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  • Top of the Morning: Chris Tiu Is Now a Dad!

    Plus, Disney’s Latina Princess show gets a premiere data, Fabella hospital’s fate determined, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
Top of the Morning: Chris Tiu Is Now a Dad!
PHOTO BY Chris Tiu/Instagram
  • 1. Welcome to fatherhood, Chris Tiu!

    The basketball star and Kapuso host took to Instagram to announce the birth of his first child, a daughter, with his wife Clarisse Ong last June 5The new parents named their baby Amanda Claire. Chris wrote, ”No championship or accomplishment can compare to the overwhelming joy we felt when this little girl finally entered this world. I've never felt so happy that I was moved to tears.” He added, “About 9 months ago, I remember just seeing a heartbeat in the ultrasound monitor and now she's a full human being wrapped around our arms, this is truly the miracle of life! And the most wonderful blessing and manifestation of God's generous love.” On behalf of his wife, he also thanked his followers for all prayers and well-wishes. Congrats, Chris, and advance Happy Father's Day! (pep.ph

    2. Disney’s Latina princess is here!

    The premiere of the highly anticipated show featuring Disney’s very first Latina princess will debut on July 22. Elena of Avalor will incorporate influences from the diverse Latino culture through various formats such as architecture, tradition, food, customs, and music. Its first episode will be a one-hour special featuring the voices of Aimee Carrero as Elena and Jenna Ortega as her little sister, plus Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) and even Tyler Posey. Latin Grammy Award winner Gaby Moreno is singing the show’s theme song and will also voice a guest role. (eonline.com)

    3. It’s final: Fabella hospital is moving 
    The 65-year-old maternal health facility will be moving to a new home. In a press briefing yesterday, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital director Dr. Esmeraldo Ilem announced that the decision was made based on the signature campaign among the 1,200 hospital employees after the planned referendum was stopped. At least half of the employees were in favor of transferring the hospital instead of just retrofitting the building, which the Department of Health (DOH) said was now structurally unsound. The hospital will move to a new six-story, 700-bed capacity building inside the DOH compound. Construction of the new facility is expected to finish in May 2017. (inquirer.net)

    4. School buses 15 years old or older are being phased out
    The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is phasing out school service vehicles that are 15 years old or older. An LTFRB memorandum circular bans the use of such vehicles beginning this school year in an effort to keep in check the road-worthiness of these vehicles and ensure the safety of students. LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez is directing school authorities not to accredit school transport service units that fall in this age category, beginning school year 2016 to 2017. The said phase-out of old school service vehicles had been originally intended to take effect in 2014, but was delayed to give owners a chance to change vehicles. (cnnphilippines.com)

    5. Ginnifer Goodwin gives birth!
    The Once Upon A Time stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas have welcomed their second child, a baby boy whom they named Hugo Wilson Dallas. The couple has kept their personal life hush-hush, but the Zootopia actress recently opened up about being pregnant for the second time. “Now I’m running after a toddler, working on a series and doing a press tour,” she said, but added that she was doing “remarkably well” and the pregnancy was flying by. The two, who married in April 2104, are already parents to two-year-old son Oliver Finlay, who’s no doubt ready to be a big bro. Congratulations! (people.com)

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