• Kaye Abad and Paul Jake Castillo Have a Baby On The Way!

    Plus, Camille, LJ, Nikka Garcia, and Valerie share 'bump squad' maternity photos, Ogie Alcasid shares his one condition for daughter's suitors, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Kaye Abad and Paul Jake Castillo have a baby on the way!

    The couple, who tied the knot in December 2016, is expecting their first child, according to an Instagram post by the mom-to-be. Kaye posted an ultrasound image of her unborn baby with the hashtag #MayBabyCastilloNaSiAbad. She also used the hashtags #blessing, #bdaygift, and excited. 

    Kaye's birthday is on May 17. Paul Jake posted on Instagram a photo of the two of them dining out last April 29. "After one week of bed rest. Now finally up and eating a little. Better every day," he wrote in the caption. It looks like they have known about the pregnancy for a while now, and maybe just waited for Kaye to get through the first trimester before sharing the baby news to the world. Congratulations! (pep.ph)

    LOOK: Camille, LJ, Nikka Garcia, and Valerie's maternity photos

    The celebrity moms, together with their "buntis batchmates," Jeck Maierhofer, wife of Filipino-Austrian PBA player Rico Maierhofer, and Charisse Tinio, owner of Nice Print Photography, had a photoshoot to celebrate their pregnancies and their bond as moms. "The ties that bind us are the little souls inside us," Charisse wrote in the caption. 

    "There's no 'hood like motherhood," wrote Camille when she also posted on Instagram their bump squad photo. Of course, the buntis mommas also had their own solo photo shoots.  

    Ogie Alcasid has one condition for suitors of daughter Leila

    The issue of boyfriends always comes up when you're a parent to a teenager. Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, dad to 19-year-old beauty Leila, seems to be handling matters well. He says he does not forbid his daughter from entertaining suitors or even have a boyfriend, but the dad of three has one condition. "I would appreciate siguro if they come to the house, get to know the family. Wala namang problema iyon. Dumaan naman tayong lahat doon," Ogie said. It's part of his promise to his ex-wife and Leila's mom, former beauty queen Michelle van Eimeren, when she agreed for Leila to live with him here. "Pinangako ko kay Michelle na aalagaan namin siya. Every aspect of her life, we try not to be too pakialamero kasi siyempre she’s already 19, pa-adult na iyan. At the same time, gusto mong i-lead siya ng kaunti," he said. (abs-cbn.com)

    House bill seeks to strengthen adoption process for abandoned kids
    House Bill No. 5090, or the proposed "Act Codifying the Alternative Child Care Law of the Philippines," seeks to streamline the process through a "one-stop-shop code." If passed, it will create the National Child Care Authority (NCCA), which will have the sole authority to accept, evaluate and decide on local and inter-country adoption applications. Former president-turned-Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who authored the bill, said The NCCA "will not only improve and speed up the process of adoption, foster care, and guardianship, but will also increase its fiscal capacity, thereby improving its services offered to stakeholders." The proposed measure also increases the age of kids available for inter-country adoption, from the current below 15 to below 18 years old. Foster care would be made mandatory under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to ensure the neglected and abandoned kids are well-cared for until they are adopted. The bill would also decriminalize simulated births done in the best interest of the child. (gmanetwork.com)

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    Nationwide smoking ban starts July 22

    The smoking ban will take effect starting July 22, according to Department of Health (DOH) Spokesperson Enrique Tayag. The DOH and other agencies agreed to have their own versions of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). Tayag stressed that one of the most important provisions of Executive Order (EO) No. 26 is to have a designated smoking area (DSA), which may be an open space or separate area with proper ventilation, and where health warnings against smoking are posted. DSAs, which should be not be located within 10 meters from entrances, exits, or areas where people pass or congregate, should also have a buffer zone. "Kung sakali man tumakas ang usok, ay wala pa pong maapektuhan bago pa bumukas ang pinto para sa publiko. Kung hindi ganoon, wag na kayo maglagay ng smoking area kasi violation po iyon," he said. The law also prohibits tobacco use in schools, hospitals, clinics, food preparation areas, and fire-hazard areas. (cnnphilippines.com)

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