SHOWBIZ couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera announced Friday that they are getting married this December.
In a press conference dubbed as “The Royal Announcement” on Friday, the couple said the wedding will take place at the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City.
Dantes said venue is special to them as they grew up attending masses in the said church.
“We picked a place na meaning sa amin pareho. Doon ako lumaki sa place na yun, doon ako bininyagan and yan din yung simbahan na madalas namin puntahan together. It’s very beautiful inside. And gusto talaga namin sa Metro Manila lang,” he said.
The couple also revealed that Rivera’s best friends, Roxanne Barcelo and Ana Feleo, will be her maids of honor while Danates’ younger brother, Angelo, will stand as his best man during the wedding.
But when asked about their complete wedding entourage and other details of the event, Dingdong said they are yet to finalize it as they are still in the planning stage.
Rivera added that she is still looking for her wedding couturier.
“Wala pa talaga pero nag-research na ako kung sino pwedeng gumawa. Yung gown ko hindi ko pa talaga alam. Meron pa lang talaga ako nung sapatos, yun lang.”
Meanwhile, the couple was asked on their immediate plans after the wedding.
The couple said they do not know yet where they will take their honeymoon but both are certain they want to start a family soon.
“Totoo talaga, gusto namin (na magka-baby na) pero hindi mo naman mapa-plano yan. As soon as possible sana. Gustong gusto na din niya,” Rivera said.
Dantes, on the other hand, refuted claims that he proposed to Rivera on national television since he is eyeing an elective post in 2016.
The actor said he felt it is important to share that special moment with the fans because they have been supporting their relationship since they became a couple five years ago.
“Binabalik lang namin ito sa lahat. Everyone has been part of our love story. May option din naman namin to keep this private but hindi namin maitatago yung fact na we both started in GMA, nagkakilala kami sa isang show. You were with us in all of our milestone together. After this ang buhay naman talaga namin is magiging private,” Dantes said.
But is he running in 2006?
“As of now, wala pa talaga. Sa sobrang dami ko pang responsibilidad, especially as soon-to-be-husband, doon na muna ako,” he said.
Dantes said this is the right time to settle down and start a new life with his fiancé.
“Malaking bagay sa akin yung tao na willing mag sakripisyo at gawing priority ang pagkakaroon ng isang pamilya at nakita ko sa kanya yun,” he said. “Noong nakita ko kung gaano kahalaga yung pamilya ko sa kanya and yung pamilya din niya sa akin, isa talaga yun sa mga pinakamalaking dahilan. Mahal niya yung mga taong importante sa buhay ko. She’s the housewife.”
Rivera, on her part, said Dantes made her a better person.
“Alam naman natin na gwapo siya, na mabuti siya. Pero siya yung tipo na lalake na magandang impluwensiya sa tao. Siya yung isang sa mga dahilan kung bakit ako mas naging mabuting tao,” she ended. (Sunnex)