1. Kristine Hermosa will not back down in a fight if it's family
Kristine Hermosa showed her fierce side when someone on her Instagram commented that she and husband, Oyo Sotto, depended on Oyo’s father, Vic Sotto, for financial support. While the report did not mention what provoked the comment from the basher (whose Instagram handle was @batugansioyo), Kristine, who just gave birth last November 5 to her fourth child, did not mince words. Among her replies: “Maghinay-hinay ka sa mga binibitawan mong salita, dahil unang una, wala kang alam na kahit katiting sa buhay namin!” and “Ano bang problema mo sa asawa ko???!!! Bakit ganun na lang ang pag-aabala mo na gumawa ng iba’t ibang account para lang makapang-bash???!!!” Later, Oyo also confronted another basher and told him to stop bother his family. See the rest of Kristine's and Oyo's comments at pep.ph
2. Jolina Magdangal is in tears at her birthday bash
At her birthday bash in Magandang Buhay, Jolina Magdangal could not the stop the tears from flowing when her husband Mark Escueta surprised her with a performance -- along with their son Pele! Based on her wide-eyed reaction, Jolina was totally caught by surprise by the number and kept wiping the tears from her face as she cheered her mag-ama, Mark on vocals (singing Rivermaya’s "Malayang Magmahal") and guitar and Pele on (toy) drums. It was a simple but adorable production that left Jolina overwhelmed with joy. “Wala na akong maisip na pwede kong magawa para masaktan ko kayong dalawa ni Pele. Mahal na mahal ko kayo, totoo." Watch the rest of the video at here.
3. Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen are rediscovering themselves as a couple
The empty nest stage has begun early for Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen. Their two sons, Joaqui, 17, and Julio, 15, have been studying and living with Ariel’s parents in Canada for almost a year now. Ariel admits living apart has been a “sacrifice,” but he and Gelli believed it was the best decision for their sons’ future. While it would have been easy for the couple to live in Canada, Ariel said he couldn’t think of what Gelli would do there. So, for now, the couple is sticking to the Philippines where they’re rediscovering life that is just the two of them. “I guess, [it’s like] starting again with our relationship — which is fun. Parang teenager ulit kami, nagdi-date kami.” (pep.ph)
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4. Filipina artist's illustration on Starbucks holiday cups
The illustration of Filipina artist, Anz Soza, has been used as one of the 13 designs of Starbucks’ holiday red cups (the second cup, from the right, top row). According to CNN Philippines, the designs were “culled from more than 1,000 submissions Starbucks received last December when it asked customers to share designs on Instagram.” Anz, who is based in Dubai, told CNN that she had been drawing on Starbucks cups (now numbering to 83) since last year when her husband brought home the drink. He thought she’d be disappointed when he brought a red cup the first time, but Anz was excited about the challenge. She said she received the good news from Starbucks last September. "Masayang-masaya. Sobrang overwhelming kasi ito yung pangarap ko. Sobrang proud ako kasi nag-iisa tayong Pinoy dun." Anz's design of Christmas ornaments and dream catchers and other holiday cups will be served in more than 25,000 Starbucks stores in 75 countries. (cnnphilippines.com)
5. An American dad's letter to his daughter "the battle has just begun" goes viral The victory of Donald Trump as the next 45th president of the United States has elicited heated comments and reactions of what it now means especially for women and people of different color, race, and religion. One letter that has articulated the fears of many is by award-winning writer and director Aaron Sorkin. Addressed to the “Sorkin girls,” the letter implores his wife, Julia, and 15-year-old daughter Roxy, to “f****ng fight.” He continues, “Roxy, there’s a time for this kind of language and it’s now. We’re not powerless and we’re not voiceless.”
It goes on to enumerate what they can do as a family including: “Our family is fairly insulated from the effects of a Trump presidency so we fight for the families that aren’t. We fight for a woman to keep her right to choose. We fight for the First Amendment and we fight mostly for equality—not for a guarantee of equal outcomes but for equal opportunities.” He ends the letter with this: “Your tears last night woke me up, and I’ll never go to sleep on you again." Read the rest of the story here.