The senator shed tears as she shared her adoption story while speaking at the 13th Philippines Global Consultation on Child Welfare Services. “I wasn’t just adopted —- I was a foundling, abandoned shortly after birth, and left in a church,” she relates. Her life would have been different if not for a Good Samaritan who found her and paved the way for her to be adopted by actors Susan Roces and the late Fernando Poe, Jr. Senator Grace Poe is currently lobbying for the passage of Senate Bill 2892. The bill aims to make the adoption process easier and push for a “no red tape” policy. It also aims to strengthen the birth registration system for Children in Need of Special Protection such as minors, those who have physical or mental disability, and those who are victims of abuse. (pep.ph)
2. Are you ready for a SpongeBob musical? Ready or not, Bikini Bottom is going to Broadway. The Nickelodeon hit cartoon show “SpongeBob SquarePants” will be adapted into a musical and it will be called, well, “The SpongeBob Musical.” It will center on SpongeBob and the Bikini Bottom gang embarking on a new adventure. David Bowie, John Legend, Lady Antebellum and Steven Tyler and Joe Smith of the band Aerosmith are some of the artists who were tapped to write songs for the musical. The musical is set to open first in Chicago’s Oriental Theater on June 7 to July 3, 2016 before heading to Broadway. (nypost.com)
3. Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna are engaged!
The “Eat Bulaga” host recently confirmed rumors that he and co-host Pauleen Luna are engaged. “Hindi ko naman pwedeng i-deny ‘yon. But the details, yung ang sa tamang panahon… kung anuman yung mangyayari in the future,” he said. A few hours after Vic confirmed the engagement, Pauleen re-confirmed it with a tweet that read, “ENGAGED!” with a heart and diamond ring emoticon. She also posted a photo of her engagement ring on her Instagram account and captioned it, “In God’s perfect time.” Congratulations! (pep.ph)
4. Twitter beefs up its new-parent perks IT now allows working mother-employees free shipping of breast milk when they travel on business trips. The company will be shouldering the costs to ship the breast milk home in temperature-controlled packaging via FedEx. The idea for the program came from Twitter’s “Mommy Mentor” program, which helps women who are pregnant or who have just given birth transition back to work easier. The program aims to prevent the hassle of storing and carrying breast milk on business trips, or having the moms pump and dump the liquid gold. It is similar to what IBM and Accenture launched recently. (today.com)
5. Scientists discover protein that prevents ice cream from melting Ice cream lovers, rejoice! Scientists from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland have discovered a protein known as the BsIA, a naturally-occurring protein that can slow down the melting process of ice cream. BsIA, which naturally exists in plant roots and is already used to ferment foods, helps bind together air, fat, and water in ice cream so it doesn’t melt. Plus, the protein can also give ice cream a smoother texture. However, expect this ice-cream innovation to hit the market in around three to five more years. (upworthy.com)