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‘Baby Whisperer’ empowers young parents

  Have you seen the angelic babies in the New York Times Magazine April 22, 2018 issue? Those babies were swaddled picture-perfect by no less than the Baby Whisperer. Now about to take charge of her 57thbaby, Ruby Sibal, the Baby Whisperer, is not just singing lullabies, but is also taking care of babies based on indigenous knowledge, science, and nature. She's also finally embarking on a journey to encourage people to pursue a career in baby nursing. Ruby, a native of Iloilo, is a Newborn Care Specialist, aka Baby Nurse, Happiest Baby Educator; she's also an entreprenuer, a writer, blogger, and the CEO of HIMBA.   "Baby Nurse is not just a profession, but a ...Keep on reading: ‘Baby Whisperer’ empowers young parents.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMay 23rd, 2018

Woman seeks help for 5-year-old granddaughter under chemotherapy for leukemia

Kyla Alejandra Napay was always sick as a baby, prompting her parents to always leave her in the care of her maternal grandmother. At age 4, however, Kyla was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. "I eventually ended up taking care of her. She grew up with me. I am practically her parent. So now, she is my responsibility. But I don't mind because she is my own granddaughter anyway," 50-year-old Analiza Garcia told the Inquirer. Kyla's parents have since separated and now have their own families. Garcia said that she and Kyla left their hometown of Naga City in June 2016 when a doctor there suggested that the young girl had a blood disorder. "To know what really ail...Keep on reading: Woman seeks help for 5-year-old granddaughter under chemotherapy for leukemia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Documentary about Azkal Simone Rota set for premiere

After three years of interviews, research, and filming, the documentary “Journeyman Finds Home: The Simone Rota Story,”  will be unveiled at the Cine Europa 2017 Film Festival on Sunday, September 24, 2017. This documentary made by Albert Almendralejo and Maricel Cariaga tells the inspiring tale of footballer Simone Rota who was born in the Philippines and was adopted by an Italian couple when he was a baby.  As a little boy growing up in Milan, Italy, Simone learned to play football. His hard work and prowess earned him a place in an Italian professional football club. Simone later gave up his life in Italy to return to Philippines and play for Filipino clubs (Stallions FC and Ceres FC) and the Azkals, the Philippine Men’s National Football Team. His main reason for staying in the Philippines is to play football and to search for his biological mother. “Journeyman” chronicles how the sport changed Simone’s life and led him to his roots.   “Dreams do come true!” declares Simone who currently plays for Davao Aguilas FC. “I want to say a big thank you to everyone who made this project possible…I hope that the movie will be an inspiration.” The sports documentary is the first venture directed by Albert Almendralejo who produced the football-themed docus “Little Azkals” and “Pangarap Kong World Cup,” and the feature films “Tumbang Preso” and “Bakal Boys.” Albert says that he was motivated to tell Simone’s story because it offers hope amid difficult times. “I have worked closely with him in promoting grassroots football ' Albert says of Simone.  “and his life truly embodies determination in spite of the odds.”  The version to be shown at Cine Europa 2017 is still a work-in-progress but very much presents the subject’s heart and soul. The docu, which was shot in Italy and the Philippines, includes interviews with Simone’s adoptive parents Maurizio and Marilena, Davao Aguilas FC teammates Phil and James Younghusband, and Sister May and Mother Flora (who were the nuns that took care of Simone as a baby). “Journeyman” also shows the athlete’s more private side, such as his volunteer work at Buklod Kalinga, the orphanage where Simone was left as a baby by a young woman.  “Journeyman Finds a Home: The Simone Rota Story,” is produced by SPEARS Films and Luna Studios. It is co directed by Maricel Cariaga, whose film 'Seven Sacks of Rice' won recently the grand prize in the Aichi Women's International Film Festival. Award-winning screenwriter Clodualdo 'Doy' del Mundo is the creative producer. The September 24 screening is part of the educational component of Cine Europa, the annual film festival of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, and is presented by the Philippine Italian Association (PIA), Shangri-La Cineplex, Davao Aguilas FC, and Puma. Theatrical release is being planned for December 2017. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2017

Poll finds most parent, kids agree on Trump, economy












An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV poll found that 57 percent of parents and 73 percent of young people ages 15 to 26 disapprove of the president's performance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018
Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Scarlet Snow’s photographer-friend is a topnotcher–with interesting story

