Matet de Leon gives birth to a baby girl!

by Candice Lim
Apr 2, 2007
Matet de Leon (pictured, with eldest daughter Michaela) and husband Mickey Estrada are naming their baby girl Maria Cassandra Elliana, or Mishka for short. "Mishka [kasi] may singer 'ata ng ganoong name. Ang ganda ng pangalan," says Matet.

Former child star Matet de Leon was brought to St. Luke's Medical Center last March 26 for a scheduled caesarean operation.

"Nandito kami ng 7 a.m. Actually, pina-schedule namin siya para mailabas na. Hindi pa due pero 37 weeks na ako and two days, so puwede na siyang ilabas. Full term na," said Matet in an interview with The Buzz last Sunday, April 1.

She added, "Para maiwasan din ‘yong mga ka-praningan ko na baka may nangyayari sa loob na kung ano man. Medyo malaki kasi siya [the baby] at tsaka medyo ‘yong tubig ko...Nag-iisip ako na baka magkulang siya sa hinihingahan niyang tubig or something so ilabas na... Pero malaki siya, mataba."

Matet gave birth to a 6.12-pound baby girl. Matet and her husband Mickey Estrada plans to name the new addition to the family Maria Cassandra Elliana.

"Gusto ko kasi lahat ng magiging babae kong anak may Maria, kasi ako meron. ‘Yong Cassandra, wala na akong ibang maisip. Feeling ko lang, parang maganda ‘yong pangalan. ‘Yong Elliana ang ibig sabihin niya ‘My God has answered me,'" explained Matet.

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Maria Cassandra Eliana, or Mishka, is the couple's third child. The couple has an older daughter Maria Michaela Alexinne. Unfortunately, their second child, Miguel, was born premature and died soon after birth.

With her third child, Matet took precautionary measures to ensure the baby's safe delivery. In fact, she was awake during the operation!


She said, "Dapat po 'ata hindi [ako gising] pero siguro kasi... Ang bilin ko kay Mickey talaga, ‘Honey, wag n'yo na akong niloloko. Pagka may masamang nangyari, sabihin mo na.' Kasi ‘yong kay Miguel, hindi nila sinabi sa akin. So siguro sa takot ko na baka may something, binabantayan ko.

"Masayang-masaya ako, sobra! Parang nakahinga ako nang maluwag. Sabi ko, sana tuloy-tuloy na ‘yong pagiging okay."

Matet revealed that she hasn't spoken to her adoptive mother, Nora Aunor, about the good news yet. The Superstar is now living in the US.

"Hindi pa po kami nagkakausap. 'Andoon si Kiko [sa Amerika]. Noong nanganak ako, bago ako ipasok sa delivery room, sabi ko kay Kiko sabihin kay Mommy na nanganak na ako. Sabi ko kay Kiko siya na lang ang magsabi," Matet ended.
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Matet de Leon (pictured, with eldest daughter Michaela) and husband Mickey Estrada are naming their baby girl Maria Cassandra Elliana, or Mishka for short. "Mishka [kasi] may singer 'ata ng ganoong name. Ang ganda ng pangalan," says Matet.
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