• Lea Salonga's Daughter Nicole Is Part of 'Matilda The Musical'

    PLus, Jerika Ejercito is pregnant with twins, Kylie Padilla shares birth photography photos, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Lea Salonga's Daughter Nicole Is Part of 'Matilda The Musical'
    IMAGE @msleasalonga/Instagram
  • This article was updated on September 12, 7 p.m. to add Patty Laurel-Filart's pregnancy announcement.

    Lea Salonga's daughter Nicole will Debut Onstage in Matilda The Musical 

    The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, at least in the case of internationally acclaimed Filipino singer Lea Salonga and her daughter, Nicole Chien. Her 11-year-old daughter will make her debut on stage as Alice in Matilda The Musical. Nicole, who has been performing in school plays since she was 5 years old, was one of 200 kids who auditioned for roles. 


    The doting mother shared the news on her social media accounts yesterday. "Word is finally out, and I couldn't be happier! Congratulations, Nicole!!!" Lea wrote as a caption for the link to Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group's press release. In the comments section of Lea's post, one of her Facebook friends responded with a photo (screen cap above) that showed Nic's reaction when the budding theater artist was called back after her first audition. Lea replied, "That was at her first audition day when they told her she got a callback. Callback pa lang, bongga na ang feelings."  

    Adding to Lea's joy is Telesa "Esang" de Torres, one of the kids Lea mentored in The Voice Kids (Season 2), who has been cast in the titular role. She will alternately play Matilda with equally-talented girls, Felicity Kyle Napuli and Uma Martin.

    The rest of the cast include Ella Gonzalez who will alternate with Nicole as Alice; Gabrielle Aerin Ong and Maria Ericka Peralejo for the role of Lavender; Denise Fidel Arteta and Chi Chi Tan for the role of Amanda; Alba Berenguer-Testa and Chantel Marie Guinid for the role of Hortensia; Josh Nubla and Miguel Suarez for the role of Bruce; Rhythm Alexander and Ian Albert Magallona for the role of Eric; Pablo Miguel Palacpac and Gabo Tiongson for the role of Nigel; and John Joseph Miraflores and Teddy Velasco for the role of Tommy.

    Matilda The Musical will premiere in the country with a month-long run (November 10 to December 10) at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The show is recommended for children aged seven and above will be scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets ranging from P1,500 to P4,000 are now available. (pep.ph)

    Patty Laurel-Filart is pregnant with second baby

    The lifestyle blogger and Belo Baby ambassador announced on her Instagram this morning, September 12, that her little family of three is expecting a new addition in about nine months. “You are so kind to our little family. Thank you, Jesus!” she wrote as caption for a photo of her unborn baby’s ultrasound. The soon-to-be mom of two is now 10 weeks pregnant with her and husband Patrick Filart’s second child. Patty is already a mom to her two-year-old son Theo Oliver (Read her birthing story here). Congratulations! 

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    Newlywed Jerika Ejercito is pregnant with twins!


    It will be twins for the second pregnancy of the daughter of former president and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada. Jerika is already a mom to a 3-year-old, Isaiah, with former partner Bernard Palanca. The twins' dad is Jerika's husband, Spanish triathlete Miguel Aguilar Garcia, whom she married last August 13 after getting engaged four months earlier during a trip to Jordan. "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up," the soon-to-be mom of three shares on Instagram, quoting a verse from the Bible (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). "When God blesses you more than you can ever imagine. Here are Kuya Isaiah's two siblings head to head; genders to be revealed," Jerika adds.  (pep.ph)

    LOOK: Kylie Padilla shares birth photography photos!

    A little over a month ago, the former Encantadia actress labored for four days, hoping to deliver her son via water birth. Kylie's birth story, however, didn't go as planned, but motherhood has been amazing, according to the new mom. Recently, she shared photos of her childbirth, which was documented by Bearthside Photography. The new mom thanked everyone for sending the support she needed then. "It makes remembering giving birth to Alas pleasantly emotional and spiritual. I absolutely love the photos you captured. It's all so overwhelming; it's like going through the labor all over again. Thank you," Kylie wrote.  

    WATCH: Judy Ann Santos shared a teaser for her cooking show?

    The mom of three posted on Instagram a teaser video as she did her magic in the kitchen. "Happy Monday! Coming very soon!" Judy Ann wrote as a caption. The video was entitled "Judy ANn's Kitchen," which she also used as a hashtag in her post. 

    A quick search using the hashtag on Instagram also showed shots of Judy Ann cooking at the beach. It would seem the actress will soon have her cooking show, but nothing has been confirmed. Cooking has always been one of Judy Ann's passions. In 2006, she graduated with honors at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies. (abs-cbn.com)

    Mcdonald's Happy Meal now has an educational app


    The fast food chain now has "Happy Studio," an interactive learning and play app where kids can play character-themed games. Your child can choose to be an inventor, an artist, or a musician, each filled with activities focused on developing useful skills which the child learns while playing. Parents can also join in on the fun with features such as "Happy Readers," for quality bonding experiences with their kids. Happy Studio is now available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. What's more? Kids can even use their Happy Meal toys to unlock more games. 

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