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Angelica Panganiban shares thoughts on pregnancy journey: ‘Ito na ‘yung gusto kong role na gampanan’

“Ganun pala siya, 'no? Pinag-pray mo. Tagal mong hinintay. Nung dumating, nakakagulat pa rin.”

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3/31/2022 in News
Angelica Panganiban shares thoughts on pregnancy journey: ‘Ito na ‘yung gusto kong role na gampanan’

Angelica Panganiban is brimming with excitement for her new role as a soon-to-be mom!

In an interview with Star Magic Inside News on March 29, the “Love or Money” actress opened up about her pregnancy journey, including the moment she found out she’s expecting and what motherhood means for her and her career.

"Nalaman ko siya sa hindi namin ine-expect na pagkakataon,” Angelica recalled. “Nalaman ko siya sa trabaho. Magsa-start na ako ng lock-in for 'My Papa Pi' kasama si Papa P (Piolo Pascual). And then delayed lang talaga 'yung period ko so kailangan ko lang mag-rule out, hindi na ako mapakali. Ayon kay Google 'yun na lang ang hindi ko pa chine-check. So parang, sa isip-isip ko naman parang imposible kasi we've been trying, eh. Kaya lang lagi namang negative 'yung result. So parang ayaw ko na ma-heartbroken. So parang, hindi, feeling ko naman dadating pa rin 'yung period ko."

She continued, “Siyempre tinawagan ko agad ‘yung doctor and Star Magic na anong gagawin ko. Dahil nasa trabaho ako, nag-panic ako. Hindi ito ‘yung scenario na ine-expect ko. Siyempre gusto mo nasa bahay siya kasama ‘yung partner mo, tapos kayo ‘yung nagce-celebrate, ‘di ba?”

Angelica revealed that her talent management were fully aware that she and her partner Gregg Homan have been trying to get pregnant for a while now. She added that they have been nothing but supportive throughout the process.

"Sobrang thankful ko dahil hindi nila ako pinahirapan, talagang walang pagpilit na mag-stay pa ako, i-try ko, tapusin ko 'yung isang season. Wala, walang ganun. Talagang inintindi nila ako. Open arms nilang tinanggap 'yung good news. Lahat sila tumawag, lahat sila nag-text nag-congratulate sila, sobrang supportive nila," she said.

When Angelica first saw the positive result of her pregnancy test, she was immediately filled with mixed emotions, plus the urge to tell those closest to her, including Gregg.

“Siyempre gusto kong puntahan ‘yung mama ko. Gusto ko siyempre makasama ‘yung partner ko na kami ‘yung magce-celebrate, kami ‘yung magkasamang pupunta sa hospital, kami ‘yung magpapa-check up together. Hindi ko alam. Talagang ang weird nung naramdaman ko. Talagang nag-earthquake ‘yung katawan ko. Nanginginig ‘yung kamay ko,” she described her reaction.

“Ganun pala siya, ‘no? Pinag-pray mo. Tagal mong hinintay. Nung dumating, nakakagulat pa rin. Parang, ‘Wait, ready ba ako? Stop the car, ano'ng nangyayari?’ Gusto mong i-check ‘yung sarili mo kung handa ka. Talaga ba ngayon binigay sa ganitong situation? Pero syempre all good. Lahat nang nararamdaman mo is positive, lahat masaya. May konting kaba, pero alam mo naman na kaya,” she added.

According to Angelica, Gregg also teared up the first time he learned of the pregnancy. Even though they wanted to share that first moment together, they weren’t able to because Angelica was in the middle of a lock-in taping.

"Pagkasabi kong nag-pregnancy test ako, sabi ko positive ako, hindi na kami nagkaintindihan, nag-iyakan na kaming dalawa, as in iyak kami nang iyak. Tapos pinapaulit niya sa akin 'yung test. Sabi niya 'Ulitin mo, ulitin mo.' Sabi ko 'Hindi ito parang COVID na may false positive. Kapag nag-positive ka, positive ka na.' So siya 'yung nagpa-panic kasi ang layo ko. Nasa Subic siya, nasa Antipolo ako so parang gusto niya akong puntahan. 'Di pwede naka-bubble ako, naka-RT-PCR kaming lahat dito, so mahirap. Talagang ang hirap nung mga unang oras namin. So parang gusto kong tumakas, gusto ko talaga umalis. Gusto mong yakapin syempre ‘yung person na 'yun, pero wait, hintayin natin," she detailed.

Now that she’s months into her first pregnancy, Angelica said that she’s enjoying the process, including the challenging times and the physical changes she’s experiencing.

"Well, ine-enjoy ko talaga dahil ang tagal ko itong hinintay. Lahat ng mga kaibigan ko kapag may nabubuntis, ako 'yung mahilig mag-interview kung ano ang pakiramdam ganyan. Tapos naa-amaze lang ako sa pagiging babae, parang 'Wow ang galing, mararamdaman ko kaya 'yan?' So etong dumating siya parang kahit mahirap ang pagsusuka, ine-enjoy ko lang,” she shared.

Admittedly, being a mother is now Angelica’s top priority: "Kung merong mga projects na darating in the future, matagal na matagal pa 'yun. Pero napakatagal kong hinintay ito, and wala naman akong pinangarap kung hindi maging isang ina. So ngayong dumating na siya, ito na ‘yung gusto kong role na gampanan. 'Yun naman muna siguro ang gagawin ko." 

"I'm sure naiintindihan ako ng mga boss, sobrang supportive nila sa akin. Napakaswerte ko na dumating siya sa tamang tao, sa tamang timing, tamang mga tao ang mga nasa paligid ko para intindihin at suportahan ako sa maganda, bagong journey at bagong chapter ng buhay ko,” she added.

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