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  • Toni Gonzaga responds to netizens criticizing her weight loss

    The host and actress kept it classy when she responded to bashers who reacted to her Instagram photo of a weighing scale showing how much weight she had lost since giving birth to her and Paul Soriano's first child, son Seve. "I keep losing and Seve keeps gaining..." her caption for the photo reads, with the hashtags #breastfeeding, #pumpitup. The weighing scale reads 96.8 pounds, and according to two more hashtags she used, it's the lowest she's ever weighed, and that she needed to eat more.


    Based on an interview on ABS-CBN's Magandang Buhay, netizens alleged that Toni is being vain and is more concerned about her body. She corrected this perception by saying that it's really about being physically fit for her baby, and not about vanity. Some of her social media followers have been giving her unsolicited advice to not go on a diet and to gain more weight, but many moms have come to her defense, saying that breastfeeding really does help shed the pregnancy weight. (pep.ph)

    Kylie Padilla clarifies gender of baby with fiancé Aljur Abrenica

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    The pregnant Kapuso actress took to Twitter to clarify reports about the gender of her and Aljur's baby. "We are actually still unsure of the gender. And still deciding on names," Kylie posted in a series of tweets. "Whatever the gender is though, we are happy as long as the baby is healthy," she added. Pep.ph posted a news article yesterday, February 26, that says Kylie and Aljur are expecting a baby boy and that they're thinking of naming him Joaquin. Replies to her tweets say that the baby is a blessing no matter what, but some of her fans are wishing it would be a baby girl so they could have a mini-Amihan, the character Kylie played in the GMA fantaserye Encantadia. (pep.ph)

    Baby Zia already a millionaire at 1 year old


    The adorable daughter of Kapuso 'Primetime Couple' Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes was only seven months old when she and her mom starred in a TV ad for a baby bath product, for which she received a hefty talent fee. While Marian didn't reveal the exact figure, she said Baby Zia received a higher amount than her or Dingdong. So where did the money go? Marian shared that they opened a bank account for their daughter where they could keep her earnings. "Lahat ng kinikita niya sa commercial, nandoon. Ni isang kusing, wala kaming ginagalaw na mag-asawa," she said. The first-time mom also said that they're going to turn over all the money to their daughter when the right time comes so she can manage the funds on her own. (pep.ph)

    In photos: A baby shower for Melai Cantiveros



    On Sunday, February 26, at Luxent Hotel in Quezon City, friends of the host-comedienne threw Melai a baby shower for her and husband Jason Francisco's second child. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the couple is expecting another baby girl to join big sister Mela. The pregnant mom looked happy in a flowy white dress, while Jason wore a floral polo shirt. Their daughter Mela looked cute in a purple dress paired with boots. The baby shower was catered by Passion Cooks Catering and Event Styling, coordinated by One Tree South PR & Events. The photos were shot by Nice Print Photoghraphy. (abs-cbn.com)

    UNICEF to build "one-stop shop" for children with disabilities

    The children's international agency will transform the rehab facilities of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) into one unified hub, the first ever in the country to provide comprehensive services such as diagnosis, provision of assistive devices, counseling, therapy, and referral to specialists, all under one roof. Currently, PGH's rehab facilities are located far from each other, which makes going from one center to another challenging. There will be a total of four one-stop-shop hubs for children with disabilities (CWD) nationwide, each one costing P10 million to build. UNICEF says there are five million Filipino children who are living with disabilities, which range from hearing, visual and mobility impairment, to those with development or learning disabilities, and only five percent of the 1.5 million who need assistive devices like hearing and vision aids or prosthesis receive that support. The agency estimates that the hubs will help increase that number to five million, and will also help early detection, early healthcare intervention, and comprehensive disability services with the new PhilHealth benefit package. (inquirer.net)

    QC to distribute books on HIV education to students


    Starting next schoolyear, the Quezon City (QC) local government will be distributing books that aim to curb the alarming rise of sexually-transmitted diseases, particularly HIV and AIDS, among the youth. Instead of condoms, the books will be given to 35,000 incoming Grace 8 students in public schools in June, to be covered in their MAPEH (Music, Arts, Physical Education, Health) subject. Last Monday, QC Mayor Herbert Bautista led the launch of the program to increase students’ knowledge on how they could prevent contracting HIV and where they can access health services such as HIV testing. "We have to acknowledge that some adolescents are into risky sexual behavior and this has been proven in various surveys. [This initiative hopes] to improve HIV education in public schools. We will teach students how they can prevent HIV infection and, if necessary, they will know where to access HIV services," Bautista said. (inquirer.net)

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