4 babies ring in New Year


Mother Rose Marie Borja, right, and father Vincent Pangelinan care for their newborn Alei’a Pangelinan, one of four 2019 New Year babies, for a photo last Jan. 1, 2018. (Erwin Encinares)

The Commonwealth started off the New Year in record fashion, with four newborns helping the CNMI ring in the new year last Jan. 1.

It was the third infant, however, Alei’a Pangelinan, who became the official New Year baby, making her the recipient of a company’s giveaway of baby products.

Pangelinan is the eighth child of proud parents Rose Marie Borja and Vincent Pangelinan, who are residents of Dandan and are 33 and 37 years old, respectively. The newborn was delivered naturally at 6:25am and weighed a healthy 7.7 lbs, after only two hours of labor.

“She is going to learn fast,” said the proud father.

Vincent Pangelinan believes so since their daughter prior to Alei’a was reportedly mature for her age.

“She is very mature,” Rose Pangelinan said of her second youngest daughter, who is 3 years old.

Rose Pangelinan is a housewife; Vincent Pangelinan works at gas company IP&E.

Rose Pangelinan’s firstborn is now 16 years old and her first three children are boys, while the rest of her children are all girls.

“I am looking forward to seeing them grow up. …I am looking forward to teaching them,” Vincent Pangelinan said.

“I am looking forward to seeing them learn new things,” Rose Pangelinan said.

“As a parent, we all want our children to learn good things and for them to grow up learning the ways of God and showing them love so they can share it with their siblings,” Vincent Pangelinan added.

Alei’a, whose second name has yet to be confirmed as of publication, was delivered third in the line of four New Year babies but, her parents were the only ones who consented to have some of their information printed in the media, which is also a requirement of the MARPAC Consumer Department for their annual New Year baby gifts.

This 2019, the company gave the Pangelinans several baby products such as baby wipes, sanitary napkins, air freshener, newborn baby formula, diapers, tissue and other items.

“We are very thankful for the supplies,” said Rose Pangelinan, who was nearly speechless with gratitude.

“All of these is going to be useful for this little girl,” she noted, adding that the couple is considering using Kate as their daughter’s second name, as suggested by Vincent Pangelinan.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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