• Top of the Morning: Watch Baby Zia Say "Mama"

    Plus, Neri Naig enters third trimester, Iya on posting baby Primo's photo on social media, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. Watch baby Zia say "Mama!"

    The daughter of Kapuso Primetime King and Queen turned nine months old yesterday, August 23. To celebrate this milestone, mom Marian Rivera posted an Instagram video of Baby Zia saying "Mum mum mum!" as dad Dingdong Dantes held her closer to the camera. In an earlier post, she wrote, "Happy 9th month anak. Love, Mum." Marian had revealed before that Zia is already liking music school and socializing with other kids. The celebri-tot is growing before our very eyes. Happy 9th month, Zia! (gmanetwork.com)


    2. Neri Naig enters her third trimester

    After having a miscarriage last year, the pregnant actress is already on the home stretch of her pregnancy. "Konting konti na lang anak! Tag team tayo kasama ni Daddy! Kahit mahirap, super worth it naman lahat!" Neri wrote as caption to a baby bump selfie she posted on Instagram. She even quipped that though a lot of people are already excited to meet him or her (her baby shower and gender reveal party is set early next month), the little one should stay put until the 38th or 40th week. "Mahal na mahal ka namin ng Daddy mo. Ikaw ang greatest gift ni God sa amin," the mom-to-be added. In another post, Neri said she's taking a quick break from social media as she recovers from fever. She also thanked her supporters: "Salamat sa mga sweet messages at prayers nyo." (pep.ph)


    3. Will Iya Villania share Baby Primo's photo right away?

    "Hindi ko naman pinaplano na agad-agad, paglabas, 'Piktyuran mo na, ha, i-post mo na agad', may dugo-dugo pa siya. Nakakatawa naman so let's see baka meron, baka wala," Iya said. While she often posted about her pregnancy on social media, she said posting might not be not be the first thing on her mind when she gives birth because she anticipates that she's going to be emotionally and physically exhausted with breastfeeding. In another post, Iya shared that she already got a primer on how to work her breast pump and bottle sterilizer. "Hoping to direct feed as much as possible! But for when I do need to leave the bugoy for a bit and need an extra feeding or 2 on standby then will definitely be needing to pump. Kawawang boobies!, she wrote in the caption. (pep.ph)


    4. Penguin Classics to publish Nick Joaquin stories
    To commemorate the Filipino author's 100th birth anniversary in 2017, major publishing house Penguin will print a collection of stories by Nick Joaquin, one of the country's greatest writers, which will include some of Joaquin's most famous stories including the novel The Woman With Two Navels, at least one of the short stories in his anthology Tropical Gothic, and his play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino. "His work meditates on the questions and challenges of the Filipino individual’s new freedom after centuries of colonialism, exploring folklore, centuries-old Catholic rites, the Spanish colonial past, magical realism, and baroque splendor and excess," the publishing company wrote. According to Penguin, this will be the first-ever U.S. publication of Joaquin’s work. The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic in paperback and e-book form will be released in April next year. (gmanetwork.com)


    5. McDo Happy Meal features The Secret Life of Pets characters!

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    In case you missed it, the new animated movie The Secret Life of Pets is now on theaters – and the lovable pet characters have also taken over McDonald’s Happy Meals! Collect all eight toys: Max the terrier, Duke the adopted mutt, Gidget the bubbly Pomeranian, Sweet Pea the parakeet bird, Buddy the long black Dachshund, Snowball the abandoned rabbit, Chloe the blue tabby cat, and Croc. In the movie, loyal pet dog Max panics when his owner brings home and adopts a stray dog named Duke. Both dogs go on an adventure in the streets of New York with their quirky group of friends. Watch The Secret Life of Pets trailer here

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