It's absolutely certain that Dylan Gotidoc, the second child of singer Jaya and husband Gary, will not have a hard time growing up. What with his 46 godparents—24 ninongs and 22 ninangs—all willing to give him more than just the occasional Christmas present.
Jaya and Gary took Dylan to his baptism last Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Sta. Maria della Strada Parish Church in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, accompanied by their first child Sabiya, Jaya's mom Elizabeth Ramsey, and the large ensemble of godparents.
The godfathers included Marvin Agustin, Jay-R, Allan K, Arnel Ignacio, Raymond Lauchenco, fashion designer Edwin Tan, TV director Rommel Gacho, and columnist Ricky Lo.
The godmothers, on the other hand, included GMA-7 executive Wilma Galvante, Eat Bulaga! big boss Malou Choa-Fagar, Ruby Rodriguez, Gelli de Belen, Jackie Lou Blanco, Bing Loyzaga, Cacai Velasquez-Mitra, Jolina Magdangal, and Jaya's manager Maristel Fernandez.
Officiated by Fr. Julius Angelo Pelarion, assistant parish priest of the Sta. Maria della Strada Parish Church, the baptism started at 3PM. The reception was held at the Clubhouse of the Ayala Hillside Estates in Quezon City.
Baptism, one of the seven sacraments in Roman Catholicism, is a rite of initiation to the Church. Godparents have the duty to instruct their godchildren on how to live as good Christians.
Dylan Gotidoc was born on June 27, at the Cardinal Santos Hospital in San Juan City.
Jaya expressed her wish for Dylan's future: "We wish that you remain humble, respectful to your parents and, of course, to your grandparents and your ninongs and ninangs. Be true to yourself... maging mabait kang bata, yun lang."
Proud father Gary added, "Always trust in God. You have to follow your heart, boy."
THE GODPARENTS. Dylan's godparents also expressed their wishes for him.
Allan K, Jaya's hosting partner in All Star K!, said "Wish ko kay Dylan, siyempre, all the best. Lumaking masunurin, magalang, a self-made person."
Marvin Agustin, a host in SOP, where Jaya sings regularly, wants Dylan to be, "Mabait na bata more than anything else."
Jolina Magdangal, also an SOP co-host, wishes Dylan to be "healthy palagi."
Dingdong Dantes, who wasn't able to attend the baptism but was at the reception, said he wishes Dylan would "grow up to be a God-fearing, talented and respectful boy."
Arnel Ignacio said, "Lumaki siya na lagi nare-realize n'ya na isa siyang blessing sa kanyang mga magulang. At kung kailan kailangan ko nang gampanan sa isang inaaanak, text niya lang ako. By that time marunong na siyang mag-text."
COMPLETE LIST. The 24 godfathers: Wyngard Tracy, Ricky Lo, Ricky Lim, Rico Gutierrez, Marvin Agustin, Dingdong Dantes, Ali Sulit, Peter Buendia, Rommel Gacho, Paul Chia, Allan K, Louie Ignacio, Richard Gomez, Edwin Tan, Paolo Luciano, Noel Ubico, Arnie Mendaros, Arnel Ignacio, Jay-R, Raymond Lauchenco, Tony Ancheta, Christian Jane, Grely Taguines, Miko Gotidoc.
The 22 godmothers: Ayen Munji-Laurel, Wilma Galvante, Ruby Rodriguez, Bing Loyzaga, Hazel Abonita, Gelli de Belen, Grace Reyes, Eat Bulaga! big boss Malou Choa-Fagar, Angela Hunter, Chang Bayaborda, Dra. Pura Caisip, Maristel Fernandez, Jolina Magdangal, Pauleen Luna, Wilma Doesn't, Bea Encallado, Zubaida dela Cruz, Jocelyn Jane, Cacai Velasquez-Mitra, Cathy Tanso, Nancy Gotidoc, Jackie Lou Blanco.