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 [17], 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.”

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