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  • Andi Manzano's Hubby Has Harsh Words for Celeb Baby Bashers

    Plus, Judy Ann Santos pays tribute to her longtime nanay, a breastfeeding mom was asked to prove she's lactating, Toni Gonzaga opens up about motherhood, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
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  • GP Reyes: Enough is enough 

    Businessman GP Reyes, Andi Manzano's husband, had some pretty strong words for social media trolls who are bashing his daughter, Olivia, who has her own Instagram account. It was not clear if GP was reacting to a particular comment or incident. His post indicated that the bashing has been going for months. "There are a few things more intense than the love of a dad for his daughter. And in the past few months, I've been noticing idiotic trolls in the IG comments section bashing my kid, making comparisons and s**t. Such is the reality of social media, there will always be haters," he started his post. GP said this was the only time he would address the issue, and he did not hold back. "I don't give a flying f*** whether we're not as rich, or you don't think my daughter is as pretty, or as smart, or popular or has as many followers or whatever. Dude, Olivia is my princess, and nothing will diminish the joy she gives us or the happiness she brings to the rest of the people here that love her," he said. The doting dad went on to explain how Olivia's Instagram account was put up initially for their family to be able to share the joy of having her. "We're not in this for popularity or competition. They're babies for crying out loud!" He warned Olivia's bashers just to unfollow their accounts and stop the nasty comments.

    Judy Ann's Pays Tribute to Longtime Nanny Who Passed Away

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    A day after celebrating her 69th birthday, Sabina Domangas Quintana, Judy Ann Santos' longtime nanny, died last Tuesday, January 31. The mom-of-three took to Instagram to send her final goodbye to her Nanay Binay. "Goodbye, Nanay. No more tubes, no more pain. You can now finally rest in peace. Mamimiss ko lambing mo 'pag binibisita mo kami. Ikaw ang dahilan kung bakit andito ako ngayon. Mahal na mahal kita Nanay Binay ko," Judy Ann wrote as the caption for a photo that showed the two holding hands. Nanay Binay was the only one Judy Anne's mom, Carol, trusted to take cake of Judy Ann and her siblings when she worked in Canada. She was also the one who would accompany Judy Ann when she was still starting her career in showbiz. (abs-cbn.com)

    Toni Gonzaga opens up about how motherhood changed her life



    Four months after she gave birth to Baby Seve, Toni is reflecting on the changes in her life. She is back at work and is still breastfeeding, which is not always easy. "Dati sasandal lang ako, tulog na ako. Ngayon hindi na, 'yong tulog ko feeling ko parang pumikit lang ako. Wala na akong deep sleep ever since I gave birth," the new mom relates. When she has out-of-town commitments, she pumps breast milk for two to three hours before leaving the house. But, she says, it's all worth it. "Ngayon na-realize ko how strong women are -- to carry a life and to give birth to a life and to take care of it, nurture, and nourish it. I now have so much love and respect for every woman who gave birth kasi iba pala talaga 'yong pinagdadaanan ng isang babae." Motherhood has also redefined the meaning of life and love. "Hindi ko dati naiintindihan 'yong mga salitang: 'You gave meaning to my life,' 'I'd die for you.' Hindi ko naiintindihan 'yong mga ganyang klaseng pagmamahal. But now I know," she said. (abs-cbn.com)

    How does 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 when he saw it. "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. 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 of him 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 job. (pep.ph)

    Breastfeeding mom ordered to squeeze her breast to prove she's lactating


    Last week, mom Gayathiri Bose, who is Singaporean, was traveling by herself from Frankfurt, Germany to Paris when German airport officials stopped her. She was reportedly asked to explain why she was carrying a breast pump and they wondered where her baby was if she was indeed a nursing mom. "Inside the room, [the officer] asked me to open up my blouse and show her my breast. She then asked how come I didn’t have anything attached to my breast if I was lactating and expressing breast milk," she told BBC News. "And I said, no such thing is [permanently] attached, we usually place the pump to our nipple, and the machine does the job," Bose added. In shock, Bose cried as she left the room feeling humiliated. Since 2006, airlines in most countries have restricted the liquid passengers can bring. But there has been an exception for breast milk in European countries and the use of breast pumps. Bose has already filed a complaint with German police. (bbc.com)

    Mom gave birth to twins while being rescued from floods
    A mom from Agusan Del Sur gave birth on board a rescue boat, as 10 out of 14 towns of the province remain flooded due to previous months' rain. Molena Yandong had her babies while being saved by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Esperanza town. She said she was happy to welcome her twin babies even if the circumstances of the birth was difficult. The birth of the twins was a sliver of hope for the towns in Agusan, where flood waters are already 28 feet above Agusan River’s normal water level. Agusan del Sur is a catch basin of floods coming from nearby provinces including Bukidnon, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, and Davao Oriental. (gmanetwork.com)

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