It almost didn’t happen


CARMINA Villaroel and Zoren Legaspi. photo:NICE PRINT

The wedding of Carmina Villaroel and Zoren Legaspi on Nov. 15 could have happened earlier this year were it not for a tiny legal hitch.

The couple said their initial application for a marriage license was disapproved because they lacked a particular “requirement.”

Zoren said they failed to produce a document, relating to the annulment of Carmina’s first marriage to Rustom Padilla, who’s now a transgender going by the name BB Gandanghari.

“’Yung kulang… may isang judge na hindi nakapirma sa annulment papers niya (What was lacking was the signature of one judge in the annulment papers),” Zoren told the Inquirer at the press con for the coming airing of their wedding special on ABS-CBN.

This was confirmed by Carmina, who said, “pirma o stamp na lang ang kulang (a signature or a stamp was lacking).”

“I couldn’t remember how you call it exactly, but fortunately, I managed to fix it before the wedding,” Zoren explained. “It took me about four months.”

According to published reports, the annulment of Carmina’s marriage to Rustom was granted in June 2002 by the Pasig Regional Trial Court.

Zoren said they never wanted a lavish wedding like the one they had at the Fernbrook Gardens in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. The couple originally planned  a simple, closed-door civil marriage.

Marriage license

The challenge for Zoren in pulling off the surprise wedding was having Carmina sign the marriage license without his plans getting spoiled.

“I knew I was signing a marriage license, but they told me it was for tax purposes. I didn’t think that I was actually getting married!” Carmina related.

“She’s quite gullible!” Zoren jested.

Carmina was made to believe that they would be shooting a commercial that required them to wear formal attire.

On how much he spent for the wedding, Zoren politely declined to divulge figures. “I didn’t mind spending because I knew I would make my wife very happy,” he said.

“Zoren-Carmina: Always Forever, A Wedding Like No Other” airs on Nov. 24 after “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”

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  • c

    ok so they’re married na. tapos na. more of the same news upcoming pa rin in all internet websites??? hehehe. attention all products needing endorsments from “finally real family wed” couple, make a beeline now!

  • staad

    real disaster what happened to rustom padilla who cutout his balls to become a ladyboy. what a waste.

    • kristine

      a ladyboy? do you even know what that means? he btw has not cut of his balls as you eloquently put it…she’s a transgendered woman, best to read up on things you say/post on the internet, because it makes you sound ignorant and lack of better word, stupid

  • spider69

    parang lumalabas na low I Q si Carmina.  you will sign a paper w/o reading it properly. malaki ang kaibahan ng tax document comparing to a marriage contract. 

    • Nova Madrid

      please read the article again. She knew it was a marriage license. 

      • spider69

        yes I understand, she knows that it is a marriage license. but to sign it for tax purposes is big different. para saan. I am beginning to doubt. magkano kaya ang kinita ng ABS-CBN. this Saturday11/24/2012 is another to watch .

    • lolo_jose

      kasi po mas malaki ang tax exemption na binabayaran pag “married” at may dependents keysa “single.” alam nya na ang marriage doc can support in filing an income tax.

      • athenachrista

        Sorry Lolo pero luma na ata ang alam mong tax code. 50,000 na po ang fixed basic personal exemption kesyo married, single, divorced, separated, or it’s complicated ka.

  • pikachu_99

    Please guys. Let’s just be happy for both of them ok. Let’s promote a culture of positive vibes for other people. Sanay kasi tayong mga Pilipino na manglait imbes na tingnan at purihin ang mabuting side ng mga pangyayari. Collectively, being positive will boost good morality and will eventually help  our nation move forward.

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