The mother of young superstar Judy Ann Santos said Tuesday she cried when her youngest daughter and actor Ryan Agoncillo exchanged “I dos” in San Juan, Batangas.
“Crying galore. I always cry at weddings kapag nag-aanak ako ng kasal. What more kung bunso ko?” Carol, popularly called Mommy Carol, said in an interview on radio dzMM.
Mommy Carol said she was touched by Agoncillo's gesture when the groom embraced and thanked her for giving her blessings to the union.
“Ryan hugged me and said: 'Thanks for giving me Judai.' Talagang nakakatuwa,” she said.
Mommy Carol described the wedding at San Juan Nepomuceno Church as very solemn, non-traditional and very simple - just like Judai wanted it.
"Whenever she saw a showbiz wedding [Judai] would say: 'I don't want that.' Her dream wedding really came true," she said.
Instead of a wedding packed with guests and papparazi, the couple decided to invite a few close friends and relatives to the ceremony. Santos’ father also arrived from Los Angeles to attend the wedding.
The ceremony was also a non-traditional affair. Instead of the usual processional, only Judai, her matron of honor Megastar Sharon Cuneta, and adopted daughter Johanna Lois or Yohan, walked down the aisle.
The private ceremony, which was closed to the media, started at around 7 a.m. and was finished in less than an hour. “There was a Mass at 8 a.m. so the wedding was a bit rushed. Even the photo-op was rushed. We finished at a quarter to 8,” Mommy Carol said.
She said the song “The Prayer” was specifically requested by her daughter. It was sung by Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid during the offertory.
She said Cuneta and husband Sen. Francis Pangilinan had to leave after the breakfast reception to celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary Tuesday.
Other details of the wedding stood out for its simplicity and elegance.
The wedding invitation was placed inside a box, which had one white flip-flop. The invitation read: "Eto na 'to. Inuman na. Punta kang nakaputi (This is it. It's drinking time. Come in white)." There was no date on the invitation.
Ramon Isberto, one of the principal sponsors, said the wedding's white motif gave the ceremony a "nice, fresh, happy effect."
He said the guests, including the sponsors, were just told to wear white, and many of them did not wear the usual formal wedding clothes. Some of the guests even wore white shorts and white rubber slippers.
"The whole wedding was casual and the attire had something to do with it," he said. "Maganda tingnan, malinis....Hindi masagwa tingnan because of the all-white effect."
As a result of the happy and light mood, he said "everyone clapped when Judai arrived."
Isberto, a mentor-friend of Agoncillo's, said there were no powerful and wealthy sponsors even if the couple could have had as many as they wanted.
"Walang sikat na sponsor. We're just people who they can easily turn to for advice," he said.
Aside from Isberto, the couple's principal sponsors include ace photographer Bien Bautista, Ryan's uncle Benjie Gonzales, TV host Susie Entrata-Abrera, director Rory Quintos, and Jane Buencamino, Judy Ann's road manager.
In his sermon, Fr. Tito Caluag, the couple's spiritual adviser, said Santos and Agoncillo have been through a lot in their relationship, which is why he is confident they will be able to handle their marriage.
'We thought it was Korina's wedding'
The wedding took many people by surprise including some of the guests. Earlier news reports said the wedding was scheduled on May 2.
A source who works in San Juan Nepomuceno Church said the staff knew that there was going to be a high profile wedding but the parish priest did not tell them who was getting married.
He said he knew that it was a celebrity wedding when the crew arrived Monday night for the sound system and lights but the identities of the couple remained a mystery.
"It was very mysterious. We thought it was Korina," he said, referring to ABS-CBN broadcaster Korina Sanchez who recently announced her engagement to Sen. Manuel Roxas.
Mommy Carol said her only wish for her daughter and Agoncillo is for their marriage to last forever.
"I don't want it to be too showbiz where you marry today and separate tomorrow. It took [Judai] so long to really find somebody na magugustuhan niya. Deserved naman niya maging happy,” she said.
“For the longest time, walang ginawa yan kundi [magtrabaho para] sa aming family… So, ngayon sabi ko nga sa kanya start your own family. Dapat forever silang magsama.” -- With Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News, and Ma. Rosanna Mina, abs-cbnNEWS.com
For more news about the Judai-Ryan wedding please watch TV Patrol Tuesday night.