Itâs final: Ai-Ai not having baby
Ai-Ai delas Alas during the renewal of her contract with Hobe Bihon & Noodles CEO Bobby Co
It’s final: Ai-Ai not having baby
FUNFARE - Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) - November 26, 2019 - 12:00am

She will, she will not; she will, she will not. Have a baby, that is. No, she will not.

Funfare has been reporting that Ai-Ai delas Alas is ready to have a baby and she has been preparing for it. She and her husband Gerald Sibayan have preserved an embryo to be implanted in Ai-Ai’s womb.

“I want to conceive the baby,” Ai-Ai has been saying and she wouldn’t have a surrogate mother do it.

But at way past 50, Ai-Ai may not be physically up to the challenge. So it’s final: she won’t be having the baby but didn’t say what she and Gerald would do with the embryo.

During the renewal of her (fifth) contract as endorser of Hobe Bihon & Noodles (“Sales have been going up these past five years,” according to HB&N CEO Bobby Co), Ai-Ai revealed the health issues that led to her decision. She has been suffering from psoriasis so she’s on an “organic” diet to prevent the skin patches from recurring.

“Like magic,” was how Ai-Ai put it. “Thanks to my diet, the patches (patse-patse) have stopped appearing. I have to continue eating organic food. If I would get pregnant, I needed to eat healthier food and stop eating ‘organic’ kaya baka bumalik ‘yung patse-patse sa skin ko. I can’t take medicines because it might put the baby in danger, so Gerald and I decided na huwag na muna kami mag-baby.” (Paolo Bediones also has psoriasis and he has been talking about it to help educate people about the skin disease.)

Besides, with the renewal of her GMA contract, Ai-Ai will be kept busy and she can’t avoid stress (bad for the baby).

“We leave it to God for the right time,” said Ai-Ai who is preoccupied with the shoot of an MMFF entry (3Pol Trobol: Huli si Balbon, with Coco Martin and Jennylyn Mercado) and two GMA shows, The Clash and Sunday PINASaya which is (according to a Funfare “scoop” ) good only until end of December after the block-timer didn’t renew the contract and might be replaced by the studio-produced variety show Studio 7

Incidentally, Ai-Ai was Gerald’s passenger in the single-engine plane during a trial flight as part of Gerald’s graduation from an aviation school.

Sylvia Sanchez and daughter Ria Atayde with Beautederm CEO/president Rhea Anicoche-Tan and the brand’s endorsers during the opening of Sylvia Sanchez by Beautederm on Roces Avenue/Scout Reyes St., in Quezon City.

Stars in business

Aware that showbiz is not forever (here today, gone tomorrow), several stars are investing their earnings in business, many of them in restaurants (like Marvin Agustin who manages several eateries).

Two Sundays ago, Sylvia Sanchez inaugurated the branch of Sylvia Sanchez by Beautederm (at the corner of Roces Avenue and Scout Reyes St., Quezon City), following the one in Mindanao that opened last year. A few more branches are opening next year.

A standee at the entrance of McCoy de Leon’s Lugaw Republic right across UST on Dapitan St.

Among the young stars, McCoy de Leon is the first to go into business. Two months ago, he opened a Lugaw Republic at the corner of Dapitan and Rosarito Streets in Sampaloc, Manila, right across from one of UST’s gates. You won’t miss it because there’s a McCoy standee at the entrance. McCoy’s business sense has been honed when he helped manage the family’s vegetable/fruit stands in Divisoria.

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