Jolina: House Before Baby

More than a year of being married to musician Mark Escueta, Jolina Magdangal has not been blessed to conceive a child just yet.

They have actually long been preparing for their "mini-me." In fact, the couple has just bought a 300 sqm. lot in Quezon City in January. Jolina related that it took them a year to find a perfect place for their dream house.

"Hindi naman namin pinipigilan 'yung pagkakaroon ng baby. Hindi lang talaga ipinagkakaloob pa. Siguro mas maayos din siguro kung maipapagawa muna namin ang bahay," the Kapuso host-actress told Bulletin Entertainment in a recent media huddle.

Currently residing at the house of her husband's family in Parañaque, Jolina admitted that she knows they need to have their own place soon because"nakakailang at nakakahiya pa din eh kahit mabait ang mother ni Mark." Jolina's parents now reside in Tagaytay, where their family owns a restaurant.

"Noong kinasal kami ni Mark, planado ako eh. Sabi ko nga, 'yung pagpapagawa ng bahay, gusto namin, simple lang. Gusto ko, habang lumalaki 'yung pamilya, doon din dapat 'yung bahay, hindi agad ganoon ka-bongga," the former '90s pop icon said, adding that she would want to have three children.

Married life so far has been great, said Jolina, adding that their adjustment had more to do with their individual work attitude.

"Ayaw niya kasi akong ma-stress. Kumbaga, ngayon, alam na niya na intense lang ako sa work at hindi naman ako stressed masyado. Worried kasi siya kapag stressed ako. So ganoon, intindi-intindihan." When it comes to Mark, "I give him space."

Without the experience of being a mother firsthand, the 34-year-old actress will play another mother role in an upcoming GMA series, "Mundo Mo'y Akin" (her first was in the 2012 series "My Daddy Dearest").

Jolina considers the project challenging, especially that her son in the series will be portrayed by Alden Richards. "Nakakatawa lang na konti lang ang age gap namin ni Alden. Ang lakas maka-JS prom lang noong nag-pictorial kami," she said laughing.

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