• Top of the Morning: Andi Eigenmann's Sweet Birthday Message to Ellie Includes 'Daddy'

    Plus, Rufa Mae Quinto’s last bridal shower (she gets married today!), new study shows Zika-exposed newborns may develop microcephaly months after birth, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. Andi Eigenmann's sweet birthday message to Ellie includes 'Daddy'


    The single mom posted her birthday message to daughter Ellie on Instagram. It read: "My Dearest Ellie, may you touch the stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon. May you grow up filled with love and a gracious heart. This is your life to live little girl. Stay wild, yet humble, courageous and vast. And always know how loved you are. Not only by me and your daddy, but by so many. You are my greatest blessing." This is the first time Andi acknowledged Ellie's dad even if she didn't directly name Jake Ejercito, who was revealed to be Ellie's biological father last September. It seems that the two, who were involved in word war back in August, are setting aside their differences and making co-parenting work for Ellie. (pep.ph)


    2. In photos: Rufa Mae's princess-themed bridal shower

    She's getting married today! But the sexy comedienne had one last bridal-baby shower on Wednesday, November 23, at Hua Spa in Makati City, to bid her single life adieu and face her new life as a wife and soon-to-be mom. It was a day for Rufa Mae, but most of the gifts were for the little girl in her tummy, baby Alexandria. Guests included her matron of honor LJ Moreno-Alapag (who was also responsible for the cakes and sweets at the event), family and friends. "Everybody loves you already!" she wrote in the caption of one of her Instagram posts. (pep.ph)


    3. Babies exposed to Zika could develop microcephaly months after birth
    A new study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showed that even babies born with normal head circumference could develop microcephaly. Of the 13 infants from Brazil, where the Zika outbreak first hit, 11 have been diagnosed with congenital Zika syndrome months after birth. Researchers report that the babies’ brain scans show extensive malformations, inflammation, and reduced brain volume. The remaining two infants, also born with normal head circumferences, were referred for evaluation at five to seven months due to developmental concerns. Some of the symptoms the babies had: 10 had trouble swallowing, seven had epilepsy, five showed some degree of irritability, nine could not voluntarily move their hands, and all the babies involved in the study had hypertonia, or excessively stiff muscle tone. The findings raise new concerns about the hidden effects of the Zika virus to prenatal health. (gmanetwork.com)


    4. More photos from Camille Prats and VJ Yambao's pre-nup shoot

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    Back in August, the single mom and soon-to-be bride shared a photo of her and fiancé VJ Yambao's pre-nuptial shoot. Now that their "I-do" date set for next year is fast approaching, Camille shared more of their pre-wedding photos, which were shot by Nice Print Photography at different locations in California (the Sta. Monica Beach, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to name a few) and were posted with the hashtags #FromSchoolmateToSoulmate and #YambaosTakeVows. Yes, the two were former schoolmates who reconnected on social media in 2013. They got engaged in July last year. (abs-cbn.com)


    5. SC asked to reconsider ruling on modern contraceptives
    Alarming teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion statistics have prompted the Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Population (POPCOM), and The Forum for Family Planning and Development to again ask the Supreme Court (SC) to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued in June 2015 on the use of modern contraceptives. The country’s supply of contraceptives could be severely depleted by the end of 2018 if the SC does not reconsider its ruling on requiring product recertification of the contraceptives Implanon and Implanon NXT, which can prevent pregnancy for up to three years. This would mean limited choices and lack of supply for Filipinas who want to delay pregnancy, which, according to the 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey, accounts for 81 percent of Filipinas who are of reproductive age. (interaksyon.com)

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