Meryll Soriano was so excited about the upcoming blessing of her former partner Bernard Palanca and his current girlfriend Jerika Ejercito, daughter of Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, that she revealed the news herself before the couple did.
In an interview during the recently concluded Kapamilya Trade Launch, Meryll ecstatically revealed that Jerika is already five months pregnant with Bernard’s child.
“I know them. I’m good friends with them so I’m really, really happy. I’ve been able to extend my congratulations to both of them so I’m very happy,” blurted Willie Revillame’s daughter. According to her, they are expecting a baby boy which would be Bernard’s second son next to his son with Meryll named Elijah.
As proof of her healthy relationship with the couple and Bernard’s family, she shared that, “We’re good [naman kasi because] of Eli. ‘Pag gusto nilang hiramin ‘pagChristmas. I’ve never had a problem with that. Even when Bernard and I were not talking, I’ve always brought Eli to Nana Pita, to the family.”
In fact, the Ikaw Lamang star said it’s but normal for them to see each other every Christmas because Bernard makes it a point to borrow Eli during those special occasions. The award-winning actress further underscored, “Wala kaming problema, wala ring intriga. Now masasabi ko na we’re good friends.”
As for the financial support aspect, Meryll said that she’s just very grateful that Bernard is once again working. The 37-year-old actor is currently part of The Legal Wifestarring Angel Locsin, Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador, and JC De Vera.
Meryll and Bernard tied the knot in September 2006 in San Juan in ceremonies officiated by then Mayor JV Ejercito. The marriage became controversial when none of the bride’s family—including aunt Diamond Star Maricel Soriano—attended the wedding.
Five months later, news of their separation surfaced, leading Bernard to return to his family home in San Juan and pregnant Meryll to return to her mother home Bec Bec Soriano’s home in Quezon City.
In a later interview also during the trade event Bernard confirmed Meryll’s revelation. "It feels really good. I always look at these things as a blessing," he said. Bernard continued, "Sometimes, although when you don't plan things in life, things do happen for a reason, as they say. Of course, like I said, it's always going to be a blessing. I'm very happy and excited."
He likewise confirmed that they are expecting a boy. However, he shared that they are yet to pick out a name, but he’s positive that, "For sure naman we'll pick a really nice one. We're going very biblical names."