• Alyanna Martinez Delivers Firstborn via Unmedicated Water Birth

    Plus, it's a family affair for Yassi and long-lost half-sister, and for birthday celebrant Vicki Belo
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
  • Alyanna Martinez delivers firstborn via unmedicated water birth

    The 32-year-old daughter of actor Albert Martinez and the late Liezl Martinez welcomed daughter Adalynn Riley on January 19 through water birth at the GraceFull Birthing Center in Los Angeles, California, Pep.ph reported. Alyanna carried her child in her womb for exactly 41 weeks and three days.   

    Water birth, according to a SmartParenting.com.ph article, is "the process of birthing from one aquatic environment [the womb] to another creates a more relaxing experience for the baby. Mothers and midwives alike report that water babies tend to cry less and are calmer after delivery compared to babies born on land."

    Based on Alyanna's husband Roy Macam's Instagram post, the water birth was "what we wanted and prepared so hard for," adding that he caught their daughter at birth with his hands.

    Watching his wife in labor for hours, Roy described the entire process as "the most powerful and magical experience that I have ever had the privilege to witness in my entire life." Congratulations! (pep.ph)

    It's a boy for preggy Divine Lee
    A gender-reveal party was held for model/socialite Divine Lee, who is pregnant with her and husband Blake Go's first child, on January 21 at Manila House Private Members Club. 

    As Divine pulled the string of the piñata and Blake popped a balloon with a needle, there was a shower of blue confetti to signify that it will be a boy for the couple, who announced that they were expecting last October.

    In an Instagram post, Divine addressed her baby,  "Dearest #LEEttleGO, you know you’re in for a wild adventure when your parents react this happy with your surprise!" Congratulations! (pep.ph

    Mom-to-be Saab Magalona wants books for her twins 

    Saab Magalona is hoping that her soon-to-be-born twins will grow loving books, just like she did, thus the bookworm-themed baby shower, which was held in her honor on January 20 at One Rockwell, Makati.

    "That's how my mom brought me up, and parang books were really my main thing. I think it really helps your child to be more creative and imaginative when they open a book," she told Pep.ph.

    In September, it was revealed that Saab and husband Jim Bacarro are expecting a boy and a girl. Saab said that being pregnant with twins was a surprise, but adds that it was something she and her siblings thought might happen.

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    "Lagi naming jino-joke yun when we were younger, kasi nga our dad had twin siblings, and we know na it skips a generation, di ba? We were just talking about it as kids so nakakatawa lang na…I mean, up to now, I just can't imagine na there are two people inside me," she said. Congratulations! (pep.ph)

    Yassi Pressman meets older sister for the first time, halfway around the world 

    The presence of family members in our lives is something that should be celebrated everyday, but it's easy to take that for granted when you know that they're always within reach. For actress Yassi Pressman, who only met her half-sister recently while at a shoot in Italy, it was indescribable feeling. 

    Kahit ano sigurong sabihin ko, it won’t be enough to say how happy I was, how heartwarming it was," the 22-year-old told Pep.ph. Yassi, with her younger sister Issa, met their older sister Cara in Italy while she was on tour for her TV show Ang Probinsyano.

    Hindi ko ma-explain sa words kung ano yung feeling na mahanap mo yung kapatid mo in the middle of the world na never mo akalain na mami-meet mo. She was just an amazing person, so ang sarap sa feeling na nahanap mo yun, [yung] isang butas ng buhay ko.”

    Yassi describes her ate Cara as “funny, she’s fun, she’s 50 years old, pero young at heart." She hopes they will also have the opportunity to meet Shiobhan, their other older half-sister, in Australia soon. (pep.ph


    Hayden has a special greeting for wife Vicki on her birthday

    Drs. Hayden Kho and Vicki Belo are known to many as Scarlet Snow's parents, but on the birthday of the doctor to the stars, Hayden reminded his wife just how special she is to him. 

    "Happy birthday to you, my superwoman wife. You're 'mythical rare.' We love you so much," he captioned a photo of Vicki carrying Scarlet on her back. "Mythic rare" is a term used among gamers to describe a card that is unique or uncommon.

    Vicki expressed her gratitude for the blessing of family with a video she uploaded on Instagram, where she is seen surrounded by her kids Cristalle (with husband Justin Pitt), Quark, and Scarlet, husband Hayden, ex-husband Atom Henares, and other loved ones. "Thank you my lord Jesus Christ for blessing me with such a loving family," she captioned it. Happy birthday, Dr. Vicki!

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