• Iya Villania Shares Video of Son Primo's Birth on His 1st Birthday!

    Plus, Candy Pangilinan gets emotional about raising son with special needs, see Pauleen Luna Sotto's preggo-friendly dresses, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Iya Villania shares video of Primo's birth on his 1st birthday!

    On August 30 last year, the TV host gave birth to her first child, Antonio Primo, and today, to mark her little boy's first birthday, Iya posted her never-before-seen birthing video on Instagram. "Everyday your papa and I and everyone around you just fall more in love with you, my silly li'l monkey! Don't grow up too fast, ok?" she captioned it. "Making the most of every moment... especially when you're clingy. Please need me forever!" Iya added. 

    On the other hand, Primo's dad Drew kept his birthday messages for his son simple but still in line with his wacky and fun posts on Instagram. He captioned a cute shot of Primo with a quirky facial expression, "[One] year already?! Tsk. I’m getting old. – Lil Boss." Happy birthday, Primo! (pep.ph)

    Candy Pangilinan gets emotional about raising son with special needs

    On the ABS-CBN morning talk show Magandang Buhay, the actress teared up as she talked about the challenges of raising Quentin, who has special needs. Candy shared that early on, her son was diagnosed with ADHD and that he also falls within the autism spectrum. She recalled how she felt sad seeing Quentin get left behind during playtime at parties. "Naiintindihan ko na hindi nila naiintindihan the way na magsalita [si Quentin], kaya siguro di sila nakikipaglaro," she explained. 

    The single mom got emotional again when she read the letter her son sent him. "Naiiyak ako kasi natutuwa ako with the development of my child. Ang laki na ng development niya, nakakapag-usap na kami, nakakapagsulat na siya," Candy proudly said. Her message to her son: "You're always a blessing not only to me but to the people around you. I know that God gave you to me for a reason and God gave me to you for a reason, kaya matching tayo, kaya natin ito." (abs-cbn.com)

    LOOK: Pauleen Luna's preggo OOTDs in Japan 

    Currently on an official trip to Japan with the rest of the Eat Bulaga Dabarkads, the soon-to-be-mom has been giving us serious OOTD envy even while she is on the family way. Pauleen donned a traditional Japanese kimono for one of Eat Bulaga's segments at the popular tourist spot Kyushu in Japan. It fits her pregnant shape perfectly as it's similar to empire cut dresses which allow room for the baby bump. She also effortlessly mixed comfort and style with these dresses:

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    The group, which includes Pauleen's husband Vic Sotto and the rest of the variety show's co-hosts, visited a flower farm, a hot-springs resort, and an African safari wildlife park. Pauleen is now more than halfway through her pregnancy, so she is savoring all the travel time she can get, captioning one of her photos, "What an awesome last trip before I give birth!" (abs-cbn.com)

    PH Red Cross's website can help trace missing persons in Marawi conflict
    The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), yesterday launched an online page that would help trace missing persons in the war-torn area. Since the start of the Marawi siege last May 23, the PRC has received 402 tracing requests and a total of 179 cases are still being looked into. There are many possible reasons for separation during conflict situation. "Our tracing website offers a platform for people to share information about their missing relatives and request our help in tracing them," said Camilla Matteucci, head of the ICRC, in a news release. It supplements existing tracing services such as the 12 PRC welfare desks in evacuation centers in the cities of Marawi and Iligan. "At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that families have a right to know what has happened to their loved ones, and wherever possible, be reunited with them," Matteucci said. (gmanetwork.com)

    How cute is this baby book about breastfeeding?

    It's not the first baby book to show an illustration of boobs, nipples and all (which may have been obvious because of its circular shape), but it's what makes What Does Baby Want? controversial for some people (even if it's perfectly normal for breastfed babies to see their mother's breasts). The board book was published by Phaidon, and according to its publishing director, Cecily Kaiser, they only found four baby books that tackle nursing compared to those that feature bottles. Like other baby books, What Does Baby Want? uses simple language, minimalistic illustrations, and a basic message: that a fussy baby may just really need to feed on her mom's breasts. It's normal, and we think it's genius. (fatherly.com)

    First cancer gene therapy gets FDA approval in the U.S. 
    Back in July, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel recommended the approval of gene therapy to cure a type of leukemia that's common in children. That treatment, Kymriah, formerly known as CTL019, has now been given the go-ahead in what the FDA described via a statement as "a historic action" and a "new approach to the treatment of cancer and other serious and life-threatening diseases." The treatment offers a personalized cure for each patient, and children and young adult patients up to age 25 with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in the U.S. can now avail of it. To qualify for treatment, patients must have the B-cell precursor ALL that is refractory, or the patient must have relapsed at least twice. The price tag is high at $475,000, but it's still reasonable compared to the cost of bone marrow transplants. (inquirer.net)

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