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15 pairs of godparents for Jose Gabriel, Showbiz Update:
post Feb 26 2005, 05:25 PM
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15 pairs of godparents for Jose Gabriel Bautista

Posted 09:04pm (Mla time) Feb 26, 2005
By Marinel Cruz
Inquirer News Service

Editor's Note: Published on page A2-1 of the February 27, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THERE were 15 pairs of celebrity godparents, led by Senators Mar Roxas, Pia Cayetano, Richard Gordon, Lito Lapid and Franklin Drilon.

And why not? Christened on Friday afternoon at the Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati, was a child not in the least ordinary.

Jose Gabriel Bautista is the son of Jolo Revilla and Grace Adriano, children of known show biz and political personalities.

Jolo, 16, is the second son of Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla and actress Lani Mercado. Grace, 16, is the youngest of actress and TV host Rosanna Roces' two children.

Even before he was born, Jose Gabriel was the cause of a highly publicized word war and court battle between his grandmother Rosanna and her former bosom friend Dr. Vicki Belo.

Jose Gabriel's grandparents had kept news of his conception from the media until his mother was only a month away from giving birth. Well, all that secrecy is obviously in the past now.

The senator-grandpa told Inquirer Entertainment in a phone interview after the ceremony: "We've accepted the situation of Jolo and Grace. Jolo knows that we are behind him all the way. We want what's best for their new family. We will teach them to become responsible parents."

Revilla said Grace and Jolo (who turns 17 next month) were still not living together, and were not getting married any time soon. "Our presence in this event is one way of showing that we, as their parents, support them," the senator pointed out.

Special arrangements

Jose Gabriel's other godparents are: Jolo's brother Brian Revilla, sister Ina Bautista, aunt Andrea, and Grace's brother Onyok Adriano; and Jolo's colleagues in show business-including Richard Gutierrez, Angel Locsin, Karel Marquez, John Pratts, Anne Curtis.

Also, entertainment journalists Cristy Fermin, Chit Ramos, and Butch Francisco; and close family friends John Barante, Impy Alandy, Mon Romulo, Miguel Mendoza, Thirdy Casas, Dave and Berna Puyat, Mr. and Mrs. Billano and Dr. and Mrs. Manuel Calayan.

The grandparents "suggested" some of the names, Senator Revilla said.

Around 150 guests were invited to a reception at the Manila A and B function rooms of the Makati Shangri-la Hotel.

"[Jose Gabriel] is our first apo. He deserves the best," said Revilla.

Grace gave birth to seven-pound Jose Gabriel by normal delivery last Jan. 13 at the Cardinal Santos Hospital in Greenhills, San Juan. The baby stays with his mother in Rosanna Roces' Quezon City house.

"Jolo goes there regularly to visit," Revilla said. "Hiraman sila (They take turns). There are no fixed days when the baby can stay with us. Of course we'd like to have him everyday, but we know it is better for him to stay with his mother."
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