot din kasi di mo kayang makipaghabulan sa kanila, ang bilis mong mapagod. Most of the time you want to be there for them. 'Yung pagod kasi ang kasama noon ay pikon at init ulo, so siyempre ang mapagbubuntunan mo ng init ng ulo at pikon ay 'yung mga bata, unfair to them," she explained during an interview in DZMM. (abs-cbn.com)


    April 27 declared Lapu-Lapu Day

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    In honor of the first Filipino hero, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 200, which declares April 27 as a day to honor the Mactan ruler. “On April 27, 1521, the Battle of Mactan was fought and won by Lapu-Lapu and his men to repulse the Spanish invaders,” the  proclamation read. “It is but fitting and proper that Lapu-Lapu be given the highest honor and that his legacy be remembered by all Filipinos through appropriate ceremonies. Lapu-Lapu left us a legacy of freedom through his leadership, extraordinary bravery, courage and love for his own land,” it added. The president has always been vocal about his respect and admiration for the Mactan ruler. He also created the Order of Lapu-Lapu, which aims to recognize government workers and private individuals who provide “invaluable or extraordinary service in nation to a campaign or advocacy of the President.” (gmanetwork.com)

    Palawan tops ‘World’s Friendliest Islands’ list
    The Philippines has once again proven that it is among the prime destinations in the world when it comes to pristine beaches and lush islands. Travel + Leisure had just released its annual “World’s Best Awards” and four Philippine islands were included in the World’s Friendliest Islands category. The survey participants scored the islands according to characteristics like romantic charm and friendliness of the people. “While the politics of the nation have grown ever-more volatile, the people of the islands remain friendly to visitors exploring their scenic home,” author Jess McHugh said. Luzon, described as “extremely diverse,” took third spot, while Boracay settled for fourth. Cebu ranked second, while Palawan got the top spot. “For many travelers, it's especially helpful that English is one of the official languages of the Philippines, and that islanders are so welcoming of tourists,” McHugh added. (fhm.com.ph)

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