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Is Liam Payne Going to be a Dad Real Soon?

The 5 things you missed today, February 9, 2017.
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Is Daddy Directioner going to a real daddy soon? Fans are losing it because they think the reason Liam Payne has flown back to London is that Cheryl Cole, momma-to-be, is in labor! Liam has been staying in LA, busy working on his solo music. If a baby is really on the way, we send our congrats to the lovely couple! (via cosmopolitan.com.au)

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Selena Gomez is opening up about her time away from the public in light of the new show she's working on with Netflix, 13 Reasons Why. The series adaptation of the book of the same title deals with serious issues like suicide, depression, bullying, and emotional abuse. She told the press during an interview, "I was actually going through a really difficult time when they started production. I went away for 90 days and I actually met tons of kids in this place that we're talking about [with] a lot of the issues that these characters are experiencing. Unfortunately, kids don’t care. They don't care. They have to see something that's going to scare them. They need to see something that's frightening. I want them to understand it." We love that Sel's using her platform to say something important and to use her experience to make a big impact on her fans. (via justjaredjr.com

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It's time to get your summer shopping on. The brand new Penshoppe Capital will open in UP Town Center tomorrow! The biggest store and their all-new flagship store houses the brand's biggest selection of style essentials. Come shop their Spring Summer 2017 collection as seen on their global ambassadors Lucky Blue Smith, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Mario Maurer, Sandara Park, and the latest to join the pack, Cameron Dallas.

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Are you a fan of the classic novel Anne of Green Gables? You'll be thrilled to know that Netflix has announced its release date already! You can start streaming the series Anne beginning May 12th. Check out the full promo below featuring the gals of Netflix! (via teenvogue.com

Kapamilya star Ysabel Ortega looked gorgeous at her 18th birthday party. She stunned in a sparkly pink dress fit for a princess. Among her guests was none other than President Rodrigo Duterte, who gave her sound love advice. He told her, "Sa buhay mo, take it from me, do not be in a hurry to get emotionally involved. Hayaan mo muna silang to adore you—a lot of guys will. But do not fall into the trap. Do not hurry. Nakakasira talaga [ng buhay] iyan pa-in love, in love na iyan. Make yourself an exception." Makes sense, right? (via pep.ph

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The journey of how I won people’s hearts by having a winning heart

Whatever happens tonight, I am a winner. That was the last line I delivered in front of the roaring crowd. My knees were trembling and my smile was shaking. I wanted to radiate confidence but I knew inside me were whirling storms of uncertainty. I wasn’t sure how to carry on for the rest of the night, it was only the first hour and my soul was already exhausted. I stood in front of an unfamiliar sea of people, I felt uncomfortable as they fixed their glances on me. The stage was bright and flashy as my co-contestants glazed the platform with outstanding physique and beauty. I couldn’t look straight at them because every time I did, a bucketful of insecurity was being poured on me. The whole pageant took about a few hours but it felt like eternity to me. I repeatedly asked myself questions every single time I stood on that platform. My vision was impaired by the blinding spotlights and all I could hear were the deafening roar of the audience combined with the booming music of the event. My head was filled with questions like “why are you here?”, “Will you be okay?” What will others think of you?” “What if you fail?”. Every step was heavier as I continued to overthink.

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For a moment on stage, I felt like I was floating. I was staring blankly at the end of the gymnasium. I was awakened by the loud cheer from the front row, I fixed my glance and saw large letters A-B-Y. it was like a snap to reality, I realized that’s my name. This time I could hear the synchronized cheers of people screaming my name. I smiled, walked away from the spotlight as I whispered to myself “let’s do this”. As the curtains opened, I walked towards the stage I felt lighter and different from the person a while ago. Walking was much easier and my knees weren’t trembling any longer. I stood at the edge of the stage, wandered my glance, and smiled genuinely. Flashing those pearly whites took barrels of longtime stored courage from within me. I marveled at how I could see the rainbow in the lights, the spotlights weren’t blinding anymore.

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My feet started stomping to the music every time I pose and my hips would flawlessly sway to the music. The roar of the audience was overwhelming no more, it was like whispers lost in the beat of the music. I knew as I stood there, all I needed to do was smile and be myself. My name was called accompanied by the thunderous applause and booming cheers of the crowd. I stood there alongside with other contestants. I was holding a bouquet and a trophy. I could feel the heavy crown on top of my head. However, the trophy beside me was much bigger, the lady beside me wore an even flashier crown, it was the crown of the titleholder. That night I landed the first runner-up spot. My head was filled with “what ifs”. What if I did just a little better, what if I exerted more effort and so on.

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As I stepped down on stage, several people rushed to me. They were jumping, screaming and clapping. It was so chaotic that it took me a millennium to recognize them, it was my family. They were hugging me from all directions. When I saw their smiles I knew I did great. I realized that was what I meant when I said “whatever happens tonight I am a winner”. Their presence, genuine smiles, and warm hugs meant more than the trophy and sash that night. For them, I was a star who shined through the darkness of the night. Before leaving the venue, a hand tapped me from behind “Congrats,” she whispered I turned to see her, and to my surprise she was a schoolmate who used to tease me because of my chubby physique.

I smiled as I expressed my gratitude towards her. As I walked away, I realized that I accomplished something legendary that night. I was able to showcase that pageants are not only for thin-looking, tall people. I managed to snatch everyone’s attention with this average height and chubby body. That night started with so much uncertainty and insecurity. As I stared at my reflection, I looked exhausted but I was wearing a different smile. A smile of victory and bravery. A smile that defeated the stereotypes and stigma about people like me. That night ended with a realization that maybe winning isn’t always about winning the crown, it’s about winning people’s hearts and having a winning heart.

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