• Top of the Morning: DOH Will Now Test Suspected Microcephaly Cases For Zika Virus

    Plus, new "Lion King" TV series to premiere in Disney Channel Southeast Asia, "The Walking Dead" attraction, and more!
  • 1. DOH steps up testing for Zika virus

    The Philippines' Department of Health is stepping up its procedures for testing for the Zika virus. Health Secretary Janette Garin said all suspected cases, including babies with microcephaly--newborns that have small heads disproportionate to length, with intracranial calcifications, or has a circumference of less than the third percentile of the World Health Organization (WHO) child growth standard--will now be tested. However, Garin reiterated that it's the usual procedure for a Category 1 disease in the DOH Epidemiology Bureau's surveillance system and it's in place to improve monitoring the disease. (inquirer.net)
    Main photo taken in Brazil by AFP Photo/Felipe Dana via sunstar.com.ph.


    2. The Lion Guard TV movie and series announced
    The Lion King's legacy lives on with The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, a TV movie event which will air on Disney Channel Southeast Asia on 20 March, 11 a.m. The movie follows Simba and Nala's second-born cub Kion as he leads The Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. The TV movie will also usher in a new TV series The Lion Guard which will premiere on 17 April, 8:30 a.m. on Disney Channel. Kids in Southeast Asia can submit their very best lion roars via the via the “Show Us Your Roar” campaign on the Disney Channel Asia Facebook, and get the chance to have their video aired on Disney Channel during the premiere of the TV movie!


    3. Is The Princess Diaries 3 happening?
    According to director Garry Marshall, it is! The director of the two Princess Diaries movies is positive that a third installment for the franchise is going to happen. "I was with Anne Hathaway a couple weeks ago, it looks like we want to do Princess Diaries 3 in Manhattan. [She's] very pregnant, so we have to wait until she has the baby and then I think we're going to do it," he told People. No word yet from the studios if the project is a go, or when, given Anne Hathaway's maternity leave. The last time we saw the Princess of Genovia, she got married. We wonder if there would be a baby in the picture this time. (people.com)


    4. Emilie de Ravin welcomes daughter

    The Once Upon A Time star and boyfriend, writer-director Eric Bilitch had welcomed their first child. Emilie de Ravin took to Twitter to announce their daughter's arrival. "Welcomes to the big wide world! Vera Audrey de Ravin-Bilitch born March 12th 2016. Couldn't be happier! So in love with our little girl," she tweeted. The former Lost actress announced that they were expecting back in October last year. (people.com)


    5. The Walking Dead attraction coming to Universal Studios
    Universal Studios Hollywood will now host the usually-Halloween-only theme-park The Walking Dead (TWD) attraction, which will now be available all year round. It was originally party of the "Halloween Horror Nights" maze and will now be a stand-alone addition to the Southern California theme park. It’s even upping its game with authentic walker makeup effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, and more detailed set designs and costume, including actual props from the series. However, this means only children 13 and above will be allowed to participate. (eonline.com

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