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  • 1-Year-Old Baby Is Youngest HIV Patient in Cagayan Valley

    Plus, final trailer for Beauty and the Beast is here, Ikea recalls beach chair, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • One-year-old baby is youngest HIV patient in Cagayan Valley

    The baby is the latest addition to the 88 recorded cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Cagayan Valley. The child reportedly acquired the virus from her mother who was infected while pregnant. HIV transmission from mother to child during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or breastfeeding is called perinatal transmission. It is the most common way children are infected with HIV. In 2015, the World Health Organization tagged the Philippines as the country with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world. The number of new cases recorded daily has risen from 17 in 2014 to 21 in 2015, and most HIV/AIDS patients acquired the disease from unsafe sexual intercourse. (rappler.com)

    The final trailer for Beauty and the Beast is here!

    If this jam-packed trailer doesn't get you more excited for the Disney's live-action version of the classic fairytale, we don't know what will. The Beauty and the Beast movie's final attempt to entice people to watch it just hits all the right notes, albeit there's no singing in this trailer. We get to see a lot of interactions between Emma Watson as Belles and Dan Stevens as the Beast, including their scary and romantic moments, including them dancing in the ballroom, plus Belle's exchanges with the talking housewares. The movie also stars Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson and is directed by Bill Condon. We can't wait for Beauty and the Beast to premiere in theaters on March 17. (ew.com)

    Banks must accept folded, stapled checks -PCHC
    The Philippine Clearing House Corp. (PCHC) clarified that banks must take folded or stapled checks as long as important details are still visible. "PCHC specifically states that checks, which are folded or have staple holes, should be accepted by banks as long as the image and the information on the check are still clearly visible upon unfolding or inspection," the PCHC said in a statement. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) had recently set a January 20, 2017 deadline for local banks to shift to the "Check Imaging Clearing Systems" (CICS), which is regulated by the PCHC, to shorten the turnaround time for funds to be credited. The PCHC also said the following are not valid reasons for banks to refuse checks. "Checks without the world 'only' after the amount is written on the check, with empty spaces not ruled out, or information not written in dark-colored ink should not be reasons for non-acceptance by banks." There is also no standard format for writing the date.

    Katherine Heigl gets real about post-baby body


    Hollywood actress Katherine Heigl, formerly of Grey's Anatomy and known for being outspoken, is not shying away from answering questions about her pregnancy (she gave birth late last year to her first son, Joshua Bishop). "My boobs just got so ginormous. It was horrifying," she told People.com. Katherine added she went from a ‘double D’ to an ‘I’ bra size. "Did you know that an ‘I’ even existed in bra size? I didn't. I didn't know that until I had to buy bra sizes in an 'I.' That's D, E, F, G, H… I." Katherine knew the upside of having big boobs was being able to breastfeed, which helped her lose a lot of the pregnancy weight (she gained 40 pounds!). But she says she's not in a hurry to get back in shape. "I still have a good 20 to lose, but I’m not going back on camera as an actor for quite some time, and I can take my time and do this healthy, and do this slow, and do it kindly to myself and not beat myself up about it," she said. "I’m so grateful for my body right now because I feel like it’s doing what it needs to do." The Knocked Up star and her husband, musician Josh Kelly, are already parents to their adoptive daughters Naleigh, 8, and Adalaide, 4.  (people.com

    Recall Alert: IKEA folding chairs

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    The Swedish furniture giant has recalled some 33,400 "Mysingö" beach chairs because they "can collapse, posing fall and fingertip amputation hazards," according to the joint statement from Ikea and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC reported the chairs have already caused injury to 13 people and there has been six fingertip amputations. The problem? "After washing the fabric seat, it is possible to re-assemble the chair incorrectly leading to risks of falls or finger entrapments," Ikea said in a statement. Ikea sold these foldable chairs with wood base and a Fabrice seat between February 2013 and December 2016. Consumers should return their Mysingö beach chairs for a full refund. (huffingtonpost.com)

    Denise Laurel's Son Understands Her Job

    How does actress Denise Laurel explain to son Alejandro that she's just playing a role?

    "It’s important that I tell him about my character, especially if there’s something shocking about to happen," she says. Denise recounted an instance when her son was younger and he saw on TV that her character got into an accident. The good thing was she was with him then. "I looked at the TV because I was beside him, I went, 'Remember Mama goes to work all the time? And it’s my job to play other people, character. Like when I read you a story, I’m bringing a story to life. So I’m acting out," Denise explained to Alejandro. She also explained to him that some people want to take pictures with his mom. Alejandro once asked if Denise was star and she replied, "‘I don’t know about star, but I do come out on TV and that’s my job, and I’m lucky that I get to do it.’" During Denise’s stint on Your Face Sounds Familiar, which Denise won even after losing week after week, she had also explained to Alejandro the quality of hard work required for her artista job.



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