[PHOTO - Regine Velasquez (with husband Ogie Alcasid and their son Baby Nate): A hands-on mom]

MANILA, JANUARY 26, 2012 (STAR) DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda - Two months after she gave birth, Regine Velasquez is up and about. She will be performing in a Valentine concert with husband Ogie Alcasid. She made her first public appearance in a press conference where she shared her joy of being a first-time mom.

Regine enthused, “I was scheduled to have a check-up. But the doctor told me, kailangan ng ilabas ang baby. I called Ogie at natawa pa nga kami kasi kinabahan siya because he was not with me and he was taping but nevertheless, he came over.” Nervous, Regine tried to be calm. “Ogie was trying to distract me. He was trying to be funny the whole time because he knew I was nervous.”

When Baby Nate came out, Regine waited for her baby to cry. “Noong nadinig ko yong iyak niya, umiyak na rin ako.”

Baby Nate is now Regine’s top most priority. “When I was pregnant people would always tell me that having a baby would change my life. I had no idea. Parang mas sobra pa doon sa expectations ko. It is wonderful.”

Regine said that all she can think of now is her baby. “You just can’t leave. Ano ang kakainin ni baby. Nakakatuwa. We are both blessed kasi mabait yong baby. He is a good boy.”

She is hands on when it comes to her son. “Bago pa siya umiyak, inuunahan ko ng gising. Padededehin ko na.”

Nathaniel James was baptized in St. John Bosco Parish Church in Makati City with 10 sets of godparents including Sen. Bong Revilla Jr., Rep. Manny Pacquiao, GMA president and CEO Jimmy Duavit, Dingdong Dantes, Raul Mitra, Ben Chan, Kris Aquino, Judy Ann Santos, Cacai Velasquez, Ai-Ai delas Alas and Michelle van Eimeren Murrow.

He will be baptized again in a Christian ceremony.

Mommy Divine allows Sarah to accept suitors?

Has Mommy Divine loosened her reins on daughter Sarah Geronimo’s suitors? According to the grapevine, rumored special friend Gerald Anderson gifted Sarah with a Tiffany necklace. And Sarah, still according to wags, gave Gerald a perfume and a T-shirt. Where it happened, how it happened nobody knows.

Asked to comment on the rumor that Sarah gifted him with a perfume, Gerald quipped, “Siempre, I feel special kung totoo man yon. At sobra akong thankful.” When asked if he is courting Sarah, Gerald replied, “I am just happy na binigyan ako ng opportunity na mas makilalala ko siya. I am happy wherever we are now. ’Wag po tayo mag mamadali. Just enjoy what we have now.”

But has Mommy Divine allowed her daughter to accept suitors now? “Hindi pa. Pero okay lang siguro lumabas. Friendly lang. Siempre with the permission of my parents,” said Sarah.

Pokwang begs people not to be judgmental

Pokwang was emotional when she admitted that yes, she has a brother who is now in jail in Dubai. “Meron akong kuya na nakatira sa Dubai. Ganoon po talaga sa atin, sa pamilya natin, merong isa na naliligaw ng landas. At sa pagkakamali nating nagagawa, dumarating yong oras na kailangan na nating matuto,” she explained.

However, she denied that she has not been helpful to the needs of her elder brother. “Matagal na po itong issue. He asked for my help at sa mga kapatid ko. Hindi naman kami nagkulang. Nagbigay din naman kami ng tulong at alam ng mga anak niya. Sila yong nakakausap namin.”

Pokwang also begged people not to be judgmental about her. “Marami akong tinutulungan sa pamilya. Umaabot sa puntong sa dami mong tinutulungan napapagod ka na rin, di ba?”

Pokwang said that her relatives know that she has not been remiss in her duties. “Hindi ako pabayang kamag-anak. Hindi ako pabayang kapatid.”

“Ang problema ang dali nating manghusga. Ako I tried na maayos ang buhay ko. Inayos ko ang buhay ko. Naayos ko ang buhay ko. Ginawa ko ang lahat, lahat para mabigyan ko ng magandang buhay ang kapatid ko, yong nanay ko, yong ibang mga pamangkin ko. Pero this time, ’wag niyo naman ikarga sa akin, sobra sobra na.”

She also promised to her brother that she will continue to support his children. “Hindi namin sila pababayaan hanggang makatapos sila ng pag-aaral, hanggang sa malampasan mo yan, makauwi ka rito, hindi namin sila pababayaan. Yon ang promise namin nila ate.”

Last Sunday, I got a call from a source that Pokwang’s brother may actually be not in jail in Dubai. This remains unverified. Because if this is so, then this raises more questions that may strain further Pokwang’s relationship with her brother.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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