On Freedom Day, Toni Gonzaga, Paul Soriano tie knot
Isn’t it ironic that lovers should tie the knot on Independence Day?
But actress-TV host Toni Gonzaga and commercial and film director Paul Soriano chose to exchange “I do’s” at 3 p.m. on Friday, the country’s 117th Independence Day, at United Methodist Church in Taytay, Rizal province, where the bride spent her growing up years.
It was there where the bride first sang before a crowd and was told that she could start a singing career, the bride was quoted in an earlier interview.
The 30-year-old Toni, born Celestine Cruz Gonzaga, looked very regal in a gown by popular American fashion designer Vera Wang. She said she has always admired Wang’s bridal dresses and would often visit the New York-based designer’s boutique when she was abroad.
Soriano, 33, donned a Hugo Boss suit and tie.
He arrived at the church at 2 p.m., waving at the large crowd gathered outside. His bride arrived a little past 3 p.m.
When the groom met his bride at the altar, he shouted, “I love you Celestine,” in what appeared to be a reenactment of a soda TV commercial in 2001 that featured Gonzaga with actor Piolo Pascual. The commercial opened the doors for Gonzaga’s entry into show business.
Never alone again
“Tin (Gonzaga’s nickname) said, ‘No more good night, no more curfews and Skype [conversations] where Paul would say he was alone again,’” said Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, recalling Gonzaga’s wedding vows.
Valenciano’s husband Gary, one of the principal sponsors who played a big role in the couple’s meeting, sang during the ceremony.
The wedding’s other principal sponsors were Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., ABS-CBN chair Gabby Lopez, ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio, Sarangani Rep. and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, Tony Award-winning singer-actress and Inquirer columnist Lea Salonga, TV host Kris Aquino, celebrity cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo and TV host-talent manager Boy Abunda.
ABS-CBN network executives Cory Vidanes, Linggit Tan, Lauren Dyogi and Taytay Mayor Janet de Leon Mercado also served as principal sponsors. Gonzaga’s sister, Alex, was the maid of honor.
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