Surprise wedding of the year: How Zoren pulled it off
The Zoren Legaspi-Carmina Villaroel nuptials on November 15 at Fernbrook Gardens could very well be the surprise wedding of the year. Hopeless romantics like me should not miss their TV special, “Zoren-Carmina…Always, Forever a Wedding Like No Other,” on Saturday, November 24, after “Maalaala Mo Kaya” on ABS-CBN.
I worked with Zoren on TV5’s defunct chat show “Paparazzi,” and I must say that Mina is one lucky girl. Her hubby is unlike most actors who believe in their own hype and end up being in love with themselves more than their partners.
In one of our off-cam talks, I was so touched when Zoren told me that he had secured Mina and their twins’ future. Plus, I know how devoted he is to his family: He has no nightlife and is a hands-on dad.
After 12 years, two kids, countless intrigues and trials, they’ve finally taken the plunge. Zoren and Mina surely give show-biz unions a good name.
Couples like these two make me believe in marriage all over again.
Let’s hear it from the Ulirang Asawa at Ama:
How did you keep the wedding plan a secret from Carmina?
I have earned Mina’s trust after 12 years, so it was easy. The hard part was conniving with the twins. It felt like I was telling them to lie. Sure enough, after the wedding my daughter Cassandra said she felt bad, having lied to mommy.
What was the most touching part for you?
Every bit of the wedding, from the preparation up to…this day! Reading the posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and the writeups are so touching.
What was it like for the twins?
They were very excited! They were the best best man and best bridesmaid ever. I’ll make sure they have a love story to tell their own kids someday.
After 12 years of being together, what made you decide to tie the knot?
You feel incomplete when you sign documents that ask, Single or Married? Plus, Carmina deserves a ring on her finger. I also promised Daddy Reggie that I would marry his daughter before he underwent hip surgery.
What can you advice couples to make romance last?
It will not last if you don’t want it to last.
Are you afraid things may change now?
Honestly, it feels weird. I’m more careful about how I speak to her. I really feel we’re one now.
What are your second honeymoon plans?
The honeymoon is on hold. I told Mina that I was going to sleep for three days straight, to recover from the pressures of planning the wedding! (Laughs.)
How do you stay faithful in show biz, where temptation is all over?
Easy…I wouldn’t risk my perfect life!
What’s the toughest struggle that you’ve hurdled?
So far? Her pregnancy. We had to hide from the media because of her ongoing annulment case.
Is it true that you closed Fernbrook Gardens for three days?
Yes…it’s crazy! We needed all access, and made sure no other events would take place on those dates. It was the first time, according to Fernbrook. Technical rehearsal was a must because the proceedings had to be filmed spontaneously, without cuts.
I heard you did not finish your serenade to Mina?
You have to watch the special to find out why. I felt like I was about to faint.
What made you pick a Harry Winston ring?
I had no clue what or who Harry Winston was. When Tita Shirley Kuan told me they were diamond experts…I said, without hesitation: “Let’s go for it!”
What’s your promise as her husband?
No promises…promises are made to be broken. What I have for her is a lifetime guarantee…plus after-life extension.