There are two things that keep Filipino reporters covering the New Year’s celebration on their toes. One is the number of firecracker injuries, and the other are babies born on the first of January.
The latter is symbolic of the new year that replaces the old year, which is always depicted as a very old man in caricatures. Thus, the first baby born at the stroke of midnight on the first day of the new year always gets media coverage.
Rosel Escopente, 20, delivered a baby girl named Erica on midnight of New Year’s Day at the Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila.
Kate Nicole Rodriguez, 18, also gave birth to a baby girl at the same hospital at 12:05 a.m. of 1 January 2020. Rodriguez, who was expecting to give birth on 3 January 2020 yet, and her partner, Andrai John Cabaluna, named their baby Zaxia Zhavia.
Meanwhile, a rare New Year’s Day birth happened in the United States. Dawn Gilliam delivered one of her twin babies at the Ascension St. Vincent Carmel Hospital in Indiana at 12:07 a.m. of 1 January 2020. Gilliam and her partner Jason Tello named the boy Jaxon.
As to the couple’s other twin, Joslyn, he was born earlier at 11:37 p.m. of 31 December 2019.
The 30-minute gap in the delivery of the two babies make Joslyn and Jaxon as the only twins born on different days, months, years and decades.
The birth of the twins was also extra special for the hospital, because they were the last baby born in 2019 and the first baby born in 2020.