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  • 1. Did Gab Valenciano and Tricia Centenera split after first year of marraige?

    Rumors of the couple's split surfaced after they both posted some cryptic messages on their social media accounts. On August 30, Tricia Centenera's posts on Twitter hinted that the alleged split is due to cheating. "Rebuilding, because I don’t' tolerate cheaters," she wrote. On August 31, Gab Valenciano, son of singer Gary Valenciano, posted on Twitter: "Lord. My heart is fully yours. Mend it with your goodness. Complete me with your love. In this sincere brokenness, may you be my wholeness." He also posted on Instagram a photo of him with his mom and sister with the caption hinting that he's going through "the stormiest of days." Yesterday, September 1, Tricia retweeted a post by Love Quotes listing the five rules of a relationship. Gab and Tricia tied the knot twice in March last year, in Tagaytay Highlands Golf Club and in Boracay. (pep.ph)

    2. Patrick Garcia tested negative for illegal drugs


    "I did this because I want my children to grow up in a drug-free Philippines!" the actor captioned a photo that shows the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) document which certifies he tested negative for illegal drugs. Patrick, who is a dad of three -- son Alex Jazz with ex-girlfriend Jennylyn Mercado, and daughters Chelsea and Patrice with wife Nikka Martinez -- is one of several celebrities who voluntarily took a drug test to show their support to the current administration's fight against illegal drugs. (pep.ph)

    3. Watch a new behind-the-scenes sneak peak of Beauty and the Beast

    Disney released a new teaser for its upcoming live-action movie adaptation of the classic story Beauty and The Beast. It shows Emma Watson, who plays Belle, and Dan Stevens, who plays the Beast, reading some lines from the movie. It also shows scenes from the original animated movie and their updated counterparts, as well as director Bill Condon explaining why they made a theatrical version of the original film, which was already  "perfect". The teaser also features the new look of the clock Cogsworth and the candle stand Lumière, voiced by actors Sir Ian McKellen and Ewan McGregor, respectively. Beauty and the Beast will open in theaters in March 2017. (eonline.com)

    4. Malaysia reports first Zika case
    The first reported case of the Zika virus in Malaysia is a woman who tested positive after a visit to Singapore, where the number of infections already reached more than 150. One week after the 58-year-old patient's travel to Singapore to visit her daughter, she showed signs of a rash and fever. Her daughter also tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness on August 30. The patient’s husband, whom she traveled with to Singapore, and family members who lived in the same house with her, have yet to show any symptoms of the Zika infection. Others who came in close contact with the patient are also being monitored. Malaysian officials are now carrying out control measures against the aedes mosquito, the type that carries dengue and Zika virus, near the woman's home in Klang, Selangor and in the country's capital Kuala Lumpur to prevent the spread of the virus. (thestar.com.my)

    5. New app aims to help citizens navigate government services

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    FormsPH, which aims to provide vital information about government documents such as requirements and application processes, was developed by 21-year-old political science graduate Kemuel Clyde Belderol. He says that while the information can also be seen in the different websites of government agencies, it helps to have everything in one place. FormsPH also includes contact details of government agencies as reference. "What's difficult with government documents is that there's little in the way of consistency, such as passport application in Luzon and Mindanao – where you can only book online if you're going to apply for it in Luzon," said Belderol. "My goal with this app is to show people that these problems we often take for granted can be solved," he added. FormsPH is now available on the Google Play Store. (rappler.com

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