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  •  Bernadette Sembrano turned emotional when talking about the baby girl who would’ve been her and her husband Emilio “Orange” Aguinaldo IV’s first child.

    They have a name for the daughter they lost due to miscarriage, and it’s Mary Olivia, nicknamed Molly.

    “Bubog, lahat tayo may bubog,” Bernadette wrote on Facebook, posted on December 8, 2020. “It took a while before I decided to post this. I ask myself, ‘How much should one reveal?’

    "Today is a special day because December 8 (Immaculate Conception) was the day that Molly, our daughter, was officially ‘implanted.’”

    By implantation, Bernadette may have meant having her fertilized ovum becomes attached to her uterus wall with the use of assisted reproductive technology.

    “We lost her 9 weeks after,” Bernadette said. “We do have a daughter, and she inspired me to live a life of honoring and remembering.”

    Bernadette continued her story in the accompanying video, which runs for almost five minutes. She began by announcing that she was making the vlog she calls “#bnamnam,” she was going to the ABS-CBN musical program, ASAP, to perform.

    Bernadette introduced Molly by panning the camera she's holding to a white figurine. The image on the photo frame seems to be Bernadette's fertilized egg.
    PHOTO BY Facebook//IamBernadetteSembrano

    “Huy, nakakaiyak pala, ’no?" she said, trying to hold back tears. "Wow! Malalim pala ’yong bubog. Pag napag-usapan nang ganyan, minsan nahuhukay…I wanted to talk about Molly because today is a big day for us.”

    She went on recalling that her daughter was successfully implanted into her on December 8, 2018. She then decided to keep a journal of “mga habilins in case I don’t see her grow up” since “late na ako na-pregnant.”

    But just before her 43rd birthday on February 18, 2019, she had a miscarriage and lost her baby.

    “In my heart, I knew that the way I could honor Molly and remember her is if I lived the life I wished for her, which is saying yes to a lot of things, a life of serving, and, in my case, music.

    "I started serving sa chapel because matagal ko nang pangarap na mag-serve sa simbahan. Pero nako-conscious ako kaya hindi ko nagawa-gawa, and, I guess, a lot of things about my journey in music began when I started saying yes to a lot of things.”

    Unknown to many, the longtime ABS-CBN news anchor, reporter, and host also sings and writes songs. Her self-penned recording debut, “Yakapin ang Pasko,” is now available on Spotify.

    Bernadette she wrote the song that was used as the theme for the teleserye, Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin, which was performed by the Aegis band.
    PHOTO BY Facebook//IamBernadetteSembrano
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    That’s why on Bernadette’s ASAP first performance, she’s bringing with her not just Molly but also her father, who passed away in April 2019.

    “Magkasunod sila,” she pointed out. “I promised Papa that whenever I would sing, I would remember him. So I take them with me.”

    “Ang point ko lang today, we are celebrating ‘bubog,’” she added. “Marami tayong bubog. Bawat isa sa atin, may bubog, may sugat na malalim, masakit na ating dinadala na kailanman, hindi mawawala. Pero ang punto dito, paano mo yayakapin ’yong bubog na meron sa puso natin.”

    “Ang turo sa akin ni asawa is to never forget,” Bernadette said of the advice given by Miong, whom she married on June 12, 2008. “Initially, ang tendency, para hindi ako masaktan, ayokong isipin.

    "Pero, ang natutunan ko: isipin mo kung gaano sila kahalaga sa buhay mo, ano ang naging buhay nila, and how would they feel if they saw us now — ’yong mga nawala sa buhay natin.

    “And I’m pretty sure, my Papa and Molly, who are both in heaven and in my heart, are very happy and proud because I am with them. 'Papa, here I am, singing.'

    "I’m also singing with my Mama because dream niya talaga. ‘Sana, mag-ASAP ka. Mag-ASAP ka.’ It’s a long story with Mama. But it’s always been like that sa kanya. Gusto niya, makita ng buong mundo. Whereas si Papa would be very much happy for me singing in church.

    “Another important part of our performance today ay yakap, dala ko rin ’yong bubog ng maraming tao na ibinahagi sa ating trabaho. So kasama kayo. Kaya ako nakakapagsulat ay dahil sa mga bubog na alam ko naman, hindi mananatiling bubog.


    "May lyrics ako na sinusulat na naman. Ito ay mga bubog na nagnining-ning dahil po sa liwanag ni God. Dahil sa liwanag ng pagmamahal ng iba. Embrace our bubog, and let us shine.”

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