Baby girl from Bataan is also 100-millionth Filipino


The first baby girl of a teenaged couple in Orion, Bataan was born at 12:06 in the morning of Sunday, earning her a spot in the lists of the Population Commission as one of the 100 millionth Filipinos.

Jelo Mae is the first child of still unwed couple, with the mother a 17- year old former carinderia helper and the father, a gasoline station attendant. The baby was born in normal spontaneous delivery at the delivery room of the Bataan General Hospital in Balanga City.

Jenny Guerra, 44, said the baby is her first grandchild. The baby’s mother is her second to the eldest daughter.

“I am happy and I thank God that my daughter is among those who gave birth on 12:06 in the morning. I also thank God that I was given a grandchild,” the grandmother said in Filipino.

The family lives in a modest house made of nipa roof and sawali walls at the side of the Roman Superhighway in Barangay Sta. Elena, Orion, Bataan.

“It is my dream that in the future, my grandchild will be able to finish her studies so she won’t experience our hardships,” Guerra said.

Another baby, a boy, was born also at the Bataan General Hospital at 12:10 a.m. of Sunday. His mother, 23-year old Irene Gallego of Cabog-Cabog, Balanga City, gave birth at the Bataan General Hospital.


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