Marc Henrich Go, 26, topped the 2018 architect licensure examination. He has a thriving practice with Budji+Royal architecture design firm, and has just mounted his first solo architecture photography exhibit. Yet people, particularly netizens, know of him as the favorite photographer of the world's most followed child celebrity on Instagram, Scarlet Snow Belo. IG followers---by the millions---lapped up his photos of Scarlet Snow, for example, as the Samurai baby, or as Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's." But again, that's only a fraction of his interesting (young) life story, one marked by irony and paradox. When he took his oath with the other new architects ear...Keep on reading: Scarlet Snow’s photographer-friend is a topnotcher–with interesting story.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Boxing: New father Albert Pagara drawing inspiration from baby boy

A confident and composed ‘Prince’ Albert Pagara put on a show in front of his hometown of Maasin, Southern Leyte, Saturday evening in the main event of Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte. Looking like the dominant ‘Prince’ Albert of old, Pagara dominated Ghanaian opponent Laryea Gabriel Odoi in three rounds to reclaim the WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Championship for a second run with the regional title. (READ ALSO: Albert Pagara back to form, sets sights on world champion Dogboe) It was the same title that the lost to Cesar Juarez in 2016, and getting it back was a bit of redemption for the ALA Boxing Promotions standout. While the ultimate goal of one day becoming a world champion - like stablemates Donnie Nietes and Milan Melindo - is the main motivation for Pagara, the 24-year old found a new source of inspiration heading into his bout against Odoi in Maasin. After dispatching his Ghanaian foe, Pagara thanked the people of Maasin, and then gave a special shoutout to his son, three month old Prince Albert. Talking to ABS-CBN Sports after the bout, Pagara shared that baby Prince Albert was his unico hijo. “Inspirasyon ko yung anak ko kasi yan yung first baby ko,” For Pagara, having a baby was also a dream that was intertwined with his world championship aspirations. “Nangarap ako na magka-baby ako, para pag nag-boboxing ako, may inspiration ako.” The new father adds that having a young one at home will help keep him focused on the ultimate goal. “Dati family ko yung inspiration ko, ngayon may baby ako, pag-umuuwi ako hindi puyat.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

DOH: bring healthy foods to school

As classes reopened nationwide, the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesdayreminded parents and guardians to prevent their young children from bringing unhealthy food to school......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Cristalle Belo-Pitt welcomes her baby boy named Hunter James

Last March,Cristalle Belo and her husband Justin Pitt announced their pregnancy and we got a confirmation a few minutes prior through a an SMS message. Just a few days after her safari-themed baby shower, Cristalle announced through her Instagram that they welcomed their baby boy named Hunter James a little early. The couple shared that their baby boy was too excited to finally meet his parents! A post shared by C R I S T A L L E P I T T (@cristallebelo) on May 30, 2018 at 4:44pm PDT She shared that he was born prematurely last Monday, May 28, 2018, at 33 weeks. Cristalle and Justin both thanked their doctor as well as all the nurses who are currently taking care o...Keep on reading: Cristalle Belo-Pitt welcomes her baby boy named Hunter James.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Misleading tweets by liberal activists fuel Trump

President Donald Trump seized on an error by liberal activists who tweeted photos of young-looking immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in steel cages and blamed the current administration for separating immigrant children from their parents. Misleading tweets by liberal activists fuel Trump President Donald Trump on Tuesday seized on an error by liberal activists who… link: Misleading tweets by liberal activists fuel Trump.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Super Sci-Fi: Get wet and weird with Netflix’s ‘The Rain’

BECAUSE of the abundance of excellent English-language offerings on Netflix, it is easy to overlook the excellent foreign-language offerings on the streaming service. Netflix has notably reinforced its host of Korean shows, but it also boasts of fascinating shows from other places and in other languages. This is the case with "The Rain," an eight-episode series from Denmark. Yes, Denmark. Yes, you'll have to read subtitles. It's a post-apocalyptic show about how young people come to terms with extreme situations after the world has effectively ended. The show begins when teenage Simone (Alba August) and her younger brother Rasmus are taken by their parents to a high-tech bunker in...Keep on reading: Super Sci-Fi: Get wet and weird with Netflix’s ‘The Rain’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

LOOK: Bangs Garcia s baby Amelia gets baptized in England

An overjoyed Bangs Garcia with her British-Filipino businessman husband Lloyd Birchmore celebrated their baby daughter's May 20 christening in England. The parents were beaming with pride, as.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

