All is well in the Yllana household again. After a briefstorm in their married life, Anjo Yllana and Jackie Manzano are starting to enjoy family life again, especially now that their fourth child,Sean Nathan, has turned a year old.
Last Friday, January 9, the celebrity couple hosted a belated Madagascar-themedbirthday and christening party for Sean Nathan, who was born in the U.S onDecember 6, 2007. The party was held at the Greenmeadows Subdivision clubhouse in Quezon City.
Sean Nathan was baptized under Christian rites. Celebrities asked to begodparents to the child include former senator Tito Sotto, Gretchen Barreto,Michael V, and Sharon Cuneta.
Anjo said he could not resist naming the baby "Sean" after well-admired Hollywood celebrities.
"Yung Sean kasi, Sean Connery, Sean Penn... Yung anak ko kasi na 'yan,ipinanganak sa States, so first time kong magkakaanak na Amerikano. Ang asawako kasi, sabi niya, 'Miguel' [ang ipangalan sa bata]. Sabi ko, ‘Huwag naman, kano'yan e, tatawagin mong Miguel?' Dapat 'yan American, Sean," Anjo told PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal) and YES! magazine.
The couple got the second name Nathan from the suggestion of the baby's nurseabroad.
Jackie took care of the party preparations herself, even spending a weekporing over design ideas for a car-shaped birthday cake with Madagascarcharters riding it.
"Ito ang uso ngayon saka hilig ng mga bata. Ang hirap kaya maghanap ngMadagascar! Yung cake, isang linggo niya [Jackie] hinanap sa Internet yungdesign," Anjo said about the theme of the party.
Nathan's birthday and Christening party included unlimited access to snackbooths that kids ogle at the mall like Dipping Dots ice cream, Potato Corner,Candy Corner, and The Big Chill. There was also a face painting andglitter tattoo booth that children and adults enjoyed.
"Yung wife ko lang talaga ang nag-asikaso. Ako, yung financer lang,"he smiled.
"Yun talaga ang role niya!" Jackie seconded.
Though the couple entertain the possibility of having anotherchild, Jackie's present medical condition would still not be advisable foranother pregnancy.
In the early months of her pregnancy with Sean Nathan, Jackie was diagnosedwith enlargement of the heart, which made her pregnancy precarious.
"Sabi ng doctor, puwede pa daw mag-recover. Kaya lang, years, and withmedication," said Jackie.
Jackie and Anjo said that after their brief separation last year, theirrelationship is now more intact.
"Ngayon maganda ang relasyon namin para sa akin. Kasi dati para kaming maywall lagi. Dati kasi para kaming mag-ama. Ngayon, para kaming magkasing-age.Parang magkabarkada lang," Anjo said.
The couple has a 13-year age gap.
"Dati parati kaming nagkokontrahan," he added.
Anjo said being active in Bible studies strengthened his resolve to improvetheir marriage.
"Ang laking tulong sakin nung Bible study, especially sa marriage,"he said.
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