• Top of the Morning: Regine Velasquez Admits Suffering A Miscarriage Before Wedding

    Plus, Sunshine Cruz goes back to college, Mother Teresa to become a saint, and more!
  • 1. Regine Velazquez and Ogie Alcasid lost a baby before wedding

    In Tonight with Arnold Clavio, Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez revealed that she suffered a miscarriage. She admitted that she got pregnant with now-husband Ogie Alcasid before the tied the knot. Losing the baby paved the way for Regine to have a renewed faith in God. "During nung time na 'yon, galit na galit ako kay God kasi nga I lost the baby. Kaunti-kaunti pumupunta na ako sa Victory (Christian Fellowship church). My husband didn't want to force me so slowly, nag-build ulit 'yung relationship ko with Christ," she said in the interview. (gmanetwork.com)


    2. Sunshine Cruz oursues higher education

    Sunshine Cruz took to Instagram to reveal she is going back to school to finish her college education. She posted a photo of one of her student papers that showed she enrolled in Arellano University for AB Psychology under its Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP), an alternative education program for working professionals. The mom of three wrote in the caption, "Because it's never too late to go back to school." (abs-cbn.com)


    3. SC dismisses petition to stop K to 12 implementation
    “The Court denied the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) and/or writ of preliminary injunction,” high court’s information chief Atty. Theodore Te said at a press conference. The TRO was to strike the law Republic Act No. 10533, or An Act Enhancing the Philippine Basic Education System. Petitioners, which consists of teachers, students, parents, and various organizations, argued that it was passed "without massive consultation," makes education "inaccessible" especially to lower-income families, and would cause tens of thousands of teachers to lose their jobs. (inquirer.net)


    4. Royals of Bhutan celebrated Prince's birthday by planting trees

    King Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan welcomed their first child, a son last February 5. In honor of the crowned prince's birth, 108,000 saplings were planted across the country. The tree-planting ceremony was held a month after the prince's birth. It is also a form of offering a prayer for the newborn baby as trees are considered to be the provider of life in Bhutan. Every sapling planted represents a prayer for health, strength, and wisdom. (mashable.com)


    5. Mother Teresa to be canonized as saint in September
    It's official. The Pope himself announced during a meeting of the cardinals that Mother Teresa of Calcutta will become a saint of the Roman Catholic Church at a ceremony on September 4. The date falls on the eve of the anniversary of her death, which occurred on September 5, 1997. In December, Pope Francis announced that Mother Teresa would be declared a saint after a miracle was attributed to her after her death: a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumors was healed after loved ones prayed to her. Mother Teresa became a nun at 17 years old and she dedicated her life to helping the poor, the sick, and the needy in India. After she left her convent, Mother Teresa began working in the slums, teaching poor children, and treating the sick in their homes. (catholicnewsagency.com)

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