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  • Top of the Morning: Why Denise Laurel Is Postponing Her Wedding

    Plus, presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte says yes to medical marijuana, Esang de Torres joins Singapore Les Miserables cast, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. Denise Laurel plays down postponement of wedding

    "If we could just have our wedding and everybody there together, we would do it in a heartbeat,” Kapamilya actress Denise Laurel said during the press conference for cable channel Lifestyle's new magazine talk show Modern Girls, where she serves as one of the hosts. She stressed that the delay was not a cause for worry. She and fiancé, pro baller Sol Mercado, wanted to plan it properly for themselves and her son Alejandro, who keeps asking when the big day is going to be. "He's Christian and I'm Catholic. So we are going to have a Christian and Catholic wedding. We respect each other and even we are different, 'yung pagmamahal namin sa Diyos ay hindi kami hinahati," she added. (abs-cbn.com)

    2. Duterte is open to legalizing medical marijuana
    President-elect Rodrigo Duterte spoke to reporters about his openness to the use of marijuana for medical purposes--never for recreational use. "Because it is really an ingredient of modern medicine. There are medicine right now being developed or already in the market that contains marijuana as a component but used for medical purpose," the Davao mayor said. This offers a glimmer of hope to the growing movement of parents who support medical marijuana to help their children who are suffering from neurodevelopmental disorders such as epilepsy and cancer. House Bill No. 04477, or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act that aims to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, had already been filed in Congress in 2014, and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) also supports it. (abs-cbn.com)

    3. Esang de Torres joins Les Miserables cast in Singapore


    The young finalist in the second season of The Voice Kids Philippines didn't just have a successful run as the voice of a young Cosette in the Manila staging of Les Miserables-- Esang de Torres is also bringing her golden voice to Singapore! She confirmed the news via her Instagram account, posting a screencap of the good news with the caption, "Oh yes po! Flying to Singapore soon kasi po gaganap po akong Little Cosette sa Les Miserables Singapore!" Congratulations! (inquirer.net

    4. The Beauty and the Beast movie trailer is here

    Disney's most awaited Beauty and The Beast live-action musical adaptation has released its very first trailer, and it looks as magical as we imagined the fairy tale story to be. Granted, it's just a teaser, but we still get to see Emma Watson as Belle, and we hear The Beast, played by Dan Stevens, talk about her arrival in his castle. The magical rose that plays a big part in the story also makes an appearance. The film has an impressive voice cast with Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, and Stanley Tucci. Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters on March 2017. (eonline.com)

    5. Sesame Street will be made available to refugee children
    Educational nonprofit organization Sesame Workshop and global humanitarian organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) will bring the Muppets closer to young refugees soon. The initiative was announced at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit and is currently in the process of developing Sesame Street into multimedia content that can reach children living in displaced or resettled communities. The target medium of instruction are mobile devices, radio, TV and print materials. (mashable.com

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