• Top of the Morning: Sunshine Dizon Squashes Reconciliation Rumors

    Plus, watch Alex Gonzaga sing (again) to sister Toni's baby, DOH confirms two new Zika cases, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. Sunshine Dizon squashes reconciliation rumors

    The actress put to rest rumors that she and her estranged husband had reconciled. "My husband, John Timothy Tan, continues to visit and see our children simply because he is their father. I cannot stop him if he wants to see his children. This, however, does not mean we have reconciled as spouses. A man’s relationship with his children is quite different and apart from his relationship with his spouse," she said. Sunshine added that her relationship with Timothy is civil "because it is what good manners require. But I hope no one mistakes my civility for forgiveness," she said. The mom of two said she talks to her husband purely for the kids. She is also requesting that people stop fanning the gossip and for media to only report on the facts. Sunshine emphasized that she is pushing through with the cases she filed in court against Timothy. (pep.ph)


    2. Watch: Alex Gonzaga sings to sister Toni's baby (again!)

    Alex Gonzaga is one excited tita -- and a cool one, too! She recently posted a video on Instagram where she sings, yet again, to her ate Toni's baby. "This song is for all the preggy women out there, it's called Tesbun by Tom Jones," she wrote as caption. She was also caressing her sister Toni's baby bump while singing the song! The soon-to-pop TV host / actress didn't seem to mind her little sister's antics at all (unlike the last time). Toni is due to give birth to her and husband director Paul Soriano's first child, a baby boy, any day now. (abs-cbn.com)


    3. SC puts subdermal contraceptives on hold
    The Supreme Court ordered the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a new round of certifications in relation to the procurement of the subdermal contraceptive implants. Both agencies accepted a sizable donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation without following the guidelines set by the high tribunal. The FDA is to determine whether the subdermal contraceptive implants which are supposedly the most effective forms of birth control and can offer up to three years protection from pregnancy are abortifacients or not. The purchased contraceptives will remain in government warehouses unless the DOH and the FDA can prove to pro-life groups that the contraceptives are not abortifacients. (inquirer.net)


    4. DOH confirms two new Zika cases
    This brings the country's total number of confirmed Zika cases to eight, as two more individuals from Iloilo City have tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus. Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial said the two new patients are living in the same house with the sixth confirmed Zika patient. Both showed minor symptoms of the virus such as fever and mild skin rash and did not require to be admitted to a hospital. "As of this press conference, they have no more signs and symptoms... We're still monitoring their blood and urine to find out if they are still positive. In the meantime, they are home quarantined, so they stay at home," Ubial said. The international airport in the island of Panay has heightened alert in screening incoming travelers to identify travel-associated Zika virus. The Iloilo City government has also intensified their programs to get rid of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in the area. (gmanetwork.com)


    5. 20-year-old Filipino is first ever Woman Chess Grandmaster!
    "Janelle Mae Frayna had made history by becoming the first Filipina WGM and men's IM title-holder, which she both achieved in [the 42nd World Chess Olympiad]," said Grandmaster (GM) Jayson Gonzales, executive director of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP). Gonzales, the women's skipper and Frayna's personal trainer and coach at Far Eastern University said the 20-year-old's win also ushered the team into the 10th penultimate round of the competition being held in Baku, Azerbaijan over the weekend. The country's women's chess team is still in the running to make it to the top 10, which will be its best ever finish in the women's division. (spin.ph)

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