• Saab Magalona Hits Back at Columnist For 'Sexualizing' Baby Bump Photo

    Plus, Sharon Cuneta gives a sneak peek of family’s Christmas card, Pia Guanio chooses Pauleen Luna as daughter’s ninang, and more!
    by Kitty Elicay .
  • Saab Magalona: “Women don’t post photos para magmukhang “katakam-takam” o “malinamnam” para sa mga lalaki!

    The celebrity blogger posted a series of tweets calling out a showbiz columnist for sexualizing her baby bump in an article posted in tabloid Abante’s website.


    “GROSS. Women don’t post photos para magmukhang “katakam-takam” o “malinamnam” para sa mga lalaki!” Saab said in a tweet. She followed it up with, “People need to stop thinking this s**t is normal,” along with a screencap of the article in question.

    The article was written by Rey Pumaloy, who did a commentary on a recent Instagram photo posted by Saab’s sister, Maxene. In the photo, Maxene is inside a jacuzzi posing with her friends and sister, who are all wearing bikinis, to celebrate Maxene’s bachelorette party.



    The columnist pointed out that even if Saab had an obvious baby bump, she still looked racy in the two-piece swimsuit. He adds, “Ang bubbly facial expression ni Saab ang makinis nitong balat na walang stretch marks ay sapat na para maging malinamnam ito sa paningin ng mga lalake lalo yung mga may asawa na at dumaan sa ganitong estado nang pagbubuntis ng kanilang misis.

    He also made a comment on Maxene’s bikini, saying, “kahit medyo conservative ang swimsuit ng actress katakam-takam pa rin ito sa paningin ng mga kalalakihan.

    Saab, who is pregnant with twins, clarified in succeeding tweets that she was indeed talking about Pumaloy, but refused to link the article. “I believe the writer is not interested in women. I want to think he does not actually view girls as meat. I know his intention was just to write a clickbait article for a market that normalizes this way of thinking. I’m not angry, just sad,” she says.

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    She closed her rant with a solo shot of her baby bump, captioned, 'Hello, from a pregnant unicorn!' which Pumaloy also mentioned in his article.

    In an interview with PEP.ph, Pumaloy clarifies that his intent was never to sexualize the sisters. “Kung ano man ‘yung ibig sabihin na malinamnam, masarap siyang tingnan, not necessarily masarap siyang i-sexualize or something,” he says, and adds, “’Di ba, lahat naman ng lalaki, for them, sexy naman sa tingin nila kahit buntis ‘yung asawa nila na naka-two piece?” He also quipped that celebrities should just refrain from posting public photos on social media if they are not open to hearing the perspectives of those who see the photos.

    PEP.ph has reached out to Saab for her reaction to Pumaloy’s statement, but she has not answered as of the time of publishing. (pep.ph)


    Lea Salonga on daughter Nicole's acting stint: "She has fallen in love with musical theater"

    Lea is one proud mom! In an Instagram post, she shared a photo of an emotional Nicole, who had a “total breakdown” backstage after the final show of Matilda The Musical, the play where she made her debut as a musical theater actress.



    “She loved her time in the show as Alice,” Lea says in her post. “She has fallen in love with musical theater more deeply now than if she had merely remained a spectator rather than a participant. There’s a fulfillment that she now understands, and knows more intimately than she ever did before.”

    Lea, an award-winning theater actress herself, points out that the play taught her daughter some important life lessons that she wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere else: Teamwork, hard work, commitment, and never quitting. “She has made incredible friends out of this, and plans to join more productions in the future (as long as she keeps up with her schoolwork),” the singer-actress shares.


    Sharon Cuneta and husband Kiko give a sneak peek of their Christmas cards and calendar

    Aww—Sharon Cuneta and husband Kiko Pangilinan show family love in a sneak peek of their Christmas card for this year, which the two posted on their respective Instagram accounts. In his post, Senator Kiko simply captions the photo with, “Maligayang pasko!”

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    In the said photos, the Pangilinans show their biggest smiles as they wear all-white outfits. Daughters Frankie and Miel are by their father’s side, while the youngest, Miguel, and KC Concepcion are by their mom.

    The Senator also posted a photo of himself and Sharon “clowning around” during the annual family photo shoot for their Christmas cards and calendar some days ago. “This photo [is] taken by our 8-year-old son, Miguel,” he says in the caption.



    On his Facebook page, Kiko also shares a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot, as well as their previous Christmas card photos. (ABS-CBN News)


    Pia Guanio chooses Pauleen Luna to be daughter’s ‘ninang

    Last weekend, Pia and her husband Steeve Mago celebrated the dedication of their second daughter, Brooklyn. Pia posted a photo on her Instagram account, thanking the guests.

    One of the guests was Pia’s Eat Bulaga co-host, Pauleen. It turns out the new mom is also Brooklyn’s ninang. This just proves that the women's friendship is stronger than ever, despite their past (Pauleen's husband Vic was previously in a relationship with Pia. He and Pauleen became a couple more than a year after they broke up).

    On a photo posted on her Instagram account, Pauleen reveals how “happy and blessed” she feels to be Brooklyn’s ninang, and requests a playdate soon with her own daughter, Tali, who was also baptized last weekend. “Love you, Brooklyn!” she shares.

    She also posted a photo with Isabelle Daza and Pia at the dedication, captioning it, “Mama of 2, mama of 1, and soon to be mama.” (ABS-CBN News)


    Suspected New York subway bomber now in custody

    Tragedy struck New York City Monday morning when a man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body at the underground passageway between the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Times Square subway stations. Officials called it an attempted terrorist attack.

    The blast, which occurred at 7 a.m., sent commuters fleeing for the exits while officials quickly rerouted trains and shut down streets. Three people, including a police officer, suffered minor injuries. No Filipino victims have been reported. 

    The 27-year-old suspect, a Bangladeshi named Akayed Ullah, survived the blast and was taken to a hospital after suffering burns from the explosion.

    The attack, which investigators believed was supposed to be a suicide bombing was deemed “amateur-level” by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. In an interview with CNN, he says the homemade bomb may not have fully ignited, possibly limiting the damage.

    Following the attack, U.S. President Donald Trump has said that the incident emphasized the need for U.S. immigration reforms. “America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country.”

    While Ullah was originally from Bangladesh, he is a green card holder and lived with his family in Brooklyn. A law enforcement official has said that investigators have found evidence that he watched Islamic State propaganda on the Internet. (Reuters)

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