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  • Erika Padilla Gives Birth To A Baby Girl On Jeff Cariaso's Birthday!

    The baby girl shares the same birthday as her dad's.
    by FM Ganal for Pep.ph .
  • September has become a month full of birthdays for actress-host Erika Padilla and former PBA player turned coach Jeff Cariaso.

    Erika gave birth to their second child, a baby girl named Estella Gloria, on September 12, 2020, at precisely 2:02 a.m. She arrived five days after Erika and Jeff celebrated the third birthday of their son, Jet.

    On the other hand, Jeff was thrilled to share the same birthday as his daughter. He referred to Estella Gloria as his "best birthday gift ever" on his birth announcement post on Instagram. 

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    The actress-host announced her second pregnancy on March 28, two weeks before the start of enhanced community quarantine. She was 14 weeks pregnant then and was anxious about the pandemic. Erika related this to her own mother's experience, who had four children during martial law in the early '80s.

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    The mom of two wrote: "Note that the instability of the country then was greatly triggered by the declaration of martial law in 1972, and was only subdued during the EDSA revolution in 1986. And my father being in the military service, would only be home every couple of months or so."

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    Her dad is General Ricardo Ilagan Padilla, a former regional director of Region 4 Calabarzon and the incumbent mayor of Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. "I knew this story from when I was young, and often it would be tweaked to tease our mom about how melodramatic she was about the whole ordeal," she continued. 

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    "But it now paints a different picture of courage and strength from my mother who had to go through those years with the physical, physiological, emotional, plus societal challenges pressed upon her by the situation," Erika said. "I think about this, and I'm comforted and inspired to be the same," she added.

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    In another post, the mom of two said that her second pregnancy was a "little bit more sensitive," compared to her first. Still, she was able to practice yoga until her third trimester. To stay active, she swam regularly.

    Estella is Erika's second child with Jeff. Jeff has three more kids—JayKing, and Aya—from his previous marriage.

    Congratulations, Erika and Jeff!

    This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

    *Edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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