By Jane Kingsu-Cheng
Joel Cruz posted a video of him carrying his 8th son on his Instagram account just a week ago, so Moms & Babies took the opportunity to interview the doting father of eight.
Ziv Santos Cruz was born on the 6th of November in St. Petersburg, Russia. “Ziv is a biblical name of Hebrew origin. It means brilliance,” explains Cruz. When asked what his routine is when he meets his babies for the first time, he reveals that “The first thing I do is to carry him, kiss him, introduce myself as his daddy! I apologize for not seeing them right away, because I see them either after 1 or 2 weeks, or sometimes 4 weeks. I feed them, take pictures and videos, and in silence, I pray to Him for another gift of a wonderful, precious baby which will give me so much happiness and fulfilment as a father!”
Errands in Russia
Cruz also shared that he stays there for about 5 – 10 days, and does his errands in preparation for Ziv’s arrival to Manila. “I usually have my stem cell treatment, work on some documentations in different Ministry and in Moscow, meet Konstantin Svitnev (the owner of Rosjur consulting firm), finalize payments, and visit several ministries and Philippine embassy for my children’s documents.”
Home for the holidays
When asked where he plans to spend Christmas, his reply, “I always want to spend Christmas only in our own native land, The Philippines! The best Christmas season in the whole wide world! For new year, we are still planning if we stay home at Chateau De Milagros Sampaloc in Manila for the New Year’s countdown or in Marriott, Solaire or elsewhere where my big family will truly enjoy the New Year’s countdown. As for January 2-6, we will be in Hong Kong (like 45 people). I plan to bring my children to some parks, so I can bond or play with them. I am also planning for another trip again on my birthday which is on February 5, and Chinese New Year in China-Beijing and Shanghai.