Pregnant volleyball star Dindin Santiago a picture of excitement as due date nears
Jaja Santiago is excited to be an aunt as her sister Dindin is expected to give birth soon. Meilin Lozada

IF only Dindin Santiago-Manabat could fast forward time, she would.

The volleyball star on leave, who is due to give birth to her first baby with husband Chico in the second or third week of July, turns both excited and giddy whenever she’s asked about her pregnancy.

“First name nina Chloe, combination ng name namin ni Chico. Kasi Chico siya so 'ch' tapos ako Aleona sa 'leo,' binaligtad lang kaya naging Chloe,” she told

“Tapos ‘yung sa second name niya pinag-iisipan pa rin namin ni Chico."

A regular fixture during her younger sister Jaja’s games, the former National University star said the last stage of her pregnancy has been more or less a breeze.

“Actually hindi na rin naman ako nahirapan, siguro first three months lang doon lang ako nahirapan. Ngayon ito, palakad-lakad na kasi kailangan ko magpalakad-lakad kasi due date ko na this month,” she said.

The supportive Jaja has been more strict when it comes to taking care of her sister as the due date draws near.

“Ate ko ‘yan, ate ko ngayon si Jaja, kaloka ‘yan,” she said. “Kahit aakyat lang ako ng hagdan sisigaw na siya agad na mag-ingat daw ako. Tapos kung nasa labas ako mga 5:30 p.m. magsasabi na ‘yan, ‘Ate Din, asan na ‘yung cap mo? Mahamog na.’”

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