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YES! (Philippines) - - Celebriry Kids -

Michael James “MJ” Caz­zola Yap—the first-born child of basketball star James Yap and his long­time part­ner Michela “Mic” Caz­zola—turned a year old on Au­gust 8. Four days later, the kid had a sa­fari-themed party thrown by his par­ents and at­tended by fam­ily and friends.

“Grabe, hindi ako maka­pani­wala,” James told YES! at the party. “So­brang bilis ng pana­hon. Parang kailan lang, nag-baby-shower si Mic, and then ngayon, one year old na siya… Siyem­pre happy, and thank God, sa twelve months na ’yon, hindi siya nagkasakit. Hindi kami nahi­ra­pan. Sana, tu­loy-tu­loy na gano’n.”

In a sep­a­rate in­ter­view with Mic, also at the party, the beau­ti­ful Ital­ian ex­pat echoed James’s sen­ti­ments. “Of course, I’m very happy,” she said. “And the more time passes by, the more you love your child. So, it’s a good feel­ing.”

Mic hap­pily re­ported that she and James were hands-on in putting to­gether a well-at­tended and highly en­joy­able party.

“But we worked with an amaz­ing team,” she pointed out, re­fer­ring to the event-plan­ning com­pany La Belle Fete Wed­dings & Events and to the sup­pli­ers tapped to pro­vide the party es­sen­tials. “Ta­la­gang it’s a plea­sure to work with tal­ented Filipinos ’cause they’re so cre­ative and very classy. Tal­ented talaga.”

As for the choice of the party theme, she ex­plained that go­ing on a sa­fari is like tak­ing a trip to the set­ting of The Lion King, the 1994 Walt Dis­ney an­i­mated mu­si­cal film.

“I love the car­toon, and my baby’s a Leo,” Mic said. “So he’s a lit­tle lion. He loves an­i­mals. So, ayun, I love the theme. I love the idea of the ‘Cir­cle of Life.’”

“Cir­cle of Life” is among The Lion King’s pop­u­lar tunes, the open­ing song that sig­nals the birth of the story’s hero, Simba. Michela “Mic” Caz­zola and James Yap car­ried Michael James, nick­named MJ, as they posed for pho­tos. Later, they helped their lit­tle boy blow out his birth­day can­dles.

When told by YES! that Baby MJ looks like his Filipino-Ital­ian mes­tizo ver­sion, James broke into laugh­ter. “’Wag mo sabi­hin ’yan kay Mic,” he said, half-jok­ing.

He then asked us: “Guwapo ba ang mes­tizo ver­sion ni James Yap? Gano’n ba talaga kalakas ’yong dugo ko?” And he con­cluded: “Kung gano’n, happy ako!”

For her part, Mic is con­vinced that Baby MJ looks like her, ex­cept for his eyes. “His eyes are very dark and Asian, that’s from the dad,” she said, not­ing James’s chinito features. “But the rest is me talaga.”

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