MANILA - Actress-turned-politician Alma Moreno denied reports that she had separated from her husband, Marawi City Mayor Sultan Fahad "Pre" Salic.
In an interview, Moreno said she and Salic are still married. The only way they are separated, she said, is by distance.
"That's fine kahit sabihin nilang hiwalay kami. Hindi po totoo. Hindi po totoo na hiwalay ako sa kanya. Hiwalay kami dahil nasa Marawi City siya [at] nandito ako sa Parañaque," said Moreno, who was elected Councilor of Parañaque in 2007.
The couple married last March 21 at the Vistamar Resort in Cebu City. This is both Moreno's and Salic's second marriage.
Moreno said she and her Muslim husband try to make time for each other, even if their cities are 497 miles apart.
"Kung may time kami, kahit saglit lang, kung ilang days lang kami magkita. Pero quality naman. Saka ramdam mo 'yong pagmamahal sa isa't isa ay happy na ako doon. Masaya na kami sa isa't isa," she said.
Moreno was a former girlfriend of action star Rudy Fernandez, King of Comedy Dolphy Quizon and comedian Joey Marquez.
Prior to Salic, she had dated actor Gerard Madrid, who was 20 years her junior. Moreno (born Vanessa Lacsamana) shot to fame in 1976 when she worked on the film "Bitayin si Baby Ama" with co-star Rudy Fernandez.
The onscreen pair bore a son, actor Mark Anthony Fernandez.
When the romance with Fernandez fizzled, she paired up with Quizon, with whom she has a son - Vandolph Quizon.
In 1992, Moreno married Marquez. In their 12 years of marriage, they had 4 children: Yeoj, VJ, Winwyn and Em Em. In 2004, however, Moreno and Marquez split.
Moreno had a few brief relationships after the separation until she met and fell in love with Salic at the Philippine Councilor's League, where Moreno acted as the national secretary general.