LOOK: Bangs Garcia’s baby Amelia gets baptized in England

An overjoyed Bangs Garcia with her British-Filipino businessman husband Lloyd Birchmore celebrated their baby daughter's May 20 christening in England. The parents were beaming with pride, as their darling Amelia became the charming center of attention for the day. Garcia shared the best photos from her little one's special day on Instagram yesterday, May 21. The elated Garcia had this wish for Amelia for her christening: "My precious daughter, Amelia, may your heart be kind, your spirit strong to see the good and right the wrong. May Lord Jesus create an [armor] of grace and luck around you that will protect and keep you safe all your life." "This is just the beginning of your ...Keep on reading: LOOK: Bangs Garcia’s baby Amelia gets baptized in England.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Olivia Reyes Got Featured on Buzzfeed’s Insanely Cute Babies List

We're guilty of following Baby O's account ever since her parents Andi Manzano and GP Reyes started posting about her. We find her so adorable that we would attend her birthday partiesbecause it's always tons of fun. From viral photos to going global because Ellen DeGeneres discovered her cute shoe-related meme, now Olivia was featured in a recent Buzzfeed article on insanely cute babies you should follow on Instagram. And we couldn't help but agree. They showed a picture from her trip to Paris with the famous Louvre as her backdrop, acing her layers and cute outfit. You're adorable, Olivia and the world knows it. And since we're big baby fans here at Preen, we couldn't ...Keep on reading: Olivia Reyes Got Featured on Buzzfeed’s Insanely Cute Babies List.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

‘Mamathlete’ Fille Cainglet talks mom life

MANILA, Philippines – Walking with her hair pulled back and sporting that charming smile we knew too well, former Ateneo Lady Eagle Fille Cainglet didn’t seem to have changed when we bumped into her at a shopping destination in Taguig some Sunday ago. Except that, within seconds, we would notice her carrying a child and pushing a stroller around while a yaya followed closely. “I was just hanging around!” Fille said, with a laugh. The child, of course, was her son: Ino Phillip. And Fille was there to relax with her firstborn with husband Lino Cayetano. This is what makes up the life of a former member (and captain) of the Ateneo Lady Eagles now—taking her child for some form of weekend leisure as part of fulfilling her duties as a new mom. Fille, who graduated Psychology from the Katipunan-based university, was among the likes of Gretchen Ho, Michele Gumabao, and other volleybelles who would meet in UAAP Season 74—at the dawn of the rivalry between Ateneo and La Salle in women’s volleyball. Such would eventually help popularize the sport in the league, more than how men’s basketball or cheerdance would usually fare even outside it. Fille took a break from volleyball when she married the director-politician in 2013. She would give birth to Ino on May 13 the next year, and would only come back to play a few months later in October. That time, new mom and wife Fille had already slipped into a jersey that read “Cayetano.” “I can say I'm back (to volleyball). It took a while but it hasn't been a year pa nga since I gave birth,” Fille, who is now playing semipro, said. “C-section pa ako. But I was cleared naman by my OB 5 weeks pa lang after giving birth.” Fille, now keeps busy as a mom. She spends her day taking care of her child. What was everyone’s favorite Ateneo volleybelle once now feels challenged to be doing parental obligations for the first time.  “Pero I persevered!” she added, amused. “And I was able to breastfeed pa rin kahit naglalaro na ako.” Though, it helps that her husband Lino is also a “hands-on” dad to Ino. “He changes diapers, feeds him, and plays with him. Actually, ‘pag training ko minsan, sya naiiwan kay baby.” Fille’s new life as a mother and athlete can be stressful, but she doesn’t mind. “I’m still new at (being a mom), so I cant say I’m good at it or I’m bad at it. But I always try to do what's best for my son as what most parents would do. Being a mom is a lot of work, but it's all worth it. It’s true, all the late nights and no sleep can be exhausting but it’s all worth it when you see your baby smile and happy.” We didn’t bother ask Fille if she’s in a much better place now as we already knew the answer. Update: Fille Cainglet-Cayetano now has three kids: Ino Phillip, Fille Renee and newly-born Lily Saint......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

