Her dad died way before he could see her tie the knot.
But Maxene Magalona made sure that her father, the late rap icon Francis M, was with her in spirit as she walked down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams, musician Rob Mananquil.
Francis M had his place in the ceremony, held in Boracay nearly a decade following his death, as Maxene attached a locket that had a photo of him to her wedding bouquet. She also had one of his hits, "Girl Be Mine," play in the background as she made her way to the altar.
Maxene's sister, Saab, also had a similar locket when she married in 2015, as seen in her wedding video.
In a past interview, Maxene said she wanted her wedding to be in the Philippines, specifically because her dad was buried here.
"I know there's been a trend na sa ibang bansa but since I still want my dad kahit papaano to be part of the wedding, and feeling ko dahil nandito siya at dito siya nakalibing, gusto ko dito talaga," she explained.
Just last month, days before Christmas, Maxene also posted a throwback photo of her as a baby with her dad. "Miss you everyday, Papa," she wrote as the caption.
Francis M died in 2009 following a battle with leukemia. He was 44.