Vinice Mabansag was born after midnight of November 15, 2022 at Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. The Filipino baby is the symbolic 8 billionth baby in the world, according to the Commission on Population and Development. Vinice’s mother, Maria Margarita Villorente, is from Tondo, Manila.
The 26-year-old mom was reportedly in labor for six days before finally going to the hospital, where she gave birth to the healthy baby girl via spontaneous normal delivery. Vinice is her fourth child and no complications were reported.
The baby's father, Vincent, is the reason her name is Vinice. Vincent will reportedly be given a job at the hospital while the mom will receive free consultations. Other benefits are being discussed.
“We just witnessed the world's 8th billion baby in the Philippines. So we waited around two hours starting 11 p.m. last night and the baby was delivered at around 1:29 a.m.,” said Romeo Bituin, M.D., chief of medical professional staff at Fabella.
Eight years ago in 2014, the Philippines' 100-millionth baby was born in the same hospital. Also a girl, Chonalyn was born to parents Clemente Sentino and Dailin Cabigayan on July 27. The family received Php 5,000 worth of basic essentials and lifetime PhilHealth benefits.
In 2011, the world's 7-billionth baby from the Philippines was marked by the birth of Danica May Camacho, a premature baby girl born on October 31. According to The Guardian, the United Nations welcomed her with a cake and some donations for a scholarship.
"While it took the global population 12 years to grow from seven to eight billion, it will take approximately 15 years—until 2037—for it to reach nine billion, a sign that the overall growth rate of the global population is slowing," said the United Nations.
In mid-2022, the population of the Philippines was reported at 110 million. The Philippine government aligns with the United Nations in keeping record of the population in order to plan healthcare better, stating that they hope the symbolic 8-billionth baby will represent development in the future.