• Fun

    Mom-approved: Celebrity moms gush over The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

    By Kristelle Bechayda Disney’s new fantasy adventure The Nutcracker and the Four Realms has gotten good recommendations from celebrity moms who watched its special advance screening at Powerplant Mall Cinema last October 30. Actresses Cheska Garcia-Kramer, Andrea del Rosario, and Vanna Garcia got to watch the movie before it was shown on cinemas around the country and they can’t help but express on social media how much they and their kids have enjoyed it!   Also present were social media influencer moms Nicole Hernandez and Patty Laurel, who enjoyed getting their photos taken at the photo booth section. Patty Laurel later lauded the main character on Instagram for her positive…

  • Weddings

    Fatima Rabago and Hideo Muraoka’s simple wedding ceremony in Bali

    By Kristelle Bechayda The lovely couple Fatima Rabago and Hideo Muraoka finally tied the knot last November 2. Being constantly exposed to events and social gatherings made them opt for a simple and intimate wedding instead. With their daughter Daniela, or Danda as she is fondly called by her parents, as the bearer of their rings, the beautiful ceremony took place in Villa Chameleon in Bali. Here’s a sneak peek of their wedding day, as shared by Fatima in her Instagram account. The venue: Though simple, the details of their wedding are breathtakingly beautiful. The venue was held at a luxury jungle residence that brought a relaxing and calm vibe,…

  • Health

    Signs of dengue

    By Dr. Celeste Gomez Q: Everyone seems to be under the weather these days and my kids are having on and off high grade fever. I’m so afraid that my kids might already have the dengue virus whenever they have fever! How will I know if it is the dengue fever already? What are the signs I have to watch out for? When do I need to bring her to the hospital? A: Fever is our body’s natural reaction to an infection that challenges our body. Our immune system releases certain cells like cytokines and cells that fight of viruses and bacteria and these consequently raises the temperature of our body—thus we experience a fever. The dengue…

  • Parenting,  Relationship

    Mommy Nazi

    By Loraine Balita-Centeno You’ve probably met one, struck up a conversation with one, or walked away from one (while she was still talking). While we’d like to believe that all moms are nice, loving, and understanding, reality check—some moms take the mommy business a tad bit overboard. When they start believing that their child rearing is the best and only acceptable way to raise a human being and that their child is the center of the universe they could become overbearing, especially toward other moms. And motherhood is hard enough, what with all the expectations and responsibilities, more so when you have a mommy dragon breathing down your neck, waiting…

  • Shopping Finds

    A busy mom’s wish

    By Jane Kingsu-Cheng In a recent research conducted in partnership with one of the leading mom communities Mommy Mundo, it was revealed that women are still apprehensive in having fabrics such as silk clothing, delicate wear, cashmere and wool washed in the washing machine. A majority of the respondents shared that the reason for this is that they are afraid it might ruin the clothes. At the launch of Electrolux’s FashionCare event, attendees were all nodding their heads in agreement. Everyone is scared to have their precious garments machine washed. The brand rounded up its ambassador Rajo Laurel, and council members Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Janice Villanueva to put to the…

  • Parenting,  Relationship

    Discipline with love

    By Regina G. Posadas Getting children to obey and behave is tricky and tough. Youngsters like to experiment and test limits and they can be mischievous, impulsive, and stubborn. There are better and kinder ways to keep them in line, however, than scaring, scolding, yelling, spanking, and grounding. This is what relationship specialist Aiza Caparas-Tabayoyong of AMD Love Consultants for Families and Couples reminded moms and dads during a recent talk about discipline at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City. “Discipline is not punishment, threat, and humiliation,” she stressed.  Punishment is negative; discipline is not. Reward and punishment also imply that the parent is superior and both could…

  • Health

    Pedia dental care tips

    By Kristelle Bechayda Children generally love to eat anything sweet, from candies to cakes and most especially, ice cream. This makes their dental health a priority, but we are oftentimes faced with their preconceived fears of going to the dentist. During the opening of Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center’s ninth clinic at SM Megamall, its president and chief executive officer Dr. Steve Mark Gan shares how they handle pediatric patients to lessen their fear of dental checkups. Start them young In an exclusive interview with Moms and Babies, Dr. Gan suggests that one way to ease the children’s fears is to make them visit the dentist at a young age. When…

  • Fun

    PlayLab: The country’s first digital playground opens its second branch in Metro Manila

    By Kristelle Bechayda Modern technology has changed the definition of playtime with this digital playground. PlayLab, which aims to show parents the positive effects of technology on children when properly utilized, is the country’s first digital playground. After launching at Robinsons Galleria in Cebu last year, it recently opened its second branch at Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas last October 31. With the collaboration of Filipino media artists and international ones from Russia, Singapore, and China, the idea behind PlayLab came to life. This digital playground has a lot of interactive and educational games to offer your kids with its 14 installations. We asked the curator of PlayLab, Varick Ong, to…

  • Fashion,  Fun

    Taking swag to a different level

    By Kristelle Bechayda Last October 14, Japanese-inspired streetwear Swag Junior held its first meet-up event after noticing they are being tagged by fashionable kids wearing their clothes on Instagram. The event aimed to gather a community of these stylish kids and also create an avenue for them express their style. Here are some of the cute kids who rocked their #SwagGoals outfits during the event: Sisters Fione and Megan, better known as @fab_fioneandmegan on Instagram, took swag to a different level with their cool poses. A cool outfit, a casual pose, and that confident stare completed Gabbi Remisio’s swag persona. Mark Jhoden Tecson’s smile is adorable as he did his…

  • Education

    JB Agustin shows how to balance school and showbiz

    By Kristelle Bechayda Most would think that having time management skills isn’t a need for kids but that isn’t the case for child stars who have to juggle both entertainment gigs and their studies. Goin’ Bulilit actor JB Agustin tells us how he sets his priorities during the Swag Goals event of Swag Junior Ph. Setting priorities The twelve-year old actor has a lot on his plate than most kids his age. Apart from acting, JB is also a Grade 7 student of Divine Grace School. While his shooting schedule for Goin’ Bulilit is on Saturdays, there are times he has to miss class when he has guestings on the…