• Kylie Padilla Won't be Forced Into Marriage, Not Even for Dad Robin

    Plus, Regine Angeles and Van Victor Leano welcome their first child, Pokwang and American boyfriend reveal gender of baby, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Kylie Padilla won't rush into marriage, despite Dad's stand

    The former Encantadia actress confirmed that his father, Robin Padilla, has not yet seen her son Alas Joaquin in person, nor have he and her fiance Aljur Abrenica talked. When Kylie was still pregnant, they tried visiting her dad at his home to talk, but that was also unsuccessful. "Bilang anak niya, naintindihan ko yun, kasi alam ko yung gusto ni Papa. Gusto niya ikasal muna kami, that’s all, " Kylie told Pep.ph. The new mom admitted she was hurt then, but respected her father's wishes. 

    Now that her baby is born, Kylie said the situation with his dad hurts even more, but admits it's also partly her fault, not just Aljur's. She stressed, however, that she and Robin are constantly in communication; her dad was present during her four-day labor. "Hindi naman siya tumigil sa kaka-reach out. Palagi naman niya ako kinakamusta kahit hindi pa lumalabas si Alas. 'Kamusta, anak? Nahirapan ka ba? Kumakain ka ba?' Ganyan," she shared.  

    Kylie stressed that her father is right in that marriage should come first; it's just that she chose to prioritize her son right now. "It’s just that napaaga yung nagka-baby ako, hindi pa kami kasal. Medyo siyempre marami ang masama pa yung loob sa nangyari," Kylie said. While it hurts that his dad's stance has not softened even after Alas was born, the new mom was firm to say that she and Ajur are on the same page and that they don't want to rush into marriage.

    Kylie came from a broken family, and she knows what a marriage entails. "Naintindihan namin na may baby kami. Kahit may baby kami, may mga inaayos pa rin kami, di ba? So, yung kasal, hindi pa sa ngayon talaga. At ayoko lang yung napilit kami para lang ma-please yung mga tao or, I’m sorry, para maging okay si Papa. Pero kaya kong tiisin yun. Kasi alam ko sa sarili ko na hindi pa kami handa, hindi pa talaga," Kylie said. (pep.ph)

    Regine Angeles and Van Victor Leano welcome their first child!

    "Thank you, Lord, for a smooth delivery. Labor went very fast. Viktor Alesso was born around 11 p.m. yesterday Oct 2," the Kapamilya actress announced on Instagram today, October 3. "Welcome to the world Alesso!" the new dad captioned his post. Regine was 40 weeks and a day pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital, and was already four centimeters dilated. "Na pressure na si baby sa dami ng nag pm sa 'kin kagabi kung nanganak na ba ako," the actress joked. (Regine also credited beauty salon Strokes by Momoi Supe for her eyebrows, saying "When #kilayislife habang naglalabor.")

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    Victor Alesso is Regine and Victor's first child. They were married in January 2016 and announced their pregnancy in February this year. Congratulations! 

    It's going to be a girl for Pokwang and Lee O'Brien!

    The couple made the revelation in a gender reveal party attended by friends, including Kim Chiu, Chokoleit, Pooh, Bela Padilla, Angelica Panganiban, K Brosas, and Darla Sauler. "It's a girl! Thank you, God, sa napaka gandang blessings sa buhay," Pokwang (real name Marietta Subong) wrote on Instagram. "It's a girl! @itspokwang27 and I are so excited to welcome her into the world next year!" wrote Pokwang's American boyfriend Lee. 

    The soon-to-be parents also had a maternity shoot by Nice Print Photography. Pokwang, who is a mom to a 20-year-old daughter with a former partner, is expected to give birth in February next year. (abs-cbn.com)

    SSS set to increase members' premium contributions
    The contribution payments of the members of the Social Security System (SSS) are scheduled to increase by over 12.5 percent in January next year, according to a report by Inquirer.net. The increase will let the private social insurance program cover the higher pension of its retirees. SSS president Emmanuel Dooc said they are waiting to approve the increase in the contribution rates so that it can be implemented simultaneously with the tax reform package, set to increase employees' take-home pay, which is still pending approval in Congress. The SSS had also proposed an amendment to its charter so that the Social Security Commission would not need the approval of the president to approve and implement contribution adjustments rates. (inquirer.net)

    First proposed law on mental health likely to be signed this year
    The proposed Philippine Mental Health Law, also known as House Bill No. 1040, had already been passed during its second reading at the House of Representatives (HOR). The proposed measure aims to address the growing mental health needs of Filipinos by formulating and institutionalizing a national mental health care delivery system that will ensure available, accessible, affordable, responsive, and high-quality mental health care services, especially the marginalized and high-risk population. The Senate had already approved its proposed Mental Health Act, or Senate Bill No. 1354, and if the HOR version moves faster, assistant majority leader and author of the bill Congressman Ron P. Salo is optimistic it would be signed into law by early next year.

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