Newborn jaguar cubs draw fans at Mexico wildlife park

Two jaguar cubs born five weeks ago are the new stars at a wildlife park in Mexico, teaching a valuable lesson about conservation with their cuddly cuteness, according to park officials. The female cubs, who have not yet been named, had to be separated from their parents at 18 days old when one of them developed a skin condition that worried caretakers at Animal Kingdom in San Juan Teotihuacan, outside Mexico City. They cannot be returned to their mother, who could kill them if she smells the human scent on them. Nursed back to health, the cubs now frolic and play with their caretakers --- who feed them through baby bottles --- and explore their enclosure with tentative step...Keep on reading: Newborn jaguar cubs draw fans at Mexico wildlife park.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Records set, lessons learned as Palarong Pambansa 2018 ends

ILOCOS SUR -- Palarong Pambansa once again showcased the most promising Filipino youth sports talent, as it draws to a close after seven days at the Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur last April 21. The 61st installment of the country's flagship sports program saw student-athletes break several records, and the event itself became an avenue for broader discussions on youth development and child protection. At the closing ceremony, Department of Education Undersecretary and Palarong Pambansa Secretary-General Tonisito Umali encouraged the youth to translate their on-court success to other facets of their lives. “Aking hinihikayat kayong lahat, samahan ninyo ang ating Ma’am Liling Briones at ang buong Kagawaran sa ating paglalakbay upang makabuo ng isang Filipino na kampeon, na hindi lamang kampeon sa palakasan kung hindi kampeon sa tunay na buhay," Umali said. After a week of intense competition, Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson made sure to remind the young athletes to look beyond the results. “We have successfully completed the journey, and now we end it by celebrating victories and learned lessons of defeat. Remember, young athletes, that in winning or losing, there are always lessons one can get and these are far more important than any other awards,” the governor said during his opening message following the parade of delegates.   THREE TYPES OF EDUCATION Makati representative and former taekwondo champion “Monsour” Del Rosario recalled his earlier experiences and stressed the importance of sports' role in developing a sound athlete and a model citizen. “Kayo po ang future ng Philippine sports. Nakikita ko po ang sarili ko sa inyo noon – isang atleta, a faceless person in a crowd of 15,000 athletes. Itong sporting event na ito ay napakahalaga sa ating mga kabataan,” the congressman shared. He also continued by sharing his belief in three types of education: “Number one na education ay nanggagaling sa ating pamilya, sa ating parents at mga kapatid. Ang pangalawang education ay sa paaralan,nag-aaral tayo to become knowledgeable about many things in life. Ang third education ay ang sports education, ito minsan ay nakalilimutan ng ibang sector pero mahalaga din ito sa mga kabataan, dahil dito nade-develop ang character natin," he said. "Ang buhay natin ay parang sports din, sometimes we lose, sometimes we win, but if you have experienced competing in sports, you will know how to handle challenges in life." The National Capital Region (NCR) once again lorded over the weeklong sporting event, leading the medal tally by a huge margin, with Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region VI (Western Visayas) finishing second and third, respectively. The top winners received cash prize and trophy, and for the first time in the history of Palaro, winners in all the 21 regular sporting events were awarded with prizes by this year’s sponsors. the number of records set this year reached 40 (five in archery, 16 in athletics, and 19 in swimming), the most in Palarong Pambansa history. Aside from a gold medal and cash incentive, each of the record breakers received additional P3,000. “Aside from the additional incentive, these outstanding athletes will be seeded or given priority to represent the country in the 10th ASEAN School Games that will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,” Umali added.   CHAMPIONING THE SPIRIT, WELFARE OF FILIPINO ATHLETES Following an incident involving a DepEd personnel from Cebu City who was nabbed for alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old student-athlete during the national meet, Umali announced the formation of a Child Protection Committee next year. “In the next Palaro in Davao, we will now have a Child Protection Committee to make sure that this sort of occurrence will never happen again. We will also conduct talks with officiating officials and coaches on how to avoid similar instances in the future,” Umali directed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

