MANILA -- James Yap's Italian girlfriend Michela Cazzola gave birth to a baby boy at St. Luke's Medical Center at 6:55 p.m. on Monday, the basketball star confirmed to ABS-CBN News' Ginger Conejero.
In an earlier interview with Conejero, Yap expressed his excitement about being a father again.
"Siyempre excited, happy ako kasi maiuuwi ko siya," he said of his son, who will be named Michael James.
"Nakita ko rin naman 'yung sa iba pero makakasama ko kasi ito, makikita ko ang bawa't galaw," he added.
Michael James will be Yap's third child. Yap has a son, James "Bimby" Yap Jr., with ex-wife Kris Aquino and another one with a previous girlfriend.
When asked if he already told Bimby that he will be having a brother, Yap said: "Actually hindi ko pa nasasabi kay Bim eh. Wala kasing chance eh."
"Ang tagal ko na siyang hindi nakita," he quipped.
According to Yap, he is hoping that Bimby could meet his brother soon even though he is already separated with Aquino.
"Anytime na gusto ni Bim makilala ang kanyang bagong kapatid, welcome na welcome siya sa bahay," he said.
Last Sunday, Yap had to immediately leave the PBA All-Star Game to attend to Cazzola. -- With reports from Ginger Cornejo, ABS-CBN News
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