• Top of the Morning: Marian Rivera Proud of Daughter's First Endorsement

    Plus, Pope Francis says the church should welcome living-in couples, "The Voice Kids" runner-up joins "Les Miserables", and more!
  • 1. Marian Rivera excited for Baby Letizia's first endorsement

    The Kapuso Primetime Queen admitted that her daughter Baby Letizia, or Baby Zia for short, has already shot her very first commercial. The doting mom said that the liitle girls seems like a pro--"hindi iyakin"--and only took time off to breastfeed before continuing the shoot. Back in January, Marian had said that there are many offers for Baby Zia, but at that time, she said, her daughter was still too young. She didn't, however, disclose the brand or product Baby Zia is endorsing. (pep.ph


    2. The Pope asks priests to welcome living-in couples, even gays
    His Holiness called for the Roman Caltholic Church to be more welcoming--and less judgmental--of gays, single parents, and unmarried straight couples who are living together. “A pastor cannot feel that it is enough to simply apply moral laws to those living in ‘irregular’ situations, as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives,” he said via a 256-document released on Friday. However, the Pope insisted that gay marriages still cannot hold equal status to heterosexual unions. (nytimes.com


    3. Empress Schuck's family photos released

    The 23-year-old Filipino-German actress, Empress Schuck, daughter Athalia, and Vino Guingona had a family portait photoshoot witch Nice Print Photography. The photos were recently released via the photo company's Instagram account. The family of three was born when Baby Athalia was born in September last year. Though the 23-year-old actress didn't immediately disclose the father, it was later confirmed to be Vino, who is the nephew of Senator Teofisto Guingona III. The couple has not yet made public if there are wedding plans in their future. (abs-cbn.com


    4. Esang de Torres joins Les Miserables
    The Voice Kids Season 2 runner-up is joining the Manila run of the classic musical Les Miserables. Esang de Torres will be an alternate to play the role of the young Cosette, together with Chloe Delos Santos, a Filipiino-Australian. Tony-award winner Lea Salonga coached Esang on the reality show and dubbed her as her mini-me. Lea played both Fantine--Cosette's mother--and Eponine in the Broadway production of the same musical. Filipino singer Rachelle Ann Go is also part of the cast as Fantine. You can still watch Les Miserables until May 1 at the Theaters at Solaire Resort and Casino. (pep.ph


    5. Princess Charlotte has a flower named after her
    U.K.'s youngest royal baby now has her own flower, Princess Charlotte chrysanthemum. Dutch company Deliflor, which is said to be the world's largest chrysanthemum breeder, named the powder-pink with green tips version of the flower after the princess, who is often seen in public dressed in shades of light pink. The company also said that proceeds from the sale of Princess Charlotee chyrsanthemum will go to the East Anglia's Children's Hospices, of which Princess Kate Middleton is a patron. The adorable royal princess also has clothing line and a Marc Jacobs lipstick inspired by her. (eonline.com

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