• 18 Years and Counting: Richard & Lucy on Keeping Love Alive

    Plus, Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago set aside issues for their kids, Rufa Mae Quinto gets another baby shower, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres share this one tip to keep the love alive

    People always say, if you love someone, say it. A simple note, a handwritten letter, or even a post on social media -- like how Richard and Lucy do it -- does wonders for affirming your love for your significant other. "I will travel with you anywhere around the world and kiss you in the most beautiful places on earth. I love you! Happy Valentine's Day!" Richard's Hearts' Day post on Instagram reads. "I love you. I love the time we spend together. I love the long walks we take. I love the dreams we make," Lucy wrote three weeks ago. 

    In another Instagram post, Lucy wrote, "Forever, you and me. P.S. And till I am old and gray I will always look at you this way." Richard also wrote, "I was telling you that you are my forever," as caption to a romantic photo with his wife. 

    The two have been married for 17 years. "You are the lovely face I see every waking morning for the past 17 years and I will never grow tired seeing you smile at me every time I wake up for the next 50 years or more. Happy birthday my love! May you be a continued blessing to many people. I love you! " he wrote on Instagram to celebrate their anniversary. Lucy also posted on Instagram a collage of throwback photos. "I first fell in love with you when I was 12 years old, I finally met you when I was 19 (on the set of our Lux shampoo ad, thus the throwback photos) and you asked me to be your bride when I turned 23. It has been 18 beautiful years since I walked down the aisle and I want you to know that to this day, you still take my breath away. Happy anniversary, my love. Ours will always be my favorite love story. Cheers to forever! Aww. Don't forget to say I love you to your spouse and your kids. Every day is Valentine's day. (pep.ph)


    Raymart Santiago treats kids for a pre-Valentine's Day celebration

    After Claudine Barretto accused estranged husband's kin of hurting their youngest child Santino and then calling Raymart a "deadbeat dad," it seems the two are putting their issues aside for the sake of their kids. On February 12, Raymart was reunited with daughter Sabina and Santino to celebrate Valentine's Day early. He took the kids on a "Sundate" and "Movie date," according to the captions on his Instagram posts. On February 13, he posted a photo of the breakfast he prepared for his kids. "Cooked breakfast for these two. Happy Hearts Day!" he wrote. Raymart's succeeding posts show Santino and Sabina playing with his pets, and it looks like they all had fun. Kudos to him and Claudine for setting aside their differences for the sake of their kids. (pep.ph)


    Ogie Alcasid, Michelle van Eimeren rally behind Regine Velasquez

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    Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez has spoken in defense of her stepdaughter Leila Alcasid regarding the "PA of the day" issue that the 18-year-old showbiz newbie suddenly finds herself embroiled in. "Hindi niya ako tinawag na PA. Sa'kin galing yun... Ang asawa ko never ako pinaiiyak pero kayo... Please stop hurting and saying bad things about my family. You guys are hurting me," she said via Twitter comments. Leila replied that her stepmom doesn't have to defend her. "No need, your kindness and generosity will never be underestimated by me. Love you so much." She also posted this tweet, "Kindness to all is a necessity. 'All' includes those you don't know personally. God bless everyone, have a wonderful day."



    Meanwhile, Leila's parents have expressed their support for Regine. "Baba, I love you. Everything always turns out right by God's Grace," Ogie tweeted to his wife. On an Instagram post that echoes what Regine feels, Michelle sent her love. "Love you, #reginevalcasid very special lady," she wrote. (pep.ph)


    LOOK: Another baby shower for Rufa Mae Quinto

    "We finally had a simple baby shower for our babygirl," the soon-to-be mom wrote on Insatgram. Rufa Mae had a last-miniute potluck brunch with close friends, including LJ Moreno-Alapag, Danica Sotto-Pingris, Grace Lee, and Camille Villar. "Thank you ladies and gentlemen for coming and for making my baby shower possible! I love you all!" Rufa Mae said. "Sa lagay na to, surprise pa ito at di ako nag invite, kasi manganganak na ako anytime, buti nalang sweet mga friends ko, nag planning brunch for me and nag set up and potluck nalang sila para makapag baby shower pa ako, style America," she quipped. Rufa Mae ended her post with, "God is good! Showered me and my family so much blessings, Happy Valentine's Day to all and I'll dedicate this baby shower not to myself not to my baby @alexandriamagallanes. So much joy in my heart. We're equally so excited for Baby Alexandria to arrive! (abs-cbn.com)

    House approves 10-year passport validity
    House Bill (HB) No. 4767, a consolidation of 22 bills on the extension of the Philippine Passport's validity, has been unanimously approved. The proposal sought to amend Republic Act (RA) No. 8239, or the Philippine Passport Law, which currently states that a passport is valid for a period of five years, regardless of the age of the applicant. Under the bill, passports for adults, or citizens 18 years old and above, will be valid for 10 years. However, the proposal states that the issuing authority "may limit" passport validity to less than ten years in the case of minors, or "whenever the national economic interest or political stability of the country" makes it necessary. HB 4767, which includes Pampanga Representative and former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as its principal authors, will be transmitted to the Senate for concurrence. During his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) last year, President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to amend the 20-year-old law to make passport renewal more convenient for OFWs. (gmanetwork.com)

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