Al Gore still wears wedding ring

By Karen Galarpe, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Jun 09 2010 12:02 PM | Updated as of Jun 09 2010 11:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former US Vice President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore was spotted still wearing his wedding ring upon his arrival yesterday at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

This was in spite of a formal announcement about his separation from his wife of 40 years, Tipper.

Gore flew to Manila on Korean Airlines Flight KE 621 from Seoul to speak about climate change at the SMX Convention Hall in Pasay City.

The media that met him at the airport and the audience sitting at the front seats of the convention hall could not help but notice the ring.

Former US Vice President Al Gore upon arrival in Manila, still wearing his wedding ring. Photo credit: Raoul Esperas

Gore's status as a newly separated man has sparked interest among the public, and Filipinos online have even tried to suggest he meet fellow environmentalist and former Senator Loren Legarda whose marriage to businessman Tony Leviste was annulled a few years ago.

Netizens even went as far as calling the "loveteam" LeGoreda.

Toward the end of the question-and-answer portion at the "Al Gore Live in Manila" event yesterday, host and journalist Cheche Lazaro tried to get Gore to talk about his personal life, and even mentioned that Gore may have been aware of what Filipinos have been talking about. Asked to comment, Gore simply said, "No. I don't do that." The audience applauded.

Personal life

But Gore did reveal a bit about his personal life, when someone in the audience asked a question about his son and what his experience as a father has taught him. Gore's son, Al Gore III, at age 6, was hit by a car, almost died, and required extensive surgery and therapy. In 2007, at age 24, he was arrested by police for drug possession.

It took a few minutes before Gore could answer, and obviously tried to hold back his emotions.

"Your child is so precious to you. I couldn't imagine losing him. And all of a sudden I came face to face with that possibility. It is a shattering experience," Gore said.

"Because this shattering experience affected my heart in a way that is unexpected, it left a place in my heart that made me think about this differently. What changed was I found in that raw place in my heart an ability to feel that we can lose this [earth] and it's worth fighting for," Gore added.

After the talk, Gore attended a gala dinner held in his honor. According to a guest who was tweeting on Twitter at the event, Gore was seated at the same table as Legarda, with Hans Sy, president of SM Prime, organizer of the "Al Gore Live in Manila", seated between them.

Gore is set to leave Manila today. -- Karen Galarpe, abs-cbnNEWS.com