1. Diana Zubiri and Andy Smith welcome first child!
The actress gave birth about a week ago, but only shared the news last weekend. Diana and Andy are now proud parents to their first child, a daughter, whom they named Aliyah Rose. The little one arrived at 11:36 a.m. on August 14 and weighed eight pounds at birth. The new dad wrote as a caption of their family photo: "I'm so glad to finally hold [you] in my arms and I will give [you] my unconditional love every day." Andy also thanked Diana: "I want to thank u for [your] incredible strength throughout the pregnancy until the delivery. [You] did an amazing job and words cannot describe how happy I am for us and our family. I’m praying to God for good health and a prosperous future." Diana, who is also a mom to a six-year-old son with her late first husband, also posted on her Instagram account to celebrate her daughter’s first-week milestone. Congratulations! (pep.ph)
2. Sunshine Dizon talks about good relationship with father-in-law
Staying true to being a role model for all legal wives out there, the actress maintains cordial relations with his estranged husband's family, especially her in-laws. "I never had a problem with the family of Tim, especially my father-in-law. Hindi na lang napag-uusapan, pero ayoko rin umabot sa point na maapektuhan ang relasyon ko sa father-in-law ko or ng mga anak ko sa father-in-law ko. He’s a very decent and good man and he’s like my second father," Sunshine told Pep.ph. They focus on the kids spending quality time with their lolo who just came back from the States. When asked about her new look, Sunshine refuses to call it revenge because she's really making the effort to look good and feel good for only herself. (pep.ph)
3. Expect lower income tax but higher VAT
Department of Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez said the new tax reform laws under President Rodrigo Duterte's administration could have citizens paying less income tax but higher value-added tax (VAT). "With respect to the VAT, the proposal is to eliminate the current exemptions except for the exemptions on food, medicine and education, and secondly to eliminate the zero-rated VAT transactions," he said as he addressed the lawmakers during the first day of briefings for the proposed 2016 national budget. This is to augment the P138 billion anticipated losses due to the proposal to lower individual income tax to 25 percent from the current 30 percent.
4. Harry Potter beans now available here!
You can now snack on the famous Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans from Harry Potter's wizarding world. It's now available at Candy Corner stores nationwide for P140 per pack. True to its name, you will find assorted flavors in every pack, from chocolate to peppermint, earthworm to paper -- every bean flavor is a surprise. Consider yourself (un)lucky if you get earwax or vomit. Its arrival is just in time for fans to enjoy a pack while reading the new screenplay book Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, and way ahead of the release of the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in November. (spot.ph)
5. Save up for the next Olympics -- it's much closer to home!
The Rio Olympics has ended but not before it passed the ball to the next country host: Japan. Aside from athletes from different sporting events, the teaser video, which was shown during the closing ceremony in Rio, showcased Japan's best anime characters and video games. There's Hello Kitty, PacMan, Doraemon, and Mario of the Super Mario Brothers! The Prime Minister of Japan, ShinzÅ Abe, even transformed into Mario and used a tunnel to make it in time for the closing ceremony. We're excited, so mark your calendars: The Tokyo Olympics is set for July 24, 2020. (huffingtonpost.com)