Family ties are very important in the Philippines. A lot of people unrelated by blood become 'brother' or 'sister', just because they may be in a slightly older generation. And of course, elder blood brothers and sisters are elevated to the status of a second father and mother. It particularly makes sense if there are closely spaced babies and the harried parents find themselves overwhelmed.
I would not be surprised if that is the same situation with regards to these subjects. The baby is probably the youngest sibling or a cousin of the girl carrying him. She would most likely be responsible for feeding, bathing and baby sitting him. In time he will be addressing her as 'ate' and referring to her before making several important decisions.
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