Arjo Atayde says marrying Maine Mendoza still feels ‘surreal’
Arjo Atayde is still in a state of bliss after getting married with Maine Mendoza over a month ago, saying the feeling is “very surreal.”
In an interview on “Magandang Buhay” which was posted on ABS-CBN’s YouTube channel, the incumbent Quezon City congressman said that he’s “trying to find the right words” to express how happy he is to be right by Mendoza’s side.
“It’s very fun and very happy. I don’t know how to explain it. But [a] few adjustments here and there. I don’t know how to explain it. I am just happy. I am just really happy. I am very, very happy to see her to actually wake up every morning [with] the person you love the most,” he said.
“It’s very much surreal at some point, of course we are new. They say, mag-iiba ‘yan (it will be different). I mean that’s the comment of older people. They will always say ‘it would be different’ but to me it doesn’t [seem] like it could… I don’t know, I’m just happy. I really can’t explain, I am trying to find the right words to say but I’m very happy,” he further said.
During the interview, Atayde’s mother, seasoned actress Sylvia Sanchez, admitted that she couldn’t help but feel wistful, now that the actor doesn’t live with them anymore.
“Actually, nagse-sentimyento ako until now pero pinipilit kong labanan kasi alam ko na nasa magandang kalagayan ang anak ko. Married siya at saka nadagdagan ako ng isang anak. Pero hindi pa rin maiiwasan ‘yung ‘wala na ‘yung anak ko,” she said.
(Actually, I can’t help but feel sentimental but I’m trying to get over it because I know that my son is in a good place. He’s married, and I’ve gained another child. But I can’t help but feel sad because my son is not there anymore.)
Sanchez then shared that her husband, Spanish-Filipino businessman Art Atayde, reminded her that there’s nothing wrong in “letting their children” go.
“Tapos nakatulong sa akin ‘yung sinabi sa akin ng asawa ko na kailangan mong mag-let go kasi ang mga bata, darating ‘yung time na mawawala sila sa atin but it doesn’t mean na mawawala sila talaga, iiwanan tayo,” she said.
(It helped what my husband said to learn to let go, because there will come a time when our children will leave our home, but that doesn’t mean that they will truly be gone from us forever.)
Atayde and Mendoza tied the knot in a lavish but strictly private wedding in Baguio City last July 28, a date that holds a special meaning as it marked several milestones in their relationship, including the “EAT” host’s manifestation tweet in 2013, first meeting in 2018, and engagement in 2022. EDV