• Top of the Morning: John Prats Takes Photos of Daughter's 5th-Month Milestone

    Plus, Neri Naig shares story when she saw unborn baby's foot, September proposed as National Truth-telling Month for Martial Law history, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. Lilly Feather Prats celebrates 5th-month milestone!

    Proud dad John Prats took to Instagram to mark his daughter Lilly Feather's fifth-month milestone. "Happy 5 months my princess. I love you sooooo much," he wrote in the caption of her smiling daughter, who has grown so much the last time SmartParenting.com.ph shot her! John with his wife Isabel Oli and their daughter recently appeared in Korina Sanchez Roxas's Rated K, making it Lilly Feather's first TV stint. In the interview, the the coupled wished their daughter would grow up to be God-fearing, respectful, and humble. John added that whatever she wants to do in life, he and Isabel will be there to support her. Watch their interview here. Happy fifth month, Lilly Feather!


    2. Read Neri Naig's baby bump story

    The first time mom-to-be just shared another pregnancy milestone: she saw her unborn baby's hand and foot on her baby bump! "Nakakaloka! Iba pala yung feeling na makikita mong bumabakat na yung kamay at paa ni baby! Nakakatakot yung pakiramdam! First time ko makita! Akala ko lalabas sa tummy ko! Nataranta ako!" the mom-to-be wrote as caption to the photo she shared on Instagram. Neri clarified the photo was not of her baby bump, but it was the closest she could find to illustrate what happened to her. In her panic, she asked her mom to look at her tummy as she tried to calm herself down. "Sabi nya nag-iinat lang daw si baby. Tinanong ko di ba mabubutas tyan ko? Tinawanan ako habang ako naiiyak kase natatakot ako baka gusto na kakong lumabas ni baby. Hinimas himas ng nanay ko, natutuwa sya kase active si baby" Neri said.

    3. September proposed to be "National Truth-Telling Month"
    Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed Joint Resolution No. 4, which would declare September as the month for national "truth-telling" to help educate the youth about the history of Martial Law. The resolution urges schools and other educational institutions to hold month-long activities to commemorate the declaration of Martial Law, the anniversary of which is on September 21. "Given its significance to the country’s history, there is a need to not only acknowledge, honor, and commemorate the victims of Martial Law, but to pause, as well, for reflection upon the social, economic, and political conditions that allowed a dictatorship to take root and flourish in the Philippines," Sen. Hontiveros said. The resolution will only strengthen the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act that requires the mandatory teaching of Martial Law history at all levels of educations, a mandate that Sen. Hontiveros said have not yet been fully implemented. (gmanetwork.com)

    4. Some balikbayan boxes may be tax-exempt starting October
    Yes, balikbayan boxes will not be subject to tax as long as the contents do not cost more than P10,000, according to the Bureau of Customs (BOC). This will take effect in October. In December, once signed and approved by the BOC commisioner and the Department of Finance secretary, the BOC plans to implement a new set of tax policies for the boxes. For balikbayans who stayed six months to less than five years abroad, boxes not worth over P150,000 will be tax-exempt. The same will apply to the boxes of OFWs and tourists (for up to three times in a year). For balikbayans who have stayed abroad for more than five years but less than 10 years, tax-exempt balikbayan boxes will be those not worth over P250,000; while for balikbayans who have stayed abroad for more than 10 years, no tax will be applied to balikbayan boxes not worth over P350,000. However, products that are too many that it can be sold as a business is a definite no-no. (abs-cbn.com)

    5. France becomes the first country to ban all plastic cups and dishes
    France currently throws away more than 4.7 billion plastic cups yearly and has moved to ban disposable cups, plates and utensils. Under France's new law, which was passed last month, all single-use cups, plates, and other dishware sold in the country would need to be compostable and made at least partly of bio-sourced materials, so it can be recyclable. Business who use the plastics items have until January 1, 2020 to comply. The country, which hosted the historic Paris Climate Change Conference last year, is standing firm on their commitment to climate action and other environmental issues. The country had also banned the use of plastic bags starting in July this year. (huffingtonpost.com

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