Win or lose, the baby was going to be named after Catriona.
This was the conviction of Mommy Alfa, who was at Ward 4 of Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila.
Even before her baby's birth on Sunday, Mommy Alfa said she was bent on naming her baby after her idol.
"Manalo man siya o matalo, Catriona pa rin ang pangalan ng anak ko," Mommy Alfa told GMA News.
"Kasi nga po idol ko nga," she added.
About 70 to 80 babies are born at Fabella everyday. The hospital's spokesperson Dr. Antoinette Pacapac expects more kids to be named after the new Miss Universe, noting how there were also several babies named Catriona after her win as Binibining Pilipinas-Universe.
Meanwhile, nine days before Catriona's Miss Universe win, Mary Christine Joy Lizardo-Keh gave birth to her first daughter, who they named Mikaila Catriona — after her husband, Michael, and the beauty queen she idolized.
In a phone interview with GMA News, Mary Christine Joy said she screamed that her daughter had won after Catriona was declared Miss Universe, while her husband jumped for joy.
“Wooh, nanalo anak ko! Nagtatatalon siya na na-justify ko raw na nanalo daw yung Catriona, 'pag tinanong siya paglaki niya kung bakit Catriona yung pangalan niya, kasi ni-name siya ng mommy niya sa Miss Universe nu'ng 2018,” she said.
Jennifer Loirca and her husband Raymond, meanwhile, named their daughter Catriona Kate four months ago.
They had originally thought of naming their daughter Pia after Pia Wurtzbach, the Miss Universe 2015 winner, but decided to go with this year's bet instead. —reporting by Ian Cruz/JST, GMA News