Willie Wilson & Maria del Rosario: a hardcourt love story

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William “The Scrapper” Wilson is a professional cager of the PBA playing for Barangay Ginebra Kings. Maria is former Miss PBA, host, and model. They first met while Willie was watching the opening ceremony of the NCAA games at the stands in his best friend. Maria — then the muse of St. Benilde Blazers — caught his eye. Thus, through his best friend, he found a way to meet her.  They started being friends for a couple of years while running into each other at basketball games since Maria was a court-side reporter at the time. At that time, it was difficult for Maria to be in a relationship her work entails flying in-an-out the country. But William persisted. He waited and pursued his feelings until one day they fell in love just at the right time. As they say, waiting matters not for people who are meant to be with each other. Love transcends time and distance. The groom-to-be puts it in not so many words: “You will have the feeling in your heart knowing she is the one. It’s fate.” (The photographs here are from the couple’s e-session with Bobby de los Santos of RedFox Photography. To view …

Victor Consunji & Maggie Wilson’s prenup photos & video (in various states of undress)

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(photo by MangoRed) He is a scion of a construction magnate who heads the design & construction firm V. Consunji Inc., while she is a model/beauty queen turned television personality.  The couple is set to be married on December 18. Last week, Jason Magbanua shared the prenup video of the soon-to-weds.   But it was not the typical saccharine-sweet video that we’d expect from a wedding videographer.  Here’s what he posted in FB as he shared the said video: “Xeng Zulueta’s (stylist) request was simple – we want people who watch this become transfixed and uncomfortable at the same time.” Below is an excerpt of the article about the couple’s pre-wedding video which appeared in the Sunday Lifestyle of Inquirer: “Talk of the week of the whole town and cyberspace has been the video of a couple set to tie the knot soon. Maggie Wilson and Victor Consunji’s racy prenup video, which has been making the rounds on social network sites last week, makes jaws drop and sends tongues wagging. The couple will marry Dec. 18 at Misibis Bay Resort in Bicol. The video, shot by wedding videographer Jason Magbanua, is the raciest prenup video we’ve ever seen. It shows …

“Been Waiting” – Ogie & Regine’s prenup photos & save-the-date!

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The new song “Been Waiting” by Regine Velasquez, sure sounds like a wedding song.  Who would think otherwise, especially not when the songbird herself is about to get married to singer/songwriter Ogie Alcasid before Christmas this year — December 22, 2010 to be exact. It says so in the couple’s Save-the-Date card (as described in the quote below which appeared in Inquirer’s Dollywood early this month). (photo by Nice Print | layout by Print Divas) The couple’s photo looks like they are at a masquerade ball with Regine’s face partly shown with a mask up her forehead and a shimmering diamond ring on her finger. She is hugging Ogie who’s faced towards her so only his back is shown in the fairy-tale like shot. Here’s what’s printed at the back of the postcard: We realize that our wedding venue is a long way from home. Here’s our recommendation to help make your whole trip memorable, exciting and extraordinary as possible. We know that everyone wants to be in their best attire so as early as now we are giving you an advice. Gentlemen: Formal suit paired with pastel-colored shirt. Ladies: Formal pastel-colored flowing dress. Since it was her studio who …

Robin Padilla weds Mariel Rodriguez in tribal wedding at Baguio City

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(via abs-cbnnews.com) Actor Robin Padilla, 42 and TV host Mariel Rodriguez, 26, tied the knot in Baguio City in a simple and very private ceremony officiated by a native priest, locally known as mambunong, from the Ibaloi tribe. The Ibaloi people live mostly in the southern part of Benguet. Jimmy Ong, who performed the one-and-a-half-hour ceremony, confirmed to ABS-CBN News in an exclusive interview that the ceremony took place on Monday (September 13) , at around 3 p.m. in a compound owned by Padilla’s relatives in Barangay Camp 7. The bride wore a woven ethnic clothing while the groom wore bahag during the native ceremony.  Robin’s youngest son Ali was present to witness the event. Ong said he initially thought he was just attending a shooting, but was caught by surprise when he found the couple wearing traditional clothes of the Ibaloi. “Tinanong ko si Robin kung kasal talaga ito. Sabi niya, ‘Oo, kasal talaga.’ Kaya sinimulan ko na,” he said. During the ceremony, he said the couple drank tapuy (rice wine) to symbolize their love for each other. They also danced Tayao, a native dance, to show that they are officially married, he said. According to him, Padilla, a …

