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Joshua Paul, nicknamed JP, weighed 7.14 pounds at the time of birth and measured 51 centimeters. "Ang takaw-takaw daw, sabi ni Donita," Lhar reports. "Very strong kid. Ang likot-likot. Noong kinukunan namin, galaw nang galaw." Lhar Santiago adds: "Pag nilalaro siya ni Donita, ang tawag niya, 'Ang artista ko.' Marami na daw offers na TV commercials, maski noong nasa tiyan pa."(YES! September 2004)


As early as July 19 (2004)—three days before Donita Rose-Villarama gave birth—GMA-7's showbiz reporter Lhar Santiago and his cameraman were already in Singapore arranging for Donita's postnatal interview. So he got a scoop when it was time for the birthing.


In the morning of July 22—11:09 a.m. to be exact—Donita, with husband Eric at her side, gave birth the natural way to her first child, Joshua Paul.


Some three hours later, Lhar Santiago was already interviewing
Donita. Says Lhar: "Parang hindi nanganak. Ang lakas-lakas niya. Bubbly pa rin, considering na fifteen hours siya nag-labor."

Lhar's video footage and interviews were aired on five GMA-7 programs—Unang Hint,"24 Oras,"Saksi,"Startalk," and the defunct GMA-7 talk show "S-Files." These exclusive still photos of the Villarama family, he gave to YES!

Our many thanks! Here are Lhar's photos of Donita and Eric with then three-hour-old Joshua Paul.


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