• Top of the Morning: Neri Naig and Chito Miranda Welcome Baby Boy!

    See who Baby Alfonso looks like, plus, Mariel posts first photo of Baby Maria Isabella, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. Neri Naig and Chito Miranda welcome baby boy!

    Parokya ni Edgar front man Chito Miranda posted on Instagram a photo of their first child to tell the whole world they’re already parents! "Wassup world!" Chito captioned it. Baby Alfonso III -- he was named after his father whose real name is Alfonso Miranda, Jr.  -- was born yesterday November 23. No other details about the birth have been released as of this writing. In Neri's previous Instagram posts, she had been sharing how excited she is to finally meet her little boy. "Excited na kami ng tatay mo! Lagi na nga kitang napapanaginipan eh, hahaha! Mahal na mahal ka namin ng tatay mo, sobra. Gusto na kitang yakapin, amuyin, titigan! I love you, my baby!" Congratulations! (pep.ph)


    2. Look: First photo of Baby Maria Isabella Padilla

    Finally, we get a good look at the firstborn of Mariel Rodriguez and Robin Padilla. Mariel took to Instagram to greet her husband a happy birthday with a sweet message and a photo of Baby Isabella. In the voice of their daughter, she wrote, "I can't wait to meet you dad!!! Mom says all these wonderful things about you... how much of a hero you truly are, how generous, kind, loving and compassionate you are." She continued, "If i inherit a few of your traits that already makes me one blessed girl. I promise to make you proud dad (Mom will make sure that happens.) I wish you the best of health so we can play and so that you can guide me in life." Robin reposted the photo on his Instagram and wrote as caption, "Ang liham na ito ang pinakamatinding regalo mo na ibinigay sa akin." (pep.ph)


    3. United Nations concerned about lowering the age of criminality
    UNICEF, the United Nations (UN) children's agency, made a statement on the proposed laws to lower the age of criminality to age 9 from age 15, reminding the Philippines of its international obligations as a state party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Under the convention, criminal responsibility below the age of 12 is not acceptable. "Jail is no place for a child. It is alarming for children to be institutionalized (sent to a penal institution)," UNICEF said in a position paper sent to the Agence France-Presse on Monday, November 21. "It will be retrogression on the part of the Philippine Government." House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, one of the main supporters of the bill, vows to have it passed as law before the Congress goes on a holiday break. Several rights organizations started the campaign called #ChildrenNotCriminals to urge lawmakers to reconsider their support for the proposed law. (rappler.com)


    4. "Tres Marias" bills filed to protect women from online harassment
    Senator Risa Hontiveros, on Tuesday, filed three bills, the "Tres Marias" bills to further protect women against sexual harassment and violence, including attacks on social media. SB No. 1251 seeks to punish individuals behind misogynistic and homophobic attacks on social media. SB No. 1252 would modernize anti-rape laws which makes the use of video recording or an electronic device as more aggravating . SB No. 1250 would amend the anti-sexual harassment bill to include offenses made between peers and those committed to a superior officer by a subordinate. "It's time to interrupt and end the culture of rape and male sexual violence. We will bring the fight to our very homes, workplaces, and the Internet. We will give no quarter to misogyny and sexism. We will not allow the gross and blatant disrespect, sexual assault and objectification of our women and children to continue to take safe refuge in our communities," said Hontiveros, who is also chair of the Senate committee on women, children, and family relations. (rappler.com)


    5. First trailer for the new Smurfs movie is here!

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    In the new Smurfs movie, the little blue beings embark on a journey to find others like them. Think about it: Maybe the only girl Smurf is not the only one of her kind? Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty venture into the fantastical Forbidden Forest to find a mysterious lost village before their nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel, discovers it before them. Veteran director Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) says that his film "is a radically different take on the Smurfs and their imaginary world, fully computer-animated, and much closer to the tone and style that creator Peyo initially envisioned." The trailer looks like it's going to be a high-energy adventure. Smurfs The Lost Village is set to open in theaters in 2017. (cartoonbrew.com)

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