James Aquino Yap, son of TV host-actress Kris Aquino and professional basketball player James Yap, was welcomed to the Christian world on the afternoon of May 19, in baptismal rites at the Don Bosco Chapel of the St. John Bosco Parish on Amorsolo Street, Makati. The christening was strictly a family-and-special-friends-only affair.
The six-pound and reportedly long-legged Baby James, born on April 19 at the Makati Medical Center, was exactly one month old the day he was baptized. He had five pairs of godparents, a small pack by showbiz standards. On her show, ABS-CBN's The Buzz, Kris said she and James had chosen those ten individuals for their innate goodness and their genuine concern for the baby.
"Kung mayroon mang mangyari sa amin," Kris explained, "alam namin na maipagkakatiwala namin si Baby James na aalagaan at mamahalin talaga ng mga ninong at ninang na ito."
The godparents: Manny Pangilinan, of Smart; Mark Cuito, of PG&A Cars; Zandro Limpot, basketball player; Boy Abunda, TV host; Dondon Monteverde, talent manager; Deo Endrinal, ABS-CBN vice-president for variety, reality, and talk; Lucy Torres-Gomez, TV host and Kris's confidante; Claudine Barretto, Kris's blockbuster film partner; Rina Teopaco, Kris's favorite cousin; and Cory Vidanes, ABS-CBN vice-president for programming.
Baby James, by the way, is the youngest Bench endorser, and possibly the youngest product endorser this side of world. Two months before he was born premature, Kris had already signed him up for a diaper TV commercial deal.
His own mother has referred to Baby James as "my one-million-peso baby." Showbiz insiders are guessing that could be what the miniature version of James Yap will be paid for his first endorsement deal. Others are guessing that could be how much Kris and James shelled out to pay for her hospital bills when she gave birth to her second son. Either way, way to go!