Sylvia Sanchez's kid: Character baby

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Gela's celebrity godparents are her mother's closest friends: Judy Ann Santos, Eula Valdez, Beth Tamayo, Mai-mai Davao, Pinky de Leon, Smokey Manaloto, and Efren Reyes, Jr. Senator Ralph Recto and JM Rodriguez, both cousins of Sylvia's husband Art Atayde, are also Gela's ninongs.Inset:Sylvia's elder bunch: (Clockwise) Juan Carlos (Arjo), will be Sylvia's future pilot if the lure of showbiz doesn't get in the way. Pia Marie (Pia), Sylvia's daughter by a former boy


Maria Angela, then four months old in this picture, is the youngest daughter of character actress Sylvia Sanchez and businessman Arthur Atayde. Baby Gela, born 7.9 lbs. by Caesarian section at Medical City, has two sets of dimples and a pair of blue-gray eyes.


"Ay nako, sabihin mo ng OA ako pero apat talaga ang dimples at mestiza talaga," says Sylvia in obvious delight.


Recalling the early stage of her pregnancy, Sylvia says: "Basta lagi akong nagsisiksik kay Art noon. To the point na nakakatulog ako sa kili-kili niya. Kaya sa kanya yata ako naglihi." Plus, she remembers: "Kay Luke Mijares ng Southborder (band). Gustong-gusto ko naman ang mata noon."


These days, Gela is the family's center of attention. The older ones simply adore her. Sylvia says, "'Pag-uwi nila from school, si Gela na ang hinaharap. Nagagalit sila sa yaya kapag ayaw ibigay sa kanila."


And Gela knows how to mine the moment. "Basta narinig na niya ang boses ng mga kapatid niya, nagpapapansin. Iiyak tapos 'pag kinarga na nila ayaw nang magpababa."


Incidentally, aside from her little Gela, Sylvia is also busy on three things: getting back to her 115-pound frame, resuming acting through the Tanging Yaman TV series, and attending twice-a-week Spanish lessons at the Poveda Learning Center.


"Hitting two birds with one stone 'yon na rin e," she smiles. "At the same time kasi, natututo ka ding mag-Ingles. S'yempre gusto ko rin namang i-improve ang sarili ko."


Typically, everything goes back to Gela. "Si Gela 'pag kausap ko, Spanish saka English!" the actress beams.


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