“Wish granted”: At 51, Alice Dixson welcomes first child

Alice Dixson back home in the Philippines with her baby
(ABS-CBN) 3 May – After months in Canada and the US, Alice Dixson is finally home in the Philippines with her new baby.

The 51 year-old actress shared the good news on 1 May with a video of her cradling her child inside a plane, captioning it, “Touch down”.

In another video, she revealed that she finally made it to Manila and would be undergoing her quarantine at a hotel in Bonifacio Global City. She also shared all the procedures she had to undergo before she could finally arrive in her room.

“So happy to be home away from home,” she said.

On 2 May, Dixson posted a couple of photos from her bed as she laid with her child, writing, “Doesn’t feel like quarantine. Good morning.”

It was back in early April that Dixson shared that she has welcomed her “little miracle”, two years after she first revealed that she and her partner have decided to try surrogacy. She has not revealed the baby’s name nor gender… Read More

PNP logs 133 new COVID-19 cases

PNP logs 133 new COVID-19 cases
(PhilStar) MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police recorded 133 new COVID-19 cases among PNP personnel over the weekend, bringing to 20,398 the total number of infections since March last year.

Of the figure, the PNP’s Administrative Support for COVID-19 Task Force said four police officers contracted the virus for the second time.

Most of the COVID-19 cases came from the police regional offices with 95, national operational support units with 30, national administrative support units with seven and the PNP national headquarters with one.

The Special Action Force and PNP Academy posted nine COVID-19 infections each.

The Western Visayas police logged 20 COVID-19 cases; Northern Mindanao, 17; Metro Manila, 12, and Central Luzon, 11.

Eastern Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula recorded nine COVID-19 cases each; Cordillera with four; three each in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Mimaropa; two in Calabarzon and one each in Bicol and Bangsamoro.

There were 18,673 recoveries and 1,669 active COVID-19 cases. The death toll stood at 56.

Police personnel with symptoms of the virus were advised to reach out to the PNP Health Service… Read More

Lawmakers: P10K to 200 poor Pinoys

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(Manilatimes) LAWMAKERS led by former speaker and Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and his allies distributed P10,000 each to some 200 beneficiaries from 13 cities and provinces in the country on Saturday, Labor Day.

The “Sampung Libong Pag-Asa” cash assistance initiative of the congressmen covered beneficiaries from the poorest and most vulnerable sectors in Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Camarines Sur, Caloocan City, Marikina City, Quezon City, Taguig City, Mandaluyong City, Pateros, Sta. Rosa City in Laguna, Antipolo City in Rizal and Ormoc City in Leyte.

The distributions of the cash aid were broadcast live on Cayetano’s official Facebook page.

The initiative was organized by Cayetano, together with the group of “Balik Tamang Serbisyo” with his wife, Taguig City 2nd District Rep. Ma. Laarni Cayetano, and their allies, Bulacan 1st District Rep. Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado, Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr., Batangas 2nd District Rep. Raneo Abu, Laguna 1st District Dan Fernandez and Anakalusugan Party-list Rep. Mike Defensor.

It will be part of the group’s campaign to provide Filipinos with cash aid to help their families purchase their basic needs and revive their sources of income amid the pandemic, according to Alvarado.

Cayetano and his allies filed the “10K Ayuda Bill” in February, aiming to expand and extend the government’s cash aid program for Filipino families.

The proposed measure, however, is still pending at the House Committee on Economic Affairs.

Between February and April this year, the group distributed P10,000 each to a total of 38 beneficiaries from Caloocan City, Pasig City, Quezon City and Cavite… Read More

Quezon City Ready Reserve distributes goods to community pantries

Quezon City Ready Reserve distributes goods to community pantries
(PhilStar) MANILA, Philippines — The 1502nd Quezon City Ready Reserve Infantry Brigade headed by its operations officer Maj. Jonathan Iloreta distributed food items to several community pantries in the city on Saturday.

The second community pantry replenishment project coincided with the celebration of Labor Day.

Army officers distributed fresh vegetables, eggs, corn and softdrinks to the Kamuning community pantry; Block IX in Barangay Damayan Lagi; Maginoo pantry; Matatag pantry; Ugnayan Palaris, Barangay UP Campus; Samahang UP Manininda; UP All Academic Employees Union; Area 17, Garcia street, UP Campus, and KNL in Barangay Krus na Ligas.

The project was in collaboration with the office of Mayor Joy Belmonte, UP Mountaineers Batch 1996, UP Vanguard Inc. and UP Sigma Rho Fraternity Batch 1992… Read More

Julia Barretto, Dennis Padilla open up about old wounds that affected their father-daughter relationship

Julia Barretto, Dennis Padilla open up about old wounds that affected their father-daughter relationship
(Pep.ph) Nagtapatan ang mag-amang Dennis Padilla, 59, at Julia Barretto, 24, tungkol sa mga hinanakit nila sa isa’t isa upang tuluyang maghilom ang sugat ng pagkakaroon nila ng broken family.

Sa vlog ni Julia nitong Sabado ng gabi, May 1, nagkaroon ng pagkakataon si Dennis na sabihin sa anak na biggest frustration niya noon na sarado ang komunikasyon niya kay Julia.

Lilipas daw ang tatlo o apat na araw na walang nagre-reply sa tuwing nagpapadala siya ng text message sa anak.

Si Julia ay anak ng dating mag-asawang sina Dennis at Marjorie Barretto. Ang dalawa pang anak nina Dennis at Marjorie ay sina Claudia at Leon.

DENNIS ON JULIA’S CHANGE OF NAME PETITION
Sa puntong ito naungkat ni Dennis na lubha siyang nasaktan noong panahong nais ipatanggal ni Julia ang apelyidong Baldivia.

