Cesca Litton and Tyke Kalaw. Photo from Cesca Litton's Instagram Account.
MANILA – The fiancé of TV host Cesca Litton has finally broken his silence over the confusion about their planned Balesin wedding, which made headlines this week.
The controversy broke when makeup artist Ria Gamboa made a Facebook post criticizing the resort for supposedly prioritizing "a celebrity-politician couple," who wanted their wedding on February 14, 2015 -- the same day as Litton and Tyke Kalaw, who have already been preparing for their wedding for months.
In a comment which he made in one of the TV host’s Instagram posts, Kalaw said they made their reservation last May.
“We asked to reserve Balesin for Feb. 14 back in May, and that is already considered pencil booking. We tried to make a down payment and reserve the entire Balesin village for this occasion. We've been trying to since May,” he said.
“Balesin did not let us because Mr. Ongpin did not approve it yet. They said everything is a go pending Mr. Ongpin's approval and that he was already informed that we wanted to reserve the date,” he added.
Kalaw said he became furious when he and Litton were informed last Saturday that the reason their wedding date was disapproved was because of the upcoming nuptials of Heart Evangelista and Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
“The reason they gave me was because Chiz and Heart called Mr. Ongpin wanting the same date for their wedding. I'm assuming, even hoping, that the couple did not know that was our date even if they were informed by someone they tried to hire that's already doing our wedding,” he said.
Expressing disappointment that all their efforts went to waste, Kalaw said: “They knew Ongpin and we did not. That is what it came down to. Now address me and stop bugging my fiancée so we can plan our amazing wedding.”
Businessman Roberto Ongpin is the chairman of Balesin developer Alphaland.
In a statement published on Balesin's official website, Ongpin said he indeed offered Escudero and Evangelista to have their wedding held at the resort after hearing of their engagement.
Ongpin said he checked with the reservations department of Balesin whether the venue would be available on February 14. At the time, Ongpin added, nobody had confirmed on that date.
"So, nobody has been 'bumped off,'" he said.
Meanwhile, in separate interviews, both Escudero and Evangelista said they have nothing to do with the supposed "bumping off" of a planned wedding in Balesin.
"We're not like that," the actress said. "This is the best day of our lives. I'm a bride-to-be, she's a bride-to-be. Who would do that to any bride-to-be? There's no truth to it and I hope ma-iron out nila."
On social media, Evangelista also clarified to her followers that no final date has been set for her and Escudero's wedding.
Escudero echoed this in an interview with Senate reporters, adding that the supposed issue concerning the other wedding is for Balesin to resolve. "Sa parte namin, ni wala pa kaming pinal na petsa o lugar," he said. "Paano naman kami magiging dahilan at madadamay sa issue na 'yan?"