• Marian Rivera to Fellow Pinays: 'Huwag Kayong Matakot Magbuntis'

    Plus, Aiza Seguerra wants teens tested for HIV/AIDS without parental consent, teen chef Louise Mabulo's research recognized by U.N. Youth Assembly, and more.
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Marian Rivera tells women not to fear pregnancy

    The Kapuso Primetime Queen wants to use her celebrity status to convince women not to fear pregnancy. "Gusto kong maging magandang ehemplo sa mga nanay na natatakot magbuntis, natatakot mag-iba ang shape nila kapag nagbuntis sila," Marian said in a press conference for a new product endorsement. She explained that women shouldn't see pregnancy as a hindrance to being one's best self. "Puwede naman, basta alagaan nila ang sarili nila...Kumain lang nang sapat. Ang sabi ko nga, lahat naman puwede, huwag lang sobra," she added. Marian reveals she does not follow a strict diet since she's still breastfeeding. But she does have a not-so-secret fitness weapon: her spouse. "Ang maganda, 'yung asawa ko ang nagpupursiging mag-exercise kami. Sa village lang, tumatakbo kami," she said, referring to husband Dingdong. (gmanetwork.com)


    Aiza Seguerra wants minors tested for HIV without parental consent
    Amidst the alarming increase of young Filipinos infected with HIV, the National Youth Commission chair said lowering the minimum age for HIV-AIDS testing without consent from the parents could help the government curb the rise of the infection among the youth. (Many are infected by having unprotected sexual contact.) Under existing laws, anyone under 18 years old must first secure their parent's permission before they could be tested or receive treatment for HIV. "It’s already difficult asking permission from our parents to have a night out. What more if you tell your parents, 'I’m sexually active. I might have HIV. Please go with me.' So it's very hard," she explained, acknowledging that the proposal still needs Congress's approval. The late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago filed a bill in 2015 allowing minors to submit themselves to HIV-AIDS testing even without parental consent as it limits the youth’s access to “potentially life-saving treatment and care.” (inquirer.net)


    Modified Minecraft game used to teach kids science

    A modified version of the popular world-building video game can be used to teach kids the fundamentals of chemistry. That's according to scientists at the University of Dallas who used Polycraft World, a variation of the Minecraft game, to successfully teach kids chemistry without the need for class instruction. The game lets players make different items like pogo sticks and jetpacks, using "raw materials where interactions are based on actual chemical reactions." Lead researcher Dr. Walter Voit said, "Our goal was to demonstrate the various advantages of presenting educational content in a gaming format. An immersive, cooperative experience like that of 'Polycraft World' may represent the future of education." Scientists are already creating modified game versions that will teach economics and other subjects. (gmanetwork.com)


    Pinay teen's proposed project recognized in UN-sponsored event

    The Cacao Project by Filipina teen chef Louise Mabulo was among the top five proposals presented during The Resolution Project's (TRP) Social Venture Challenge, sponsored by the United Nation (U.N.) Youth Assembly on February 3. They judges were impressed by Louise's sustainable development proposals for the expansion of the Philippines' cacao industry to end poverty among cacao farmers while protecting the environment. She will now be able to take a three-year study on cacao production, receive seed money and instructional support, and get access to resources and the international cacao market to expand her cacao production entrepreneurship project. Louise is a freshman who takes online courses at the University of the Philippines' College of Entrepreneurship and placed fifth in Junior MasterChef Philippine edition at the age of 12. (gmanetwork.com)


    FOI bill hurdles House committee level
    After sitting in Congress for three decades, the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill finally enters deliberation in the plenary hall. Members of the Public Information Committee hope it will get support from the other representatives. "We are working for the swift enactment into law of the FOI bill, considering that this is one of the priorities of the Duterte administration," Antonio Tinio, committee chairperson of Act Teachers Representatives, said via a statement. The FOI bill "seeks to strengthen the people’s right to information from government officials and agencies." It asserts that there should be a legal presumption of every citizen's right to information although there are exceptions. Requests for information that pertains to national security, the country's foreign affairs, personal information, to name a few, will be denied. (inquirer.net)

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