ERIKA PADILLA MARICAR DE MESA
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