LJ Reyes's son Ethan Akio celebrates 7th birthday with Batman-themed party

IMAGE Rose Garcia

LJ Reyes (shown with BF Paolo Contis and son Aki) recounts how she got the idea for a Batman-themed birthday party for son Ethan Akio: "Alam niyo si Aki, mahilig talaga siya sa mga superheroes. Pero yung kaisa-isa na nag-stay, si Batman talaga. 'Tapos, nung napanood niya ang Lego movie, sabi namin, 'Ah, ito talaga ang gusto niya.'"


On July 22, Ethan Akio, the son of LJ Reyes and Paulo Avelino, celebrated his seventh birthday.

His Batman-themed party was held at the Blue Leaf Cosmopolitan in Libis, Quezon City, and was attended by his classmates, friends, and family.

When he was introduced by LJ and his mom's boyfriend Paolo Contis, he was clad in a Batman costume.


During LJ's chat with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), she said, “Alam niyo si Aki, mahilig talaga siya sa mga superheroes.

“Pero yung kaisa-isa na nag-stay, si Batman talaga.

“'Tapos, nung napanood niya ang Lego movie, sabi namin, 'Ah ito talaga ang gusto niya.'”


The party was exactly what Aki wanted.

In fact, the birthday boy arrived at the venue early.


Amused, the mom related, “Kanina nga noong nagre-rehearse yung magician, ginugulo niya.

“As in tinitingnan niya kung ano ang ginagawa, binubuking niya."

He also got to spend it with his favorite people.

The proud mom beamed, “Yes, pinaghandaan naman.

“Pero ang gusto namin, yung guests niya, kami-kami lang. Ayoko ng masyadong malaki.

“Yung mga classmates niya, yung talagang malapit sa kanya.

“Actually, siya yung priority.”

To those who were not invited to the party, LJ quipped, “At wala sanang magtatampo kasi, guest list ni Aki ‘yan, hindi po ako ang may birthday.

BIG HELP FROM BF PAOLO. LJ got COTE as the party organizer, but she also got help from Paolo.

She related, “Oo e, yung planning month kasi nito, talagang busy ako.

“Kunwari hindi ako makakapunta sa meeting, siya ang pinapapunta ko—sa organizer, sa host, ganyan.

“Talagang sobrang laking tulong niya sa akin.

“Like yung hashtag, siya ang nag-isip niyan. Metikuluso rin kasi siya.

“He’s very into details. Ang laking tulong sa akin.”

The party's hashtag was #7NaAKiO.

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LJ added, “Although nagbiburuan nga kami.

“Yung jologs na taste raw, sa kanya. Yung class na taste, sa akin.

“Sabi ko, hindi naman! Pero malaking tulong talaga siya sa akin.”

BIRTHDAY WISH. What's her birthday wish for Aki?

"Ang wish ko kay Aki, ako kasi palagi ko lang ipinagdarasal na palagi lang siyang iga-guide ni God.

“Sana lumaki siya na may takot sa Diyos—close and very strong relationship with God.

“Kasi hindi naman all the time kasama ko siya.

“Hindi ko naman siya mapu-protect all the time.

“Hindi ko naman siya maga-guide all the time, but if he has God in his heart, wala na kong poproblemahin pa.

“Hindi na ko masyadong magwu-worry.

“Kasi, yun lang naman talaga.

“Blessed talaga kami to be surrounded with people na kahit anong mangyari sa aming dalawa, nandoon para mahalin kami, protektahan kami.

“Sobrang blessed talaga kami ni Aki.”


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