Surrounded by a close circle of friends who are all wives and mothers, Ryza Cenon once thought she would remain single and unattached forever.
Often, Ryza was hesitant to hang out with them, being obviously the odd man out getting lost in the chatter about children and husbands.
She told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a virtual interview last September 23, "Every time na mag-uusap-usap sila, 'Tara, kita-kita tayo.'
"Sasabihin ko, pass ako kasi feeling ko ma-o-OP [out of place] ako.
"Wala ako ma-share, e. Nakakahiya naman. Baka sabihin nila ang KJ [kill joy] ko.
"Kaya tinatawanan na lang nila ako kapag sinasabi ko, 'Ah, wala ako ma-share?'"
The ABS-CBN talent went on to reveal she had, in fact, given up hope of getting pregnant ever.
Ryza said, "Dati, tanggap ko na hindi na ako makaka-baby kasi iyong uterus ko inverted. Nakabaliktad.
"So, iyong egg ko, hindi basta-basta makaka-form agad. Mahihirapan.
"Naka-ilang try din naman ako, pero ayaw talaga. So, parang nawalan na ako ng hope.
"Magiging matandang dalaga na lang ako."
But as fate would have it, in April 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, Ryza found out she was two months pregnant.
The moment felt for her like a gift pouring down from heaven.
She told PEP.ph, "Ganoon naman lagi, e. Napansin ko lang, kapag nawawalan ka na ng hope, doon binibigay sa iyo ni Lord iyong gusto mo.
"Kapag nag-gi-give out ka na talaga. Biglang may maganda mangayayari."
And, thankfully, despite her condition, her tests showed she is going to have a healthy pregnancy.
Preparing for the baby
Ryza is doing her way—meaning, she has no birth plan— to prepare for the coming of her baby.
She's going about it "raw," to experience fully her own pregnancy.
She explained, "Mas gusto ko iyong raw na ikaw makaka-discover about it and iyong knowledge mo about parenting.
"Wala kang sinusunod na parang formula being a parent. Mas okay kung manggaling sa iyo.
"Para, if ever man na meron kang friends na first time na maging mom, at least may mashe-share ka na bago. Bagong experience kasi raw."
Ryza and her partner, cinematographer Miguel Antonio Cruz, are expecting a baby boy.
She is set to give birth to her son Night in November.