1. Family and friends throw Ciara Sotto a baby shower
Last February 8, family and friends shared the excitement of soon-to-be-mom Ciara Sotto with a baby shower. The singer-actress posted on Instagram snaps of “the first ever and the best ever” baby shower, and gave thanks to her parents, relatives, and family. A photo she posted this morning was taken with cousin Sharon Cuneta and was captioned "My sunshine... My only sunshine.... She makes me happy when skies are grey.... :-) I love you my Ate!!!" The youngest daughter of Senator Tito Sotto and actress Helen Gamboa will be welcoming her and husband Jojo Oconer’s first child in March. (pep.ph)
2. Dad refused to abandon newborn son with Down syndrome When Samuel Forrest of Armenia was forced to choose between his marriage and his newborn son, Leo, with Down syndrome, he chose the “beautiful baby.” Now Samuel has set up a website called GoFundMe with an original goal of raising $60,000 to allow him and his son Leo to go back to his home in New Zealand where his family are eager to meet the newborn baby. He has now raised over $350,000 and a part of the funds raised will be for orphanages and programs for abandoned babies with Down syndrome in Armenia. (yahoo.com)
The singer is reportedly pregnant with her second child after being implanted with her own frozen embryo fertilized via a sperm donor. She says her son, Danielle, 6, really needs a sibling, but also admitted that she faced fears because of her age and that she was newly single during her first trimester. The “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” singer is confident and is very excited to see her baby girl come July. (people.com)
4. Pope to hold online chat with kids with special needs and disabilities Pope Francis is set to host his second Google+ Hangout, this time giving children with disabilities and special needs from Brazil, India, Spain, and the United States the chance to ask him questions. The Argentine Pope will be sending virtual hugs to these children, while the kids share a glimpse of their lives and dreams. You can follow the dialogue from the Google+ page of Scholas Ocurrentes, an independent organization. (abs-cbnnews.com)
5. Ogie Alcasid admits to spanking Nate Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid says he and wife singer Regine Velasquez use discipline methods based on the bible: “Spare the rod and spoil the child,” The actor openly admitted, “Kailangan paluin kasi ‘pag hindi mo didisiplinahin ang anak mo, lalaking spoiled talaga ang anak mo, ‘di ba?” and adds that spanking does not mean you don’t love your child. Ogie is a very hands-on dad to his son Nate and daughters Leila and Sarah (with ex-wife Michelle Van Eimeren). (pep.ph)
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