1. In photos: Karel Marquez and Sean Fariñas' prenup shoot
The soon-to-be-wed couple recently had their prenuptial shoot in Hong Kong. On Instagram, Karel shared the photos with a poem she wrote, which tells the story of how she found love again after a failed relationship, and sets out to encourage others not to give up on love. Part of the caption read: “Ngunit sino bang mag aakala na itong pusong nasira, ay muling nakaranas ng ginhawa? Bumangon. Nakatayo din pagkatapos ng ilang taon. Nakaramdam ulit ng banaag na parang nasa langit. Sulit, na para bang wala ng pait, na dati'y malamig sa magulong daigdig. Ika'y manalig at makinig sa himig ng pag-ibig,” The photos were the result of the collaboration between Merry To Marry and Nice Print Photography. Karel and Sean are set to tie the knot on December 1.
2. Bossing Vic Sotto meets his newest apo
"Marvic and Marvic II," actress Pauleen Luna wrote as caption to an Instagram post marking husband Vic Sotto's first meeting with his newest apo who was named after him. The three-day old baby is the fourth child of Oyo Sotto and Kristine Hermosa. Vic's real name is Marvic Valentin and the baby will be nicknamed Vin. In her first Instagram post after giving birth, Kristine captioned a photo of a peacefully sleeping baby Vin, "This is one of the many beautiful miracles we had recently. Thank you Jesus for reminding me/us of your greatness and that you can hear every cry of our hearts." She also thanked Oyo for not leaving her side as they welcomed their fourth child. (gmanetwork.com)
3. Janella Salvador tapped to sing Disney's Moana theme song
In the Philippine release of Disney's upcoming movie Moana, the Filipino audience will hear its very own Janella Salvador's voice as she has been chosen to sing the theme song. Janella got to meet Auil'i Cravalho, who voices the main character in the movie, as well as the other singers from Southeast Asia. Last year, Janella was also tapped by Disney to sing the song "Happily Ever After" to represent the Filipino community during the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong Disneyland. Moana tells the story of a young girl and his quest to save her people. In order to do that, she listed the help of the demigod and braved the open ocean to find help, and on the way also discovers her own identity. Moana is set to open in local theaters on November 30. (abs-cbn.com)
4. Doubled Christmas bonus for all Filipino public school teachers
Great news for the country’s 720,000 public school teachers! Thanks to a productivity-based incentive system under the Salary Standardization Law-3, this year, they are set to receive their holiday bonuses times two. Thus, a public school teacher with a basic salary of P19,077 will get the following Christmas bonus perks: a minimum of P5,000 in performance-based bonus, a year-end bonus worth P19,077, P5,000 in cash gift, and another P5,000 as productivity enhancement incentive, according to Benjo Basas, chair of the Teachers' Dignity Coalition. The bonuses are to be given by the end of the year. (inquirer.net)
5. Toblerone changes its iconic shape!
And the Internet is not happy. Just after they unveiled the classic chocolate's new shape -- they are going to have larger gaps in between the triangles -- the company felt it had to explain. The change in shape was primarily to keep the bars' original packaging length, even with the reduced chocolate. Toblerone explained it decided on altering the shape instead of raising the price. "We appreciate the passion of the Toblerone fans around the world. Due to rising costs in making our chocolate, we recently announced a weight reduction in two Toblerone bars," the company's statement reads on its Facebook Page. "Our other bars remain unchanged. We will never compromise on taste nor our famous Swiss quality and can assure you that the Toblerone recipe hasn’t changed," it added. (cnn.com)