• House Committee Okays 'No Spanking' Bill

    Plus, Gary Valenciano admits he thought son Gab was not ready when he married Tricia Centenera, see the stunning high-quality images taken by the ultrasound of the future, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • House Committee okays “no spanking” bill

    The House Committee on the Welfare of Children approved a proposal that seeks to ban corporal punishment on children, according to a report on GMA’s State of the Nation with Jessica Soho. House Bill 516, or An Act Promoting Positive and Nonviolent Discipline of Children, will prohibit corporal or physical punishment such as “spanking, slapping the face of the head, confinement in a sack, or shaking.” It also includes “threats of physical punishment and humiliating treatments such as being shouted at in front of others labeling and denigration.” 

    The bill, authored by Representation Bernadette Herrera-Dy, proposes non-violent methods to discipline children. It makes mention how most abusive acts were those inflicted by parents in the name of discipline, but it is not effective. "Most often, it produces anger, resentment, and low self-esteem among children. It also teaches the child that violence is an acceptable behavior and is a solution to problems.”

    HB 516 will cover not only parents but also foster parents and guardians. It also aims to strengthen current laws that protect children from violence such as the Republic Act No. 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act and Republic Act No. 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act. The House plenary will soon deliberate on the bill. (gmanetwork.com)


    Gary Valenciano says son Gab may not had been ready for marriage

    Mr. Pure Energy shared with Karen Davila on ANC’s Headstart that he had to apologize to Gab because there were times he felt that his second son was trying to “keeping up with the Joneses” when he tied the knot with Tricia Centenera. 

    “Because Jericho Rosales got married, other friends of Paolo (Gab's brother) got married, Paolo got married, and now Gab was left behind," he said. Gab and Tricia got married three times, in a civil ceremony in the U.S in 2014, and in Tagaytay and Boracay in 2015. Last year, news broke that the couple separated with infidelity on the part of Gab as one of the reasons. 

    Gary said he told Gab at that time, “No matter what, this woman does love you, and I believe you also love her. I’m just letting you know that. Because in time, you’re going to have to face it, and you have to face it with her. You’re going to have to make certain decisions, and you're going to have to work things out, not just with her but with your personal decisions." (abs-cbn.com)


    High-tech MRI scan may be the future of ultrasounds

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    Would you like to see a 20-week-old baby fiddling with his umbilical cord, stretching his arms, and turning its head? You can with this “next level of baby bump scans.” Unlike ultrasounds, this MRI scan “can see the structures inside the body regardless of whether there’s bone, muscle or fat in the way," says Dr. David Lloyd, clinical research fellow at King’s College London, who is also part of the iFIND project. (iFIND is a group of medical researchers and clinicians from London, Italy, and Canada, that seek to develop new computer-guided ultrasound technologies.) Moreover, the high-tech MRI scan has potential to detect problems or complications before birth, allowing babies to get access to the treatments they need as soon as possible after they are born. “Importantly, it is also one of the few imaging techniques that are safe to use in pregnancy,” Dr. Lloyd added. The technology can get a decent picture even with the wriggliest baby. The medics hope to improve the technology so it would use four probes that would automatically move around the top of the mother’s tummy to get the best image. (huffingtonpost.co.uk


    Local government creates “I do” tree-planting ceremony 

    On Valentine’s Day, 69 couples will participate in a mass wedding ceremony. But before they walk the aisle they need to plant mangroves first. That's the condition set for the brides and grooms by the Barangay Tuburan in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental. “We are currently experiencing climate change, and we want them to be part of our solution to battle climate change,” according to Mayor Marvin Malacon, who wants the mangrove-planting initiative to be a town ordinance. Malacon adds Valentine's Day should not be limited to couples celebrating their love for each other but nature, too. (abs-cbn.com)


    Adam Levine brings daughter Dusty Rose to Hollywood Walk of Fame awarding ceremony

    The Maroon 5 frontman brought his wife, model Behati Prinsloo, and their four-month-old daughter, Dusty Rose, when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "I don’t know if it has always been a dream of mine because it always seemed like not something that was ever going to happen. It’s really surreal," Levine, 37, told People of the honor." Having my family and my wife and daughter here -- I wouldn’t have had it any other way." In an interview with Ryan Seacrest last year, Adam spoke about becoming a new father. “I don’t know anything, but it’s part of the beauty of it, honestly. There are a lot of instincts, a lot of things that kick in and switch on. It’s a beautiful experience." And it seems like the first-time dad already has gotten the hang of it. "It’s been a blast. Every day is fun — every day was fun before so now it’s just a little more fun,” Adam said. “She just gets bigger and cuter every day,” he added. (people.com)

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