MANILA – She said she has always wanted to be a mom.
But Korina Sanchez only got to have children of her own this year with the birth of her twins with her husband, senatorial candidate Mar Roxas, via gestational surrogacy in the United States.
In an e-mail interview with The Philippine Star, the “Rated K” host explained why it took her so long to have kids.
“Everyone who knows me well knows that I love children. But for the longest time, because my career in news took charge, I thought it would never happen,” said Sanchez, who was the former anchor of ABS-CBN’s flagship newscast, “TV Patrol.”
“We weren’t married yet when we decided to freeze our embryos, before my biological clock stopped ticking,” she continued. “It was just a matter of when we were ready to start a family. But that time couldn’t be found for years. We were both always so very busy.”
According to Sanchez, it was only after 2016 that she and Roxas got to embark on their “best life adventures.”
And this was the time they started planning on building a family, tapping professionals abroad for their surrogacy process.
“They already know who to put together. They’ve worked with these surrogates, medical experts, lawyers, and caregivers for a long time. I found them after trying for years with a facility in India and it just went too slow. Until this other group based in the US was recommended to me by a friend who also had a good experience and successful surrogacy with them,” said Sanchez, who is now 54 years old.
Describing their surrogate, she said: “We couldn’t have chosen one better. She wanted to help us as she had helped another couple in the past. Intelligent, compassionate, kind, and responsible. Being how she is, we felt no reason to micromanage her with food intake or activities. We wanted to respect her privacy and how she would be responsible for the children.”
While she considers her twins Pepe and Pilar a “miracle,” Sanchez admitted that she initially had “mixed feelings of uncertainty, worry, and anxiety” upon realizing that she is now a mother.
“I felt weird feeling that way. I worry about the future, about everything that could go wrong. I’m told this is normal among many expecting and new mothers. Good to know I’m not weird,” she said.
She continued: “It wasn’t instant with me. The joy crept up and slowly but surely took over. Now, every day is even more joyful than the day before. I’m very hopeful about the future. I have renewed energy, I don’t know how that happens. It’s adrenaline, I suppose?”
Sanchez is set to return to the Philippines with her newborn babies “in less than a month.”
When asked if they are thinking of having more children in the future, she said: “One miracle at a time, okay? I mean, two miracles!”