• Jolina Magdangal and Mark Escueta Expecting Baby #2!

    Plus, photos from the first birthday party of Kristine and Oyo's youngest son, Maricar de Mesa's daughter Alianna Sky looks like her dad, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Jolina Magdangal and Mark Escueta expecting baby #2!

    Three-year-old Pele Iñigo is going to be a big brother soon! A day after her birthday, the actress-host and her musician husband announced on the ABS-CBN morning talk show Magandang Buhay that they are pregnant with baby number two. "Yes, [nine] weeks na po ako at kuya na po si Pele. Thank you, Lord. Thank you talaga," Jolina said. It's also an early wedding anniversary gift for the couple who is celebrating their seventh year on November 21.

    "Sobrang pinag-pray po namin ito at saka sobrang saya ko para kay Pele, hindi lang para sa aming mag-asawa kung hindi para kay Pele," she added, whom she says is hoping for a baby sister. Jolina and Mark also showed the first ultrasound photo of their unborn baby. Congratulations! (abs-cbn.com)

    Kristine and Oyo's youngest son Vin turns 1!

    Perhaps as a tribute to his namesake who recently became a new dad, or a nod to the hit series Stranger Things, Marvic Valentin Sotto II, or Vin, celebrated his first birthday with an '80s-themed party. It was a two-in-one celebration, as it coincided with Kristine and Oyo's youngest son's dedication party. Vin's aunts Danica and Nina posted photos on Instagram from the party, which happened on his actual birthday last November 5. 

    Members of the family sported big hair, leather jackets, big prints, and colorful clothes to copy the fashion sense of the 80s. Even Kristine and Oyo's older kids Kiel, Ondrea, and Kaleb dressed appropriately for the occasion. Happy birthday, Vin! (abs-cbn.com)

    Maricar de Mesa and partner have daughter Sky baptized

    We finally get a glimpse of Maricar's still unnamed partner and father of her daughter from photos taken last October 28 during their first child's christening, and her Instagram followers were quick to notice that Alianna Sky looks a lot like her dad. The little girl's godmothers also posted photos of the event on Instagram. Almira Muhlach posed with her "tabachingching inaanak," while Mae Belasco, wife of basketball coach Nic Belasco,wrote "Congratulations my goddaughter Alianna Sky on your baptism. I promise to take care of you no matter what. We love you!" The baptism was held at the Santuario de San Antonio Parish in Forbes Park, Makati City. Welcome to the Christian world, Sky! (pep.ph

    Bianca Lapus, Chuckie Dreyfus share date for Isabel Granada’s wake

    The singer-actress's remains are set to arrive from Doha, Qatar tomorrow, following a small tribute arranged by the Filipino community there today. According to Isabel's close friends Bianca Lapus and former loveteam partner Chuckie Dreyfus, the tentative venue and wake of Isabel wake will be at Sanctuario de San Jose in Greenhills starting on Thursday, November 9. 

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    Bianca, who has been tasked to look for the Isabel's burial dress, said that more details will be shared once they get the family's final decision regarding the wake. Chuckie and his wife, on the other hand, have started a fundraising campaign to cover Isabel's hospital bills in Qatar. Isabel's family, who already arrived in the country from Doha, thanks everyone who prayed for Isabel. (inquirer.net)

    Congress urged to pass mental health bill ASAP
    "Health is essential to [the] development, and there is no health without mental health," Dr. June Lopez of the Philippine Psychiatric Association (PPA) said in a statement. Dr. Bolet Bautista of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) added, "With the passage of the Bill, we can foresee the offering of programs that enhance the resilience of individuals, families, and communities." Over the past years, there has been an increase in suicide incidents, all the more highlighting the urgency of the bill's enactment into law. It's not only for those diagnosed with mental health conditions, but also for all Filipinos' well-being and mental health. Last month, the House of Representatives (HOR) approved House Bill No. 6452 or the Comprehensive Mental Health Act on its second reading. The Senate version was approved on the third and final reading in May. (gmanetwork.com)

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