• Karel Marquez on Miscarriages: 'I Was Close to Getting Depressed'

    Plus, 9-year old child born with HIV now infection-free, Beauty Gonzalez responds to "malicious" comment on bikini photo, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Karel Marquez opens up on miscarriages 

     

    After announcing her pregnancy in June, Karel sadly announced she suffered a miscarriage and she already miscarried once before based on her post on Instagram. "Our dream of having a baby this year was short-lived as I had chemical pregnancies, an early miscarriage at five to six weeks; every mother's nightmare," the actress wrote. "I didn't think it would happen to me, but it did, for the first time in my life, back to back." (Chemical pregnancy is term doctors call early pregnancy loss.)

    The mom of two revealed that she had been quietly grieving. Aside from her husband, those who knew were her parents, her manager and a friend, and she wrote that she only told them because "I couldn't take the pain anymore." She revealed the miscarriages now because "when people would ask, I got tired already and spilled the beans."

    Karel bravely admits the miscarriages have taken a physical and mental toll that she stopped working daily. "I was almost close to getting depressed -- but I just put myself back together and picked up the pieces slowly," Karel said. "I put everything in God's hands and trusted the process and pain. He showed me signs that I could still have a child...He has something planned for me," she added. (pep.ph)

    9-year old child born with HIV now infection-free
    He was diagnosed with HIV at one-month-old, according to a report from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, but the child's body was able to suppress the virus without the use of anti-HIV drugs. The child from South Africa started antiretroviral therapy (ART) at around nine weeks of age. The treatment was stopped at 40 weeks, but the child's body continued to suppress the HIV. And while scientists still detected the virus integrated into a small portion of the child's immune cells, the child showed no signs of infection.

    The 9-year-old's case is the third reported instance of "sustained remission of HIV." Scientists need to study further what factors affected the child's successful HIV remission, but it is promising news. The Philippines has recorded its highest number of HIV infections to date, including mother-to-child infections. 
    (inquirer.net)

    Beauty Gonzalez slams "malicious" comment on bikini photo

    Beauty's photo above got an Instagram user commenting that the hot mom should be ashamed for exposing her lady parts. One line in her comment read: "Hala kita na yata ang maria! Ang sagwa." Beauty's reply: "I think your malicious mind is getting in the way of your very poor eyesight.  If you look closer, though I can't imagine why you would even want to do that in the first place, it's just a shadow cast by my leg position and by the dark design of my swimsuit in that area." Beauty added that even if she were naked, the netizen would not have seen anything dark. "Perhaps it looks familiar to you? Then I guess it is you who has a problem," she said. (pep.ph)

    UP campuses suspend collection of tuition from undergrads
    Following the announcements from the University of the Philippines Diliman and Manila, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) also said it would suspend collection of tuition fees this school year. UPLB vice chancellor Portia Lapitan told Inquirer.net via phone interview that no fees, including miscellaneous and laboratory fees, will be collected until the law on the universal access to quality tertiary education is clarified. Congress recently approved a P8-billion budget from the pork barrel to cover the eight UP constituent universities and other state universities and colleges nationwide. "It is still not yet clear with the national government so while everything is in limbo, we decided to suspend the collection. We think that would be easier than giving refunds later on," Lapitan said. (inquirer.net)

    WATCH: Trailer for Sony's religious film The Star

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    The film tells the story of the first Christmas from the point of view of the animals we know from the story of Jesus Christ's birth. The trailer focuses on a donkey named Bo, who wanted something different from his daily routine. His adventure leads him to make friends with Ruth, a flockless sheep, and Dave, an ambitious dove. The unlikely trio plus three camels and other stable animals had no idea they were to play a part in the "greatest story ever told." The Star movie's voice cast includes Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) as Bo, Aidy Bryant as Ruth, Keegan-Michael Key as Dave, and Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan, and Oprah Winfrey as the camels. Other characters are voiced by Kelly Clarkson, Kristin Chenoweth, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, and Christopher Plummer. The Star opens in theaters in November. (deadline.com)

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