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Let a hundred creative flowers bloom

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QUEEN Latifah (right) looks awed by yoyo prodigy Alex Hattori    photo:queenlatifah.com

Thanks to TV program hosts like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres for guesting precocious child performers on their shows, thus reminding everyone that all talented kids should be encouraged to develop their creative abilities.

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Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts

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As we feared, the “Mini-Me” kiddie tilt on “It’s Showtime” sometimes turns out to be less than spot-on because the child talents don’t really look and act significantly “like” the celebrities they say they’re patterning themselves after.

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Meet the CEO of the Affleck-Garner home

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Jennifer Garner looked radiant during the interview. RUBEN NEPALES

Jennifer Garner plays a capologist, or a salary cap executive, for the Cleveland Browns in director Ivan Reitman’s “Draft Day.” So, in our recent chat, the talk veered toward who the capologist is in the home she shares with actor-director Ben Affleck and their three kids.

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Melai, Jason share photos of first baby

Screencap of the Instagram post

Real-life couple Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco welcomed their first child on Thursday by sharing her pictures on Instagram.

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Innovative approach to learning

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INDOOR play city provides an opportunity for children to express themselves

Nothing gives children more joy than playing. It’s an important part of their development, because it allows them to make sense of the world around them.

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‘Thor’ actor Hemsworth welcomes newborn twins

Actor Chris Hemsworth . AP

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth and his wife are celebrating the arrival of twin baby boys in Los Angeles, a spokesman for the “Thor” star said Friday.

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Angelina Jolie visits Syrian children in Lebanon

Angelina Jolie AP FILE PHOTO

Actress and U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to Lebanon to draw attention to the challenges facing thousands of Syrian refugee children and to highlight the massive displacement Syria’s three-year conflict has created, officials said Monday.

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Papa Aga’s parenting style

Aga Muhlach

TV5 actor-host Aga Muhlach insists that he doesn’t spoil his twins Andres and Atasha.

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Words of counsel from former child stars

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RYZZA Mae Dizon, currently the country’s top child star. eat bulaga facebook photo

At recent media and show biz events, we caught up on old times with some former child stars, who commented favorably on our cautionary pieces about the “dark” side to the seemingly fun and perk-laden world of juvenile performers, of which the local entertainment world has literally hundreds of practitioners and aspirants.   We asked [...]

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Deck the trees, spread the love

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Son Nio chose blue as motif for this year’s Christmas tree in Cherry Pie Picache’s home. Facebook Photo

Every year, I personally decorate our Christmas tree. For the past five years, we’ve been putting up a fresh tree at home. This year, my son Nio specifically requested a blue theme. So I had to change the ornaments and decor.

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‘Impossible’ but true

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Just in time for Christmas, we recently viewed a reality TV story that quickly went viral, because it affirmed the earnest view and hope that the Yuletide season is the time for miracles:

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Bamboo aims to play Santa via show Friday

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Bamboo Mañalac  photo by Riz Pulumbarit

Bamboo Mañalac hopes to collect a thousand toys for young survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” through a repeat of the benefit concert, “BELIEVE: Christmas @ Home with Bamboo,” at the Music Museum tonight.

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