• Nikka Garcia Is Pregnant! 'Unexpected But Wholeheartedly Wanted'

    Plus, see how Judy Ann Santos and kids spent their no-gadget day, Barbie's leading man Ken doll gets a diverse makeover, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Patrick Garcia and Wife Nikka expecting third child!

    We have another mom to add to our celebrity baby bump watch list! Yes, Nikka and Patrick Garcia took to Instagram announce they are adding another to their brood. "Unexpected but wholeheartedly wanted," the soon-to-be mom of three wrote on the cute pregnancy announcement photo she posted. It showed Nikka's daughters, Chelsea and Patrice, both holding a baby onesie that read "Baby Garcia." Patrick also posted the same image and wrote, "Excited for our new blessing! Can't wait to see you in December, my baby!" 

    Back in March, the couple was devastated after Nikka suffered a miscarriage. "They say that a baby that comes after a miscarriage is called a rainbow baby. We are beyond blessed to be given another beautiful miracle, a privilege to be parents the third time around," she added in her post. Nikka also posted a quote card on Instagram that reads, "The greater the storm, the brighter the rainbow." Congratulations! (pep.ph)


    Judy Ann Santos shows why "no-gadget day!" was worth celebrating 

    Last June 14, Yohan, Lucho, and Luna spent a "no-gadget day" with their mom and other family members at the Manila Ocean Park. "If only for those priceless smiles and wonderful memories with our kids, worth it ang 'no gadget day!' (Hulas lang ang lakas at ganda, pero care ko naman.) And since they enjoyed our bonding so much, looking forward na sila for our next "no gadget day," Judy Ann wrote on Instagram.

    Judy Ann and Ryan have always been vocal that they want their kids not to be dependent on devices. They've imposed a house rule that the children are not allowed to play with iPads, laptops, or video games from Friday afternoons to Sunday afternoons. The school-aged kids, Yohan and Lucho, can only use it to research for school. (pep.ph)

    Ken doll gets a major makeover!

    Barbie's leading man gets a diverse makeover. Toy manufacturer Mattel just introduced new Ken dolls with three body types, including his original body, a slim and a broad one. The updated toys also get a variety of skin and eye colors, hairstyles (man bun, anyone?), and fashion styles. Barbie had gotten the same makeover a few years ago, so how can Ken not follow, right? "Evolving Ken was a natural evolution for the brand and allows girls to further personalize the role they want him to play in Barbie's world," said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager of Barbie. Ten of the 15 new Ken dolls are already available to purchase online. (gq.com)

    New Red Cross app that helps refugees coming to PH soon

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    Red Cross's new smartphone app is called "Virtual Volunteer" and aims to help refugees and migrants get access to information and services. Virtual Volunteer, which is also accessible from a website, uses geolocation to show on a map where shelters, food banks, canteens, showers, clothes distribution points, maternal health centers, free legal assistance, dentists, language schools in their area. It also offers advice on how to locate family members and protect themselves from human traffickers.

    The app was launched in time for "World Refugee Day" on June 20 in Italy and has been rolled out in Greece and Sweden, countries that have welcomed immigrants and refugees fleeing from the conflict in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Developers International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and IBM said it would soon be operational in the Philippines and other countries affected by migration. (abs-cbn.com)

    Johnson's donates "play pods" to PH Toy Library

    The baby care company has partnered with the Philippine Toy Library, a non-profit organization, to widen the reach of its new recently launched campaign called "Johnson’s Active Kids Playcation." The new campaign aims to set up different play pods to give children safe spaces to build structures, create masterpieces, run around, and solve problems while using their imagination. Johnson's is donating four play pods: Imagine & Seek, Fireball Away, Dragon Maze, and Little Builders City -- all made purposeful and safe for children to play to ignite their imagination and develop their cognitive skills. 

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