Baby Chonalynlyn and her parents became instant celebrities following her milestone birth in Manila on July 27.

MANILA — Officials welcomed the birth on July 27 of the Philippines’ symbolic baby to mark 100-million population of the country.

The Commission on Population (POPCOM), the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) recognized the 100 millionth Filipino baby named Chonalynlyn, who was born at 12:35 a.m., at the government-run Dr. Jose Fabella Hospital in Manila.

Wrapped in a blanket and pink bonnet and cradled by her beaming mother Chonalyn was showered with a cake, infant clothes and other gifts by officials at a hospital ceremony.

“The Commission on Population is today looking at the 100 babies, to be recognized in 100 communities, 19 cities and 81 provinces, who were born at 12:06 this morning or closest to that time,” POPCOM Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III said.

“They will be provided with support to give them a good start.


Using the 2010 population projections by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), POPCOM believes, the turning of the Philippine population into 100 million brings both challenges and opportunities for the country “as its socio-economic and political situation grapple to give the citizenry a better quality of life.”

The Philippines is the 12th most populous country and has one of Asia’s fastest-growing populations.

“It is important to emphasize that population is not merely a matter of numbers, but of human rights and opportunities,” said Klaus Beck, the UNPF’s Philippines representative.

With a wide smile on her face, Dailin Cabigayan, on a wheelchair, entered the conference room of Fabella Hospital where her baby Chonalynlyn was formally recognized as one of the 100 millionth babies.

Chonalynlyn, a 4.5-centimeter baby girl who weighs 6.1 lbs, was the first child of the 27-year-old Dailin and her 45-year-old partner Clemente Sentino, Jr.

She, however, was not Sentino’s first child as he already has a daughter from his first wife.

Itong batang ito, may opportunity to have a better life (This baby has the opportunity to have a better life),” Health Secretary Enrique Ona stated, as the baby’s parents prepare to receive the starter kit worth P5,000 — consisting of the basic needs of an infant.

A cake was also given to the family as part of the celebrations.

Ona added that the baby will be under a “complete and expanded immunization program.”

For now she will have vaccines against measles, pneumonia and diarrhea.

When she grows up, since she is a girl, she will have a vaccine to avoid having a cervical cancer.

Health officials said they will monitor the baby’s growth and vowed to visit the child every year on her birthday.

The baby’s father said he was surprised to learn that his newborn made it to the nationwide search for 100 millionth baby, of which he knew nothing about.

He said all he was thinking about was for his mother and child to be safe during the process of giving birth.

Working as a driver, Sentino said any assistance extended to baby Chonalynlyn will greatly help their family.

His wife used to work as a house help.

He said he would share with Chonalynlyn what happened during her birth when she grows up.

Sasabihin ko sa kanya nawag niyang sasayangin ang pagkakataong ibinigay sa kanya (I will tell her not to waste the opportunity granted to her).”

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