Senator Manuel 'Mar' Roxas II cried during the popular noontime show "Wowowee" after his fiancee, ABS-CBN chief correspondent, Korina Sanchez, expressed her love for him on Saturday.
Roxas told Wowowee host Willie Revillame it was Sanchez who made him stop wanting to be a bachelor.
"Siya yung nagpatigil sa pagkaka-binata ko," Roxas said.
Sanchez, who was wearing her engagement ring, said she never thought she would meet the man in her life.
"Kala ko kasi, Willie, hindi na ito darating sa buhay ko e....Gusto ko lang sabihin kay Mar na, kahapon, ngayon, at bukas, iyong iyo ako," she said.
Roxas also described to Willie how he proposed to Sanchez.
"Siyempre magakatabi kami, kami lang, nag hoholding hands, at sinabi ko naman sa kaniya na, 'Honey, alam mo naman siguro na tayo na nga talaga ito, kaya, I want to formally ask your hand in marriage," Roxas said, after which he shed tears.
Sanchez then wiped away the tears on Roxas' face with her finger.
After Willie expressed surprise at Roxas' emotional response, Roxas said: "Na touch [kasi] ako sa sinabi niya e."
No date yet
On Friday, Sanchez clarified that there is no date yet for the wedding.
However, when asked whether the ring was a sign of a forthcoming wedding, she coyly answered: "Bakit masama bang magsuot ng singsing?"
A source close to the couple said it was possible that the pair would be wed in June, which Sanchez denied. "Ayokong maging June bride dahil tag-ulan," she said, laughing.
Aside from the ring, reports said Roxas has been bringing Sanchez along with him to numerous family engagements, including last April 15 when the Roxas clan gathered to honor the 61st death anniversary of President Manuel Roxas.
However, Roxas denied that Sanchez's invitation to the intimate affair spells wedding bells.
"Bakit naman hindi kasama siya sa pamilya namin at lahat naman kami ay taun-taon nagbibigay galang sa death anniversary ng aking lolo?" Roxas said.
Recently, Sanchez was also spotted at a family reunion with the Aranetas, comprising of Roxas's relatives on his mother's side.
"Kilala naman ni Koring yung pamilya ko. Close naman sila at nung nagkaroon kami ng reunion din sa Negros ay sinama ko siya para mas makilala niya pa ang ibang miyembro ng pamilya ko," the senator said.
Impact on 2010
A Roxas campaign strategist admitted that should Sanchez and Roxas decide to take their high-profile relationship to the next level, this would boost Roxas's campaign for presidency in 2010.
For now, the source said the couple are busy with their jobs, with Sanchez as the chief correspondent of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs.
Although hard-pressed to confirm future wedding plans, the couple stubbornly kept mum.
"Wala pa, abangan niyo nalang. Kayo ang unang makakaalam," Sanchez said. -- with a report from Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News