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  • Valerie 'Bangs' Garcia Wants to Represent Moms in Cover Model Search

    Plus, watch a heart-melting video of Primo Arellano swimming, celeb moms flaunt their baby bumps, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
Valerie 'Bangs' Garcia Wants to Represent Moms in Cover Model Search
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  • Bangs Garcia represents moms cover model search 

    Valerie 'Bangs' Garcia announced that she is participating in a glossy men's magazine's cover model search, and she is dedicating it to women like her. "I am proudly representing my country, the Philippines, the petite women and most especially all the mothers around the world!" the actress wrote in a post on Instagram. 

    Should she get voted as the magazine's new face, Bangs, who has been sharing her fitness journey on social media, plans to use it as an opportunity to encourage all mothers to "stay healthy and fabulous despite all the challenges." She is out to prove new moms in their 30s can still reclaim their body, regardless if they gave birth via C-section. 

    "Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman, most especially to be a mother," she wrote as a caption for another post. "No matter what age and body frame you’ve got, there’s no reason for you not to take care of yourself. You’ve got this!" the new mom added. 


    If she wins, Bangs also plans to donate a portion of the prize money to the House of Hope, in Davao City, her hometown, and a foundation for people with special needs that his brother, Ayi, who has Down Syndrome, will choose. 

    Bangs gave birth in December 2017 in London, U.K., but is back in the country with husband Lloyd Birchmore and daughter Amelia, who's visiting the Philippines for the first time. 

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    Primo Arellano swimming toward his Dad is tooo cute!

    Whether you're a parent or not, this short video clip of Iya Villania and Drew Arellano's firstborn will melt your heart. It shows Primo trying to swim to his papa and asking for help (he was not in any immediate danger because he was wearing floaters and Drew was right there with him). 

    He said, "Papa, Help! Help Primo!" 

    "Okay. You can do it. Come on, let's go. You can do it, sweetheart," Drew replied reaching out his hand while encouraging Primo to just continue his "good swimming" as he remained on standby.   

    Primo took a while to swim to reach Daddy Drew's hand, and he looked so proud when he finally reached dad! Those legs got a workout! "Will be working on those strokes soon!" the caption on the little boy's Instagram post read.

    Did we say little Primo and his actions are just so damn cute and adorable? Yeah, we did. 

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    LOOK: Celebrity baby bumps in full display!

    Soon-to-be mom of two Shamcey Supsup Lee shared a video clip of her 35-week-pregnant baby bump moving like the baby wants to come out already. "Are you supposed to be this malikot?" she wrote in the caption. Shamcey joked that Baby #2 was doing somersaults in her tummy and wondered if it was because she ate cookies before the video was taken. 


    "Everyone says I'll miss this," first-time mama-to-be Tricia Centenera wrote as a caption to her latest Instagram post, referring to her pregnancy. "But then I will have her. She will be loved. She will be kind. Declaring it now and lifting it up," she added. She is currently 29 weeks pregnant. 


    Preggo mom Isabel Oli Prats summed it quite nicely and accurately: "It's not easy, but it's worth it," she wrote as a caption to her maternity photo taken by Nice Print Photography. She's 29 weeks along with her second child, a boy whom she and husband John Prats will name Daniel Freedom. They are already parents to daughter Lilly Feather

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    Newborn baby behaves as if he's still inside her mom's womb!


    A doctor in Sao Paulo, Brazil reshared a video on Instagram when he delivered triplets, and two of the babies were born still fully encased in the amniotic sac, a rare birth scenario that's often called as "en caul."

    Dr. Rodrigo da Rosa Filho from fertility clinic Mater Prime wrote in Portuguese as a caption for the video, "We gave birth to triplets! And Joaquim was born a veiled (when the waters/sac does not break)."

    Then came Adeline, who was also born en caul. Her arrival "left us all admiring her as she slept soundly. We stayed for seven minutes observing her behavior as if it were still inside her belly," the doctor continued. "It's the magic of life. The perfection of God!" he added. The first shared the video a year ago, but it was still captivating to watch now.

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    FDA considers pulling out e-cigs to fight teen vaping

    Vaping companies in the U.S. have 60 days to figure out how to help curb teen vaping, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said has already "reached an epidemic proportion." 

    In a press release, the agency issued 1,300 warning letters to manufacturers that they will be fined if stores continue to illegally sell e-cigarettes to underage users. The manufacturers included in the list are Vuse, Blu, Juul, MarkTen XL, and Logic.

    The U.S. FDA is planning to ban the sale of some flavored e-cigarette products, which appeal to underage users. It is also considering pulling all vaping products off the shelves if that is what it takes to prevent teens from vaping. 

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