Say Alonzo announces second pregnancy

By Kristelle Bechayda

There is just something about the start of a new year that makes everyone feel hopeful and optimistic. For former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Say Alonzo, 2019 is going to be an exciting year for her because she is expecting her second child!

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Happy Sunday, Everyone! 🎉💛😊from me, @ryantords and soon-to-be KUYA @ashertords !!! 💗💗💗 #28weeks #ComingThisMarch2019 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #HappyNewYear2019 🎉

A post shared by Say Alonzo (@sayalonzo) on Dec 30, 2018 at 12:38am PST

The actress revealed the wonderful news on her Instagram account just before 2018 ended. Say is already 28 weeks along and is expecting her bundle of joy to be born on March. She and her husband Ryan Tordesillas tied the knot back in 2011 and they already have a son, Asher, who was born in 2014.

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Asher is practicing to be a Kuya💙 He loves babies and super excited na siya to take care of a baby💙 @ryantords 💙

A post shared by Say Alonzo (@sayalonzo) on Jan 1, 2019 at 7:41pm PST

The soon-to-be big brother is excited by the news too. A few days after her announcement, Say posted a photo of the four-year-old holding a life-sized baby doll with the caption. “Asher is practicing to be a Kuya.

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What to do if your child is being bullied

By Kristelle Bechayda

Social interaction with fellow peers is vital in every child’s developmental growth, a reason as to why play and team building activities are encouraged in schools and learning centers. But that is sometimes put to test when there is bullying involved.

Even if the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013 already came into passage, bullying is still rampant among schools. According to a child protection data from the Department of Education (DepEd), a total of 19,672 bullying cases in public and private elementary and high schools were recorded in the school year 2016-2017.

If your child opens up to being a victim, here are some of the measures you can take in addressing the issue:

Find out what happened 

When Moms & Babies asked him on how to deal with bullying, Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara shared that parents should reach out to their kids. “Some may want to forget and not talk about it but they should feel comfortable telling you, so communication lines should be open,” he said.

Though asking questions is important in understanding the situation, overdoing it might make the child feel overwhelmed. According to Allan Beane’s book Protect Your Child from Bullying, it is advisable to ask him when the time seems right and not to interrupt when he opens up about the mistreatment. Listen to him but be sure to take note of the details. When the time is right,

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Joel Cruz Meets his 8th son Ziv

By Jane Kingsu-Cheng

Joel Cruz posted a video of him carrying his 8th son on his Instagram account just a week ago, so Moms & Babies took the opportunity to interview the doting father of eight.

Ziv Santos Cruz was born on the 6th of November in St. Petersburg, Russia. “Ziv is a biblical name of Hebrew origin. It means brilliance,” explains Cruz. When asked what his routine is when he meets his babies for the first time, he reveals that “The first thing I do is to carry him, kiss him, introduce myself as his daddy! I apologize for not seeing them right away, because I see them either after 1 or 2 weeks, or sometimes 4 weeks. I feed them, take pictures and videos, and in silence, I pray to Him for another gift of a wonderful, precious baby which will give me so much happiness and fulfilment as a father!”

Errands in Russia

Cruz also shared that he stays there for about 5 – 10 days, and does his errands in preparation for Ziv’s arrival to Manila. “I usually have my stem cell treatment, work on some documentations in different Ministry and in Moscow, meet Konstantin Svitnev (the owner of Rosjur consulting firm), finalize payments, and visit several ministries and Philippine embassy for my children’s documents.”

Home for the holidays

When asked where he plans to spend Christmas,

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Jason Mamoa is his own children’s superhero

By Kristelle Bechayda

The much-awaited sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe “Aquaman” finally hits the cinemas and Jason Mamoa’s character as Arthur Curry who is a son of a lighthouse keeper and princess of the underwater world Atlantis is making waves on social media. But in real life, the actor himself is just as interesting. Apart from being a model, writer, and filmmaker, Jason Mamoa is also a hands-on dad to his two kids with actress Lisa Bonet. Here are some adorable snippets of their father-children bonding:


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My lovees. My all blacks. My popcorn Happy papa. #missumama @allblacks Aloha j

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                                   They love watching rugby games.


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Dream come true my kids getting to meet SLASH😜😜😜😜😝😝mahalo braddah epic night. Big love @bigkemdizel Aloha j

A post shared by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies) on Nov 30, 2017 at 8:25am PST

                                   They’re a big fan of Slash too!


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Wolfs dream to climb mountains. So we did our first big hike/camp at 12000ft Load them up and teach them with the unkos @trippysonit @normontesmvj DJ Papa brought the @guinnessus of course and the amazing dinner noodles with lots of butter lil salt and loads of peppa.

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SALE ALERT: Richwell warehouse sale, prices start at 3 for P100

Score great finds for your children, and gifts for all the kids you need to give this holiday season at the Christmas warehouse sale of Richwell Philippines.


Take note that this is literally a warehouse, so there is no air-conditioning system. Be prepared to wear comfortable clothes and tie your hair up. Best to bring a fan, too!


Here is a sneak preview of what’s in store:

The first thing we saw were strollers for as low as P2,000. See that red one? That’s a Ferrari label!


These stroller bags are originally priced at P2,499, and is now on sale at P300!


Wet wipes, and more, from Pigeon.


P100 finds, yes please!


This bag is slashed from P1,199.75 to P500.


This whole wall is filled with shoes, with prices that start at P50.


