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'Ninong James Reid Unlocked,' Cong TV and Viy Cortez' Son Kidlat Got James Reid As Godfather
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  • How do you choose your child's godparents or ninong at ninang?

    In the vlog 'GOTPADER' uploaded on October 26, Lincoln "Cong TV" Velasquez showed how he got the "yes" of his friends to be the ninong of his firstborn son Zeus Emmanuel or Kidlat with partner Viy Cortez.

    "Itatanong ko sana kung gusto mo maging ninong ng pamangkin mo?" he asked his brother Junnie Boy Velasquez, also a member of Team Payaman.

    His friends who live in the same Payamansion were wondering why Cong seems shy to ask them to be Kidlat's godparents when it's an automatic yes for them.

    "Si Viy kasi merong Donnalyn," he said, referring to influencer Donnalyn Bartolome.

    He explained, "Naghahanap ako ng ninong ni Kidlat. Kasi si Viy kinuha niya si Donnalyn Bartolome, eh kaso si Donnalyn wala naman siya dito sa bahay. Paano niya tuturuan? Eh ano bang trabaho ng ninong talaga?"

    "Pangalawang magulang, diba. Hindi lang naman yan pag ninong ninang tungkol sa pera," his friends said.

    One answered, "Wala yan sa pera. Kung anong maituturong maganda."

    Cong then asked his friends what lesson they want to impart to Kidlat. One spoke about teaching proper hygiene, how to be obedient, how to be an athlete, and how to follow in his father's footsteps.

    READ ALSO: 'Di Pwedeng Wala Akong Pakialam Diyan,' Cong TV Normalizes Involved First-Time Dads

    "Nagpapractice lang ako magtanong na mukhang nahihiya," Cong explained.

    All the while, he has been preparing to get the yes of actor, James Reid.

    In a TV commercial shoot for a soft drink brand, Cong TV was working alongside with James.

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    PHOTO BY SCREENSHOT FROM YOUTUBE /CONGTV

    He then asked James if he would be okay to become Kidlat's ninong.

    In true Cong TV fashion, he said, "Can you be the father of my baby? Ay, godfather. I'm sorry I'm nervous eh, can you be the father?" James was unclear with his answer, so Cong had to follow up, "By the way, James. Is that a yes, the godfather thing? You don't have to attend the ceremony. Maipamalita ko lang sa amin na ninong ka."

    James replied, "Okay, why not?"

    Cong said, "Kung totoo, ikasa mo nga. Godfather ninong ha."

    "Ninong, yeah. I don't wanna be the father," he clarified.

    Cong then sealed their new relationship by promoting Ninong James' new song.

    Kidlat's baptism coincides with his dad Cong TV's birthday on October 27. 

    He was born on July 5 via Caesarean section, and had to undergo a lip-tie and tongue-tie surgery few days after.

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    Tips on how to choose your child's godparents

    Here are some tips on how you can choose the right godparents for your child.

    1. Choose a godparent who will be present in your child's life.

    Aside from having the parents' friendship and trust, Cong TV was right in choosing ninongs who are living together with Kidlat, so they could guide him in his everyday life.

    2. Choose a godparent with whom you can communicate openly.

    Another characteristic of a good godparent is one whom you could talk to freely and comfortably. Their role doesn't end with attending the baptism, but it's the start of a life-long journey between them and your child.

    Chary Mercado, an education consultant for teens, emphasized why it's important to be careful in choosing your child's godparents. "Life is certainly confusing, and by picking my children's godparents wisely, I hope I am surrounding them with many people who can help."

    READ ALSO: 'Nang-aaway Na Ng Pari!' Parents Share Hilarious Binyag Pics Of Their Toddlers

    3. Choose a godparent who understands the essence of being a godparent.

    In a 2020 article, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminded Catholics on what being a godparent entails.

    He said, "Always check on your godchildren, visit them, show them good example, so they'll realize you're a good Filipino, a good Christian," sabi pa niya.

    He explained, being a good ninong is not about giving gifts. "So don't worry if you don't have anything to gift your godchildren. Not having gifts won't make you bad godparents. Don't feel bothered," he said.

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    What to do with your child's cash gifts? Take it from Wais Na Misis Neri Miranda who put it on an insurance policy, investment, and savings for her Baby Cash. Read here.

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