Fun food fare for the family

By Paulyne Fermin

Nothing brings friends and family together like good food does. Wednesdays and weekends are dedicated for family days. This means taking a vote on where we want to go, what we want to do and most importantly, what we want to eat. My kids are perennially hungry and are always willing to try something different. So last month, aside from indulging in old favorites, the family tried new flavors.

Tempura the Tenya way

My daughter and I are tempura monsters! We know good ebi tempura from the minute we take our first bite. Some are soft, some too heavily battered, most use shrimps and not tiger prawns. Tenya, however, is known for its deep-fried battered seafood, meat and vegetables which are cooked using infrared heat technology, ensuring consistent tempura every time. The flavor of Tenya’s tendon (tempura rice bowl) is based on a proven combination of 100% hearthealthy canola oil and a flavored flour which gives it that light and crispy finish. Dontare sauce is liberally drizzled once the seafood is placed on top of a heaping, steaming bowl of Japanese rice.

Japanese rice bowls. Seafood, vegetables and meat tempura tendon cooked the Tenya way.

At the recently opened Tenya branch in Tiendesitas, I tried the Jo Tendon set. My daughter is a purist and devoured her Classic All Ebi Tempura Teishoku set, which is served with potato salad and hot miso. The boys enjoyed the tempura-fried maki with mango,

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Dayanara Torres diagnosed with melanoma, encourages other moms to also care for themselves

By Kristelle Bechayda

On her Instagram account during World Cancer Day, February 4, Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres uploaded a video that said she has been diagnosed with melanoma, which is a form of skin cancer. Although the video was in Spanish, she explained her condition in English on the caption.

According to her, she has a big mole that has been growing for years, which she ignored until her fiancé Louis D’Esposito, co-president of Marvel Studios, prompted her to have it checked.

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Soy #Guerrera As mothers we are always taking care of everyone around us… our kids, family, friends & often we forget to take care of ourselves. 💫 Today I have some sad news… I have been diagnosed with skin cancer "melanoma" from a big spot/mole I never paid attention to, even though it was new, it had been growing for years & had an uneven surface. 💫 My fiancé Louis had been begging me to have it checked & finally made an appointment himself… after a biopsy & a second surgery last Tuesday the results unfortunately are positive. Now we are waiting to see which treatment I will be receiving but they have already removed a big area from the back of my knee & also they have removed 2 lymph nodes at the top of my leg where it had already spread. Hoping it has not spread to any more areas or organs.

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Look: LJ Reyes and Paolo Contis share glimpses of Summer Ayanna’s face

By Kristelle Bechayda

It has been a month since actress LJ Reyes gave birth to her daughter, Summer Ayanna, with actor Paolo Contis. Although the couple has been sharing their parenting journey on their Instagram accounts, they have yet to give us a glimpse of what their little one look like. Now that day has finally come as both LJ and Paolo posted simultaneously some shots from baby Summer’s newborn photoshoot.

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KONG HEI FAT CHOI!!! (eto talaga pinili kong picture para kamukha ko sya!😂) – Happy 1st Month my love!❤️ – – – #SummerAyannaContis

A post shared by LJ Reyes (@lj_reyes) on Feb 4, 2019 at 4:03am PST

In LJ’s post, a smiling baby Summer is swaddled in a thin pink blanket. Though her eyes are closed, it is evident that she got her chinky eyes from her mother.“Happy 1st Month my love!” LJ Reyes wrote in her caption and added that she chose that photo of Summer because she looked like her. We have to say, the resemblance is indeed striking!

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Kung Hei Fat Siya! Ay mali!! Kung Hei Fat Choi pala! 😂😂🎉🎉 sorry ang lusog kasi nitong nasa picture eh! 😂 happy 1st month to you Anak! 😍❤️ uwi ka ng maaga ha! Wag magpapagabi! Ano daw?? 😂 may gimik agad?? 😂😂😂 #SummerAyannaContis #BabyContis2019

A post shared by Paolo Contis (@paolo_contis) on Feb 4,

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Watch: Celebrity fathers Adam Levine and John Legend star in Pampers commercial

By Kristelle Bechayda

It isn’t every day you get to see dads doing the dreaded task of changing their baby’s diapers but Pampers’ 2019 Super Bowl commercial shows otherwise. In the one-minuter advertisement, singer and actor John Legend is joined by Maroon 5 frontman and fellow dad Adam Levine in another episode of Stinky Booty Duty.

