The President’s daughter is getting married, according to several sources close to the couple.
Evangelina Lourdes "Luli" Arroyo, 37, is scheduled to tie the knot with former Ayala Foundation director and ex-investment banker J. Aloysius 'Luigi' Bernas on January 9, 2009 in Bohol province, sources said.
The invitations have already been sent out, one source added.
Abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak contacted another source close to the couple to check a report that Luli is getting married this Sunday in Tagaytay, and the source said the report is “not completely true.”
Another source close to the couple refused to comment when asked whether the Bohol wedding next year is true.
Arroyo, who holds a masters degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, is the only unmarried child of the President.
Elder brother Juan Miguel "Mikey", 39, married Ma. Angela Montenegro in June 2002 while younger brother Diosdado Ignacio "Dato" Jose, 34, married Maria Victoria Manotok in 2003. Mikey is the representative of the 2nd District of Pampanga while Dato is the representative of the 1st District of Camarines Sur.
Luigi, reportedly around ten years older than Luli, is a son of lawyer Antonio Bernas and a nephew of Ateneo Law School Dean and 1986 Constitutional Commission member Fr. Joaquin Bernas.
Luli: Neither confirm nor deny
Asked to comment on whether the report is true, Luli told ABS-CBN News reporter RG Cruz in an e-mail: "I never talk about my personal life. My personal life has never been open to media and that doesn't change."
Luli said she was willing to talk publicly about her advocacies such as environmental protection, but not about her private life.
"If you ask me about WWF [World Wildlife Fund] and the Coral Triangle Initiative, I'd be happy to talk about it all...All I know is that whoever is spreading these rumors is probably not someone I know personally and doesn't know what he or she is talking about," she said.
Luli said there have been rumors about her private life but she has chosen to keep silent.
The choice of Bohol, one source said, is part of Luli's wish that the event be kept as private as possible.
Like Luli, Luigi has been involved in civil society causes such as his work with Ayala Foundation. He is a graduate of Xavier School, Ateneo de Manila University, and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
Unlike her two brothers, Luli has chosen to take a low-profile role under the Arroyo presidency.
She earned praise in the early years of the Arroyo administration when she opted not to join the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) despite topping the Foreign Service Institute exam.
Among the President’s children, Luli has been the most vocal defender of her father and mother when it comes to corruption allegations, especially in last year’s National Broadband Network-ZTE Corp. scandal involving businessman Jose "Joey" de Venecia III. -- with a report from RG CRUZ, ABS-CBN News