MANILA, Philippines – Actor Zoren Legaspi revealed that he made a promise to actress Carmina Villaroel’s father to marry his daughter.
|Celebrity couple Carmina Villaroel and Zoren Legaspi
In an interview with Boy Abunda after the surprise wedding that happened at Fernbrook Garden in Alabang, Muntinlupa City last Thursday, Legaspi said Villaroel’s father was in critical condition months back and he told him that he will marry his daughter once he gets better.
“Wala ka kasi doon sa family meeting nung inoperahan ang daddy mo. Hindi ka nila in-inform, hindi kita in-inform na ang kalagayan ng daddy mo noon, 50-50 talaga. So the next night, pumunta ulit ako kay Daddy Reggie tapos parang binigyan ko siya ng something to look forward to. Sabi ko, ‘Daddy Reggie, hindi ko po nasabi sa inyo na ikakasal kami ni Carmina ngayong November so magpagaling kayo agad,’” he shared.
Legaspi said he really intended to propose to Villaroel when their family went to Japan for a vacation recently, but his plan did not push through.
The actor then thought of proposing to Villaroel again after the actress had a press conference for her show “Lorenzo’s Time” where she revealed that she will be married soon.
“Sabi ko this is the right opportunity dahil nandito ang family mo from San Francisco. Pinili ko talaga yung birthday ng daddy mo which is November 16 para 'yung day namin pareho,” he said.
During the wedding day itself, Villaroel’s father walked her down the aisle. Before handing his daughter’s hand to Legaspi, the actor said: “Gusto ko sanang humingi ng paumanhin dahil baliktad po nangyari, nauna po 'yung kambal kesa sa kasal. Pero at the same time, gusto ko rin magpasalamat dahil tinanggap niyo ako nang buong-puso, nang hindi niyo tinanong kung gaano ko kamahal ang inyong anak. Na-appreciate ko po iyon, Daddy Reggie.”
While they both waited for 12 years to be married, Villaroel said it was all worth it because she does not see herself spending the rest of her life with someone else.
“Yung relationship naman natin close to perfection. We don’t fight, bickering, yes, pero para tayong sitcom. Nilu-look forward ko ang buhay ko na ganoon pa hanggang maging lolo at lola tayo,” she said.
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, who was 13 years old then.
However, it was only in year 2000 when they 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 actor Rustom Padilla, until August this year.