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  • Meryll And Joem’s Son Gets Baptized On His First Birthday ‘Dahil Laging Napo-Postpone’

    The double celebration was attended by close family members and friends.
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Meryll And Joem’s Son Gets Baptized On His First Birthday ‘Dahil Laging Napo-Postpone’
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  • Meryll Soriano and Joem Bascon had their first child Gideon, nicknamed Gido, baptized on the baby boy's first birthday.

    Meryll recently took to Instagram to shared some highlights from the double celebration, which, based on the photos, was attended by their close family members and friends. These included Meryll's aunt Maricel Soriano and uncle Mel Martinez, who are likewise acclaimed actors.

    About a month earlier, on November 16, 2021, Meryll told SmartParenting.com.ph in an exclusive online interview that they were already planning the birthday party to coincide with the christening. "Kasi nga ang hirap dahil laging napo-postpone, laging nagkakaroon ng Alert 3...Lahat ng mga alert," she explained, referring to pandemic-related restrictions.

    The actress, who has a vlog with series The Curious Two and Dear Mama Meme, pointed out, "So, it was very difficult. We wanted a christening ahead of time kaya lang talagang unsafe. So ngayon, medyo nagre-relax na lahat."

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    Meryll took us back to January 1, 2021, when she greeted her Instagram followers with, "Happy New Year from our family to yours," along with a photo of her, Joem, and Baby Gido. (Read here.)

    But, at that time, she wasn't known yet to have given birth or even gotten pregnant again, years after having her first child Eli. The now-14-year-old boy's father is her ex-husband Bernard Palanca.

    In our interview, Meryll burst out laughing at the memory: "So ang lakas maka-Kylie Jenner, di ba, 'yung ginawa ko, na 'tinago, 'tapos no'ng ipapanganak na lang, do'n na lang ni-launch." She's referring to the 2018 baby reveal by the reality TV star and cosmetics mogul.

    Meryll then turned serious while explaining her and Joem's reason: "It's all because of privacy...Parehas kaming private, so parang angkop lang na huwag munang mag-post about it until it's a celebration of life, gano'n."

    True enough, after that New Year's Day surprise greeting, Meryll started sharing snippets of their family life on social media. She walked us through her pregnancy, saying that she and Joem were really ready to have a baby, then onwards to childbirth and breastfeeding.

    She also talked about being a mom to a newborn and a teenager (read here), as well as her restored relationship with her father Willie Revillame.

    The mom of two is all praises for her now-one-year-old: "Everybody's happy, lagi siyang nakangiti. Aside from s'yempre, of course, meron siyang mga buryo moments na ano, meron na siyang temper ngayon. Nafi-figure out na niya kung ano 'yung gusto niya, hindi, di ba?

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    "Pero, masayahin. Lagi siyang naka-smile. So, lahat, baliw na baliw na baliw sa kanya kasi nga ang cute. Ang cute talaga! Hindi dahil nanay ako. Aaminin ko kung hindi cute, e. Pero cute talaga."

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