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  • Top of the Morning: Isabel Oli and John Prats Reveal Wedding Details and Baby Plans

    Updates on the engaged couple's plans, plus what research says determines academic success -- besides intelligence
  • 1. Isabel Oli and John Prats reveal wedding details and baby plans
















    Soon-to-be married actress Isabel Oli shares that she and husband-to-be actor John Prats wants a baby soon after getting married in May of next year. She’s 33 years old now, and said that she originally wanted four kids, but will aim for three instead. The couple got engaged in a bold wedding proposal at Eastwood Mall Plaza last September 24. The wedding will have a rustic, romantic theme, and will be held at the farm of the Prats in Balete, Batangas. (pep.ph)

    2. Real books better than digital readers
    According to a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people who use the electronic devices such as an iPad to read had more disrupted sleep patterns and were more tired the next morning then those who read from traditional books. Using digital readers leads to a delay in the body’s biological signal to go to sleep for about an hour and a half, affecting a good night’s sleep. (time.com)

    3. Parols light up San Francisco

    Filipino creativity is on global display as custom-made parols made by various Filipino organizations lit up downtown San Francisco, California, during the 12th annual Parol Lantern Festival and Parade. Filipinos of all ages, including kids, proudly held the handmade parols that piqued the attention of onlookers. This year, the Tala Award Grand Prize went to Canon Kip Senior Center Filipino members who made parols out of plastic utensils and milk cartons. The group makes nutritious lunches every year for the needy. (abs-cbnnews.com)




    4. Anti-bully response workshop held
    Some 20 Filipino youths aged eight to 17 took part in a workshop on how to deal with bullies conducted by the Philippine Embassy in Madrid, Spain. President of the Spanish Association for Filipino Martial Arts Master Guro Lawrence Oleriana taught participants the importance of eye contact and self-confidence, and basic blocking and defense moves. (gmanetwork.com

    5. Personality traits lead to school success
    Personality may have a lot more to do with academic success than just sheer intelligence. A new review published in the journal Learning and Individual Differences and conducted at Australia’s Griffith University found that high school and college students who are imaginative, open, curious, artistic, emotionally-stable, calm, and who can adjust emotionally to situations were able to compete more effectively in an academic setting. (time.com)

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