LJ Moreno marries PBA player Jimmy Alapag in Laguna Beach, California

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  (photo by Oly Ruiz of MetroPhoto) (via ABS-CBNnews.com) Young actress LJ Moreno is now married. LJ Moreno, niece of actress Alma Moreno, tied the knot with star cager Jimmy Alapag on Thursday, August 19. The private and simple wedding was held at the Laguna Beach in California, USA. The ceremony was attended by the couple’s families and closest friends. One of Moreno’s closest friends who attended the wedding was sultry actress Ruffa Mae Quinto. Moreno and Alapag were sweethearts for more than 4 years but in 2008, a serious problem rocked their relationship. They broke up but reconciled after a year. “I’m glad that I waited this long, I know it’s right and this is just meant to be. Baby this is it, finally we are here. I’m gonna make our home a happy place to come home so you will always gonna want to come home and I promise to be a great mom to our kids, I love you,” Moreno said in an interview with The Buzz’s correspondents Monet Lu. “I think in any relationship there are always challenges but it made us stronger. I’m honored to have all our families and friends here to share the …

P-Noy prefers being ‘abay’ than ‘ninong’ in Ogie-Regine wedding

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Here’s an excerpt from an article which appeared in Ricky Lo’s FUNFARE column in The Phil. Star: Three weeks ago, the new set of officers of the OPM (Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit) of which Ogie Alcasid is president, took their oath of office before Pres. Noynoy for whom Ogie wrote two songs, one for the campaign plug and another (in collaboration with Noel Cabangon) for P-Noy’s inauguration as the 15th President of the Philippines last June 30 at the Quirino Grandstand. That was when Ogie invited P-Noy to be a member of the wedding entourage. “I asked P-Noy to be one of our ninongs but he said mas bagay kung isa na lang siya sa mga abay.” Reminded about a Filipino superstition (pamahiin) that an unmarried man or a woman who acts as principal sponsor runs the risk of delaying his/her own marriage or not marrying at all, Ogie was surprised. “I didn’t know that.” The singer/songwriter cannot be entirely faulted for the faux pas. Afterall,  our country’s first bachelor President, back when he was still a presidential candidate, stood as a Principal Sponsor (replacing his mother Cory who was the original choice before she passed away) during the wedding …

postscript: Mar & Korina’s wedding photos

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(photo by Pat Dy) It’s been over five months since the October 27, 2009 Filipinana wedding of senator Mar Roxas and broadcaster Korina Sanchez, but we haven’t really seen much of the official photographs taken during the event. Earlier today, photographer Pat Dy posted several shots from the wedding in his blog.  Aside from the couple’s, included in the set are photos of the entourage, the who’s who among the wedding guests, and even the massive crowd gathered outside the church. (It would be recalled the couple cut back on their wedding expenses in observance of austere times due to flooding and devastation in the aftermath of ‘Ondoy’ and ‘Pepeng.’ Had original plans pushed through, this was how their wedding reception in Araneta Coliseum would have looked like.) Aside from Pat Dy, here’s a list of Mar & Korina’s wedding suppliers: bridal gown: Pepito Albert | shoes: Cesar Gaupo | make-up : Robbie Pinera | hair: Raymond Santiago | barong tagalog (groom & male entorage): Randy Ortiz | gowns (female entourage): Patrice Ramos-Diaz | flowers: Margarita Fores | wedding planner: Bridesmaids & Co. | catering: Cibo | music: Manila Philharmonic Orchestra | choir: Philippine Madrigal Singers

Celebrity Groom: Ryan Eigenmann marries longtime girlfriend

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(via inquirer.net) Ryan Eigenmann, scion of Philippine show biz royalty, wed Cathy Bordalba (his girlfriend of five years – PEP) last Feb. 28 at the Coconut Palace in Manila.  Ryan’s parents, Michael de Mesa and Gina Alajar, attended the ceremony.  Michael flew in from the United States, as did his own parents Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil, scoring a perfect attendance for the talented Eigenmann family. (photo courtesy of Cherryblocks Photography) for more wedding photos, click Eigenmann+Bordalba wedding. for the couple’s prenup pics, see the Ryan+Cathy engagement session.

