Kris gives birth to James Jr.

TV game show host Kris Aquino gave birth to a son, James Yap Jr., at the Makati Medical Center on Thursday at 4:50 in the afternoon via Caesarean section. The baby is her first child by husband Philippine Basketball Association cager James Yap, ABS-CBS News reported. Baby boy James Jr. weighed in at 4.3 lbs. and was born at 35 weeks, a week earlier than previously expected.

According to initial reports, the baby will have to be placed in an incubator.

Aquino arrived at the hospital around 1 p.m. for a check-up, accompanied by her husband and her cousin. Doctors later determined it was time to deliver her baby when they discovered the level of her amniotic fluid was already low.

Aquino went through a risky pregnancy and was rushed twice to the Makati Medical Center for threatened abortions. She also developed diabetes during her pregnancy.

The celebrity couple hogged the headlines in February after a former receptionist at a dermatology clinic claimed to have had a yearlong affair with Yap.

The former receptionist, Hope Centeno, appeared on television talks shows giving details about the supposed affair and even offered photos taken by a cellular phone camera as evidence.

Yap, who is a regular customer at the clinic, has denied Centeno’s accusations, although he has apologized publicly to his wife. Yap said that while the alleged affair with Centeno is untrue, he was guilty of letting her carry on with her advances through text messages.

While Aquino and Yap have not announced any formal break-up after the incident, the former has repeatedly told media that she has asked to be given “physical and emotional space” away from her husband.

Aquino has a first child, 12-year-old Joshua Philip, from a previous relationship with actor Philip Salvador.

‘Kuya’ Noynoy cuts Mindanao sortie to be with Kris

Senatorial candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III cut short his campaign sortie in Central Mindanao to be with his sister, TV host Kris Aquino, who gave birth Thursday afternoon to a baby boy.

Kris gave birth a week earlier than expected after doctors at the Makati Medical Center found she was already low on amniotic fluid and was having contractions.

“I was in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte when my mother, at around 4 p.m., surprised with a call to say that she was on her way to the hospital as Kris was expected to give birth anytime soon. She also asked me to fly back to Manila as soon as I could,” he said.

The senatorial bet flew to Cebu in a private plane and then booked a commercial flight to Manila. He could only get an 8:30 p.m. flight, however.

“I was anxious to be with her because, as everyone knows, Kris’ pregnancy has been delicate and she had to be restricted to bed rest for sometime. Kris was supposed to give birth the first week of May. So this is far ahead of the schedule. I just hope that she will be fine and my newest nephew is healthy,” he added.

Kris gave birth at 4:50 p.m. to a healthy 4.3-pound-baby boy. As of press time, no medical bulletin has been issued on the condition of Kris and her second child.

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