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  • Top of the Morning: Mariel Rodriguez Keeps Baby's Gender a Secret From Husband Robin

    Plus, LRT extends operating hours, "Sing" extended trailer, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. Mariel Rodriguez wants their baby's gender to be a surprise for Robin Padilla

    Robin Padilla recently shared that he is in the dark with regard to the gender of their baby. "Ang gusto niya (Mariel) sorpresa sa akin. Pero siya, alam na niya," he said. Robin says he doesn't mind not knowing. "Kahit ano -- babae, lalaki, bakla, tomboy -- wala na sa aking issue ‘yan," he stresses. He only prays that their baby is healthy. Robin doesn't mind that Mariel is still working despite having had two miscarriages last year, saying that his wife went through depression after the losses, and that now, when she's at work, she is happy and smiling. And that, he says, is what matters most. (pep.ph)

    2. Watch extended trailer for Sing

    If you haven't had enough of talking animals in movies yet, this could be your next fix. Sing sets itself apart by adding song and harmony because, who doesn't like to sing or hear music? Sing follows a koala, voiced by Matthew McConaughey (his second voice role so far), who puts up a singing competition to revive his theater. "Real talent from real life," he says. Voice actors also include Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth McFarlane, John C. Reilly, Taron Eggerton, and more. Sing debuts in theaters in December. (screencrush.com)

    3. Little girls rule Paris Fashion Week

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    Nearly a dozen little girls walked the runways of the Paris haute couture shows last Wednesday, proving that high fashion isn't only for women. Fashion designer Elie Saab also had kids dressed as mini-versions of their moms in haute couture, with outfits that feature floral beading, feather embroidery, delicate lace, and glitter. The looks were greeted with an audible “Aww!” from the front row. French designer Franck Sorbier also dressed up a handful of little girls as little princesses of a Russian tsar, with striking red hats and fur-trimmed coats. (gmanetwork.com

    4. LRT-1 to extend operating hours
    The Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) announced that the LRT-1 operations would extend its operating hours starting on July 10 up to August 9 to test if it will benefit the commuting public. During the trial period, the northbound trains of the LRT-1 will leave Baclaran station at 9:40 p.m., 9:50 p.m. and 10 p.m., while the southbound trains will depart from Roosevelt station at 10:10 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. On weekends and holidays, northbound trains will leave the Baclaran station a little earlier at 9:10 p.m., 9:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., while southbound trains will leave the Roosevelt station at 9:40 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. LRMC is also planning to extend LRT-1 from Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite to serve better the daily 500,000 to 800,000 passengers from the southern part of the Metro. (inquirer.net

    5. HPV vaccines help women have fewer abnormal Pap tests
    Young women under 21 years old who get the recommended human papilloma virus (HPV) get fewer abnormal Pap smear tests than women who are not vaccinated or who only got two doses (instead of completing three). According to Canadian researchers, while most abnormal tests conducted for the study were low-grade abnormalities, the rest were the high-grade abnormalities that could progress to cervical cancer. For young women who have complete HPV vaccinations, their risk is further lessened by almost 50 percent. Experts stress that both the complete HPV vaccine and cervical cancer screening are important to lessen a woman's chances of getting cervical cancer. (gmanetwork.com

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