MANILA, Philippine -- After mounting the televised surprise wedding that made ladies across the country swoon, Zoren Legaspi may have just earned the modern day "Prince Charming" tag, according to his wife and partner of 14 years, Carmina Villaroel.
"Hindi talaga namin in-expect, lalo na [si Zoren]," the Kapamilya actress, 37, was quoted as saying by the entertainment news website Push.com.ph, referring to the overwhelming response to her wedding with Legaspi, 40.
On November 15, the two finally tied the knot shortly after the actor-host proposed to his long-time partner.
Legaspi had enlisted the help of his children with Villaroel, Cassandra and Maverick, as well as colleagues of the actress-host from ABS-CBN, to carry out the surprise proposal and wedding ceremony held on a Thursday evening at Fernbrook Garden in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The wedding was attended by celebrity colleagues of the couple and their non-showbiz friends and family. It was televised live on ABS-CBN's flagship newscast "TV Patrol," and later, in packaged form, via the TV special "Zoren-Carmina Always, Forever: A Wedding Like No Other."
On the night the news of the wedding broke exclusively on "TV Patrol," terms related to the surprise affair and the names of the couple became top trending topics worldwide on micro-blogging site Twitter. The same feat was achieved when the wedding's TV special aired a week later.
"Nung pina-plano nga [ni Zoren] wala siyang inisip na kung ano 'yung sasabihin sa kanya ng mga tao, na may pogi points pala ito para sa kanya. Wala talaga kaya nagulat talaga kami sa reaction ng mga tao," Villaroel said.
"So natutuwa siya kasi parang lahat sila sinasabi na I’m so lucky kasi nga ginawa nga yun ni Zoren. Hindi na nga 'Prince Charming' eh, 'Zoren' na 'yung tawag 'di ba sa 'Prince Charming' na adjective," she added.
For the "May Isang Pangarap" star -- the 2013 Kapamilya series was recently launched along with other new shows at the ABS-CBN Thanksgiving Trade Party -- she feels she cannot possibly top the surprise mounted by her husband.
"Ay wala na, ito talaga sa kanya hindi ko na ma-ta-top 'yun. Hindi ko siya kayang bigyan ng ganung klaseng surprise. So siya naman hindi naman niya hinihingi o hindi naman siya nag-aantay ng kapalit. So wala, hindi ko siya i-a-attempt kasi hindi ko talaga siya kayang patalbugin," Villaroel said.