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  • Korina and Mar's Surrogate Is a Solo Mom Who Worked as a Coffee Shop Barista

    The new parents to twins Pepe and Pilar reveal details about the woman who carried their kids in her womb
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
Korina and Mar's Surrogate Is a Solo Mom Who Worked as a Coffee Shop Barista
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  • A lot of people were surprised, no doubt, when TV show host Korina Sanchez announced the birth of her twins on February 21, 2019. Her Instagram post gave very little details as to how she and her husband, former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas could have newborn babies, considering she was never seen pregnant. Some even frowned at the news, wondering if that was still at all possible. But Korina, 54, and Mar, 61, revealed later on that their kids were born through a surrogate. 

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    In a recent interview with Pep.ph, the proud first-time mom and the second-time dad answered some of the questions regarding the birth of their fraternal twins, Pepe and Pilar.

    According to Mar, the woman who carried the twins in her womb was an American woman and a single parent. They met her once online through a call on Skype, then the couple flew to the States to get to know her more. Mar says it was the woman's perseverance and diligence that made them choose her to be their "carrier".

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    "Kami ang pumili sa kanya, pero nagustuhan ko siya because nagsimula siyang barista sa Starbucks.

    "Itinaguyod niya yung anak niya, single parent siya. Iniwanan siya ng boyfriend niya.

    "Sa kanyang kasipagan, pagtatrabaho, naging area manager siya ng Starbucks," relayed Mar.

    He continued that the woman's main reason for agreeing to become a surrogate was so she could provide for the education and future of her daughter, whom she is raising alone.

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    Mar also told Pep.ph that they kept in touch with the surrogate the entire time she was carrying their babies, and that they even visited her. 

    The couple got very concerned, however, when the surrogate met a car accident in late 2018. 

    "Before Christmas, naaksidente siya. Tinamaan ng isang drunk driver, buti na lang sa tabi.

    "Siya ang nagmamaneho, buti na lang, hindi nag-deploy yung airbag.

    "Tinawagan niya kami, everything’s okay. Pinuntahan namin siya sa emergency room," Mar recalls. 

    The uncertainty was especially worrisome for Mar and Korina, who knew this was their last chance to become parents.

    "Just the worry every day, kasi parang ito na ang last chance namin. This is it, ito na talaga."

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    Doting parents to twins

    Mar and Korina are glad the hard part is over. These days, their world revolves around their adorable twins, whom they have named after their parents, and a favorite actor, too.

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    The boy's name is "Pepe Ramon Gerardo Denzel," after Mar's and Korina's fathers, and Hollywood actor Denzel Washington.

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    The baby girl, meanwhile, is named "Pilar Judy Celia Korina," after the couple's mothers. 

    Pepe and Pilar were blessed by a priest at their home in Pennsylvania, United States a month after their birth, ahead of their baptism in the Philippines, mom Korina posted on Instagram in March.  

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    Mar is still in awe of his babies, whom he says get a lot of love on social media. 

    "Maraming nangangamusta sa kanila, marami ang nagke-care sa kanila.

    "So, parang kasama na yun sa grasya, sa blessing, and nagpapasalamat kami.

    "Akala namin, hindi na darating ito."

    Having children at the age of 54 is bittersweet for Korina, who regrets the fact that her parents, who died in 2004, never met Pepe and Pilar. But she believes that wherever they may be, the lolo and lola of her twins are very happy that she is now a mother. 

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    "I think they’re very, very happy. Sana nga maging guardian angel sila. 

    "Doon na lang [heaven] kami magkikita-kita, e. Doon na lang.

    "I can imagine them so, so happy. Pero siyempre, sobrang nakaka-miss."

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