Prim, proper and poised as she always has been in the public eye, Heart Evangelista has had more than her fair share of controversies in her many years as a top celebrity. And more often than not too, her personal and publicized storms have always been about her love life.
Whether involved with a top matinee idol or a popular and elected public official, the stunning actress, TV host and painter, has always struggled for her parent’s approval. And even as Heart—who was raised in a privileged environment—finally chose to marry the latter, she walked down the aisle on her own without the blessing of her father and mother.
It will be remembered that Heart and her husband Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero weathered a very turbulent courtship and relationship before exchanging “I do’s” in February this year. Without going into too much detail, the actress’ parents, Rey and Cecile Ongpauco publicly expressed they did not approve of the once married legislator’s involvement with their daughter.
Long story short, love saw Heart and Escudero through a very turbulent beginning, and just as they begin their sixth month of marriage this August everything, at last, has fallen into place.
No less than the senator himself posted a complete family picture of the Ongpaucos and Escuderos in late July at a birthday dinner for Heart’s dad, which he and his wife hosted. In his Twitter account, Escudero captioned the photo, “Birthday dinner for Daddy Rey at our house with the whole family.”
Expectedly, Heart could not be happier, as she adorably remarked at a press huddle this week for her upcoming GMA Network drama series Beautiful Strangers, “Hindi ako sanay na nakukuha ko ang lahat!”
The 30-year-old senatorial spouse went on to say that everything is good between her family and Escudero, and that she hopes her stars will stay aligned for the long run.
“I’m made of the same material as my parents, so ako lang naman talaga ang makakaintindi at nakakaintindi sa sa kanila,” she shared. “And I did understand where they were coming from before, but what’s important now is that maayos na ang lahat.”
A man of his word, Rey Ongpauco must have seen that the senator is truly making his beloved daughter happy and kept the promise he made in the letter he sent Heart on her wedding day.
Read by Heart’s cousin Happy Ongpauco at the couple’s private Balesin wedding on February 15, Daddy Rey had written, “This is my promise: When the day comes that I see both of you truly happy; when I see Chiz loving you the way you deserve to be loved, I will come knocking on your door.”
To be sure, Escudero, despite his busy schedule as Senator of the Republic is a very supportive husband to her equally busy and famous wife. In early July, he was happy to be Heart’s shadow as she led the opening of benefit exhibit of the Actors Guild of the Philippines. He stood as a proud husband beside her artist wife, whose painting was one of the featured pieces of the exhibit titled PortrAYAL (LAYA), held at the SM Megamall A.R.T. Center.
“Nakakapanibago at masarap na parang nabunutan ako ng tinik,” Heart said again, clearly savoring every moment of her now perfect life. “Ang sarap ng pakiramdam na buo ang pamilya, tapos ito pa, may bago at napakagandang show sa GMA,” she added with regard to her thriving career.
Beautiful Strangers casts Heart in lead billing with her good friend Lovi Poe in a story of friendship that turns into rivalry. No less than award winning actors Christopher de Leon and Dinah Bonnevie lend support to Heart and Lovi, as well as Rocco Nacino and Benjamin Alves for their leading men.
Unable to avoid questions about her husband’s political plans in 2016, Heart simply expressed that he has her unwavering support, just as she has his.
Asked point blank whether her husband would be running as vice president if Sen. Grace Poe—who happens to be Lovi’s half sister—goes for the presidency, Heart, whose happy disposition cannot be dampened these days, cleverly replied, “Basta ako, ang alam ko lang tandem na Poe and Escudero is Lovi Poe and Heart Escudero on August 10 [the premiere date of Beautiful Strangers]. That’s the only thing I’m certain about.”