UAAP Volleyball: Bernadeth Pons: Probinsyana with a Superstar Soul

In a time where gadgets have pretty much taken over the lives of majority of the world’s population, Bernadeth Pons prefers to keep things simple. Instead of swiping her phone for the latest news on Twitter or organizing her feed on Instagram, FEU’s Team Captain and graduate of Financial Management would rather spend time inside the athlete’s dormitory to sleep. While that sounds boring, the 21-year old Pons reasons that she needs all the energy she can get to complete her Master’s degree in Business Administration and perform at the highest level in her final season in the UAAP. The 5’7” open spiker is currently the fourth best scorer in the league averaging 15.2 points per match. She is also ranked third in both digging and receiving. Because of her all-around brilliance, there is a fairly good amount of fans on social media who have been campaigning for Pons to be named MVP of Season 80. But, of course, Pons is oblivious to that. In fact, she didn’t even know that she was included in the 34-player wish list of new National Team Head Coach Ramil de Jesus. It took a text message from her younger sister, Melody, who lives in their hometown of Talisay, Negros Occidental for Pons to learn about the development. “Ha? Saan galing yan?” was her honest reply. To Pons, playing for the national team goes beyond her wildest dreams. And while she feels very much honored to have her name considered for a spot, Pons says her current focus is with FEU. After all, it was the school that provided her with a means to fulfill her goals and make her parents proud. From Softball to Volleyball Pons was born in Malolos, Bulacan where her father, Roberto and mother, Maryjen met. A year after her birth, the family moved to Talisay where Roberto started playing baseball recreationally. When his eldest daughter grew big enough to play, she also took a liking to the sport. Pons would even join the boys play catch during her elementary days at Efigenio-Enrica Lizares Memorial School. Unfortunately, there was no softball team for Pons to try-out for. That’s when her classmate, Allen Joy Esponilia invited her to try-out for the volleyball team. “Nung una, sobrang hirap kasi wala talaga akong alam eh. Kahit dig, dig lang, kung saan-saan pumupunta. Nahihiya ako sa ka-partner ko kasi syempre, alam na niya yung basics ng volleyball. Naiiyak na nga ako kasi palagi nalang tumatalsik,” recalled Pons, who was 10 years old at the time. But, the challenge of excelling at a sport where she had no background in challenged the young Pons. Eventually, she learned how to dig up powerful spikes and became a libero. In the fifth grade, she experienced her first major competition by participating in the Palarong Pambansa held in Palawan and representing Region 6 – Western Visayas where she teamed up with Kim Gequillana and Ayel Estraňero. It was the first of five Palarong Pambansa events she would participate in. In those competitions, Pons played against numerous future UAAP stars like Jia Morado, Desiree Cheng, Majoy Baron, Jhoana Maraguinot and a powerhouse Region 7 – Central Visayas squad that featured Sisi Rondina, Dimdim Pacres, Rica Rivera and CJ Saga. Leap of Faith As she got older, Pons began developing her spiking prowess and caught the eye of the legendary Roger Gorayeb, who wanted to bring her to San Sebastian College-Recoletos. But, she was reluctant to leave home. “Wala akong idea about life dito sa Manila. So, hindi ko alam kung tutuloy ba ako or hindi. Dumating sa point na nag-decide kami ng Papa ko na doon nalang sa amin ako mag college,” explained Pons. During her final year in high school in 2013, then FEU Head Coach Shaq delos Santos went to the Regional Meet in Roxas City, Capiz to recruit the reluctant Pons. Delos Santos was persistent in convincing her to come and be a part of his plan to revive the volleyball program of the university. The free education, food and accessibility to the training facilities finally convinced Pons to take a leap of faith.   “Naisip ko, pag doon ako sa probinsya, mamamasahe ako every day, mabigat din sa parents ko. So, yun talaga yung sabi ko, ‘O-oo na ako’. Nag-decide ako na mag go-go na ako sa Maynila,” recalled Pons. For someone who never imagined leaving her hometown, Pons didn’t have any trouble making her mark in the UAAP as she immediately led the Lady Tamaraws in scoring (11.8 points per match) as a rookie. She would become FEU’s leading scorer in each of her UAAP stints which includes Final Four appearances in the past three seasons. Last Stretch Now that Pons is approaching the last stretch of her collegiate career and with FEU in a good position to attain a twice-to-beat advantage in the post-season for the first time since 2009, she is more focused than ever on the task at hand. Should the Lady Tamaraws beat NU in their last elimination round game on Sunday and if Ateneo loses to La Salle, FEU will enter the Final Four as the number two ranked team. But, Pons knows it won’t be easy as the Lady Bulldogs will be out for redemption. “Kami kasi yung unang tumalo sa kanila sa first round. So, palagi namin rine-remind yung bawat isa na yung NU, pipilitin nilang bumawi sa atin. Tapos sila, nothing to lose kasi kahit ano mangyari, number four na sila. Eh tayo, may hinahabol tayo na number two. Hindi puwedeng magpabaya tayo kasi NU pa rin yan. Lalaban at lalaban yan,” shared Pons. It’s been a decade since FEU last won the UAAP Women’s Volleyball title. While Pons has already achieved her initial goal of earning a college degree, she still has that burning desire to give back to the school that gave her the opportunity to help her family and leave a lasting legacy in the process. “Gusto ko maalala nila ako bilang isa sa mga nakapagbalik ng crown sa FEU. Sobrang tagal nang nawala ang FEU sa championship. Yun yung gusto namin ibalik ulit,” declared Pons. All Pons ever wanted was to ease the burden on her parents by graduating from school. The game of volleyball has given her a means to accomplish that and so much more. She’s become one of the UAAP’s brightest stars and may wear the colors of the Philippine flag one day. But, no matter what happens, she will always be that same humble girl from Talisay, inspiring countless others like her to be brave and go for great. Catch Bernadeth Pons and the FEU Tamaraws take on the NU Bulldogs on April 15, Sunday, 12 noon LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, Liga, Liga HD and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Bayern Munich hires Niko Kovac from Frankfurt as coach

