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  • Iya Villania Has a Great Tipid Tip for Moms-To-Be

    PLUS Toni Gonzaga on weight gain, Ruffa Gutierrez on more kids, P2P buses get tap card treatment, and more!
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • 1. Iya Villania’s has a great budget tip for parents-to-be 

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    We’ve seen her shopping with husband Drew Arellano in anticipation of their baby’s birth, but Iya Villania shows to be a mom after our own heart. The host shared on Instagram that her mom friends advised her not to buy a cot. “You really don't end up using it as much especially if you have a cosleeper or playpen!” they told her. As a first-time mom, however, Iya couldn’t imagine a baby’s room without one. “So I took up a friend's offer who wanted to lend theirs to me since their babies have all grown up!” Iya continued. And that’s her picking up the cot above. We love this tip, Iya!

    2. Toni Gonzaga hopes she can manage her pregnancy weight gain 

    When a Pep.ph reporter told Toni she will remain “payat” even after she gives birth, the host and actress remarked, “Mag dilang-anghel ka sana.” The actress admitted she has gained 16 lbs so far in her pregnancy, which initially made her nervous. “Noong tumimbang ako, sumakit ang dibdib ko. 'E, siyempre ang bilis ng 16 pounds, yung huling timbang ko, 108 lang ako,” she revealed in the interview. But her ob-GYNE assured her it was normal for her weight (and we’re here to tell you, Toni, based on photos from your recent mall show above, you are doing amazing!) The actress also revealed that Jolina Magdangal recently gave her a gift. “Ang sweet ni Jolina. Pinadalhan niya ako ng speaker na stick mo sa tummy mo para makikinig ng classical music [ang baby].” (Pep.ph)

    3. Does Ruffa Gutierrez want more kids?


    The actress isn’t closing her doors on more kids, but she isn’t rushing to have more either, even if, as she quipped, “That's the in thing now.” The actress, who has two daughters, Lorin (left) and Venice, continued, “Everyone is freezing their eggs, they are getting a surrogate. Nowadays naman, if you have money and you have all the things to make you have a baby, it's okay. Some people have babies even without a father, hindi ba? So, in this day and age, everything is possible," she said. If she does decide to freeze her eggs, the actress said she will probably do it abroad. (ABS-CBN)

    4. P2P Buses are next to get the tap card treatment
    Point-to-point (P2P) buses will be the next mode of transportation in the country that will incorporate the tap card system after a partnership between P2P bus operator Froehlich Tours Inc. and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SMLEI) was finalized last week. SMLEI will provide tap cards that passengers can reload with various amounts depending on their commuting needs. Those who buy the P2P tap cards are entitled to SMLEI’s special mall promotions for tickets, cinemas and other services. The new tap card system is expected to become available to the public within two to three weeks. Last October, the beep card was introduced to the public which allowed train commuters to use one pass when riding Metro Manila’s major railway systems. (Spot.ph)

    5. One of the Annie girls sang to Lea Salonga 


    The opportunity to meet your idol is exciting but nerve-racking. You don’t want to appear overfamiliar nor do you want to invade her personal space. But to show off your skill, the very same one your idol is world-renowned for, in front of her? Well, that takes some kind of courage and Krystal Brimmer, the new Annie, is certainly one brave girl when she sang to an audience of one: Miss Lea Salonga. (Remember, Lea owned this role when she was 9 years old.) When we saw this video (a clip from Rated K), we held our breath as this 5-year-old began the words to the song "Tomorrow," and clapped like crazy stage moms when she finished. Great job, Krystal! Read more of our story on the new Annie here

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