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  • LOOK: Everybody Gets Along in Jericho Rosales's Modern Family!

    Plus, Iya Villania describes Drew Arellano as a cool dad, the newly upgraded National Planetarium opens on Friday and you can visit for free, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • LOOK: Santino, son of Jericho Rosales, celebrates mom's birthday with dad and Kim Jones

    Model Kai Palomares took to Instagram to thank her son, Santino, his dad, Jericho Rosales, and Jericho's wife, Kim Jones, for celebrating her birthday a day ago. "Thank you, my little family, for a lovely birthday treat! Love you all heaps!" she wrote in the caption and tagged all three. It was not the first time all four of them have gotten together. In fact, the four of them have made it a point to get together on special occasions such as birthdays and holidays.   

    Kai and Jericho's teenage son is a budding football star and is one of Candy Magazine's Cuties last year. The 16-year-old refers to his parents as his "official cheerleaders." He regularly spends time with his dad and even bonds with Kim.


    Fans have praised Kai and Jericho's co-parenting skills and the way they have nurtured their family. "You guys are one of my inspirations of a happy family, no barriers with the love of God flowing through you. I have a blended family too, and it's only by the grace of God that we can love one another," one user wrote. "You guys truly understand what family is," another wrote. They are but one of the many people that make their modern family work. (abs-cbn.com)

    Iya Villania praises Drew Arellano as an excellent parenting partner

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    At the launch of Nike Training Club in Kerry Sports, the TV host said she and her husband it took two months to develop and get into a new routine after welcoming their son Primo. Iya also credited Drew for making things easier, being a hands-on dad, and giving their home a fun and light vibe. She described her husband as a fun and makulit dad. "Ayaw niyang na-i-stress si Primo. Siya yung, kapag pagod ako and hindi ko na kaya ipatahan si Primo, si Drew na bahala. Isasayaw niya, literal na sayaw! He is nakakaaliw and a very entertaining dad," Iya said.  

    The new mom also admitted they named their son after Optimus Prime, the leaders of the Autobots in the Transformers franchise. Iya said it started as a joke with Drew, but she didn't exactly want her baby to be named Primo. But they couldn't think of any other name when they found out they were having a boy. "Sabi ko, 'Naku, paano eto? Primo siya [Drew] ng Primo. Hanggang sa nag-research na ako, and I discovered Primo means firstborn, panganay in Italian. Sabi ko, 'Sige na nga nakalusot,'" Iya recalled. She laughingly added, "Si Drew, siya talaga yung panganay ko." (pep.ph)

    Entrance to the National Planetarium is free this April


    The National Museum of the Philippines is unveiling to the public its newly-upgraded Planetarium on March 24, the museum announced via Facebook. And visitors can enjoy watching the stars for free until April 30. The National Planetarium had the first hybrid projector in Asia, integrating the old 1975 analog projector with the new digital projector developed by the Japanese company Goto. It currently features two shows: A Planet for Goldilocks is about the search for worlds similar to Earth, and Hayabusa Back to the Earth which features the Japanese space probe that was tasked to collect samples from an Earth-like asteroid. The National Planetarium is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays and show screen times are the following: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. On Sundays, screen time there are only two screening times at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (gmanetwork.com)

    Unhealthy food in public school canteens are now banned
    In a memorandum released by the Department of Education (DepEd) last week, Secretary Leonor Briones ordered all public schools to promote a healthier diet and help improve the eating habits of students, teachers, and DepEd personnel. The memo means canteens in elementary and public schools will need to remove fat-laden, sugary, and high-sodium foods in their offerings. Healthy alternatives like unsweetened milk, fresh buko juice, boiled peanuts, and bananas should replace sodas, powdered juice drinks, fish balls, and other deep fried snacks. 

    The new food policy follows the campaign of the World Health Organization (WHO) to restrict the marketing of unhealthy foods in schools and to increase availability and accessibility of healthy options. The 2014 National Nutrition Survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) shows that 29.1 percent of Filipino children aged 5 to 10 were underweight while 9.1 percent were overweight. (inquirer.net)

    PH #72nd happiest country in the world, according to UN study
    According to a study conducted by the United Nations (UN), the Philippines has improved its happiness index by ten notches from last year. This year, out of 155 countries, we're the 72nd happiest country in the world, based on the recently released annual World Happiness Report conducted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the U.N. According to the report, our country scored pretty well in the gross domestic product per capita, social support, health life expectancy and freedom to make life choices departments with a total happiness index of 5.430 points. Our Asian neighbors were not far from our spot: Hong Kong is got the 71st slot, Chine ranked 79th, while Indonesia took the 81st slot. Norway grabbed the top spot from being just fourth last year. It's closely followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland. (fhm.com.ph)

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