MUNICH (AP) — Niko Kovac is returning to Bayern Munich as coach next season after impressing at Eintracht Frankfurt. The 46-year-old Kovac, who played for Bayern from 2001-03, agreed to a three-year contract starting in July, the Bundesliga champions said Friday. "We're very happy that we could win Niko Kovac as a new coach for Bayern," sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said. "Niko was a player at Bayern, he knows the characters and the structures and the DNA of the club very well. We are convinced that he is the right coach for the future of FC Bayern." The former defensive midfielder will take over from Jupp Heynckes, who stepped out of retirement to take charge at Bayern last October but has long said he will not continue beyond the end of the season. Bayern's attempts to convince the 72-year-old Heynckes otherwise were unsuccessful. Kovac will be joined at Bayern by his younger brother Robert as assistant coach. The 44-year-old Robert Kovac also previously played for the club. Kicker magazine reported that Bayern would pay a fee of 2.2 million euros ($2.7 million) to trigger a release clause in Kovac's existing contract with Frankfurt. Kovac had a deal through June 2019 with his current club. Despite relative inexperience after a stint in charge of Croatia, Kovac saved Frankfurt from relegation after taking over in March 2016 and led the team to the German Cup final the following season. Champions League qualification is possible this season after another stellar campaign. Frankfurt also has a German Cup semifinal match against Schalke next week. Kovac, who was born in West Berlin to parents of Croatian descent, has been praised for fusing together a team of many nationalities, and for its high-pressing attractive style of play. He won over the players through tactical nous, commitment and by convincing them of the value of sacrifice for the team. "The coach keeps the team together brilliantly. Respect is hugely important in such a collective. Everyone respects the other," Frankfurt forward Kevin-Prince Boateng said earlier this season. Bayern was initially in talks with former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, but he informed the club that he had agreed to take over another team while it was still trying to convince Heynckes to stay. Kovac will need to adjust to instructing established stars at Bayern, rather than young players of promise still eager to learn, and he will be expected to maintain the club's high standards. The Bavarian powerhouse has won a record six straight Bundesliga titles and may yet secure a league, German Cup and Champions League treble in Heynckes' last season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

How Sarah Lahbati prepared Zion in becoming a ‘kuya’

  For second-time parents, the arrival of a newborn may be less nerve-wracking than the first, as there is a better idea on what to expect and prepare for. Nevertheless, a new baby still entails a lot of changes, not just for the parents but also for the firstborn. For Sarah Lahbati, she believes that preparing her eldest kid Zion for the arrival of Kai is a non-negotiable. In a blog post she shared last April 6, Lahbati wrote that although she and partner Richard Gutierrez have the basics down on what to expect in Kai's first few months, it is a whole different story when it comes to Zion. "Zion was our only child for four years," wrote Lahbati on her blog SarahLahbati.com. ...Keep on reading: How Sarah Lahbati prepared Zion in becoming a ‘kuya’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Gen Z, Anna Wintour and Nanay Ramos

  Today's parents aren't doing so bad, after all. Their children could go beyond their gadget and style must-haves, after all, and help transform society. The world woke up to this pleasant surprise and watched the news about hundreds of thousands of the Gen Z and the millennials marching across the United States to protest the Parkland deaths, the latest in a never-ending series of mass shootings in the US, and to launch the #neveragain movement. But what made world media, indeed the world, sit up and take notice was this generation's fearlessness, relentlessness---and articulateness. Time's "The Young and the Relentless" carries a full-page photograph of one of th...Keep on reading: Gen Z, Anna Wintour and Nanay Ramos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018