• Top of the Morning: Lola Nidora Shares Parenting Wisdom at the #AlDubEBTamangPanahon

    Plus, find out which company is providing fertility benefits and champions diversity.
  • 1. Lola Nidora shares parenting wisdom at the #AlDubEBTamangPanahon

    The popular #KalyeSerye that has broken the record for the most numberof tweets for an event ever also has some parenting wisdom to impart. Wally Bayola, through his character Lola Nidora proves that even the small things really count. “Si Yaya ang nakasama ko simula’t sapul. Kami ang magkadamay hanggang ngayon. Kaya sana kayong lahat na nandito, kung meron man kayong mga magulang, mahal sa buhay, lola, lolo na matagal niyong hindi nakakasama, dalawain niyo naman sila o kahit tawagan sa telepono,” Lola Nidora advised. “Malaking bagay 'yun para sa kanila,” she added. (gmanetwork.com)


    2. Intel company beefing up fertility and adoption benefits
    The I.T. company announced on Monday that starting 2016, it would boost their female employees' coverage for health and medical services, including fertility and adoption benefits. Intel HR director Richard Taylor says this initiative aims to try to help employees start a family. For fertility workups, the company does not anymore even require a medical diagnosis. This move is in line with other companies such as Facebook, Yahoo!, and Apple, covering fertility benefits such as egg freezing. (today.com)


    3. Kate Winslet lends voice to anti-bullying short film

    Award-winning actress and mom Kate Winslet says she herself was bullied growing up. She has since developed a positive body image and is on a mission to help other kids build self-confidence through Daisy Chain. The animated short is a whimsical story about a young girl who is bullied and how she mustered the strength to fight the bullies off. The five-minute short film was inspired by director Galvin Scott Davis' nine-year-old son who was also picked-on by a classmate. Davis turned it into a comic strip which later became the animated film; it also comes with an illustrated book, an app, and character figures. (people.com)


    4. Target features girl with disability in Halloween-costume ad

    Seems fitting that retail giant’s Halloween-costume ad features a little girl with braces and crutches as Queen Elsa of the hit movie Frozen. Since it was posted on the Facebook by user Jen Spickenagel Kroll, whose daughter has a disability, it has received nothing but praise for celebrating diversity. Jen thanked Target for including special-needs children in their advertisements to "make them less of a spectacle to the general public when they venture out into the real world." This is not the first time Target has gotten headlines for celebrating diversity. In 2012, it featured a girl with Down syndrome in its ads. (mashable.com)

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    5. American Idol alum Phillip Phillips weds longtime girlfriend
    Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips married his longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell over the weekend. The wedding was held at the Resora Planation in Albany, Georgia with 250 of their family and close friends in attendance. The two met at Phillip's sister's charity event Mission Change around seven years ago and announced their engagement in December last year. The newlyweds celebrated their union at a Southern-style reception and are due to fly out on their honeymoon next week. Congratulations! (people.com)

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