Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano
MANILA – “Yes, we are engaged.”
This was the admission of director Paul Soriano on Sunday when asked about the status of his relationship with host-actress Toni Gonzaga, his girlfriend for more than seven years.
In an interview on “The Buzz” on Sunday, Soriano revealed that he proposed to Gonzaga last January 21 in their family home in Rizal -- when she least expected it.
“It was right after her birthday. It was like 12:30 a.m. January 21. We'd just come from a birthday dinner and I had the ring in my pocket the whole dinner. I just wanted to wait for the right private moment. It happened in her home, just very simple. She was in her pantulog already,” he said.
Soriano said he first talked to Gonzaga’s parents before asking Gonzaga if she would marry him.
“I was in tears. It was quite an emotional moment. Before we went up to her living room, I had to talk to Tito Bonoy and Tita Pinty and I showed them the ring. I said, ‘Do you mind po if I propose to Toni?’ And her mom was like, ‘Oh it’s about time.’ So that was nice. And the dad looks at me and said, ‘Why are you asking me? Ask her.’ That meant there was that blessing. I wanted to give honor to her parents first. We literally ran into her living room,” he said.
Aside from Gonzaga’s parents, the proposal was also witnessed by the actress’ sister, Alex.
“Matutulog na ako, wala akong idea. Tapos mamaya pumanik si Paul. Bawal siya pumanik sa second floor. Kasama niya sila mommy and daddy. Paglabas ko sabi niya, ‘Where’s your sister? Call her.’ Paglabas na ni Catherine, sumimangot na siya. Tapos nagsalita na [si Paul]. Habang nagsasalita na siya, sabi ni Catherine, ‘Ay hindi, ay hindi.’ Tapos tumakbo si Alex so hindi siya natapos magsalita, hinabol pa ni [Paul]. ‘Catherine, go back!’ Sabi ni Alex, ‘Ayaw ko! Ayaw ko yan!’ Umeeksena pa si Alex. Tapos bumalik na siya. Tapos tumakbo na naman si Alex, hinabol na naman siya ni Paul. Tapos sinabihan na siya ng daddy na wag na tumakbo,” Gonzaga shared.
Asked what exactly did he say at that moment, Soriano said: “I just told her family -- I know they are only four -- I said, ‘I’m not here to take her away from you guys. I’m actually here to join you if that’s possible.’ When they hugged, I said this is one of the moments where you just have to cry. I just got down on my knee and I asked her if she will marry me. She said yes. Before I was done, I think halfway through the question pa lang, nag-yes na.”
According to the celebrity couple, they are planning to tie the knot this year.
“It’s been seven and a half years. She’s been such a great part of my life. The best blessing I’ve ever received. I want to spend the rest of my life with her,” Soriano said.