Why Denise Laurel, fiance prefer long engagement

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Posted at Dec 11 2014 01:51 AM | Updated as of Dec 12 2014 12:27 AM

MANILA - Denise Laurel and her fiance, basketball player Sol Mercado, got engaged in October 2013 but are only planning to tie the knot in 2016.

In a live interview on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight" on Wednesday, the 27-year-old actress explained that she and Mercado are "taking our time and enjoying."

"I think we want to prepare and enjoy each other, and take the time for Alejandro (Laurel's son from a previous relationship) also to ease into things. Hindi talaga kami nagmamadali," she said.

"You know, the best thing he ever told me was, 'You know, in my heart, kasal na tayo, eh. Follow your dreams and I'll wait for you.' Na-touch ako nang bongga doon!"

When asked how Mercado's relationship is with her son, Laurel said that the two get along much better than she does with her fiance. This, despite them not being related biologically. Laurel earlier said Alejandro's father is Italian-American, but refused to divulge his identity.

"I think they were made for each other," she said of Mercado and her son. "The truth of it is, by blood, they are not related. But I feel like the essence of them, their souls, they were made for each other. More than me and Sol pa. I feel like Alejandro was made for Sol and Sol, for Alejandro. They're so alike, even the way they run, it's the same!"

On Instagram, Laurel has been sharing photos of her son with Mercado. In her posts, she refers to Alejandro as her "little warrior" -- a term of endearment she explained in her live interview on Wednesday.

"When I found out I was pregnant, I was already three and a half months. I found it because delikado pala 'yung pregnancy ko. I didn't have pre-natal care for the first trimester," said Laurel, who gave birth to Alejandro in 2011.

"I call him my 'little warrior,' because despite everything that happened, kumapit pa rin siya. He fought through everything. And here he is now, too big for his age and super strong!"