• Top of the Morning: Toni Gonzaga Ready to Go On Leave for Childbirth

    Plus, Jovit Baldivino reveals he’s a dad of two, youth group urges Palace to rethink ROTC, and more.
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. Toni Gonzaga to take a break form PBB

    The soon-to-be mom is ready to take a leave from her hosting duties in the new season of Pinoy Big Brother. Toni has admitted she has been worried about giving birth, but family and friends have been supportive, using the power of prayer for a safe delivery. Toni is due to give birth to a baby boy in late September or early October. She and husband director Paul Soriano have not yet chosen a name, but do they have a shortlist. Toni says, “Sabi ni Paul, ‘Once the baby is out, then we will finally decide.” They are not the only ones excited for the baby’s arrival. Toni’s sister Alex says,” Excited nakons buhatin sya at panggigilan!” (abs-cbn.com)


    2. Watch Scarlet Snow learn about fruits

    We can't help it--we love watching Sacarlet Snow learn. We've already seen the adorable celebritot learn the names of vegetables, and now her Instagram offers a new gem: fruit names. Her dad Hayden Kho is doing his best to get Scarlet Snow to repeat the names with fruit toys, and most of the time it works. But Scarlet is just just having a great time munching on a peach that she and her daddy picked from the farm. “After this lesson I'll remind daddy @dochayden that it's bad manners to speak when the mouth is full,” the caption read, much to our amusement. 


    3. Jovit Baldivino admits being a father of two
    Following the arrival of his daughter, Baby Akeya, with partner Shara Chaves, the Kapamilya singer admitted that he also has a child with former girlfriend, Laurice Khay Bermillo. Jovit’s first daughter is named Zody, who is now 4 years old. She is currently residing in Canada with her mom, a former “Star Power” contestant. Jovit hopes that his two daughters, whom he says serve as his inspiration to work harder, will be able to meet and get to know each other someday. Apart from his work commitments, he and Shara are focusing on Baby Akeya and haven’t discussed any wedding plans yet. (abs-cbn.com)


    4. Students to get a second round of anti-dengue vaccine this month
    The Department of Health (DOH) is set to administer the second dose of the anti-dengue vaccine for 489,003 Grade 4 students from public schools in the National Capital Region, CALABARZON and Central Luzon. These students, ages 9  to 10 years old, had their first shot in April as part of the school immunization program of the DOH, Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Interior and Local Government. DOH spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag encouraged the public to see the vaccine as an "investment" because the Philippines is a hotspot for the disease. “Nalulungkot kami kapag ang tingin niyo sa vaccine is something you will spend on. Hindi, investment ang vaccine. Buhay niyo nakataya,” he said.  (gmanetwork.com)


    5.Youth group urges the Palace to stop mandatory ROTC reinstatement
    Akbayan Youth chairperson Rafaela David wants to remind the Duterte administration why the ROTC was abolished in the first place. According to the group, it has subjected college students to physical and psychological abuse, and it did not instill a love for country or discipline, but a cycle of bullying and abuse. “We hope Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo remembers how many young people fought for the abolition of mandatory ROTC in college, including Mark Chua who bravely exposed the corruption within their ROTC program and ended up giving his life for speaking truth against power,” David says. It can be recalled that Chua’s revelations was partly the reason why the National Service Training Program (NSTP) replaced the ROTC in 2001.(inquirer.net)

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