• Top of the Morning: Here's a Peek Inside Marian and Dingdong's Lovely Home

    Plus, Scarlet Snow learns about the meaning of Christmas, harmful chemicals found in baby car seats, and more!
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
  • Marian and Dingdong give a tour of their Christmas-ready home

    On the GMA Christmas Special Magic ng Pasko, the Kapuso Primetime Couple let viewers into the home they share with their 1-year-old daughter Zia, as they also answered questions about relationships, being parents, and plans for the future. "Sana ang ganitong joy at pagmamahalan ay maranasan nyo din," Dingdong said in his message to the viewers. The Christmas special was shown on TV last December 18. (pep.ph)

    Aiko Melendez: "Videos don't lie."

    To counter accusations that she has been using filters on Instagram to make herself appear thinner in photos, mom-of-two Aiko Melendez showed off her bikini-worthy new body, attributing it to months of working out. She may still be far from her ideal weight ("I still have swimmer's arms"), but Aiko's weight-loss journey already serves as an inspiration for other moms who wish to shed off extra pounds. (abs-cbnnews.com)


    Scarlet Snow gives to less-privileged kids for Christmas

    In a video post on her Instagram account, the little miss is shown handing out Belo gift bags to kids, along with dad Hayden Kho. It was captioned "Yesterday Daddy and Mommy taught me about the true meaning of Christmas... When I grow up I want to be a giver like Jesus." She also gamely posed for a pic with some of the kids. Great job, mom and dad!


    KidZania Manila unbolts clean energy science for kids

    KidZania Manila has recently launched one of its newest establishments, the First Gen Clean Energy Center. Kids can take on the role of Clean Energy Engineers, and discover the science behind generating electricity. They will decide on the best source of energy for the kid-sized city, examine solar, wind, hydro-electric, and geothermal power’s impact on the city, as well as the number of citiZens these types of energy can support.

    KidZania’s Clean Energy Engineers will also learn about energy load as they check circuits, troubleshoot wirings, and activate technologies that deliver electricity. They also get to plan out their renewable strategy and check the best energy options for KidZania’s citiZens. Those who finish the job will receive clean energy champion badges and a salary of 12 KidZos, KidZania’s currency.

    KidZania Manila will open at 9 a.m. and will close by 8 p.m. on all weekdays starting December 19. On December 24 and 31, the play city will operate on special hours, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For December 25 and January 1, fun at the play city will run from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Visit manila.kidzania.com for more information.


    Some car seat brands contain harmful chemicals, report says

    A new report by The Ecology Center in 2016 revealed that hazardous chemicals, including "carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and developmental toxicants", have been found in the fabric of a variety of car seat brands, used as flame retardants. Despite this, the report shows that manufacturers have made progress through the last 10 years, noting that for the first time, none of the brands tested contained lead. “It is essential that parents put their kids in properly installed car seats, which provide vital crash protection, regardless of chemical hazard,” says Jeff Gearhart, Ecology Center research director, in a press release. “However, there are some seats that are healthier than others in terms of toxic chemical content.” (time.com)

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