• Guess Who's Joining Scarlet Snow as Flower Girl in Parents' Wedding

    Plus, Neri Miranda starts another business venture, Waze to launch Filipino navigation voice, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Scarlet Snow has her flower girl crew already 

    Hayden and Vicki tied the knot via a civil ceremony last month, but a bigger wedding ceremony in Paris, France is still on in September. In fact, Scarlet Snow's Instagram account showed the toddler was having her measurements taken for her gown as a flower girl. And who joined her? None other than the equally lovely celebrity-tot, Zia Dantes. 

    "I'm so excited to be a flower girl again, this time with my friend Taylen and my baby sister Zia," the caption for the photo read. Filipino designer Michael Cinco, who designed gowns for former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, Mariah Carey, and more, is making the flower girl dresses for Zia, Scarlet, and her friend Taylen.

    Neri Miranda building Alfonso's Cottages

    The new mom has posted a photo of her latest business venture  -- a bed-and-breakfast place she is calling Alfonso's, named after her husband (Chito is Alfonso Miranda, Jr.) and son (Alfonso Miguel). It also happens to be located in Alfonso, Cavite. "Sa tingin ko mas maganda kung ipangalan ko sa mag ama ko ang pinapatayo kong maliliit na cottages sa mini farm kase sila naman ang inspirasyon ko sa buhay imbes na Neri's Place," she writes in the caption. Neri's new business venture will include four cottages with a small pool and picnic tables -- perfect for a summer "tambayan." She's also planning to build an events place and her son Miggy's tree house. Neri promises that her "simple pero private" cottages will have affordable rent. "Excited na akong matapos! Kaya ipon pa ako. Sipag at tiyaga lang at may mararating din kahit papaano." 


    Waze to launch Filipino navigation voice

    Waze Asia Pacific Regional Lead Mona Weng said the navigational app is planning to update its navigation voice and voice commands to include a Filipino option. "We had some discussions with our amazing Waze community across the Philippines, and we decided that Filipino will be the most useful for all drivers across the Philippines," she said to CNN Philippines. The plan aims to help Pinoy drivers cope with the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, which will be implemented on July 6. Weng added that some of the feedback they got was that the voice command doesn't work well but if it has the Filipino language available, it would no longer be an issue. They are currently choosing which Filipino celebrity voice to use and has set its rollout mid-July. (cnnphilippines.com)

    Afghan Sesame Street promotes gender equality with new muppet

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    We've met and loved Julia, the Muppet child who has autism, and we've known about Zari, a 6-year-old girl who is the first Afghan Muppet since last year. Now Sesame Street is introducing Zeerak, Zari's 4-year-old brother, and they both appear in Baghch-e-Simsim, the Afganistan's version of the popular educational show for young kids. The producers hope that Zeerak, who looks up to his older, educated sister, will inspire positive attitudes about women and see value in education for the rest of the Afghan kids and their parents. A recent survey showed some 80 percent of children and parents who have TV watch the show. Through Zeerak, the show aims to promote that a woman's place is not just at home. (mashable.com)


    Blood test could predict your chances of miscarriage

    Scientists at the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine (GCRM) in the U.K. studied hormone levels in nearly 2,000 pregnant patients who had been through IVF and found that levels of the hormone βHCG (Beta-human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) could be used to calculate a woman's risk of a miscarriage. In the study, 30 to 40 per liter βHCG units per liter of the woman's blood had only a 24 percent chance of a successful pregnancy, while below 30 units bring that down further to only two-percent. If the woman has 50 to 70 βHCG units per liter, she has a 52-percent chance of not miscarrying, while having more than 70 βHCG units increased the likelihood of carrying the baby to term to 86 percent. "The βHCG level gives us a clear guide, helping us to counsel patients about the risk of a miscarriage, which in turn will help us to better prepare patients psychologically and emotionally," Marco Gaudoin of GCRM told The Telegraph. (huffingtonpost.co.uk)

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