• Top of the Morning: #YFSF2GrandWinner Denise Laurel Teaches Son A Valuable Lesson

    Plus, new "Independence Day" movie trailer, free hypertension and diabetes medicines, and more!
  • 1. Denise Laurel dedicates Your Face Sounds Familiar win to son Alejandro

    Denise Laurel, who emerged the grand winner of ABS-CBN's Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2, says she dedicates her win to her five-year-old son Alejandro. "I wanted to show him hard work and perseverance. Kahit anong mangyari, try and try until you die talaga," she said. Denise, who didn't win in the weekly competition reveals that her son cried every time she lost. She didn't expect to be declared the grand winner--and she was thankful that her son was there to witness her winning moment. Her fiancé, pro baller Sol Mercado was present, too. Aside from the trophy (and bragging rights), Denise also won P2 million, half of which will be donated to her chosen charity. Congratulations! (abs-cbn.com

     

    2. "Independence Day" sequel trailer released

    It has been 20 years since the Will Smith blockbuster alien-invasion movie, and now we get a look of how things are in the sequel Independence Day: Resurgence. It seems that the defeated aliens were able to send a distress signal and their backup has arrived on earth--and their ships are definitely bigger. Too bad that Smith is no longer in the sequel, but Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Viveca Fox reprise their roles, with new-to-the-franchise Liam Hemsworth. Independence Day: Resurgence will be in theaters in June 2016. (huffingtonpost.com

     

    3. DOH to give free hypertension and diabetes medication starting next year
    The Department of Health (DOH) will be providing free maintenance medicine for hypertension and diabetes patients starting January 2016. Patients who would like to avail of the free medicines need to first sign up for the DOH Hypertensive and Diabetes Club and see a physician to determine what medicines they need. The medicines will be given free for three months. According to the National Survey of Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), about three million Filipinos have diabetes and 20 million are hypertensive. (gmanetwork.com)

     

    4. Abortion hits record low in the U.S.
    The U.S. abortion rates have declined by more than one-third over the past two decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health statistics, it has recorded the lowest number of abortion procedures since 1990. Pregnancy rates for women under 30 years old, (mostly unintended) have also been decreasing. However, more women over 30 are getting pregnant, which the researchers believe suggest that men and women are using effective contraception and choosing to start families later in life. (webmd.com

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    5. Mojofly's Lougee Basabas and Ali Alejandro are married

    The bandmates--Lougee was the singer and Ali the drummer of the local band Mojofly--tied the knot on December 13 in the island of Balesin in Quezon province. The couple had koalas as bride-and-groom cake toppers. Fellow musician and actress Tuesday Vargas, who is also Lougee's matron of honor, styled the flowers for their wedding. And of course, the couple serenaded their guests with their musical talent, rendering their version of Billy Joel's "For the Longest Time." Congratulations! (pep.ph

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