Former Miss Universe Philippines candidate Alaiza Malinao, 27, is expecting her first child.
Alaiza is known as one of the frontrunners of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant, where she placed among the Top 16 semi-finalists.
She was also a Top 15 finalist in the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 pageant, and represented the Philippines in the reality TV show Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 4 in 2016.
Alaiza shared the baby news on her Instagram account last Saturday evening, August 28, 2021, flauanting her latest maternity photos.
The model looked stunning in her photos where she is seen wearing a minimalist white Filipiniana designed by Jo Rubio.
The Filipiniana is reminiscent of her evening gown during the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant.
For her caption, Alaiza looked back on her experience as a Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate and how her life changed after her bid for the elusive crown.
She wrote, "Ilang araw ko na iniisip pano ako susulat ng caption… pero, Yes! Hindi kayo namamalikmata, malinaw na malinaw na Inday am going to be a Mama!
"Andami ko pang pwedeng sabihin, pero hindi ko talaga alam kung san ako magsisimula at kung paano ko tatapusin. 2020 was C.R.A.Z.Y.
"I cried, I grieved, I celebrated and above all, sobrang laki ng pasasalamat ko sa suporta at pagmamahal na binigay nyo sa akin. Yun ang isa sa pinakamalaking surprise ng taong 2020 para sa akin.
"Gusto ko lang naman patunayan na kaya ng isang Inday ipakita kung sino sya bilang isang Pilipina, pero kahit hindi pabor ang Universe sa plano ko, pinakita nya sa akin ang kahalagahan ko.
"Pinaglaban niyo ko sa mga panahong hirap na hirap akong ipaglaban ang sarili ko, kaya, from the bottom of my heart, Maraming maraming Salamat sainyo!
"I am grateful for the people who genuinely fought with me, who stood by me and for the people who are still walking with me through life. [emoji] Thank you!
"At yun na nga, totoo talagang in every pageant night, nagbabago ang buhay ng isang kandidata.
"Sa gabing yun, namatayan ako ng pangarap pero totoo din yung kasabihan na 'We have to loose something precious in order to gain something priceless.' [emoji]"
Alaiza also thanked the team behind her maternity shoot including photographer Jerich Sanchez and her glam team, including Aries Manal for hair and Justine Navato for makeup.
Alaiza did not reveal other details about her pregnancy, including her due date.
Netizens are speculating that the father of her baby is the guy with the handle name @dennism9999, who Alaiza tagged in her baby bump post. Upon further research, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) found out that his name is Dennis Mikkelsen.
Based on his tagged Instagram photos, it can be speculated that Alaiza and Dennis have been a couple since 2018.