Time flies so fast!
Pele Iñigo is now three years old.
On his actual birthday, February 18, his parents, ABS-CBN singer/actress Jolina Magdangal and musician Mark Escueta, threw a camping-themed party held at the B Hotel in Quezon City.
In an interview, Jolina told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "Gusto talaga namin parang outdoor yung theme.
"Kasi noong first birthday niya, picnic style na, so ngayon, camp style naman a la Camp Pele."
We suddenly remembered Mark and Jolina's wedding in Splendido, Tagaytay five years ago. It was bohemian-inspired, and the guests sat on mats and pillows.
Jolina continued, "Akala talaga namin, first and seventh birthday lang.
"E, may nagsabi na yung third birthday nga raw, dapat pinagpapa-party rin.
"Kaya yun, three weeks or less lang yung preparation namin.
"Plan ko nga, ako na lang sana ang magpi-prepare ng lahat, buti na lang nakausap ko si Baky [David Baky of BBT Events] kaya siya yung nakatulong kong mag-prepare."
The kids gasped upon seeing the set-up. It had a "bonfire."
Look at the tablescape.
The corner for gifts had these framed photos as backdrops.
The party had games, a magic show, and various booths for Lego, face painting, photo, and food.
Here's the dessert station.
The three cakes
Among the enjoyable part of the program was the "percussion" session of Daddy Mark and his bandmates in Rivermaya with Pele and his guests. The birthday boy obviously showed signs of becoming a musicians like his parents.
After the party, the kids were given throw pillows, loot bags, and live day-old chicks.
Pele's party was attended by his ninang Kaya and ninong Mark Bautista, Erik Santos, Jonalyn Viray, and Jay R.
Jolina's manager Perry Lansigan was among the early birds. Most of Jolina's fellow PPL talents came.
Gloc-9 arrived with his twin kids, Sean and Shaun, and wife Thea Polistico, who is eight months pregnant.
Sunshine Dizon's two children Doreen and Anton had fun at Camp Pele.
Gabby Eigenmann was spotted with his wife, Apples Arrizabal.
Other PPL talents who made time for the kiddie party were Max Collins, Arthur Solinap, newbie Dea Formilleza, who came with Daryl Ong.
Jolina's co-hosts in ABS-CBN early morning show Magandang Buhay also joined the party.
Karla Estrada (not in photo) brought her youngest son, while Melai Cantiveros (2nd from right) was with her daughter Mela.
The Escueta and Magdangal families were also present.
The day before Pele's birthday, Jolina wrote a heartwarming message which she posted on Instagram.
She wrote, "Pele anak, three years old ka na. Ang bilis ng panahon. Akala ko mahirap magpalaki at mag-alaga ng anak, pero sa 'yo ay sobrang sarap!
"Napakasarap maging nanay.
"Napakabait mong bata at mapagmahal. Nanamnamin ko ang bawat oras na lagi mo akong niyayakap at nilalambing. Kung minsan ay makulit ka, ok na ok lang, kinikilig pa rin si mama.
"Basta andito lang ako at si Papa para tabihan ka sa lahat ng maging pagsubok mo sa buhay, gustuhin ka man namin kargahin para wag ka na masaktan pero kailangan mo din matuto kaya tatabihan ka namin para maging gabay mo sa lahat.
"Lagi kong hihintayin ang pagsabi mo sakin ng 'Mama, tabi tayo' at 'hold hands mama?' lalung-lalo na ang 'mama lang.'
"Happy happy 3rd birthday anak. Para sa 'yo ang lahat-lahat. We love you so much."
With reports from Nikko Tuazon