At 40 years old, Phoemela Baranda announced that she is with child through a photo on Instagram showing off her baby bump in a feature for online magazine, Preview.
“Life begins,” reads the caption of the photo, which was a black and white shot of her wearing nothing but strap heels.
Baranda mentioned that she is now in her second trimester and is expected to give birth come March 2021, keeping the baby’s gender a surprise. The baby will be her first child with partner and professional race car driver Jason Choachuy.
According to Baranda, she and Choachuy “really planned” for the pregnancy. She was quoted in the interview for Preview, saying “I’ve always wanted another child, and my partner as well—it’s his first.”
Baranda added, “I’m blessed to be in good health, we have more time at home, and I found the right person.” She first gave birth to a child at 19 to daughter named Kim Nichole, now 21, and who was a former housemate in the 2014 “PBB: All In” edition.
In the same interview for Preview magazine, Kim was quoted, saying “I know a lot of things are going to change, but I’m happy for my mom because this is such a big blessing for us to have an addition to our family since it’s always just been the two of us. I know I’ll still forever be her baby.”
Baranda then said in the interview, “This time the only difference is that I’m more mentally prepared but same amount of excitement and love, especially that my partner and Kim are beside me for support.”
Phoemela Baranda is a Filipina model, actress, and was an entertainment anchor of ABS-CBN’s news broadcast TV Patrol.