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Cebu baby boy picked as one of winners in search for '100 millionth baby'

CEBU CITY, July 30 — Kyle Olendang, who was born at 12:44 a.m. Sunday in a government hospital in Cebu City, is one of several babies whose births brought the country’s population to 100 million.

Officials of the Commission on Population (PopCom) 7 congratulated baby boy Kyle's parents, Catalino and Josephine Olendang, during a visit to the government-run Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) Tuesday.

The baby weighed around 2.8 kilograms.

The Olendang couple lives in Barangay Lamac, Pinamungahan in western Cebu.

Dr. Caroline Tabaloc, the attending physician, said the baby was delivered normally, even though his mother’s blood pressure increased just before she gave birth.

PopCom 7 Director Bruce Ragas, a lawyer, said that as one of the “100-millionth babies,” Kyle Olendang will receive a newborn starter kit worth P5,000 and will also be entitled to a lifetime membership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

Dr. Geraldo Aquino, VSMMC chief, said the hospital will also shoulder all of the medical expenses incurred during Kyle’s birth.

Aside from Kyle, some infants born in different parts of the region around the same time will receive similar benefits.

Based on the mechanics set by Popcom, the search for the “100 millionth baby” was open to all infants born at 12:06 a.m. on Sunday or minutes later in a health facility run by the national government or a local government unit.

Kyle’s father, who is a construction worker, hopes his son will grow up to be an engineer. (PNA)

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