Gladys took to Instagram to announce the birth of her baby boy yesterday, May 10, 10:22 a.m. at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa. "Welcome to the real world Gavin-Cale Sommereux!" she wrote in the caption. Gladys said the baby's birth date held significance because "it is also the birthday of our beloved bro. Felix Manalo!" (she is referring to the first executive minister of Iglesia ni Cristo, the church where she and husband Christopher Roxas, belong.) Gladys and Christopher have three children: Christoph, 10; Aquisha, 8; and Grant, 6. (pep.ph)
Actress Maricar de Mesa is expecting!
Based on recent photos on her Instagram account, actress Maricar de Mesa will soon be a mom. A photo uploaded five weeks ago showed her posing for the camera during an event, her long dress highlighting her round tummy. Commenters have been happily congratulating her and asking who the father of the baby is, but she has yet to confirm anything. Maricar was previously married to former PBA star Don Allado, but filed for anullment in 2014 after seven years of being together on allegations of infidelity. (inquirer.net)
President Duterte brings Honeylet, Kitty to official foreign trip for the first time
Duterte's common-law wife and their daughter are joining him in an official trip for the first time since he assumed the presidency last year. "I have some medications to take, I do not want these nurses na (who are) police pasok-pasok sa kuwarto (who go in and out of the room). Honeylet is a nurse and she can very well take care of me. I'd rather have my wife giving the medication kasi (because) strangers, they go in and out," he told reporters. The President and his delegation are set to visit Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Beijing. (rappler.com)
Christine Jacob knows how to keep her teens from bad vices Celebrity mom Christine Jacob believes it is harder to raise teenagers these days. "There seems to be less rules these days than when I was a teenager, and my parents were a lot stricter," she told Pep.ph. So instead of imposing rules, she makes sure her kids engage in sports instead. "That is how I instill the discipline na to sleep early, take care of your body because you want to excel in this particular sport that you’re doing. So instead of me saying 'no drugs,' 'no smoking,' 'no staying up late,' I say, ‘Uy you have a tournament tomorrow, you sleep early.'" Christine and husband Paco have five kids: Paolo, 17; Gabby, 15; Nina, 13; Luis, 11; and Jaime, 8. (pep.ph)
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More resilient classrooms needed - DepEd DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali called for multi-sectoral participation in Brigada Eskwela, in preparation for the opening of classes in June. Brigada Eskwela is an annual activity that aims to clean up, repair and reinforce school buildings, and this year it is slated to be launched on May 15 at the Ramon Duterte High School in Cebu. “Our classrooms [ay] dapat resilient in times of disasters. We want to build better, that is the essence of doing all this, improving the technical specifications of our classrooms of our classrooms,” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN. Typhoons and earthquakes being a common occurrence in the country, Umali said the classrooms should be built to withstand such natural calamities. The DepEd is also set to launch Brigada Eskwela Plus, a year-round cleanup and repair of schools. (abs-cbnnews.com)