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  • LOOK: Baby Nala Wears Mom Camille Prats' Christening Gown at Baptism

    Plus, Sanofi Pasteur won’t recall dengue vaccine, Chito Miranda defends calling son Miggy 'Ungas', and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
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  • LOOK: Baby Nala wears mom Camille Prats' Christening gown at baptism


    Camille Prats and VJ Yambao's daughter Nala was officially welcomed into the Christian world on December 3 at Christ The King Parish Church in Greenmeadows Avenue, Quezon City. The host-actress had mentioned recently that she wanted her unica hija to be baptized before Christmas, and planned a simple celebration for family and friends to meet the baby girl. 

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    The theme for the event was white with floral accents, and it was indeed an intimate event for family and close friends. For the occasion, Nala wore a special Christening couture gown—"My daughter @nalacamilla wore the exact same dress I wore at my baptism. What’s left of it is the pink flower in the middle. My mom was able to keep it," Camille shared on Instagram. One of Nala's ninangs, designer Patricia Santos, upcycled the dress. Diana Zubiri-Smith, Kaye Abad-Castillo, Pauleen Luna-Sotto, Isabel-Oli Prats, and John Prats also stood as Nala's godparents.



    Welcome to the Christian world, Nala! (pep.ph)

    Chito Miranda defends calling son Miggy 'ungas'

    "Miss na miss na miss ko na 'tong ungas na 'to. Naglakad na daw siya kanina ng tatlong hakbang. Wala ako kasi may tugtog kami," read the caption the new dad wrote on Instagram. Some netizens, whose comments have now been deleted, called out Chito for using the term "ungas" in reference to his son Miggy, saying they hope his son would not inherit his traits. It didn't stop him, however, from defending his words.


    He explained that he used the word as a term of endearment. "My uncle calls his children 'monkeys.' Ang tawag ng dad ko sa akin 'tikmol.' Kami ng best friend ko from Ateneo, tawag namin sa mga anak namin, 'ungas,'" wrote Chito in the comments, describing their sons as "sobrang kenkoy." Chito also referred those who called him out as "corny." 


    "Habang ako napaligiran ako ng mga makukulit at tunay na kaibigan at lumaki ako sa environment na puno ng kasiyahan, kalokohan, at kakulitan. Puno ng pagmamahal ang buhay ko at ang post na 'to. Wag kang corny. It's so sad that you see negativity in a positive and loving post," he stressed. (pep.ph)

    Sanofi Pasteur won’t recall Dengvaxia; FDA suspends sale of dengue vaccine
    French-based pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur said that it would not recall its now-controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, despite the new guidelines that recommend not to administer it to patients who have not been infected by dengue. (Read more about the dengue vaccine controversy here.)

    Instead of a product recall, they are committed to informing doctors of the new information. "Of course depending on each of the different ministries of health and the different countries, they can also issue their own circulars and memos to the doctors," Dr. Ng Su Peing, global medical head of Sanofi Pasteur, said in a press conference in Taguig City. (Read more about the company's new recommendations for the vaccine here.)


    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, issued a suspension of the sale, distribution, and marketing of Dengvaxia in the Philippine market to protect the general public after its manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur revealed the potential risks for patients who have not had dengue. The FDA also ordered Sanofi Pasteur to conduct an information dissemination campaign with advisories, Dear Doctor letters, and forums with patients. 

    House approves bill that prohibits leaving children unattended inside motor vehicles
    The House of Representatives (HOR) has approved on its third and final reading the bill seeking to prohibit leaving kids unsupervised inside motor vehicles. A quick Wikipedia search will show that "cars, buses, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, light trucks and regular trucks," are classified as motor vehicles, although available data on the bill does not specify. 

    House Bill No. 6570 states that no children below eight years old should be left inside a motor vehicle without a person aged 18 years or older supervising them. The proposed law deems it as a threat to kids' health and safety if they are left unattended in a vehicle where the engine is running or where the key to the motor vehicle is inside. Violators will pay a penalty of P5,000 for the first offense, P10,000 for the second offense, and P50,000 plus confiscation of the driver's license for the third offense. Subsequent offenses would cause the violator's driver's license to be revoked. (gmanetwork.com)

    Pinay student wins global science video contest!


    Hilary Andales, an 18-year-old resident of Palo, Leyte, won the third annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge after her video made it to the finals for the second year in a row. The Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas student was the lone Filipino representative in the finals this year, with her video on the theory of relativity. Andales will receive $250,000 in educational prizes for besting more than 11,000 students from 178 countries who registered for the contest, where her video topped all other 3,200 video submissions. Her teacher will also receive $50,000 and her school a new science laboratory worth $100,000 from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. In the 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge, Andales won the popular vote with her video explaining path integrals in quantum physics. (gmanetwork.com)

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