Katarina Rodriguez has revealed the gender of her first child with her partner, businessman Nino Barbers.
In her most recent vlog, the former Miss World Philippines answered questions sent by her fans regarding her pregnancy, starting by explaining why she decided to initially keep it a secret from the public.
"I don't really want to think of it as keeping it a secret but more of keeping it private," she said. "Nino is a pretty private person and I respect him for that, but I think this decision of keeping it private for eight months was one that I had made from the beginning, from the moment I found out that I was pregnant."
"Because it is my first pregnancy, I just really wanted to enjoy every moment of it. I didn't want to be bombarded with congratulations or questions, or even work stuff related to me being pregnant or me being a mom. When I first found out, I wanted to do my own research and read up myself and, you know, just really, fully prepare myself on being pregnant and motherhood."
She also revealed that Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil—her co-stars on the ABS-CBN series Make It With You—were among the few people who knew about her pregnancy even before she made the big announcement last August.
In response to a fan who asked whether she was already pregnant when the couple visited her in Siargao early this year, the beauty queen said: "I was, and actually, I had just found out around the time that they arrived and they were one of the first to know. In fact, I think they knew before I even told my family."
Aside from Liza and Enrique, other celebrities who knew about her pregnancy were Kylie Verzosa, Sarah Lahbati, and Richard Gutierrez.
Meanwhile, Katarina also shared her initial reaction when she found out about her pregnancy.
"Okay. So I still thought I was, like, 21 years old, so I lowkey panicked thinking I'm too young. But this lasted for, like, five minutes until I called my kuya and he reminded me that both Nino and I are at the perfect age, and we're both more than ready financially, emotionally, the phase and stage in our lives, like we're both there. And then I calmed down, and I was, like, 'It's now or never,'" she said.
She also talked about her overall pregnancy journey, saying she loves being pregnant and will miss the feeling of it.
"I'm going to miss my bump and I'm going to miss just the feeling of, like, doing whatever I want and being super taken cared of and sleeping as much as I want to," she said, before crediting her new home, Siargao, and her supportive partner for making her pregnancy journey great.
"Because I've been here in Siargao and I have access to all of the nature and the beach and being able to swim in the ocean and just being where I love, I mean being in paradise, I think that's what has made my pregnancy so great. And then of course Nino being so supportive and such a great partner is like the cherry on top of it all."
When asked if she plans on getting back to work after giving birth, the beauty queen-turned-actress said: "Yes, I do plan it. I'm planning on going back sometime early next year, first quarter of 2022...I actually miss working a lot and I don't know if I'm going to change how I feel once the baby's out, but let's see. So far, yes."
Finally, Katarina answered whether she is having a boy or a girl.
She shared clips from the simple gender reveal she and Nino had for their first child, before proudly announcing, "And there you guys have it, the baby is a boy."