• Kris Aquino Laments Lack of Work Opportunities, Gets Bashed For It

    Plus, Zsa Zsa and Conrad's love the second time around, bill proposes mandatory swimming lessons in elementary and high school, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Kris Aquino gets bashed for admitting depression due to lack of work opportunities

    The Queen of All Media poured her thoughts on Instagram and admitted to having been depressed because of lack of work opportunites. She said that while she and her sons are financially secure, it's hard for a career mom like her not to do what she loves the most: connecting with and entertaining people. 

    "There was a period of time when I was depressed [and] scared that all doors were closing. My sisters were worried because I wasn’t me, I shut down, kept to myself because I didn’t want to burden them [with] my insecurities," she wrote on Instagram, also announcing a new endorsement deal that's perfect for her online platform. "Every day I thank God for sending people my way who believed we could survive the storms [and] embrace the beauty of life’s rainbows," she added. 

    The comments section of her post, however, were riddled with negativity, citing that for a woman of her stature, it isn't insecurities, but greed, that she feels. Others also said that she should just give other 'talented' artists a chance instead. Of course, Kris defended herself from the bashing and refused to be bullied. "I am hardworking, engaging, and talented. They wouldn't continue to be paying me millions now if I didn't possess those qualities. My mom taught me to stand my ground," she said. (pep.ph)

    Zsa Zsa Padilla and Conrad Onglao: Love is sweeter the second time around

    There were a lot of rumors surrounding his breakup with singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla last year, including allegations of verbal abuse, but the famous architect told Pep.ph exclusively that  it was typical for a relationship. "Normal lang naman yun, e. Pero kasi, hindi ako sanay sa showbiz. Ang buhay ko po nun, talagang tahimik lang, and I do it kasi I really support her," said Conrad, adding that Zsa Zsa also supported him in his career. "Pero iba ang dumadating sa ibang tao, parang lumalala na. Kaya mas gugustuhin namin na quiet lang kami talaga," he added. 

    Following their breakup, Zsa Zsa and Conrad accidentally bumped into each other, which led to their reconciliation. He swears that the saying, "Love is sweeter the second time around" is true. Conrad said the breakup made them realize that "we cannot be without each other." He stressed, "Hindi mo malalaman unless mawala sa 'yo, e, yung value ng isang bagay o isang tao," he shared. (pep.ph)

    Bill proposes to include swimming in K-12 curriculum
    House Bill No. 3495, also known as the "Drowning Prevention Act" aims to make swimming a mandatory skill that elementary and high school students in both public and private schools need to learn. According to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), drowning is the second leading cause of death among Filipino children age 15 and below, and the fourth highest cause of death from injury in the country.

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    Some private schools already have swimming classes in their curriculum. However, under the bill, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will team up to include swimming lessons as part of the Music Arts Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) core curriculum. In it, a trained instructor or certified lifeguard will conduct swimming lessons, including water safety and safe rescue skills, in a "safe and controlled environment." (cnnphilippines.com)

    LOOK: Thomas & Friends introduces two new female characters

    The classic children's book-turned-TV show is going to undergo a makeover next year and will be introducing two new female trains. Nia is an engine from Kenya, and the United Nations advised the producers on Nia’s name, which means "purpose" in Swahili, and helped them select the African pattern that runs across her body. Rebecca, on the other hand, comes from the mainland near the show's fictional island. The train Emily is the only girl train of the group, apart from female characters with small roles. 

    Two male trains, Henry and Edward, will leave the show to make room for Nia and Rebecca, but will still make appearances from time to time. The producers also consulted parents about the changes they'll be having, which include a new theme song, episodes featuring visits to other countries, and new female characters, such as an airplane in Australia and a train controller in India. "Gender equality is something that’s really important to us in this new series and going forward," producer Micaela Winter said. (apnews.com)

    New app, website aims to make HIV clinics and treatment hubs more accessible

    New mobile app #SafelyPH was launched recently to halt the increasing number of Filipinos infected with HIV/AIDS. Through #SafelyPH, a navigation tool that can provide contacts and access to HIV services without the need for identification, users can look up their location on the screen and see pins representing hygiene clinics, treatment hubs, and condom stops, and even provide contact options for doctors. Ned Olney, Save the Children country director, hopes that by making information readily available, the stigma around HIV/AIDS can be reduced. He also encouraged the public—especially parents, teachers and community leaders—to be part of the conversation and help lower HIV/AIDS incidences in the country. #SafelyPH is available on Google Play (soon to come on the Apple Store). (gmanetwork.com)

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