Kylie Padilla and her fi­ancé Aljur Abrenica are ex­pect­ing their first child in the lat­ter part of July: a boy!

On May 18, peo­ple close to Kylie and Aljur turned up at the Aruga by Rock­well ho­tel in Makati City to at­tend the baby shower and ex­tend their greet­ings and best wishes to the baby on the way.

The 24-year-old ac­tress orig­i­nally wanted an in­ti­mate baby shower to cel­e­brate the boy’s an­tic­i­pated ar­rival, but her fa­ther, action star Robin Padilla, gave her in­stead a big party, or­ga­nized by Robin’s wife, Mariel Ro­driguez. Kylie got the idea for the baby shower theme— The Lit­tle

Prince, the chil­dren’s book by French writer and avi­a­tor Antoine de Saint-Ex­upéry—from her step­mother, Mariel. Last year, when Mariel her­self was preg­nant, she had fan­cied the theme for her own baby shower. That was un­til Mariel found out that she was car­ry­ing a baby girl, a lit­tle princess, whom she and Robin even­tu­ally named Maria Is­abella.

Through In­sta­gram, Kylie ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to Mariel with this mes­sage:

“Thank you to this amaz­ing woman who made all of this hap­pen. I re­ally don’t know how to thank you enough for mak­ing magic hap­pen for my baby’s baby shower from theme, to the guests, to the reg­istry at mother care and even the set­ting up of the place. I can’t even fathom how much work you put into this night and even while tak­ing care and be­ing such a ded­i­cated mother to baby Maria. Thank you again so much, even also for all the ad­vice and all the help out­side of the shower. Even Aj thanks you. I am blessed to have you there for me. Thank you tita @marielt­padilla ”

(If you’re won­der­ing about the user­name, marielt­padilla, that comes from Mariel Ro­driguez’s real name: Mariel Ter­mulo-Padilla.)

Kylie Padilla was aglow in a flowy teal dress and fresh makeup, which she ap­plied on her­self. The mother-to-be held hands with her fi­ancé, ac­tor Aljur Abrenica, nick­named AJ, as they talked to a guest. The cou­ple had ear­lier con­firmed Kylie’s pregnancy...

Kylie and Aljur’s wed­ding plans are on hold, the ac­tress said in an in­ter­view with SmartPar­ent­ We re­print as is Kylie’s state­ment as pub­lished on the web­site— which is owned by Sum­mit Me­dia, just like YES! Mag­a­zine—about when she and Aljur...

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