It seems local Tinseltown is becoming a kiddie playground of sorts with many actors on the family way.
Among them is Jolina Magdangal who recently announced plans to add to her and husband Mark Escueta’s brood.
Jolina and Mark have a three-year-old son Pele Inigo. They wish to have four more kids in the near future.
“Gusto ko nga sana kambal agad eh, para isang panganakan lang, dalawa agad,” she said. “Maganda nga sana ’yung ganon kaya lang wala sa lahi namin.”
With Pele now three years old, the couple are eyeing to have baby number two this year.
Jolina is not pressuring herself though.
“Gustong gusto na talaga namin siyang sundan. Tsaka ayoko din kasi ’yung malayo ’yung agwat ng edad kay Pele, para siyempre kahit papano maalagaan din nu’ng panganay ko,” she explained. “Pero walang pressure kasi ‘di ba ganu’n ’yun? Kapag laging iniisip hindi nangyayari so kami, wishing lang.”
Then there’s the matter of age. According to Jolina, it’s better for her to have babies now as “hindi naman na din ako bumabata.”
“Siyempre baka kung kelan gustong-gusto na namin, hindi na pwede ‘di ba?”
To have a (very) big family is Jolina’s biggest dream. She grew up with four siblings while her husband Mark has three siblings.
“Masaya kasi ’yun kapag may okasyon,” she maintained. “Gustong-gusto ’yung ganun eh, ’yung nagsisiksikan kami sa bahay. Tapos ‘pag nagkaapo pa, kapag matanda na kami, nakakatuwa ’yung maraming dadalaw sa’min.”
The singer admitted she had difficulties during her first pregnancy. In fact, she considers Pele a “miracle baby.”
But if anything, she believes her second would be a lot easier as she already mastered all the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy.
“Nu’ng first trimester ko kay Pele nu’n talagang nagdelikado ako. Nag-spotting ako pero alam ko dahil ’yun sa stress,” Jolina recalled.
“Pero ngayon mas okay na ako if ever, kasi alam ko na ’yung proseso kumbaga hindi na siya bago sa akin. So ngayon, kapag pinagbigyan ako ng Diyos, alam kong mas kaya ko na.”
Jolina is happy with how Pele is developing as he grows up.
“Mas maboka na siya, mas makanta, mas malikot though in fairness naman sa kanya, hindi ko siya nako-consider na terrible,” the proud mother shared. “Terrific siya.”
According to Jolina, Pele is very “malambing” as “he always tells me ‘I love you Mama.’”
“Nakakakilig lang na out of the blue sasabihin niya ako ng ganon,” she maintained.
The “Magandang Buhay” host is proud that Pele, at three, knows how to change clothes by himself.
“Kaya na niyang maghubad ng sapatos niya. Tapos kaya na rin niya magsabon ng katawan ng mag-isa,” she said, adding, “Nauutusan ko na nga eh.”
Mark has observed certain changes, too. “Mas nakakaalala na siya ngayon,” he said.
According to the Rivermaya drummer, Pele also inherited their passion for music. The boy often sings the Troll’s version of “True Colors,” as with “Let It Go,” the theme from “Frozen.”
“Nakakatuwa kasi mula nu’ng natuto siyang kumanta, walang exaggeration ha, walang araw na hindi siya kumakanta sa bahay,” he proudly admitted. “Dati wala pang words ngayon may lyrics na talaga.”
If anything, Mr. and Mrs. Escueta make sure Pele gets the right influences.
“Mas nag-iingat kami sa communication kasi kung ano ’yung sinasasabi ng mga nasa paligid niya, ’yun ang ginagaya niya,” Mark noted.
Jolina related that Pele learned to say the word “charot” ( Filipino gay lingo that means joke only) after bringing him to the set of “Magandang Buhay.”
“’Yung stylist ko kasi hilig niyang sabihin ’yun (charot) so after ilang days, nagulat ako kasi sinasabi na ni Pele,” she shared.
“So kami naman ni Mark, nandito lang kami to explain everything na nasa paligid niya kasi hindi naman natin maiiwasan ‘di ba? Kailangan talaga tutukan ng mabuti,” Jolina added.
Despite their busy schedules, the couple spends enough time with their son.
“Basta may work, basta kung pwede ko siya isama, isasama ko talaga siya,” she shared.
Jolina revealed Pele has no yaya.
“Ang nagbabantay sa kanya ‘pag nasa ‘Tawag Ng Tanghalan’ ako, ’yung road manager ko or ’yung driver namin kalaro niya. Si Mark naman sinasama niya kapag child-friendly ’yung lugar,” she disclosed.
It was a firm decision for the two not to hire a yaya in order for them to be hands-on with Pele as much as possible.
“May helper din naman kami sa house lalo na kapag kailangan ng assistance, pero sa bahay 95 percent kami talaga nag-aalaga,” Mark noted.
Do they still have time for dates, we asked.
“Oo naman,” Jolina shot back. “Pag nagde-date kami iniiwan naming mismo si Pele sa family namin.”
Meanwhile, the Escueta family recently renewed their contract as endorsers of Megasoft Hygienic Products Inc.
The family has been with the brand since 2015, having been endorsing Baby Pants Easy Wear Diapers.
According to Megasoft Hygienic Product Inc Vice President, Aileen Go, the Escuetas is the perfect choice for the brand.
She shared she has been an avid fan of Jolina for many years now.
“Super idol ko siya eh. Du’n nagsimula lahat, pero nakita ko sa family nila na sobrang busy sila yet they still have time for Pele,” Aileen explained. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)
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