• Top of the Morning: In Photos: Karel Marquez and Sean Farinas's Wedding

    Plus, Gary Valenciano already has his best Christmas gift, DOH plans to distribute condoms to students starting next year, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. In photos: Karel Marquez and Sean Fariñas’s wedding

    Yesterday, the single mom-of-two wed her fiancé, businessman Sean Fariñas, at Santuario de San Antonio Parish in Forbes Park, Makati. Her mom Pinky Marquez and her kids Kelly and Kyler were there in full support. Among the celebrities who attended were Richard Gutierrez, Elvis Gutierrez and wife Alexa, Yasmin Kurdi and husband, Carla Humphries, Bela Padilla, Matt Evans and wife Katrina Fariñas, Bubbles Paraiso, and Nikka Martinez. As a wedding present, Karel gave Sean a brand-new BMW. Congratulations and best wishes! (pep.ph)


    2. Lolo Gary Valenciano already has his best Christmas gift

    Siguro pwedeng wala ng magbigay sa akin ng regalo. Seriously, okay lang. I have a gift na… Leia for me is the only gift na okay na para sa akin,” he said. Gary became a first-time grandfather when son Paolo and wife Samantha welcomed their first baby girl Natalie Martine, or Leia for short, last month. “It’s unbelievable because I have the strength and the excitement to play with my granddaughter.” Mr. Pure Energy vows to take care of his health so that five years from now, he could still play, swim, or run with Leia. (abs-cbn.com)


    3. DOH plans to distribute condoms to students starting next year
    Alarmed by the rising HIV cases in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) will soon be giving out condoms to students in schools after providing them proper counseling, DOH secretary Paulyn Ubial said in a press conference for World AIDS Day on December 1. She also urges parents to teach kids to about safe sex practices and not treat it as taboo. “As soon as the child asks you a question, be honest, say it outright. You talk to the child as if you’re discussing any topic under the sun. Be factual. Don’t beat around the bush. Don’t even use analogy. Just go straight to the point. I think that has been proven in many other countries that that’s the way to inform the youth,” Ubial said. Statistics show that from 2011 to 2016, there were 32,099 recorded HIV-positive cases, out of the total 38, 114 listed from 1984 to October 2016. Among the youth aged 15 to 24 years old, there were 10,279 HIV cases during the period, 9,066 of which were tallied starting 2011. (inquirer.net)


    4. PNP chief dresses up as Santa and gives gifts to Tokhang victims
    Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa said, “Since most of these children ay namamatayan ng parents, ng father dahil sa ating ongoing war on drugs, we want to compensate this loss, their sadness with somehow [a] little feeling of happiness. Na makita man lang nila na itong pasko, ang pulis, ang PNP ay gusto kaming masaya kahit na ang aming father ay namatay dahil sa operation ng war on drugs,” during an interview at the event dubbed as “Christmas with Santa Chief”. The government’s war on drugs has claimed the lives of over 5,000 suspected drug users, and the police chief hopes that this gesture can help their kids learn and accept their loss. (inquirer.net)


    5. You can now watch Netflix offline!
    Like other online streaming websites, Netflix will finally allow users to download movies and television shows, and then store them for future viewing even without data Internet connection. The new feature, which works on all Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, will be available when the user installs the latest update to the Netflix app. While the downloadable content is varied enough as of the moment, it’s still limited to original movies and shows, like Stranger Things and Narcos. However, Netflix promises more movies and shows will be available in the future. (yahoo.com)

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