• Top of the Morning: Scarlet Snow Makes Appearance on Noontime Show

    Plus, Empress Schuck’s daughter has baby clothing line, new trailer for Kubo and The Two Strings, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. Scarlet Snow makes her TV debut!

    Not as a celebrity -- which she already is -- but as part of the live audience. When Dr. Vicki Belo and daughter Cristalle watched the ABS-CBN noontime show It's Showtime on Wednesday, they brought with them the newest addition to their family. The camera caught the adorable Scarlet Snow with her mom and ate (and yaya!) in the crowd and she looked very curious of what was happening around her as the hosts and audience sang the show's theme song. She seemed to enjoy the festive vibe. (abs-cbn.com)


    2. Empress Schuck's daughter has a baby clothing line

    Actress Empress Schuck's daughter Athalia now has a baby clothing brand named after her. According to the Instagram account of Athalia Baby Wear, it's the "cutest and most fashionable" and "oh-so-affordable" clothing line for babies! Empress also posted the brand logo with the caption, "Congrats, babe!" Nine-month-old Athalia looks really cute and comfy modeling the pretty dresses included in her line. Athalia Baby Wear is available online and in bazaars. Follow its Instagram and Facebook pages for updates. 


    3. New trailer for Kubo and The Two Strings

    From the makers of clay stop-motion animation movies such as Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls comes Kubo and The Two Strings, the newest offering by Laika Entertainment. The story takes place in mythical Japanese world and follows a boy named Kubo, played by Art Parkinson, who is on a quest to find a sword and armor. On the course of his adventure, he discovers his magic and is aided in his quest by a white-haired monkey, played by Charlize Theron, and a charming Beetle, the first voice role of Matthew McConaughey. Kubo and the Two Strings opens in theaters in August. (ew.com)


    4. DOF wants higher taxes for soft drinks
    The Department of Finance (DOF) submitted a proposal to raise taxes on sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, and sugar-sweetened beverages, and other non-alcoholic beverages both in ready-to-drink and powder form. The Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) of the DOF expects to earn as much as P35 billion from soft drinks alone. Natural fruit and vegetable juices, yogurt, milk products, meal replacement beverages or medical food and weight-loss products are not included in the proposed added taxes. (inquirer.net)


    5. Congressman wants criminal liability lowered to nine years old
    Incoming house speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has filed a proposal in Congress to amend the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 and lower the age of criminal liability to age nine from age 15. The bill argues that children above nine years old who most likely have access to the Internet and digital media are fully informed of their actions and should be taught how to be responsible for what they say and do. Alvarez also said that there would be social interventions and rehabilitation for youth offenders unless it's proven that they committed an offense with full discernment, which then would subject them to face the full force of the law. (abs-cbn.com

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