Two more Jet Spikers join the ranks of first-time dads

ABS-CBN Sports on May 22, 2017 08:41 PM
Two more Jet Spikers join the ranks of first-time dads
Jet Spiker Pitrus de Ocampo (extreme left) proudly shows off his three-month-old firstborn Laureen Socelle. With him in the photo are (L-R ) Loysabel Beltran, the baby’s mom, and partners Luchie S. Lozano and Airman Jhayr Labrador, who became a first-time dad as well with the birth of Prince John two months ago.

Jet Spikers Jhayr Labrador and Pitrus de Ocampo are playing more inspired volleyball these days.     

Batch mates in their UAAP years with the Far Eastern University Tamaraws and now teammates on the back-to-back champion Philippine Air Force squad, Labrador and de Ocampo became first-time fathers at 26 with the births of their first babies this year.

Laureen Socelle was born three months ago to De Ocampo, a setter, and partner Loysabel Beltran.

A month after, restaurateur Luchie S. Lozano gave birth to Prince John, making Labrador a happy and proud father for the first time.      

“My son’s arrival gave me more directions in life now,” says the strong-armed Labrador in Filipino. “I am more inspired now to give my best so we could finish the game early and I could be with my son and watch every waking second of his life. I could not explain how happy I am to have fathered a healthy baby boy. My thanks to Luchie, my loving partner, for gifting me with this wonderful bundle of joy.”     

In her mother’s arms or in a bassinet, Baby Laureen was among the moderate crowd gathered on the third playing day of the men’s Reinforced Conference of the Premier Volleyball League, another grand project of Sports Vision with Asics as its official league partner, and Mikasa as its official game ball.     

With their big guns still away campaigning for the National University Bulldogs in the UAAP finals against the Ateneo Blue Eagles, the Wrecking Balls of Sta. Elena Construction stunned the Jet Spikers in straight sets, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22.     

But Baby Laureen couldn’t be bothered. She was either asleep in her bassinet or cooing or gurgling in her mom’s arms.    

“I couldn’t be any happier with the birth my daughter, my first child,” says de Ocampo, who doesn’t want his firstborn out of his sight. “Baby Laureen has to come to my games with her mom. After all, she’s the wind beneath my wings. Oh I love my baby so.”

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