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  • 1. Sara Duterte-Carpio has a baby shower

     Based on a photo in an ABS-CBN News report, presidential daughter and Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, known to many as Inday Sara, held what looked like an ocean-inspired baby shower for her unborn baby, the survivor among the triplets she carried when she first announced her delicate pregnancy in August. (About a month later, she lost the two babies.) We thought of the sea because of the party’s color (blue) and her baby’s name, which the report says will be “Stonefish.” All her kids are actually named after sea creatures. Her 7-year-old daughter is named Sharky, and her 3-year-old son is Stingray. 

    2. Help for victims of Typhoon Nina needed


    Typhoon “Nina” has already claimed seven people with 18 still missing and has left the people of Albay and Catanduanes in need of aid. The Office of the Vice President has asked that those who will organize relief operations to prioritize the following:

    • Bottled water
    • Easy-to-open canned goods
    • Rice
    • Blankets
    • Clothes
    • Toiletries (disposable underwear, sanitary napkins, soap, etc)

    To those who are conducting relief operations in Metro Manila, please send your name and contact details to Mara at 0998-5917374. Volunteers based in Naga who want to help in repacking, distribution, and delivery of relief goods, please call Raffy (09177929349) or Laarni (09198240048). 

    The Department of Social Welfare and Development has also called on volunteers to join soldiers and policemen in repacking relief goods at their warehouse in Pasay. Parties interested in sending donations may also contact DSWD via hotline 0977-810-9950.

    3. Jodi Sta. Maria and Pampi Lacson reunite for son

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    Thirdy Lacson, who turned 11 last December 22, got the most important members of his family together for a birthday and Christmas celebration at Enchanted Kingdom last December 23. A group photo shared by his dad, Pampi, on Instagram showed him with his mom, Jodi, and his dad (in black cap); his dad’s partner, Iwa Moto; his half-sister, 3-year-old Hiromi Eve (or Mimi); and relatives on his father’s side. Four weeks ago, Thirdy, whom his parents fondly call Muymuy, had another bonding session with his mom, Mimi, and Iwa, who shared it on her Instagram account. (pep.ph)  

    4. Julia Montes meets dad after 21 years 


    The actress finally met her father, who left when she was just a baby, for the first time after 21 years. A Pep.ph report says that Julia has been looking for her dad, German Martin Shchnittka who is deaf mute like Julia’s mom, Gemma Hateau, for several years through online leads but did not produce any results. Based on her caption on her Instagram post showing the reunion, it happened with the help of “CocoJul” (Coco Martin and Julia) fan. Her caption read: “At sa Cocojul din na isa sa naging daan para magkausap kame, and to my Cousin Michelle who did everything and every way to make this day possible. Thank you!” (pep.ph)

    5. Carrie Fisher dies at 60 

    The beloved actress, writer and novelist passed away on December 27. She suffered a massive heart attack aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23 and reports say she never regained consciousness. While Fisher was known worldwide for her role as Princess Leia in all three original Star Wars films, a role she has reprised for the next xx, she was a talented writer. Her semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards from the Edge, was a bestseller and became a hit movie, for which she wrote the screenplay.  When she was not a book author, she was a “script doctor” for films like Sister Act, Outbreak and The Wedding Singer. Fisher was also known for being opinionated and outspoken when it came to gender bias and mental health. (ew.com)

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