Ai Ai delas Alas believes it’s about time stories about older women in relationships reach mainstream popularity, so the viral hit that was the trailer of “Glorious” was welcomed by the screen veteran, herself with a partner decades her junior.
Delas Alas is nearly 54, while her husband, Gerald Sibayan, is turning 25 this month, making their age gap nearly three decades.
A similar situation is portrayed in “Glorious,” starring Angel Aquino and Tony Labrusca — one of the first original movies made for ABS-CBN’s revamped iWant streaming service.
“Yes! 50 is the new 20! Super relate kami,” delas Alas told PEP.ph, quoting a tagline from the film’s viral trailer. “Dapat noon pa may movie na ganyan. Dati ko pa ‘yan gustong gawin! Wala!”
In one of the scenes shown in the trailer, the characters of Aquino and Labrusca openly discuss how outsiders perceive their relationship, including that it’s about leeching off the older woman. They agree that’s not the case.
“Meron talagang pag-ibig na hindi lang pera-pera,” delas Alas said. “Hindi naman lahat, pag may edad 'yung lalaki o babae, pera na agad. Puwede namang nagmamahalan din, ‘di ba?”
Delas Alas and Sibayan are not the only showbiz couple where a woman happens to be much older than her male partner. In photos, here’s a look at other “Glorious” pairings, past and present, with at least 20 years of age gap:
Ai Ai delas Alas and Gerald Sibayan
Age gap: 29 years
Tia Pusit and Nathan Villa
Age gap: 38 years
Formerly in a relationship
The late comedienne was 65 and her former boyfriend, 27, when they broke up in late 2013 after more than a year of being a couple. Tia Pusit, whose real name is Myrna Villanueva, died in 2014. File photo, ABS-CBN News
Dionisia Pacquiao and Michael Yamson
Age gap: 27 years
In a relationship
The “Pacmom” was 65 and her seaman-boyfriend, 38, when they went public with their relationship in 2014. They appear to still be together four years later, with Yamson most recently seen with Pacquiao at her 69th birthday bash last May. File photo, ABS-CBN News
Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho
Age gap: 24 years
After tumultuous years as a couple, the celebrity doctors, 62 and 38 respectively, finally settled down in 2017 with a lavish Paris wedding. They have one daughter together, Scarlet Snow. Instagram: @dochayden
Mystica and Kid Lopez
Age gap: 22 years
The former sexy performer and her husband, shown in photo with “Ang Probinsyano” co-stars, recently made headlines after being cast in the top-rating teleserye, thanks to Mystica’s viral callout to star Coco Martin for a comeback opportunity. Facebook: Ruby Villanueva