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  • Top of the Morning: Baby Zia Wows in Her First Public Gig

    Plus, Ciara Sotto and estranged husband now civil, who mosquitoes are most likely to bite, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. Baby Zia wows us during her first public appearance


    For the first time, Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera and her 7-month-old daughter Zia made a public appearance together for the launch of Johnson's Milk + Oats Baby Bath and Lotion. Marian and Zia now both endorse the brand, and Zia appeared its much-awaited commercial that recently debuted on TV and social media. Marian revealed that she was a bit nervous because her husband Dingdong Dantes didn't make it on time for the momentous event. However, Baby Zia was nothing short of amazing at the press conference. Marian also said that says she plans to take it easy on the showbiz commitments since Zia's first birthday is coming soon.(pep.ph)

    2. Ciara Sotto and estranged husband on civil terms

    "I think it’s very important na hindi kami magkaaaway for my son’s sake," Ciara tells GMA7's 24 Oras. After six months, the pole dance intructor and mom to Crixus can already say that she has moved on from the pain and anger she felt when she and husband Jojo Oconer separated. While they are on good terms for Crixus, Ciara, who recently celebrated her birthday, says it doesn't mean that she has already forgiven her husband for his alleged affair with another woman. It can be recalled that early this year Ciara moved back to her father's house with her son after news of the alleged extramarital relationship broke out. (pep.ph)

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    3. Mosquitos are more likely to bite preggos
    A new study revealed that mosquitos, the kind that carries dengue and Zika viruses, are more likely to bite pregnant women. Researchers from Durham University in the U.K. believe that the insect’s fondness of biting mothers-to-be is because pregnant women exhale more air than non-pregnant women, and that mosquitoes may be attracted to the carbon dioxide in their breath. Another reason could be that a pregnant women's abdomen are generally hotter than normal temperatures, so their skin releases more volatile compounds, including mosquito-attracting lactic acid. In addition to pregnant women, people who drink alcohol, athletes, and individuals who have type O blood round up the kind of people that are more likely to get bitten by mosquitos. (inquirer.net)

    4. UPB opens country's first ethnographic museum

    The Museo Kordilyera is the country's first ethnographic museum located in Univeristy of the Philippines Baguio (UPB), the city considered to be the center for indigenous studies in Cordillera region. The new ethnogaphic musem is positioned to be a "living museum," a home for both tangilble and intangible cultures of the Cordillera. It will also serve as an avenue for UPB students and faculty to disseminate their studies via exhibits, symposuims, lectures, and cultural performances. For its inaugural exhibit, the Museo Kordilyera features traditional tattooing methods by Amores, a visual documentation of Sagada and an exhibit of anthropological artifacts. Museo Kordilyera will have its formal opening in September. (abs-cbn.com)

    5. Ashley Madison facing legal probes
    Avid Life Media, the parent company of online infidelity dating website Ashley Madison (the one with the tag line "Life is short. Have an affair") is now the target of a U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation. The website had been a target of a hack last year and suffered a major breach of security when members' personal information, including names and bank account numbers, were exposed. It is also facing allegations that the site uses numerous fake profiles and programs and bots to impersonate real women to manipulate its mostly male clients. The company has spent millions to improve security and to offer more privacy for payment options. (gmanetwork.com

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