• Sexy Preggo Michelle Madrigal is Engaged!

    Plus, Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano admit to having disagreements over raising Baby Seve, Marian Rivera shares tips on Zia's healthy eating, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Sexy preggo Michelle Madrigal is engaged! 

    Not only is the sexy actress on the family way, but she is also now engaged to her American beau, former football player Troy Woolfolk! "When the time is right, I, the Lord will make it happen... -Isaiah 60:22," the soon-to-be bride and mom wrote as the caption for the Instagram album she recently shared. The series of photos shows Troy going down on one knee to propose to Michelle who was teary-eyed when she said yes! It happened during the couple's babymoon vacation in Punta Cana in Barcelo Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic to celebrate Troy's birthday. It turns out, there's more to celebrate! Congratulations!

    Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano admit to tampuhan over Baby Seve
    At the press conference that launched them as celebrity ambassadors of Gold Seas Tuna Chunks, the proud parents of Baby Seve shared a glimpse of their family life. 

    "I'm very rough with him, and she's like, 'No, he might get hurt.' We're just boys being boys," director Paul Soriano said. Toni then chimed in, "Nakakatakot nga kapag iniiwan ko sila sa bahay, kung anu-anong mga picture nakikita ko." If there's one thing the two agreed on, it's that they won't be spoiler parents. Toni admitted it's a challenge to not give in to Baby Seve's wants, but "it's a discipline not just for our son, but also for us parents," she said.  

    Despite the parenting challenges and disagreements, Paul and Toni said they both appreciate each other more now because of their son. "I never truly and fully understood how much I love Paul until I saw him love our baby.... Nakita ko kung paano niya minahal si Seve, minamahal si Seve, inaalagaan, so mas nag-grow iyong admiration, respect, and love for him as a partner," Toni shared. (pep.ph)

    Marian Rivera shares her tips on introducing solids to Baby Zia

    The reason why Baby Zia is not a picky eater, according to her mom, is because she has made vegetables a food staple in their home. "Hindi siya mahirap pakainin, yun yung nakakatuwa sa anak ko. Noon pa lang, umpisa pa lang, sinanay ko na... sinanay ko kumain ng vegetable," Marian shared. She has also stopped giving her daughter pureed food so the little lady can learn to chew. Marian also shared to all moms who have problems feeding their babies to always to try to include veggies in their diet. "Huwag mawalan ng pag-asa. Ganyan talaga! Di ba minsan sinasabi, ‘Ang hirap pakainin ng anak ko.’ May stages siguro na gano’n. Pero ako, kahit anong mangyari, hindi talaga ako susuko. Lahat ng puwede kong i-twist na pagkain sa anak ko na may gulay, lahat gagawin ko," she stressed. (pep.ph)

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    Jodi Sta. Maria is happy to be friends with Iwa Moto, her ex's partner

    It was the first time the two ladies went to the gym together, and the first time they shared a photo of them without the kids, and the internet loved them for it. Jodi confirmed with Pep.ph that all is well between her and her ex's partner Iwa Moto. "Nagdyi-gym naman talaga siya. One time lang, tinanong ko lang kung may gagawin siya. Sabi lang niya wala siyang gagawin. Napag-usapan namin, 'Tara, sabay na lang tayo mag-gym,'" she recounted, and added that hopefully, it would not be the last time they do it together. Jodi says she considers Iwa and her daughter as her and son Thirdy's extended family, Jodi said, "Syempre isang family na rin kami di ba? Nakakatuwa na healthy at maganda ang relationship namin sa isa't-isa."  (pep.ph)

    Budget cuts could end free tuition in state schools next year
    ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio and France Castro denounced President Rodrigo Duterte's administration for discontinuing funds intended for free higher education in the 2018 budget. From P18.7 billion, the CHED allocation will be down to P12.42 million next year. "This is a huge step backward for the administration -- its dismissal of the people’s demand for higher budgets for education," Castro said in a statement. Tinio insisted that tuition in state university colleges (SUCs) should remain free. 

    The Senate raligned P8.3 billion for student financial assistance in the 2017 National Expenditure Program (NEP). However, the proposed 2018 NEP does not include the higher education support fund currently covered in the 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA) under special provision 2 of the CHED budget. The 2018 NEP proposed budget does not include the GAA’s special provision 6 under the budget for SUCs, which provides for P3 million in cash grants to medical students for the current year. (inquirer.net)

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