The video starts with Legend about to change the diaper of his 8-month-old son Miles while singing the “Stinky Booty” song that was released in his previous Pampers’ commercial. “Oooh,” he exclaims upon unfastening his son’s diaper. “I’m gonna need some backup on this one.”

Then, his two-year-old daughter Luna enters the frame to give him some wipes. Deeming them insufficient, he turns to a group of dads with baby carriers to help him finish singing the song, which they do in such beautiful harmony. Just as the song is drawing to an end, Levine finishes the last line while fastening the diaper of his own daughter, Gio Grace.

The video ends with Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen entering their home and asking, “Must we do this every time?” upon seeing the scenario that is taking place.

This new commercial launches Pampers’ “Love the Change” campaign to celebrate the roles dads play in their children’s lives.


-Five times Paolo Contis has shown why he is a cool dad

-GP Reyes shares how Andi and Oli changed his life

-Dads should spend more time with kids

-Three parenting tips from one single parent to another

-Three ways to make marriage stronger

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Five times Paolo Contis has shown why he is a cool dad

By Kristelle Bechayda

Actor Paolo Contis has always been known for his funny disposition. His easy-going manner and antics have brought smiles to many, and he never holds anything back when it comes to his one-month old daughter with actress LJ Reyes. We have compiled some of his adorable dad moments since the day Summer Ayanna was born:

Daddy’s lion queen

Taken just a few days after Summer’s birth, Paolo uploaded a video of him mimicking a Lion King scene where Simba was being introduced to the rest of the jungle as their next king. The actor was sunbathing his daughter and holding her up while humming the tune of the film’s famous track “Circle of Life.”

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Sorry anak! I just had to! 😂😂😂 #SummerAyannaContis my Little #LionQueen 🦁 sorry nainitan ka kanina nung pina arawan kita anak ha! Don’t worry, bukas sa gabi kita papa arawan para hindi mainit!! Ano daw???? 😂😂😂

A post shared by Paolo Contis (@paolo_contis) on Jan 8, 2019 at 3:50am PST

Sandok sa sabaw

Paolo can’t seem to get enough of his newborn and wants to be with her all the time, even when he is eating. “Kaso delikado sa dining habang kumakain ako…muntik kita ipang sandok sa sabaw!” he joked.

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Gusto ko lagi kita kasama!

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Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla shows her support for husband Robin in his film ‘Bato’

Actress Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla is one supportive wife. For the past few weeks, she has been sharing posters and details of Robin’s new film “BATO: The Gen. Ronald dela Rosa Story” where he portrays as Gen. Bato. After watching the film during its premiere night last Tuesday, the proud wife can’t help but praise Robin for his performance on her Instagram post.

“The movie is sooooooooo good!!! When I was watching I couldn’t believe that you are my husband. Ang galing galing galing galing mo,” Mariel wrote. “This is the action movie that the viewers are waiting for.”

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I want to congratulate you babe @robinhoodpadilla 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 the movie is sooooooooo good!!! When i was watching I couldn’t believe that you are my husband. Ang galing galing galing galing mo. Action is YOURS!!! This is the Action movie that the viewers are waiting for. This is the Robin Padilla na Idol ng lahat!!! I saw it in this movie. You were in your element. Again… action is YOURS!!! Robin chooses the movies he will make, everyday he receives movie offers pero pinipili niya lang talaga yung gagawin niya… and this movie is totally worth it!!! NAPAKA GANDANG PELIKULA!!!! Congratulations babe another beautiful movie!!! We are so proud of you! I am so proud of you!!!! Sorry I am not sorry to say IBA MAG ACTION SI ROBIN PADILLA!!! Bato (The Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa Story) now showing in 200 cinemas nationwide 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 @robinhoodpadilla

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Three times Jolina Magdangal and daughter Vika had twinning headbands

By Kristelle Bechayda

One of the ultimate perks of having a little girl is not just being able to dress her up, but twinning up with her as well! Imagine the joy and excitement of coordinating matching ensembles to achieve your own #TwinningGoals. Celebrity mom Jolina Magdangal is going through that same phase. Now that her eight-month-old daughter Vika has grown some hair, she can’t help but get started on their mom-daughter twinning goals. Here are the three times they had matching printed headbands and we have to say, they look adorable!

