Actress Riva Quenery and her partner, Vern Ong, had yet another baby shower to celebrate the upcoming arrival of their first child together.
On Instagram over the weekend, Riva shared a series of photos from her second baby shower, which was held earlier this month at Kathryn Bernardo's studio in Quezon City.
"A shower of blessings, joy, and love!" she wrote in the caption.
Present during the celebration were close friends of the couple, including former child star Awra Briguela, model-host Christine Samson, YouTubers Mika Salamanca and Benedict Cua.
"We still have so many fun memories from our baby shower!! Thank you again fam. I would also like to thank my dream team. I wouldn’t have changed a thing!" Riva also said.
In her latest vlog documenting her preparations for the party, Riva explained why she decided to hold another baby shower despite already having been thrown one by her The House Arrest of Us co-stars in June.
"[Nung June], nag-throw ng baby shower 'yung 'House Arrest' family [para sa akin]. Sobrang thankful ako. Until now, sobrang happy pa rin ng heart namin ni Vern sa hinanda nilang surprise for us," she said.
"Ito namang baby shower na 'to, para naman 'to sa aking mga non-showbiz friends, siyempre. Hindi pwedeng wala rin silang baby shower," she added.
It was on May 16 when Riva announced that she is expecting her first child with Vern, who is one-half of the YouTube duo Ong Brothers.
In a recent interview with PUSH, Riva 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 also shared how their priorities changed after learning that they are going to be first-time parents.
"[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," she said.
During the interview, Riva also admitted that she and Vern have already discussed marriage plans.
"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 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 of Us, which concluded in January.