Celebrity Bride: Camille Prats said “I do…again.”

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Yesterday, March 5, Camille Prats finally walked down the aisle at Sanctuario De San Antonio in Forbes Park to exchange ‘I dos’ once again with husband Anthony Linsangan.  Their reception was held in the Rizal Ballroom of Shangri-La Makati. The couple first tied the knot on January 5, 2008 in a civil ceremony at Los Angeles, California witnessed by their immediate family members. A few weeks after, Camille gave birth to their first child, Nathaniel. The toddler was supposed to be his parent’s ring bearer, but he was asleep during the march. 🙂 (photo by Dino Lara) Among the principal sponsors are Senator Miguel Zubiri, GMA-7 executive Wilma Galvante, ABS-CBN executive Cory Vidanes, GMA Films president Annette Gozon-Abrogar, Aga Muhlach, Mayor Ramon Ylagan, director Edgar Mortiz, Dr. Manny Calayan, and Camille’s manager Arnold Vegafria. Actor John Prats, the bride’s eldest brother, and Angelica Panganiban, stood as cord sponsors. Marvin Agustin and Marco Alcaraz were among the groomsmen, while Diana Zubiri and Iya Villania stood as bridesmaids. Kyla sang “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” as the bride walked towards the altar. The bride’s gown was a Rajo Laruel creation.  The designer said “the dress is a little bit extraordinary because …

Asian pop star married in Boracay!

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Malaysian-born singer Fish Leong got married to Taiwanese businessman Tony Chao in a beach wedding at Discovery Shores last Monday. The bride is well-known in the Mandarin pop scene and has had much success in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan. Jasmine Leong (Fish’s stage name) is known as “the Queen of Love Songs” and famous for her love-themed ballads, many of which have become popular KTV hits. Talks about her planned island wedding came out as early as October last year. Channel News Asia reported that the Fish originally wanted to hold her wedding on the island of Boracay where around 50 relatives and friends were to be invited. The bridegroom was also prepared to bear all expenses including accommodation and flights estimated to be worth S$100,000. But due to the recent storms and floods in the Philippines, the couple is now considering either Okinawa or Guam as an alternative. The following month, Fish laid down guidelines for upcoming wedding. Luckily, their original plans to hold here wedding here pushed through. The couple flew in their own hair & makeup artist and photographer from Taiwan. A few photos from the wedding can be viewed here. The …

Photos from Allen & Roselle’s wedding

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It’s Dino Lara‘s turn to showcase his photographs of his celebrity bride, Roselle Nava when she tied the knot with Allen Tan.  The gown donned by the bride was a Cecilio Abad creation. And yes ladies, there’s also that photo when Piolo Pascual sang in the church. A montage of the performers who rendered song numbers during the reception is also part of the set. Simply click the photo below to view the gallery. (photo by Dino Lara)

An adventure to last forever

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(below is an excerpt from Lea Salonga‘s column “BACKSTORY” for today’s edition of the Inquirer.) MANILA, Philippines—My husband Rob and I just celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary on Sunday. We spent it in Cebu working—he as president of AmbientMedia, overseeing my concert “Your Songs,” and I as the artist singing at the Waterfront Hotel. However, when the concert ended, he took a few minutes for a little old-fashioned romance and gave me a bouquet of roses as the curtain call music was playing. What he didn’t know was that my brother Gerard and I were told that he would be making that sweet presentation (thanks to our production manager, Liza Camus), so we prepared a surprise of our own. I kept Rob onstage, and then signaled Gerard to end the chaser music and start “Two Words.” I sang it to my husband, pretty much the same way I rendered it on our wedding day six years ago. And yes, it got the same reaction, but without the body-wracking sobs. Wow, it’s been quite a while since that beautiful wedding ceremony. I remember that day very well (and since there are numerous videos posted on YouTube, it’s easy to relive it). …