First try

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Eto na anak ang simula ng ating “twinning” memories. Sana kumapal na ang hair mo ng bongga para maipamana ko na talaga sayo ang pinakatatago kong mga lumang accessories noon.♥️ #TeleVika

A post shared by 🍀 Jolina Magdangal Escueta 🍀 (@mariajolina_ig) on Dec 31, 2018 at 9:05pm PST

Jolina and Vika’s twinning goals started on the first day of the year, with Jolina hoping her daughter’s hair would grow thicker soon so she could pass her precious hair accessories to her.

Strike two

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Twinning headbands again with my baby girl. Anak, bakit parang si Mama lang ang masaya?😂😂😂 excited to see my parents and relatives later. I love sundays.❤️ #TeleVika @vikaanayaescueta

A post shared by 🍀 Jolina Magdangal Escueta 🍀 (@mariajolina_ig) on Jan 5,

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The definition of family is redefined in upcoming movie “Instant Family”

Going to the cinemas is probably one of our favorite recreational activities as Filipinos, even more so when we are with our families. There are just some feel-good movies that not only tug at everyone’s emotions but also leave important life lessons too. If you’re on the lookout for that kind of film, you shouldn’t miss Paramount Pictures’ new heartwarming comedy “Instant Family.”

Starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, it tells the story of a couple named Pete and Ellie who wants to start a family through foster care adoption. While they intend to take in one child at first, they end up adopting three siblings instead, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl named Lizzy who is portrayed by Isabela Moner. Having to adjust from not having kids to fostering three, the film depicts their hilarious attempt at being instant parents in the hopes of becoming a family.

“Instant Family” is inspired from the actual experience of writer/director Sean Anders and sends out an important message that family can come from anywhere.

“Knowing Sean brought children into his home and created his own family and has encouraged other people to do the same is a very special thing. Hopefully it will encourage and inspire people to look into children in the foster care system and create a home for them.” actor Mark Wahlberg said.

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play the role of the couple who became instant parents after agreeing to foster three siblings.
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Carrie Underwood welcomes second child after three miscarriages

By Kristelle Bechayda

American country singer Carrie Underwood is a mom for the second time around. Last Monday, January 21, she gave birth to her son Jacob Ryan. In an Instagram post, she shared snapshots of herself, her husband Mike Fisher, and firstborn Isaiah Michael holding the new addition to the family.

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Jacob Bryan Fisher entered the world in the wee hours of the morning on Monday…his mom, dad and big brother couldn’t be happier for God to trust them with taking care of this little miracle! Our hearts are full, our eyes are tired and our lives are forever changed. Life is good…

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“His mom, dad and big brother couldn’t be happier for God to trust them with taking care of this little miracle! Our hearts are full, our eyes are tired and our lives are forever changed.” the American Idol Season 4 winner wrote.

Having a baby once again didn’t come easy for the country singer. In the last two years, she suffered from three miscarriages- two in 2017 and another one in early 2018. With their second child finally born, Carrie and Mike consider him their “little miracle.”

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Jacob Bryan Fisher! You are a gift from our Lord! The last few years has has had its challenges and it makes this moment even more sweet!

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Three ways to make marriage stronger

By Dennis and Thammie Sy

Q: My husband and I are very busy people. This is not counting our daily household activities, raising kids, paying the bills, and more! How can we make time for each other?

A: Dennis: This is a typical scenario among married couples and families today. We live in a fast-paced world. We celebrate speed, and we make goals and self-imposed deadlines to make ourselves productive and fruitful. With this change, we also pass on the pressure to our kids. The endless errands, the school and extracurricular activities, meetings, and deadlines make us wonder…is there more to life than this?

In the past two years, Thammie and I have consciously slowed down a bit to enjoy moments as a couple and as a family. It was not an easy thing to do. In fact, we had some sort of speed withdrawal because of how fast-paced and crazy our lives were when we said yes to almost every opportunity that came our way. It didn’t help that both of us are achievers and grew up in a family where achievement is a goal.

In light of this realization, we have decided to do things differently in the past few years. We are still a work in progress, but we have seen drastic improvements in our lives, our stress level, and our relationships. Here are three guiding principles that have helped us:

1. Walk slowly.

During the Christmas break,

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