THE first high-profile wedding of 2015 is all set to take place today between Sen. Chiz Escudero and actress Heart Evangelista at the beautiful Balesin Island in Quezon province.
The wedding takes place after the two became a couple in July 2012 what with the many controversies that plagued their relationship from the very beginning. It will be remembered that Heart’s parents, Reynaldo and Cecilia Ongpauco both disapproved of their daughter’s relationship with the once-married legislator.
Against all odds, Sen. Chiz and Heart stayed together and finally got engaged in August 2014 at the Escuderos’ ancestral home in Buhatan, Sorsogon province in front of close family and friends.
Yet even after the engagement, the controversies were far from over. Rumor had it that Heart tried to book February 14, her birthday, for their wedding date at Balesin even if another couple had already reserved it previously. Accused of power play, Heart kept her composure and stated there was no truth to the accusation and that she and the senator would be married on February 15.
Sen. Chiz supported his bride to be every step of the way and actively took part in the wedding preparations. In an interview with pep.ph he said, “Basically, she just thought of the motif, the concept behind it, the pegs she wanted to have, the image she wanted to see, and I simply implemented them.”
On Thursday, Heart, Chiz and his twin sons (with ex-wife Elizabeth Flores) arrived at the exclusive island resort. Sadly though, Heart posted a picture on her Instagram account (@iamhearte) revealing that her parents, whom she had already reconciled with, will not walk her down the aisle.
“Although my heart breaks not to have you here . . . I love you mom and dad no matter what. In time I know everything will fall into place,” Heart captioned.
Thankfully, her sisters will all attend the wedding to show their love and support for their youngest sister. They are Camille Ongpauco who is Heart’s Maid of Honor, and Lissa Maria Quirino and Michelle Ongpauco as her Women of Honor.
More guests continued to arrive on Friday and Saturday including the couple’s principal sponsors, business tycoons Ramon Ang, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Lance Gokongwei, Roberto Ongpin, Hans Sy and Dr. Andrew Tan; GMA executives Atty. Felipe Gozon, Lilybeth Rasonable, Marivin Arayata and Mel Tiangco; Viva Entertainment’s Vicente del Rosario Jr; ABS-CBN’s Eugenio Lopez 3rd, showbiz royalty and Susan Roces and writer, director and actress Bibeth Siguion-Reyna; and politicians Mayor Adelbert Antonino of General Santos City, Atty. Gilberto Duavit, former congressman of the 1st district in Rizal, Gov. Faustino Dy Jr. Isabela, and Mayor Esther Hamor of Sorsogon, among others. (gmanetwork.com)
Heart will have 15 bridesmaids including her celebrity friends from GMA Network, among them Carla Abellana, Jennylyn Mercado, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heusaff, and Alessandra de Rossi.
As for Sen. Chiz, he announced over Unang Hirit this week that his supposed Best Man, President Benigno Aquino 3rd, will not make it to the wedding.
As for other wedding details, Heart will be wearing a gown designed by Dubai-based Filipino designer Ezra Santos, while Chiz will wear a Barong Tagalog by couturier to the stars Paul Cabral.
As the entire wedding will be held on the beach, the couple prepared a welcome kit for guests containing a bottle of hand sanitizer and mosquito repellant, a fan to keep away the seaside heat, a pouch, a bag of trail mix and mint gum, plus greeting cards with inscriptions of the couple’s initials. (www.gmanetwork.com)
By Friday, Heart had already posted snapshots of Balesin decorated with thousands of dangling lily of the valleys in her Instagram account.
Today’s official wedding ceremony and reception will be a private affair for close friends and family, but come Wednesday, February 18, Senator and Mrs. Chiz Escudero will be hosting a reception dinner for friends and colleagues at the Blue Leaf in McKinley Hill, Taguig City.