Actress and vlogger Riva Quenery is now a mom.
Riva, 23, has given birth to her first child with her partner Vern Ong, she revealed on Tuesday, October 12, as she gave a glimpse of their newborn daughter on Instagram Stories.
She didn't show her daughter's face, but another Stories update revealed that Riva and her partner named their daughter Athena.
It was in May when Riva announced that she was expecting her first child with Vern, who is one-half of the YouTube duo Ong Brothers.
In an interview with PUSH, the actress shared how her relationship with Vern changed after finding out about her pregnancy.
"Actually si Vern kasi, hindi talaga siya showy na tao, pero nung time na naging pregnant ako, mas naging sweet siya sa akin. Sobrang excited din siya siguro talaga. At ngayon, wala nang mga away bata katulad nung mga first months nung relationship namin. Ngayon talaga, nakita namin 'yung pagbabago ng isa't isa so sobrang happy ko ngayon," she said.
She went on: "[Dati] sarili lang namin 'yung iniisip namin pero ngayon 'yung priorities namin sobrang nagbago talaga. Kasi kaming dalawa, hindi naman kami breadwinners sa family, so ang iniisip lang namin is 'yung gagastusin namin for ourselves... Ngayon naiba na. Okay, iwas muna sa ganyang gastos, iba na 'yung priority ngayon. And surprisingly, akala namin magiging mahirap siyang (luho) i-let go, pero parang hindi mo mamamalayan na, 'Ay parang hindi na ako mahilig sa ganyang bagay. Parang mas nae-excite ako kapag may nakikita akong gamit for our baby."
When asked if they plan to get married in the near future, Riva revealed that Vern had actually wanted to marry her when they found out that she was pregnant.
"Nung time na nalaman kong pregnant ako, si Vern, gusto na niya talaga. Pero sabi ko sa kanya... no pressure. Kasi ayaw kong madaliin natin. Okay lang naman kung hindi pa tayo ganun ka-ready. Gusto ko ang maging priority muna talaga natin is si baby," she said.
"And parehas din kasi naming naiisip na mas gusto naming ikasal after na ng pandemic, kasi kami ni Vern, we [both] came from a big family. So gusto namin andyan sana lahat. Okay na lahat, kasi hindi naman namin pinapadali parehas," she added.
Riva, 23, was last seen in Star Cinema's digital movie series The House Arrest of Us, which concluded in January.