Guess who's joining the growing list of celebrity dads?
Kapuso comedian/StarStruck 4 alumnus Jan Manual surprised his fans when he posted an update on his Facebook account last November 29, where he showed the ultrasound results of his wife, Jamey Santiago-Manual, who is currently 12 weeks pregnant.
Here's his post:
Jamey posted a longer and more emotional message on her Facebook account.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had a short chat with Jan via Facebook private messaging last November 30, where he shared more details about this new and exciting chapter in their lives.
WAITING FOR PERFECT TIME
According to Jan, from the time they first found out about the pregnancy, they decided to wait for twelve weeks before sharing the good news to their friends and fans.
He recalls, "Nung nalaman ko po, naiyak ako and niyakap ko kaagad nang mahigpit ang wife ko.
"Nagpasalamat kami kay God and shinare muna namin sa family.
"Two months hindi muna namin sinabi sa mga kaibigan namin.
''Hindi muna namin pinost sa social media."
AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Jan and Jamey initially wanted to have their baby next year.
But they realized that now is as good a time as any to accept and cherish their great blessing.
"Gusto ni Jamey next year pa talaga, pero sabi ko kung ibigay this year, pasalamatan na rin natin.
"Na-enjoy naman na namin yung season together and kahit nung single pa kami na maximize na namin.
"This time, enjoy namin ang moment kasama ang baby namin.
"'Tapos ayun, after four months, na-bless na kami ng baby namin.
''Napaaga na ang blessing!" he exclaims.
We asked Jan if Jamey has experienced any unusual cravings, considering she's still in her first trimester of pregnancy.
"Meron po. Chicken nuggets with cold water.
"May one time na may gusto siyang kainin nang 3:00 AM.
''Naghahanap siya ng taho!" he remembers amusedly.
Jamey is scheduled to give birth on June 2019.
The excited dad-to-be wants to have a baby boy, while wifey prefers a girl.
Despite their differences, they have been thinking of potential baby names.
Being devout Christians, it's not surprising to know that their list draws heavily from Biblical references.
He shares, "Actually, may napili na akong name kung sakaling boy ang unang baby namin.
''Gusto ko ang name na Josiah.
"Maganda kasi ang story at ang ginawa ni King Josiah noong panahon niya.
"Kung sakaling girl naman, wala pa akong naisip na name.
''Baka si Jamey na ang makapili ng name."
If there's any trait they would want their baby to inherit from then, it's their being devout Christians.
"Una siguro ay ang maging pastor sa pamilya.
''Lead my family to God.
"Kahit ang wife ko yung pastor sa bahay, ako ang pastor ng buong pamilya.
"Goal namin is a God-centered family.
"Marami kasing family na imbes na Christ-centered, child-centered lang, nag si-stay lang dahil sa bata.
''Ayaw ko yun.
"Gusto rin namin manahin ni Baby ang pagiging passionate namin ni Jamey sa preaching.
"At siyempre, manahin din niya ang height ko!" he also teases.