1. Look: Iya Villania and Drew Arellano's couple maternity shoot!
The soon-to-be parents had an awesome pre-birth shoot and video with party and events blog Baby and Breakfast to celebrate their upcoming new roles as mom and dad. The theme of the shoot stayed true to their favorite activity, which is staying home -- and the video does surely reflect their personalities. The TV hosts are expecting their first baby, a boy whom they'll name Antonio Primo, to arrive any time now and they are just too excited for the moment to come. "Of course, you know, the pressure is there. I'm sure I'm going to have fun, but I'm also scared at the same time," Drew says. The photos were shot by ProudRad and the video was produced by Little Big Day Films. (babyandbreakfast.ph)
2. Robin Padilla talks about birthing preference of wife Mariel Rodriguez The actor revealed that his wife is set to give birth in the U.S., and Robin explained the reasons behind their decision. First, it was a request by Mariel's dad. "Iba syempre yung pakiramdam niya na kasama niya... kasi pati ate niya pupunta dun e, so one big family event yun, Robin added. He also said they are still arranging his travel documents so he could be with his wife. However, Robin says the priority is Mariel and the baby's safety. "Gusto ko talaga tahimik yung panganganak nya. Malayo muna sa intriga… kasi napakadelikado," he said. (pep.ph)
3. New Pedro Penduko to be launched as a graphic novel in the U.S.
Epik Studies announced on Thursday, August 25, that a new Pedro Penduko graphic novel will be launched this year at the New York Comic Convention to introduce the Filipino superhero to a wider audience. The creators re-imagined Pedro Penduko, a popular Pinoy komiks character created by Francisco Coching. Coching is a National Artist for The Visual Arts and is regarded as one of the pillars of the Philippine Komiks Industry. The new graphic novel Pedro Penduko: The Legend Begins will be the first book in the series about a regular man who has a magic amulet that helps him do amazing things on his adventures. It will be available for Filipino fans to purchase at the AsiaPop ComiCon happening this week, August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. (abs-cbn.com)
4. Psychologists oppose lowering of criminal liability age The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) backs up its stand on the proposed lowering of the ages of criminality from 15 to nine years old. in a position paper released by PAP, it cites that according to scientific research on child and adolescent development, as well as on juvenile delinquency, nine-year-olds are still developing their decision skills and are often powerless against coercion by adults. These children are more likely to commit more crimes if exposed to the criminal justice system. The PAP instead called for "the strengthening of the juvenile justice system through the strict implementation of existing laws that prosecute adults who coerce children to engage in criminal behavior, and protect and rehabilitate children in conflict with the law (CICL) through restorative means." (interaksyon.com)
5. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to rename Malacañang The "People's Palace" would be the new name of Malacañang if the president makes good on his words as he addressed reporters in Davao City. President Rodrigo Duterte says that the current name of the official residence of the Philippines' top leader alienates the poor Filipinos. "One day, [I’ll] also invite everybody, the poor people, the powerless who have not seen it, those from Tondo and Pandacan… for them to see the 'People’s Palace,'" he said, referring to the impoverished community near the palace. "The word 'Malacañang' sucks with imperialism. It’s true. Who called it 'Malacañang Palace?' It’s the Spaniards," the President added. "People's Palace" sounds good, don't you think? (inquirer.net)