YES! (Philippines) - - Snaps - text by jo­ce­lyn t. valle Pho­tos cour­tesy of aprica philip­pines

Read­ing is one great pas­sion of Saab Ma­ga­lona-Bacarro. Small won­der then that she chose a li­brary theme for the baby shower or­ga­nized by the Aprica stroller brand in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the ar­rival in April of her fra­ter­nal twins with her hus­band Jim Bacarro.

The 29-year-old ac­tress and blog­ger, whose par­ents are the late Pi­noy rap mu­sic icon Fran­cis Ma­ga­lona and Fran­cis’s widow Pia, grew up hav­ing books around the house and vo­ra­ciously read­ing them.

“I didn’t care about go­ing out and par­ty­ing that much, which is not a bad thing,” she said dur­ing the baby shower. “Parang I was trans­ported to dif­fer­ent worlds be­cause of those books that I’ve read.”

Last March 6, more than a month af­ter the baby shower, Saab posted on her blog, spell­, a photo of her father Fran­cis’s grave and, be­side it, a patch of dug-up soil and a bunch of flow­ers (in­set).

She then ex­plained in her post, ti­tled “Heart­bro­ken But Hope­ful,” that she lost her baby girl on Fe­bru­ary 8. She added that the re­main­ing twin, her baby boy, was ad­mit­ted to a Neona­tal In­ten­sive Unit af­ter suf­fer­ing from com­pli­ca­tions and un­der­go­ing surgery.

“That’s why we can only thank God for help­ing us get through the pain and lift­ing the anger from our hearts,” she wrote. “We thank you for your con­cern and we ask that you con­tinue to pray for our fam­ily, es­pe­cially for our an­gel and our baby boy.”

She noted that March 6 also marked Fran­cis’s ninth death an­niver­sary, and pointed out: “I know he will be look­ing af­ter his apo.”

Saab Ma­ga­lona-Bacarro hammed it up for the cam­era with her hus­band Jim Bacarro, the front­man of the indie rock band Cheats and a co-owner of the mer­chan­dise brand Linya-Linya. The ac­tress felt that be­ing preg­nant with twins was twice the fun and the...

Saab’s mother Pia Ma­ga­lona (stand­ing) gifted Saab and Jim with three books by for­eign au­thors: You Are My Sun­shine by Jim­mie Davis; When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic, aka Weird Al, the singer-song­writer of par­ody songs; and Learn­ing to Be a Good Friend: A...

Flank­ing Saab are her good friends Candy Gamos (left) and Lau­ren Young. Candy, the vo­cal­ist of Cheats band, who’s also a ra­dio dee­jay, and Lau­ren, a GMA ac­tress who plays a ma­jor role in the drama se­ries Contessa, hosted the pro­gram at the baby shower.

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