1. Gladys Reyes is pregnant with her fourth child!
On September 27, the actress and TV host's husband Christopher Roxas announced on Instagram that he and Gladys are expecting their fourth child. "Never been ...happier in my life. Another child in our family. Been looking for something to motivate me. Instead of something, you gave me someone," he wrote in the caption. Gladys says the baby is "made in the U.S." where the couple just had a vacation. She says it was a surprise, but acknowledged that her husband did want more kids. The two are already parents to Christophe, Aquisha, and Grant. Gladys said she only decided to do a pregnancy test because "Nahilo akong bigla at naging sensitive ang pang-amoy ko." She stressed, however, that she's fit to continue work on her afternoon show Oh, My Mama! Congratulations! (pep.ph)
2. Rufa Mae Quinto shows off curves in one-piece swimsuit
The sexy commedienne is getting comfortable with her new pregnant body. Rufa Mae posted a swimsuit selfie that showed her new curves as she (and the baby in her tummy) headed out to the beach for their first outing. Last week, she proudly announced that she's entering the second trimester of pregnancy. "Nakaraos ako sa first trimester ko. Sana maging malakas na kaming dalawa at para maging pagaspas kami, at maka-go go go!" she wrote on Instagram. Rufa Mae revealed that she had a delicate first trimester and hoped to overcome the difficulties. "We wanna travel, we wanna walk around , we wanna swim and yoga work out! We wanna grocery, shopping. As of the moment I can't walk daw masyado, minimal moves Haha. Pray for us na din momshies para todo na to!" she wrote. (pep.ph)
3. Jodi Sta. Maria nominated for an Emmy!
"Sharing with you this recognition. We are nominated for the Internatinoal Emmy Awards! Wuhooo!," the actress and mom wrote as caption to an Instagram post showing her name on the list of Emmy nominees. Jodi was recognized by the 2016 International Emmy Awards for her performance as Amor Powers in the remake of the ABS-CBN series Pangako Sa 'Yo. She is up against international veteran star Judi Dench for the U.K. film Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, Grazi Massafera for Brazilian movie Verdades Secretas, and Christian Paul for Germany's Unterm Radar. The winners will be announced on November 21 at the Hilton New York Hotel. Congratulations! You're already a winner in our books. (pep.ph)
4. Pinoy Basketball anime series is in the works
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Japanese television network TV Asahi, who is behind the well-loved robotic cat Doraemon, is currently working on a new anime series called Barangay 143. The series' script and production are being handled by Synergy88, a local animation and game developer company, with the Pinoy audience in mind. Barangay 143 is set here in the Philippines and will tell the stories of high school basketball players in Manila, the home of the oldest professional basketball league in Asia. "People in fast-growing emerging economies have begun to look for familiar stories they can relate to," said Takahiro Kishimoto of the international business department at TV Asahi. According to Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei Asian Review, the anime series is set to air in 2017 in Japan. However, there is no word as to when it will air here in the Philippines, if at all. (manila.coconuts.co)
5. The world's first three-parent baby is born!
Scientists waited for the world's first three-parent baby to turn five months before announcing the extrordinary technique by which he was conceived. This is to ensure that the five-month-old baby boy didn't inherit the genetic disease the fertily experts were hoping to avoid. The boy incorporates DNA from three people, which allowed his parents to get rid of a rare genetic mutation which had cost them the lives of their two children. The boy's mother carries genes for the Leigh syndrome, a fatal disorder that attacks the nervous system. John Zhang and his team at the New Hope Fertility Center in New York City used the spindle nuclear transfer to get rid of the diseased mitrochondrial DNA, then combined it with a donor egg that had its nucleus removed. The resulting egg – with nuclear DNA from the mother and mitochondrial DNA from a donor – was then fertilised with the father’s sperm. The procedure was also done ethically, meaning Zhang and his team avoided having to destroy embryos and used a male embryo so that the child wouldn't pass on the genetic disease. (sciencenews.org)