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Iya Villania reveals how she got her baby to eat well and pray before meals

by Anj Sampayan
Mar 19, 2018
Drew Arellano and Iya Villania's son Primo

Iya Villania and Drew Arellano are amused that at one-year old and a half, their toddler Primo sure knows where to get his favorite snacks.

“Alam niyang pumunta sa ref, pupunta siya sa ref para maghanap ng prutas at ng gatas niya," Iya relates, laughing, to the reporters covering the Bambini Baby Cologne Family Boot Camp event.

“Alam niyang pumunta sa pantry para maghanap siya ng mga biscuits or snacks niya.”

The proud celebrity mom adds, "He gets things, nako-connect niya na his milk or food comes from the ref.

"Alam niya kapag may brown paper bag, pandesal yung laman.

"Kunwari may iba kang inuwi from the grocery, hindi pandesal, pipilitin niya, kailangan niyang makita."

But after seeing for himself that there is no pandesal, "Hindi na siya mangungulit.”

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Iya says there was a time when she felt Primo was getting picky about his food.

But she realized the problem was with her.

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"It was just because I wasn’t as familiar with his palette and his likes in terms of panlasa.

“But now, halos kabisado na namin, e, so wala na kaming problema.”

Her guide to Primo’s palette: “My basis is also me.”

She expounds, “If I don’t wanna eat that food, then malamang yung anak ko, baka umayaw din siya.

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“I can’t blame him kung ayaw niyang kainin... when he sees me eating at the table, he’ll come to me, sit on my lap.

"'Tapos makikikain siya sa akin, so I also have to make sure that it’s something I would eat.

"If it’s on my plate, he’s gonna want to eat it also.”

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Iya shares that more than the antics of their son, she is happy that praying before meals now comes naturally to Primo.

She relates, “Minsan sa sobrang gutom niya, when I put him in his chair gumano'n na siya para mag-pray agad.

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“Hindi yun nanggaling sa akin... of course, at the beginning, I have to remind him, ‘Okay, Love, let’s pray first.’

“So dun natawa ako kasi, I guess, he got the routine of having to pray first before eating.”

On Instagram, the TV host posted, “This is Primo praying [heart emoji] well… in the process of learning how to [smiling emoji] we’re currently learning how to close our eyes during prayer so here he is trying…”

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