(From left) Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero and wife Heart Evangelista pose with her parents, Cecile and Rey Ongpauco. Photo: @iamhearte on Instagram
MANILA - Actress Heart Evangelista and Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero, who got married four months ago, are planning to renew their vows as early as next year, according to the lawmaker.
"It's not a full blown wedding. We'll just renew our vows," Escudero told Radyo Inquirer on Wednesday, noting that it will likely be held in their Quezon City home.
Explaining why they have decided to hold the ceremony, the senator said, "Gusto lang niya (Evangelista), may pictures kaming lahat, kasama ang parents ko, parents niya.
"Mas mahalaga masaya si Heart dahil matagal na niyang binibitbit at pinapasan ito. Malaking tinik ang nabunot sa kanya ika nga kaugnay nga nang pagkakabati-bati at pagkakayos."
Escudero, who had long been estranged from Evangelista's parents, was referring to his recent reconciliation with the two -- which, for the actress, was a "miracle" and a "dream come true."
Rey and Cecile Ongpauco skipped their daughter's wedding last February, two years after they publicly disapproved of Escudero for Evangelista over his supposedly being disrespectful and an alcoholic.
Defying her parents, Evangelista stood by the senator, prompting her to live independently from her family. While Evangelista and her father were on speaking terms by July 2013, the actress and her mother only mended ties in August 2014.
Referring to his first meeting with the Ongpaucos as his in-laws, Escudero said, "Walang issue, walang mabigat na pinag-usapan, normal lang at naging masaya ang pagsasama namin.
"Araw matapos noon, pinagdiwang naman ng kanyang nanay 'yung birthday niya at nag salu-salo ulit kami kasama ang mga kapatid niya. So all is well that ends well."