Arnel Pineda welcomes baby girl


Posted at Jun 16 2012 02:22 PM | Updated as of Jun 17 2012 08:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Journey lead vocalist and Filipino pride Arnel Pineda's wife gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Friday.

Journey frontman Arnel Pineda. File photo

Pineda, in a series of posts on his official Twitter page, confirmed that his wife Cherry gave birth to Thea Chenelle at around 6 p.m. on Friday.

"Welcome to the world our new little bundle of joy and angel. Baby Thea Chenelle has officially arrived last night around 6 p.m.," Pineda tweeted.

The international singing sensation also thanked those who offered prayers for the well-being of his wife and daughter, and took to the micro-blogging site to show his appreciation for "mothers' sacrifice." 

"Thanks to all the offered prayers. Both my wife and the little angel made it. I came to conclusion that the mothers are one of the bravest and most noble for the sacrifice they're making just to deliver the baby safe," Pineda said.

Pineda is also known to have a son, Cherub.

Pineda, who was born and raised in Manila, joined the American band Journey as its lead vocalist in 2007, after members of the long-running rock band found videos of the Pinoy pride singing their hits on video-sharing site YouTube.

Pineda, who replaced Journey's original vocalist Steve Perry, has since gone on tour with the band, and was recently made the subject of a film chronicling his rise to fame.