• Moms Kylie Padilla, Denise Laurel Proud of their Stretch Marks and Folds

    Plus, Nadine Lustre reveals own battle with depression, watch Nate Alcasid sing on live TV, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Kylie Padilla on stretch marks: 'Gusto ko maalala yung pagbubuntis ko.'
    The new mom had been lauded in the past for not being afraid to flaunt her baby bump, stretchmarks notwithstanding. In an exclusive interview recently with Pep.ph, Kylie said her stretch marks don't bother her at all, adding that they are a constant reminder of the whole nine months she carried her son Alas in her womb. "Gusto ko maalala yung pagbubuntis ko," the 24-year-old mom recalls telling her fiance, actor Aljur Abrenica. Kylie admitted that when she was pregnant, she didn't think of applying lotion on her growing tummy until advised. "Okay lang kasi nangyayari talaga," she said. 

    Kylie had also proudly spoken up about her postpartum body. "Yes, I am fat. I am overweight. Whatever these things people tell me that is supposed to make me feel guilty or bad. Fine, but the thing is I have never felt so confident, so happy and so in love with my body. Stretch marks and all," she wrote in an Instagram post. "No label or opinion is going to stop me from being proud of myself that first I am now a mother and two, that finally, I can choose to be happy no matter how imperfect people or culture says I am," Kylie added. (pep.ph)

    Hot momma Denise Laurel likes her folds and stretch marks 

    The actress and single mom to six-year-old Alejandro turned 30 last September 30 and, as a birthday treat to herself, went on a vacation to Maldives and flaunted her sexy bikini photos on Instagram. Before anyone could comment anything negative about her 'mom-bod,' Denise had already owned up to her imperfections. "Yes, I’m a mom I got folds and stretch marks. It's ME," she wrote matter-of-factly as a caption for one of her photos. 


    Like some of the people who commented on her photo, we also couldn't see the folds and marks she's referring to. Still, a lot of moms lauded her real and honest take on her mom bod. (pep.ph)

    Nadine Lustre reveals own battle with depression; posts a tribute for late brother

    The young actress, whose brother Isaiah took his own life last week, took to Instagram and finally broke her silence about the family tragedy. Nadine admitted to having her own bout with depression and having suicidal thoughts in the past. "It's not easy. I have days when I have to put a mask on, smiling, numbing myself from negative emotions, too often I have already mastered the art of hiding it, I bet, you never even noticed it," she wrote. 

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    "Don't even think about hurting yourself or taking your life just because you want the pain and sadness to stop. It's okay to be sad. It's okay to feel pain. It's okay to be vulnerable. We are made to have emotions. Don't be afraid to let it out. Before you do something you will regret, think about all the great things that you can do in the future, people you will meet and places you travel to, the lives you will touch," Nadine wrote for others who may also be suffering from depression. 

    The actress also posted a message for her brother who would have turned 17 today. "I want to thank you for teaching everyone a very important lesson. Thank you for opening my eyes and making me braver. I know now that whatever challenge I will have to face, I will be able to pull through because of you," Nadine wrote. (pep.ph)

    WATCH: Nate Alcasid sings on live TV!

    Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez guested on Tonight With Arnold Clavio to promote her 30th anniversary concert and guess who tagged along? None other than her five-year-old son Nate. The little boy sang "I Can" from Regine's movie Do Re Mi, the song they've been practicing together, and "Tadhana" by Up Dharma Down. Impressed, host Arnold said, "May papalit na kay Ogie!".

    Nate will be part of the said concert and will perform a special number with her mom. Leading to the concert date, Regine has been posting on Instagram videos of herself and Nate singing together. "Dun sa album ko na bago, pinakanta ko siya. So naisip ko na baka kaya din ng powers niya kumanta sa concert," Regine explained. On who Nate takes after, Regine said it's neither her nor husband Ogie Alcasid. "Iba yung boses niya pero ang natutuwa ako kasi nasa tono siya. Yun yung mahalaga. 'Tsaka magaling yung tenga nya makinig, 'pag pinakinggan niya once or twice alam na niya yung melody," she added. The proud mom shared that she was about the same age as Nate when she started singing. (gmanetwork.com)

    Franco Laurel and wife Ayen Munji expecting another baby girl!

    "Actually, nagulat nga rin kami nung nabuntis siya, kasi akala rin namin yung huling baby namin, yun ang huli," the 44-year-old singer-theater actor told Pep.ph. His wife Ayen, whose character had to be written out from the ABS-CBN teleserye Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin because of the pregnancy, is 45 years old. "Sa lahat naman ng anak namin, yung first trimester ang maselan. Yun ang medyo nahirapan siya," Franco said. It's all worth it, though, and they're excited to meet their baby girl, whom they will name Lucia, which means light. Baby Lucia is going to be Franco and Ayen's fifth child. They are already parents to Mariella, Hasan (Ayen's kids from a previous marriage, but whom she raised together with Franco), Angia, and Sophia. (pep.ph)

    Toys 'R' Us recalls the Baby Wiggle Ball for choking risk

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    The popular toy store chain had recently recalled the Bruin Wiggle Ball/Giggle Ball toy with item number 067369 and model number 5F6342E. The blue ball, which wiggles, vibrates, and plays three different musical tunes, has textured bumps for gripping and has orange, green and yellow rubber knobs around the ball, and some of these parts could be harmful to babies. "The wiggle ball’s rubber knobs and plastic back can detach from the ball, creating a small part, posing a choking hazard," says the statement released by Toys 'R' Us. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) had received six reports of rubber knobs breaking off, including four reports of the pieces of the toy found in children's mouths. Consumers who purchased the toy are advised to stop using it. (huffingtonpost.co.uk)

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