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Friday, August 13, 2010

P-Noy an 'abay' at Ogie-Regine wedding

Three weeks before Ogie Alcasid made the announcement in last Sunday’s edition of the GMA noontime show Party Pilipinas, Pres. Noynoy “P-Noy” Aquino already knew that Ogie and his beloved Regine Velasquez were getting married before end of this year.

As The STAR reported in a “scoop” also last Sunday, quoting a VDPA (Very Deep Penetration Agent), the sweerthearts would get married either at a beach, or a garden, wedding on Dec. 22.

But in a one-on-one the other day, Ogie didn’t confirm the date, even if Regine had been hinting that something would happen on Dec. 22. Two days before last Sunday, Ogie and his manager Leo Dominguez sent text messages, alerting the receivers to “watch out for an important announcement” on Party Pilipinas. When Funfare texted Ogie what the “important announcement” was all about, and what’s so significant about Dec. 22, he simply texted back, “Basta, it will be a happy day.”

In his and Regine’s joint announcement con todo tears of joy and duets of their favorite love songs, Ogie said that they were finally getting married but didn’t mention any date, except to say that it was going to be toward the end of the year.

The hindrance to the couple’s wedding, planned three years ago when they got engaged, was the pending decision on Ogie and ex-wife Michelle van Eimeren’s petition for annulment of marriage which the court finally granted last June 21.

Three weeks ago, the new set of officers of the OPM (Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit) of which Ogie is president, took their oath of office before Pres. P-Noy 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 Pres. 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 a man or a woman who acts as secondary sponsor runs the risk of delaying his/her own marriage or not marrying at all, Ogie was surprised. “I didn’t know that.”

P-Noy also stood as one of the principal sponsors at the wedding of his May 10 running-mate Sen. Mar Roxas and Korina Sanchez in October last year.

Asked if he and Regine would also invite P-Noy’s girlfriend
, Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad, to be P-Noy’s partner, Ogie said, “We haven’t decided yet. It’s up to Regine to choose the lady secondary sponsors. Usually, ang pinipili ng bride ‘yung mga close sa kanya, di ba?”

On the day of this interview, Ogie and Regine formally met with GMA big boss Atty. Felipe Gozon to invite him as one of the principal sponsors. Others include GMA SVP for Entertainment Wilma Galvante, TV5 big boss Manny V. Pangilinan and Dr. Vicki Belo who will accompany Regine to the States for the measurement of Regine’s wedding gown to be designed by Monique Lhuillier.

“We are pressed for time,” said Ogie. “We haven’t completed the list of sponsors yet, both principal and secondary. Wala pa akong Best Man; si Regine wala pang Maid of Honor.”

For sure, Ogie’s ex-wife Michelle and their daughters Leila and Sarah will attend the wedding, just as Ogie and Regine did when Michelle married her fellow Australian Mark Morrow in Australia last year.

“Michelle knew about Regine and my engagement three years ago,” said Ogie. “She was also among the first people to know about Regine’s and my plan to get married this year. It’s a wedding planned as early as three years ago and Michelle knew that.”

Ogie said that theirs will be a simple wedding which they hope to keep solemn — by avoiding the media, just like what Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo did, if they can?

“Basta, ayaw naming maging circus ang kasal namin.”

Asked where their honeymoon would be, Ogie smiled.

“We haven’t also thought of it. Maybe we’ll just go to a beach to relax…Regine and I together with Mark and Michelle and our daughters.”


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