IT’S Mother’s Day 2016 but soon-to-be mom Dindin Santiago-Manabat is already looking forward to next year’s celebration.
The former National University star, who is five months pregnant, can't hide her excitement as she shares with Spin.ph how she longs to finally become a mother herself.
“Ay grabe excited na ako talaga, as in,” she said. “'Di na talaga ako makapaghintay na makita and mahawakan siya.”
The soft-spoken volleybelle, who refused to reveal her baby's gender, enjoys talking about pregnancy now that her baby bump is a little more obvious.
“Masaya siya talaga, na-e-enjoy ko,” said the wife of NU Bullpups deputy coach Chico Manabat.
Her cravings of mangoes and her husband's cheeks stay the same, although there's a new one that she's so clingy about - younger sister, Jaja.
Dindin said she and Jaja has gotten even closer now than they used to be. However, the elder Santiago felt her sister is fast becoming a ‘stage tita’ even before the baby comes out.
“Lately gusto ko laging nakadikit kay Jaja. Ewan ko ba pinaglilihian ko na rin ata siya,” she said. “Pero ngayon ang strikto niya, parang siya na nga ang asawa ko eh.”
“Ang daming bawal sa kanya, bawal ako mag-drive, bawal ako umakyat sa gym (sa NU),” she complains. “Minsan nga pati paglabas (ng bahay) binabawalan pa niya ako.”
But she understands that her younger sister is just concern about her and the baby.
“Siguro nakakapanibago lang na kasi baby ko siya eh tapos ngayon siya ang nag-aalaga sa akin,” Dindin said.
But as the conversation went along, the 22-year old spiker, who's currently on a volleyball hiatus, beamed with more excitement when asked if she'd want her baby to follow her and Jaja's footsteps in the sport that they chose, being two of the country’s top volleyball players today.
“Kung ano ang gusto niya susuportahan ko siya,” said Dindin. “Pero kung makukuha naman niya ang height namin ni Jaja and gusto niya mag-volleyball, why not?”