MANILA - Bernard Palanca is expecting a baby with Jerika Ejercito, a daughter of Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada, the actor confirmed to ABS-CBN News on Thursday.
The 36-year-old TV star shared the news on the sidelines of an ABS-CBN trade event in Pasay City, where his ongoing primetime series "The Legal Wife" was presented to advertisers.
"It feels really good. I always look at these things as a blessing," Palanca told ABS-CBN News' Marie Lozano.
"Sometimes, although when you don't plan things in life, things do happen -- for a reason, as they say. Of course, like I said, it's always going to be a blessing. I'm very happy and excited."
Palanca also said he and Ejercito are expecting a boy, but have yet to decide on a name for their first child. "For sure naman we'll pick a really nice one. We're going very biblical names."
The actor's former partner, Meryll Soriano was also at the trade event on Thursday. Palanca has a child with Soriano.
In a separate interview, Soriano said she has already sent her congratulations to the couple.
"I'm very, very happy for them. I know them. I'm good friends with them," said Soriano, adding that she is in good terms with Palanca.
"We're good, kasi naman of Eli," she said, referring to their son. "You know, for Christmas, pag gusto nilang hiramin, it's always... I never had a problem with that. Even when Bernard and I were not talking, I've always brought Eli to the family."
Soriano, who separated from Palanca in 2007, emphasized that they have managed to move past their differences. "Wala kaming problema. Walang intriga. Now, masasabi ko na we're good friends!"