Mar & Korina say their vows before thousands of guests

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  (photo by Rudy Liwanag) Dubbed by local media as the “wedding of the year,” senator and vice-presidential hopeful Mar Roxas (52) married broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez (45) in a well-attended ceremony at the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City. Their theme was appropriately Flipiniana.  The bride wore a serpentina-style piña gown by Pepito Albert sans the traditional bridal veil.  She walked down the aisle teary-eyed with her three brothers taking turns escorting her to the altar, as the groom awaited her. The exchange of rings, the giving of the arrhae, and the exchange of vows were completely documented in this 10-minute video clip from ABS-CBN: After the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds greeted hundreds of well-wishers who stayed and witnessed the entire proceedings on giant screens setup outside the church.  Afterwhich, the couple headed at the courtyard to partake of the simple merienda cena of local delicacies (pan de sal, puto, polvoron, etc) and refreshments.  Also seen was a white, flower-decked pedicab bearing the couple’s picture with the words “Bagong Kasal.” The couple decided to call-off their grand reception banquet to be held at the Araneta Coliseum, and instead donated part of the P3-million budget to various charities and organizations …

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Mar & Korina trim wedding expenses for storm victims

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(via inquirer.net) It will be a scaled down wedding for Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Sen. Mar Roxas and his fiancee, broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez on Oct.27. On radio and in a statement, Sanchez said on Tuesday that she and Roxas have decided to cancel the reception for the wedding and instead donate the money to charities and helping victims of Tropical Storm “Ondoy” and Typhoon “Pepeng.” Sanchez and Roxas are set to wed at the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City two weeks from now and had planned to hold the wedding reception at the Araneta Coliseum — which is owned by the Roxas and Araneta clan. “We are hoping that our guests will understand why we are doing this,” Sanchez said in a statement. “It really does not feel right to be celebrating—no matter how important this date is for Mar and I — at a time of calamity and difficulty for a large number of our kababayans.” In the same statement, Roxas said: “Matagal nga naming pinlano ni Korina at pinaghandaan ang espesyal na araw na ito. Gusto sana namin na marami ang kasalo sa saya. Pero parang hindi tama na malaki ang gagastusin sa selebrasyon sa …

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“I Have Fallen in Love with the Same Woman Thrice”

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The year was 1973.  Ninoy wrote an ode for Cory from within his prison cell in Fort Bonifacio as a political detainee during the Marcos Regime.  The original poem is composed of 19 stanzas symbolic of the years of their marriage.  It’s a tribute to his wife sacrifices for him and their family as he served his country and fought for freedom.  Its theme was both emotional and political. In 1987,  singer/songwriter Jose Mari Chan was commissioned to set the poem into music.  The piece adopted the first line of the poem for its title “I Have Fallen in Love (with Same The Woman Three Times)” and was included in Chan’s top-selling album “Constant Change” which has since achieved a Diamond Record status (10 times platinum in terms of sales). The song didn’t get as much airplay on the radio then as much as the big hits from the album (i.e. “Beautiful Girl”, “Please Be Careful With My Heart”).  But the paean now serves as one of the theme upon the former president’s demise. On the day of Cory’s passing, the Joe Mari Chan was interviewed by Arnold Clavio & Vikki Morales for GMA News detailing about how the song …

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Cory Aquino: a celebration of her life & love!

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Today a wife is brought to her final resting place beside her man in Manila Memorial Park.  In a corner so ordinary as everything around them, the only indication they’re even there is if one doesn’t happen to miss two plain epitaphs bearing the couple’s nicknames: “CORY” and “NINOY.” Ninoy didn’t have the privilege to see his housewife become the first woman president in all of Asia.  Their 29 years of marriage has been punctuated by his seven and a half years of incarceration, and cut short by his brutal assassination.  His death served as the candle that shed light until his countrymen joined his cause which turned darkness into yellow. Her passing, a reminder never to give in to that gloom that tries to envelope us as a nation. My wife & I belong to a generation who only knew Cory as a widow, but never a wife. Our blog entries the past couple of days served as our own first time glimpse into her married life.  Indeed, Ninoy and his housewife was an ordinary couple who led extra ordinary lives because of their love for the country.  May our generation never forget that ‘the good & the beautiful’ …