Now on her seventh month of pregnancy, Jolina Magdangal has already chosen a name for her baby girl.
The Kapamilya star and her husband Mark Escueta pick Vika Anaya. Vika means "source of life," while Anaya means "God's answer."
Last Saturday, March 24, Jolina's baby shower was held at Cocoon Hotel in Quezon City.
The couple's friends and family were present in the happy occasion, including Jolina's co-stars in the hit teen show Ang TV: Roselle Nava, Lindsay Custodio, Susan Hosseinzadeh, and Jane Zaleta.
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Also spotted were Nikki Valdez and her daughter Olivia, Angelika dela Cruz with kids Gabby and O2, and Jolen's Magandang Buhay co-host Melai Cantiveros with her daughters Mela and Stella.
Singer Jona also came to celebrate with the Escuetas.
To her guests, Jolina said, “Thank you sa lahat ng nagpunta. Siyempre, Saturday, alam naming family day.
“Pero nag-spend kayo ng time to be with us. Sobrang naa-appreciate namin kapag ganun kasi, alam naman namin na time is precious lalo na kapag kasama ang family.”
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Jolina said she and Mark were surprised that baby showers have become a big event these days.
“Nag-uusap kami ni Mark. Sabi nga namin, naka-relax ka lang pero alam mong meron kang special na gathering na pupuntahan para sa'yo at sine-celebrate ang pregnancy.”
She continued, “Ang inintindi lang namin ang pag-invite ng guest.
“Lahat ng ito ang One Three South na ang gumawa. Dati naman kay Pele, wala namang nag-ganito sa akin.
“Ang naabutan kong nag-o-organize ng mga ganito, mga friends. Simpleng gatherings lang pero ngayon, sobrang bongga na ng mga ganito.”
Jolina recalled how Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez hosted a baby shower for her when she was pregnant with Pele.
She said, “Yung kay Pele noon, si Ate Regine Velasquez ang gumawa, at sobra ko rin na-appreciate yun. Ngayon, ganito kalaking party. Parang nakakagulat na.
“Pero maraming salamat na natuloy siya at naging possible.”
For his part, Mark asked prayers for Jolina's health and safe delivery.
Compared to her pregnancy with Pele, she is having a more delicate experience this time around.
Mark said, “Sana patuloy niyong ipagdasal si Jolina, kasi yung pregnancy niya this time hindi siya kasing-dali nung kay Pele. Medyo madalas siyang nahihilo ngayon.
“Nakaka-excite na nakakakaba.”
Mark also announced that Jolina is scheduled to deliver via Caesarean section on June 12, Independence Day.