Check out these sale finds for 3 for P100!


Get ready for summer with this wall of inflatables.


Crayola’s Make your own markers for only P500.


P50 packs give your kids endless fun.


Educational sets for only P100,

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When social media influences parenting

By Kristelle Bechayda

Last week, mommy blogger Katie Bower, or @bowerpowerblog as she is known on her social media accounts, received backlash after posting on Instagram how one of his sons is not statistically doing good in her posts.

As of this writing, Bower’s said post has been archived due to the flood of comments it elicited but a reporter from Buzzfeed named Stephanie McNeal was able to take screenshots of it and posted them on Twitter. “Omg this Instagram mommy blogger is celebrating her sons bday by writing about how out of all her kids, he ‘statistically’ performs the worse on her Instagram. And she’s worried one day it will ruin his self esteem.” she writes.

There were people who judged Bower’s parenting, the comments ranging from her the one who is lacking self-esteem to craving for social media attention. She was even accused of using her kids to gain more online traction.

What is wrong with these mothers. They lack self esteem. And when I see that crap online, I swerve and avoid. Using your kids to bolster your income and brand is too freakish.

— Yasmin A. Choudhury (@yasminisyasmin) November 20, 2018


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Exclusive: Joel Cruz reveals why he’s happy with the birth of his 8th child

By Kristelle Bechayda

It hasn’t been a while since the Lord of Scents Joel Cruz brought home his 7th child, Zeid, when he announced the birth of his 8th one a few days ago.

The baby, another boy whose name is yet to be revealed, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia last November 6. Currently, the scent mogul has two daughters and six sons, all born through In Vitro Fertilization.

In an exclusive interview with Moms and Babies, Joel shares his paternal longing for children. “I am so happy for having my 8th baby and that’s what I have wished from the Lord as I wanted a big family since I grew up in a big family as well.”

With three sets of twins, plus his two youngest sons, most would think that the Lord of Scents would already be contented but in response to his announcement, he says would be more than glad to have more daughters.

“Well, I said 8 is enough already but if our good Lord allows me to have 1 or 2 more daughters, I would be very, very happy!” he says in the comments’ section of his Instagram post.

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Let the children play

By Paulyne L. Fermin

Play is essential to the growth of young children. It used to be that I would find my daughter sitting on her trolly bag at dismissal time. Now that she’s in grade two, I often have to look for her in the gym where she is running around with her friends. It’s good to see her active, socializing and happy.
The Importance of Free Play
Through playing, kids learn how to interact with the world around them. It develops their cognition, imagination,
dexterity, social and emotional skills. As a grade school parent, I make sure that there is a good balance between
academic time and playtime. There is learning in both and to a certain extent, maybe more in the latter.

When children are left to explore and dictate their activities without adult interference, they learn to be independent
and creative. Just the other day, I saw my daughter drawing bills on paper and cutting them carefully.
“I’ll give my friends paper money so we can pretend to buy and sell in the market during recess time, Mom. I asked my friend to draw fruits and vegetables.” It amazes me that even if she has so many toys, she still chose to make her own and planned her playtime,too.

You’re Invited!
Playing with the neighbors out on the streets was the norm in my childhood days. Now moms have to set up dates so our girls can get together.

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Melai Cantiveros knows how to discipline her child properly

By Jessica Pag-iwayan

English writer Agatha Christie once said that “a mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.” This is clearly reflected on the result of the recent survey conducted by Nestle Nestokid Philippines. It shows that—for Filipino moms—the definition of happiness is to have a complete family and to keep their kids healthy.

Celebrity mom Melai Cantiveros agrees. During the Grow Happy Nation Caravan held at the Robinsons Place Manila, she shares her journey raising her four-year-old eldest daughter Amelia “Mela” Lucille.


Aside from providing Mela proper nutrition and a safe, loving environment, Melai is now slowly introducing her to the realities of this world. According to the TV host, she encourages Mela to be part of her daily activities for her to discover how life works. This is how her mother Virgie taught her. “Sinasama niya ako sa daily life niya, kung paano yung ganito, paano ganyan. So nagiging open ako sa mundo. Alam ko na kung paano mag-accept ng mga bagay ng mabilis. Kaya gusto ko na ito rin matutunan ng mga anak ko para in case na anuman ang mangyari,


Dealing with bullying

By Angela Casco

Janina Vela, teen vlogger and the first Youtube Creators for Change ambassador from the Philippines, candidly shares her painful experiences being bullied as a kid. Her story fits the online positivity campaign called #LovePhilippines with Youtube, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and social change agency Love Frankie.

During difficult times, her family is her biggest support system. Here’s how she and her parents deal with bullying, and how you can do the same.

Love and encourage your kids.

Kids who get bullied often find it hard to open up to their parents. Janina remembers being secretive to her parents about the bullying and the anxiety attacks that it caused. “Not telling my parents right away was my biggest mistake,” she shares. “I realized how much I needed even just a prayer from my dad, words of encouragement like, ‘I love you, anak. I’m always here for you,’ or just to know that what the haters were saying is not true. My mom’s embrace meant so much to me at the time.” Giving the kind of love and support only you as a parent can provide could well make all the difference.

Teach them to be tolerant and forgiving.

Fighting hate with tolerance and forgiveness is out of the ordinary, especially online. However, the 19-year-old vlogger thinks teaching kids these traits help in dealing with the negativity. “They’re firing their guns but you can choose to make them empty bullets.

Allyza Quirante