MANILA, Philippines -- Patrick Garcia, who is expecting his second child this month, is intent on keeping his personal life private after the string of controversies that surrounded his previous relationship.
|Patrick Garcia. File photo
The 31-year-old actor told ABS-CBN News that he and his non-showbiz girlfriend have decided to name their baby girl Michelle Celeste, after both their moms.
The baby is due to be born some time in February, according to Garcia, who promised to be at the hospital for the labor. "First time to experience, that's why I'm very excited," he said.
Currently, the actor is overseeing the construction of a new house, which will serve as his family's home when they move in later this month.
Garcia earlier revealed his partner's pregnancy in late January. The move, the actor said, was a way of putting an end to rumors surrounding his current relationship.
"I'd like to keep my private life private from now on. I just want to mention about it (partner's pregnancy), para it will stop there and people won't ask and ask questions," he said.
In recent years, the former child star's relationship with Jennylyn Mercado has become a frequent subject of news headlines. He has one son with the actress, named Alex Jazz.