• WATCH: Scarlet Snow Belo's Future May Be in Comedy!

    Plus, a 63-year-old grandma proves age is not a hindrance to education, lone PH school included in top Asian universities list, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • WATCH: Scarlet Snow Belo (almost!) aced her animals sounds!

    Toddlers can be funny, and they often don't know it. But with Scarlet Snow, the adorable daughter of Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho, we can't be sure because this little girl has shown quite the potential of being a master at comedic timing. In one of her latest Instagram videos, it features her dad asking her to mimic different animal sounds -- a timeless ritual for parents. She does all the sounds correctly -- sheep, dog, cat, mouse, donkey, and horse. 

    But Scarlet ruined her perfect score when her dad asked what noise does a rabbit make. Probably sensing her mistake but not wanting to call attention to it, she started making a "pa-cute" face (you could hear her mom laughing in the background). Then, the quick-thinking toddler blurted, "The rabbit said, 'What's up, doc?'" Her parents burst out laughing. "Got ya, daddy! I get a perfect score. Now, where's my candy?" read the caption on Instagram. This little girl may have a future as a comedienne.


    A 63-year-old grandmother graduates elementary with daughter and grandson

    This 63-year-old grandmother is proof that age is never a hindrance to learning. Together with her daughter and grandson, Nanay Selina graduated from grade school at Guigang Elementary School in Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte. "She was very diligent in her studies and kept on coming to school despite her age...She is a very energetic lola, and her only dream is to pursue education," a teacher from the school, Jestoni Pastias, shared on Facebook. According to an Unang Balita report, Nany Selina walked three to four kilometers every day just to go to school. She wanted to learn how to read and write because she hopes to be a teacher someday. "Nanay Selina really draws inspiration among Filipino Learners," Pastias wrote. (gmanetwork.com)


    One PH school makes THE’s list of Top Asian Universities
    It's a first for the country. London-based magazine Times Higher Education (THE) has included one university in the Philippines in its list of top academic institutions in Asia. The University of the Philippines (UP) made it in the 201-250 ranking cluster for THE's Asia University Rankings for 2017, a subset of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The rankings were based on five areas: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. Out of 298 universities in Asia, National University of Singapore has held the top spot since last year. Peking University and Tsinghua University, both from China, got the second and third spots, respectively. A total of 21 universities from Southeast Asia made it to the list: 10 from Thailand, nine from Malaysia, and two from Indonesia. (entrepreneur.com.ph)


    DOH warns parents: Don't bring kids to Visita Iglesia
    The Department of Health (DOH) appealed to parents to avoid bringing children and elderly with them during Visita Iglesia, a traditional practice that involves visiting churches during the Holy Week. DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Rosell-Ubial made the appeal because young children are susceptible to disease, while the elderly are more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. "Don’t bring small children or babies in crowded places to prevent them from contracting diseases, as babies have lower resistance against infections. People with high blood pressure and other conditions that can be aggravated by severe heat are advised to stay at home.” The DOH also reminded everyone to wear comfy clothes and drink lots of water to prevent dehydration for the Visita Iglesia. (mb.com.ph)

    PCOS may be due to hormonal imbalance in the brain, not the ovaries
    Australian researchers from the University of New South Wales recently got results from a study that showed hormonal imbalance at a cerebral level, not in the ovaries as previously thought, could trigger the onset of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The study looked at the reproductive system of mice, which have a similar analogy with humans, and discovered that removing receptors for androgen, a class of steroid male hormone, from the brain hinders the development of PCOS, whereas eliminating these receptors at an ovarian level still allows the condition to appear. The study's findings, however, still needs corroboration from further research. 

    Approximately one in 10 women globally are affected with PCOS, and obese women and women who have a family history of PCOS often get the short end of the stick. PCOS is difficult to diagnose and causes an array of uncomfortable symptoms, ranging from painful periods to ovulation problems and ovarian cysts. Currently, doctors treat each symptom separately and include hormone pills prescribed to regulate the menstrual cycle and facilitate ovulation. PCOS has been linked to infertility, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders, heart problems, and hormonal dysfunction. (techtimes.com)

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