Angeline Quinto (MNS photo)

MANILA, Dec 11 (Mabuhay) — Singer-actress Angeline Quinto has announced that she is due to become a first-time mother, confirming weeks-long speculation, without publicizing the identity of the father.

The “Patuloy Ang Pangarap” hitmaker confirmed her pregnancy in an interview with Boy Abunda released on Friday.

The topic came up when Quinto was asked about a November 6 Instagram image she had posted, with the text, “New Life, Chapter One.”

“Kaya ko na-post iyon dahil kay Mama Bob,” she said, referring to the first death anniversary of her late mother Sylvia Quinto.

“At pangalawa, kasi magiging nanay na rin ako,” Quinto revealed, saying she is due to give birth in April 2022.

Quinto, who has been vocal of tying her life’s fulfillment to Mama Bob, shared that her pregnancy is the answer to her prayer of finding a new purpose.

“Simula nang mawala ang Mama Bob, hindi ko na alam kung para saan ako. Ano nang purpose ko sa buhay? Ano nang misyon ko sa buhay? Iyan ang lagi kong dinadasal. ‘Lord, ituro Niyo naman sa akin, para saan na po ako ngayon.’

“Kasi nararamdaman ko, kahit may trabaho ako, hindi ako masaya. Totoo, hindi ako masaya. September noong nalaman ko na buntis ako,” she said.

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While initially her excitement about becoming a first-time mother came with apprehensions about caring for another life, Quinto expressed confidence that she will be a good parent, pointing out she was raised by one.

“Excited na excited ako. Ngayon lang ako naging excited nang ganito sa buhay ko. Siyempre hindi naman mawawala sa mga iniiisip ko kung paano bang maging nanay. Parang hindi na ako mahihirapan kasi ang daming mga nanay na malapit sa akin, at unang-una, napalaki naman ako nang maayos ng Mama Bob.

“Ako, I’m sure, magiging mabuting nanay din ako sa anak ko. Iyon ‘yung habang buhay kong babaunin, e, lahat ng mga naiwan sa akin ng Mama Bob. Hindi na ‘yung materyal na bagay. Ang akin, ‘yung mababaon ko talaga hanggang pagtanda ko, ‘yung mga natutunan ko kay Mama,” she said.

Quinto won’t be alone in raising her child. Her partner, whom she did not name, is equally thrilled with becoming a father anew, she said.

The singer declined to publicly name her boyfriend, but did hesitate to open up about their romance and how it began, prior to the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.

“Nakilala ko siya dahil kaibigan siya ng boyfriend ng kaibigan ko sa Sampaloc, Manila. Non-showbiz,” she said. “Nagkita kami isang beses, hanggang sa nagkaroon ng communication. Nagtuloy-tuloy. Ngayon, mag-iisang taon mahigit na kami.”

Quinto answered in the affirmative when asked if she sees her partner as “the one.”

“Ganoon pala ‘yun. Alam mo agad,” she said. (MNS)

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