A BABY BOY ON THE WAY
When Kaye Abad married Paul Jake Castillo in his hometown, Cebu City, on December 9, 2016, she decided to put her career on hold to start a family.
Four months later, she got pregnant with her and her husband’s panganay, whose gender—a boy!—they revealed in a party organized by the stroller brand Aprica and held in the Queen City of the South. “Akala ko, hindi na ako mabubuntis, kasi ’yong edad ko,” she admitted to several Manila-based reporters invited to the event. The actress, who started out as a preteen performer in the 1990s kiddie show Ang TV, was 34-and-a-half years old when she got married. “Puwede pa naman, pero hindi na gano’n kalaki ang chances. So, blessing ito talaga.” Kaye felt doubly blessed because she found out she was infanticipating sometime in May, which happens to be her birth month. She then recalled what her mom told her: “Sobrang suwerte mo. Last year, nag-propose siya [Paul Jake] sa ’yo, May , birthday mo. This year, ’binigay ni Lord, birthday mo din. ’Tapos binigay n’ya pa, boy.” Paul Jake interjected, teasingly: “Suwerte mo!”
“Suwerte ko!” Kaye agreed. Turning to her interviewers, and referring to Paul Jake, she added: “Lagi niyang sinasabi, ‘Hindi si Lord ang nagbigay sa ’yo. Ako!’ Hahaha!”
No doubt, Kaye and Paul Jake will make a fun family with the arrival of their baby boy in late December. She’d like to have just one more baby, hopefully a girl, but he wants another two. “Bitin daw ang dalawa,” she said. “Parang wala raw referee kung dalawa lang. Kaya good luck. One down, two to go!”
The glowing mom-to-be shared her thoughts as her due date neared: “I always pray at night na sana normal [delivery]. Pero bahala na. Basta okey lahat. ’Pinagpipray ko rin na normal, walang complication, at healthy ’yong baby.”
The party’s venue, Grillers Steak House, is a joint venture between Paul Jake and a business partner. It offers not only steak but a whole range of dishes, from starters to desserts. Kaye had planned on putting up a salad bar in the steak house, but when she got pregnant, she deemed it wise not to get involved in the food business anymore because “madali akong ma-stress sa ganyan.”
Paul Jake placed first runner-up in the reality-TV competition show Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up in 2005 and appeared in a few teleseryes ( Alyna, Be Careful with My Heart) and movies ( A Secret Affair, Para sa Hopeless Romantic), after which he focused on running his businesses. He is a partner in Yobab Lechon Cebu, which started out in Cebu City as a provider of cooked-to-order lechon, and then branched out in Quezon City as a restaurant.
The actor-turned-entrepreneur also co-owns Metro Hub, a bike shop beside Grillers Steak House. gendeR-Reveal paRty gRilleRS SteakhoUSe, cebU city octobeR 8, 2017
Kaye Abad and Paul Jake Castillo smiled for the cameras before they revealed the gender of their forthcoming first-born child. They then opened a huge box with a “HE or SHE” label, and blue balloons came out to signify that a baby boy is on the way.
In their press interview, Kaye talked about her and her husband’s respective gender preferences. “Siya, gusto niya, girl. Mas responsible daw pag girl ang panganay. Pero ako, mas gusto ko, boy. Kasi sabi niya, hangga’t hindi kami nakaka-boy, hindi daw kami titigil [ mag-anak]. So at least, may sure na boy.”