Maricel Laxa gives birth to 5th child

Posted at 07/15/2011 5:23 PM | Updated as of 07/16/2011 10:35 AM
Solana Emmanuelle Pangilinan is the youngest child of celebrity couple Anthony and Maricel Pangilinan. Photo from Anthony Pangilinan's Twitter page

MANILA, Philippines - Actress and TV host Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan gave birth on Thursday to her fifth child, a baby girl named Solana Emmanuelle.

Her husband Anthony Pangilinan (Twitter username apangilinan) broke the news on Twitter, posting: "Welcome Solana Emmanuelle or "Sunshine with Us!" 7:04pm 7/14/11 by water birth! MAJOR blessing all 10.4 lbs of her! Congrats Maricel!"

Proud parents Maricel and Anthony Pangilinan at the baby shower hosted by Lifestyle Network recently. Photo by Sany Chua, Lifestyle Network

 Anthony also disclosed that his wife gave birth at St. Luke's Medical Center in Global City, and it was the first water birth in the hospital's new birthing room.

According to webmd.com, during a water birth, the mother delivers the baby while soaked in a pool or tub of warm water. This method supposedly lessens the stress for mother and child.

Since Anthony was in Bicol, his daughter Ella, 15, coached Maricel during labor and delivery.

Many netizens wished the couple well on Twitter.

Among them was "Headstart" host and "Bandila" anchor Karen Davila, who posted the message "Congratulations Anthony to your new baby!" and retweeted Solana's photo.

Maricel, host of the show "MomWorks" on the Lifestyle Network, told "Headstart" earlier this year that the coming of their 5th child surprised them, as there is a 9-year gap between Benjamin, the youngest, and their new baby.

Maricel and Anthony are now on their 17th year of marriage. Aside from Ella, Benjamin, and Solana, their other kids are Donny and Hannah.