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ERIKA PADILLA MARICAR DE MESA

YES! (Philippines) - - IN THIS ISSUE - TEXT BY JO­CE­LYN T. VALLE PHOTO COUR­TESY OF APRICA PHILIP­PINES & MARICAR’S IN­STA­GRAM AC­COUNT (INSET OF BABY SKY)

Maricar de Mesa was a pic­ture of ma­ter­nal bliss when she was hon­ored with a baby shower by the baby stroller brand Aprica Philip­pines on July 15 at the e. ro­driguez Jr. Av­enue branch of Mom & tina’s bak­ery café in Pasig city.

“I’ve been re­ally want­ing to have a baby,” she told YeS!

the baby is the 37-year-old ac­tress’s first child with her U.S.based part­ner, whom she de­scribed sim­ply as “not from show­biz.” Maricar was pre­vi­ously mar­ried to for­mer pro basketball player Don Al­lado in a mar­riage that lasted seven years. She filed for the an­nul­ment of their mar­riage in 2014, which was granted by the court in Jan­uary 2017.

Maricar was due to give birth in mid-Au­gust, but she de­liv­ered her baby girl a few weeks ear­lier, on July 18. In an In­sta­gram post, she in­tro­duced her pan­ganay as Alianna Sky, whom she called “my an­gel” and “#godsper­fect­gift.”

the first-time mom has al­ways liked the name Sky. “be­cause ev­ery time I feel lost, wala lang, I just look up at the sky, ’ta­pos parang may sagot sa

akin si God palagi,” she ex­plained dur­ing the baby shower.

Maricar (back row, fifth from left) with friends and col­leagues: (L-R) Ara Mina, An­gelu de Leon, Michelle Borja, He­len Sese, Kaye Cad­sawan, Mil­dred Na­tivi­dad, Tanya Gar­cia, LJ Moreno, LJ’s son Ian Max­imus, and (front row) Gina Ala­jar.

An­gelu first worked with Maricar, along with Tanya, in the GMA-7 drama series Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga, which ran from 2001 to 2003. “I know she’ll be a great mother,” said An­gelu, who has three chil­dren, aged 18, 15, and 5. “Ang gusto ko lang i-ad­vise sa kanya is to en­joy be­ing a mom.”

Sa­man­tha Lopez (third from left) par­tic­i­pated in a par­lor game held dur­ing a pro­gram hosted by Almira Muh­lach (right­most). Sa­man­tha shot to fame in the 1990s as Gra­cia, the Show­down Girl in the noon­time TV in­sti­tu­tion Eat Bu­laga! In 2002, she left for the U.S., where she es­tab­lished a ca­reer in the real es­tate in­dus­try.

Wait­ing for their turn to play in an­other par­lor game were Maricar’s fel­low ac­tors (L-R) Karen Aten­dido, An­gelu de Leon, LJ Moreno, and Tanya Gar­cia.

LJ, whose real name is Lari Jeanne Ri­cafort, is mar­ried to Jimmy Ala­pag, a top Philip­pine Basketball As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA) player be­fore he re­tired in 2016. LJ is set to give birth to her and hus­band’s third child in Oc­to­ber.

july 15, 2017 mom & tina’s bak­ery cafe e. ro­driguez av­enue branch, pasig city

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