Surprise wedding ceremony for Carmina
MANILA, Philippines -- Celebrity couple Carmina Villaroel and Zoren Legaspi were married on Thursday shortly after the actor-host proposed to his partner of 12 years.
Legaspi enlisted the help of his children with Villaroel, Cassie and Maverick, as well colleagues of the actress-host from ABS-CBN, to carry out the surprise proposal and wedding ceremony held Thursday evening at Fernbrook Garden in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The wedding was attended by showbiz colleagues of the couple and their non-showbiz friends and family.
Villaroel and Legaspi have known each other since his "That's Entertainment" days, when the actor-host openly expressed his admiration for the Kapamilya actress. She was 13 years old then.
Before they became a couple, however, the two were romantically linked to other showbiz personalities. Legaspi was in a relationship with Ruffa Gutierrez for a time, while Villaroel was married to actor Rustom Padilla in 1998.
The actress-host's marriage with Padilla was short-lived, however. In 2000, Villaroel separated from the former hunk actor, who later admitted on national television his sexual preference, and re-emerged as a "woman" named BB Gandanghari.
Following this, Villaroel and Legaspi, who had been long-time neighbors in Pasig, became closer as friends and eventually became a couple.
In 2001, the actress gave birth to their children, Cassie and Maverick, in the United States.
After 12 years of being a couple, the chance of marriage had eluded the couple due to "legalities" and "annotations" from Villaroel's previous marriage with Padilla, until August this year.
At the time, on the ocassion of the actress-host's 37th birthday, Legaspi openly expressed his intentions to finally marry Villaroel before the end of the year. -- Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News