Aliyah ROsE sMith Mj yap alicE dixsON kapusO BiRthdays galORE
Couple Diana Zubiri and Andy Smith originally did not want to hold a birthday party for their first-born, Aliyah Rose. “Gusto sana naming mag-travel na lang as a family,” Aliyah’s lovely mom explains. “Sa Japan ang plan namin. ’Tapos, doon na lang kami magse-celebrate.”
But they ended up giving Aliyah a birthday party anyway—on August 13, a day before the baby’s actual birthday. “Hindi ka rin pala makakatiis,” Diana laughs.
The family still ended up going to Japan, five days after the party.
Diana and baby Aliyah Rose arrived at the party venue in their matching ensemble by Jazel Sy, the same designer who made Diana’s wedding gown and Aliyah’s baptismal dress. Andy and Diana decided to give Aliyah a Bananas in Pyjamas- themed party. That’s because the little girl is a fan of the characters of the Australian children’s television show Bananas in Pyjamas and has always reacted excitedly whenever she sees the show’s main characters, the pajamacostumed bananas named B1 and B2, either in animated or mascot versions.
Party perks included a giant B1 and B2 birthday cake from @hellosugar13, throw pillow giveaways from @artegram_manila, customized baby cologne from @asbhouseofscents, and personalized bottled cupcakes from @bottledupph.
About 150 people filled up the party venue that day. With daddy Andy are his hunky kumpadres: Eric Tai (left), the Tongan rugby player, model, and TV host, who was also known as Eruption during his brief stint in It’s Showtime in 2015; and commercial modelturned-actor Will Devaughn (center). Aliyah’s party also became a happy reunion for former original StarStruck finalists Yasmien Kurdi (in green) and Katrina Halili (in printed top). Both young mothers now, Yas and Kat brought their daughters along to meet Baby Aliyah. Yas is mom to four-yearold Ayesha, and Kat, to five-year-old Katie.
The two celebrity mothers, who turned out to be really good actresses 14 years after StarStruck, also co-starred in the highly charged afternoon drama series Sa Piling ni Nanay in late 2016. aliYah RoSE SMiTh’S BiRThDaY paRTY ThE BlUE lEaF CoSMopoliTan liBiS, QUEzon CiTY aUgUST 13, 2017