Taong 2014 nang magsumite si Julia ng petisyon sa korte na palitan ang kanyang apelyidong Baldivia at gawin itong Barretto.

Baldivia ang tunay na apelyido ng ama ni Julia na si Dennis.

Nais daw ni Dennis na direktang makausap si Julia para kausapin ito tungkol sa isyu, pero wala raw sumasagot sa makailang-beses niyang padala ng text messages.

Kalmadong lahad ni Dennis: “Actually, ang babalikan ko dun, Julia, ganito iyan… Remember yung issue na tinatanggal niyo yung family name ko?

“Di ba, you went to court that you want to take off my family name? That was a dagger.

“Hindi lang dahil sa pangalan yun, ha? It’s not the pangalan itself, that’s my blood. Kaya masakit yun.

“Kasi kumbaga, ano pa ba gusto niyo? Barretto na nga ang dala mo sa screen, e. You are already well known as a Barretto. Bakit mo tatanggalin yung apelyido ko?”

DENNIS ON HIS TWO MARRIAGES
Ipinaliwanag ni Julia na ang pinag-ugatan kaya nais niyang magpalit ng apelyido ay dahil naging “illegitimate children” daw sila ng kanyang mga kapatid nang mapawalang-bisa ang kasal ni Dennis sa ina nilang si Marjorie Barretto.

Ito ay sa kadahilanang kasal si Dennis sa unang asawa na si Monina Gatus bago pa ikinasal sina Dennis at Marjorie noong 1997.

Ipinaliwanag ni Dennis na hindi raw valid ang wedding ceremony nila ni Monina dahil “nahuli” ang nagkasal na Christian pastor sa kanila na “illegitimate” ang pagiging wedding minister nito.

Ayon kay Dennis, alam daw ni Marjorie ang tungkol sa kanyang previous marriage bago sila ikinasal.

Napag-alaman din daw noon ni Dennis na hindi narehistro ang unang kasal niya dahil nakakuha siya ng Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) mula sa National Statistics Office noong magpapakasal sila ni Marjorie.

Hanggang sa naghiwalay raw sila ni Marjorie noong Good Friday ng April 2007 ay lehitimo ang church wedding ng mag-asawa.

Noong panahong iyon ay papatapos na ang third term ni Dennis bilang konsehal sa Caloocan City, at si Marjorie naman ang tumatakbo bilang konsehal para sa May 2007 elections.

Hiwalay na raw si Dennis kay Marjorie nang pirmahan niya ang dokumento para ma-recognize ang anak niya kay Monina na si Dianne.

Balik-tanaw ni Dennis: “E, ang dami kong pinipirmahang mga papel, including the council resolution at iba pang dokumento. There’s a paper that I signed that Dianne is my daughter… Read More

China says its carrier group conducts exercise in South China Sea

China says its carrier group conducts exercise in South China Sea
(Reuters) BEIJING – China’s Shandong aircraft carrier task group recently conducted an exercise in the South China Sea, the country’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said on Sunday.

China has repeatedly complained about United States Navy ships getting close to islands it occupies in the South China Sea, where Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan all also have competing claims.

U.S. carrier groups have sailed near Chinese-controlled islands in the disputed waters several times this year, drawing denunciation from China.

The exercise was described as routine training and part of the Chinese navy’s annual work plan. The Shandong entered service in 2019 and is the newer of China’s two carriers.

“It is completely legitimate and beneficial in improving the country’s ability to uphold national sovereignty and security,” Gao Xiucheng, a spokesman from the PLA navy said in a statement.

Gao said China hopes the world will see the exercise from an objective and rational viewpoint. He said the Chinese navy will continue conducting such exercises according to its schedule.

China’s navy said last month similar drills will come more regularly amid escalating tensions with the island of Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its sovereign territory… Read More

Sunshine Dizon in teaser of her first ABS-CBN teleserye: “Happy to be a Kapamilya.”

Sunshine Dizon in teaser of her first ABS-CBN teleserye: “Happy to be a Kapamilya.”
(Pep.ph) Former Kapuso actress Sunshine Dizon is “happy to be a kapamilya.”

This is based on her quote from the teaser of ABS-CBN’s upcoming series, Marry Me, Marry You, which was released today, April 30, 2021.

The teaser featured the cast of the series headlined by Janine Gutierrez and Paulo Avelino.

Aside from Sunshine, Cherry Pie Picache, Vina Morales, Jake Ejercito, and Edu Manzano are also part of the cast.

THE TEASER
The teaser showed the cast in video clips taped separately.

Janine, clad in a wedding dress, opened the teaser with the line: “Imagine spending your life with the one that you love,” which could mean that she will portray a bride in the series.

Cherry Pie, Vina, and Edu mentioned how couples should plan their weddings well and make their marriages last.

Cherry Pie then said in her second clip, “Welcome sa bagong kapamilya.”

Sunshine was then shown in the next frame, saying, “Happy to be a Kapamilya,” which does not only pertain to her character in the show but with her first project with ABS-CBN… Read More

10,000 to be contact traced as 2 Angel Locsin pantry patrons catch COVID-19


(GMA News) Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said that 10,000 residents needed to be contact traced after two patrons of Angel Locsin’s community pantry tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a 24 Oras report on Saturday, the 11-year old child of one of those who tested positive also tested positive for the disease, even though the child did not visit the community pantry.

The Quezon City government had urged all the residents who went to Angel Locsin’s community pantry to undergo free COVID-19 testing.

Angel Locsin’s representatives have yet to release a statement on the matter as of posting time… Read More