It was the best of times for long time couple Marvic “Vic” Sotto, 61, and Pauleen Marie Luna, 27 as relatives, friends, colleagues, and yes, even residents of the posh Ayala Alabang subdivision, witnessed their union on Saturday evening at Saint Joseph The Great Parish.
“We are very happy and we really feel that this is an answered prayer. This is a gift from the Lord,” beamed the new Mrs. Sotto as the couple met the press after the wedding.
The star-studded church ceremony saw a veritable who’s who of Philippine show business in the entourage including Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach as one of Luna’s bridesmaids; Eat Bulaga hosts Anjo Yllana, Wally Bayola, Jose Manalo, and Paolo Ballesteros as Sotto’s groomsmen; Matron of Honor Ruby Rodriguez; “Dabarkads” (Eat Bulaga co-hosts) Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards, Pia Guanio, Ryan Agon¬cillo, Jimmy Santos, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Sam YG and Patricia Tumulak; and principal sponsors Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd and Joey de Leon who complete the Tito, Vic & Joey triumvirate.
Sotto’s children Vico, Paulina, Oyo Boy and Danica with spouses Kristine Hermosa and Marc Pringris, respectively, also played important roles in church ceremony.
Eat Bulaga director Bert de Leon, Luna’s mentor Beverly Vergel, Regal Entertainment matriarch Lily Monteverde, Asia’s Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales, Comedy Queen Aiai delas Alas, and Megastar Sharon Cuneta, meanwhile were just some of VIPs The Manila Times immediately spotted.
Previously hoping to make the church ceremony private, the couple had a change of heart in the end and opened it to the public.
After the endless celebrity sightings, all eyes were on the beautiful bride who walked down the aisle as the groom’s niece, actress Ciarra Sotto sang “When I Fall in Love.”
While everyone clamored to snap a photo of Luna, Sotto waited patiently at the altar listened intently to the classic love song.
“I was excited and I think nerbyos din, but it was more of excitement. Yung tuwa mo na, ito na yun after all these years na magkasama kami; after all the planning, after all the talking. Para bang ito na yung premyo namin for being masunurin sa ating Panginoon,” the veteran comedian recalled of the moment. “Nagpa¬pasalamat naman kami sa kanya dahil dininig niya yung aming wishes, yung aming mga panalangin.”
In one of the most touching parts of the ceremony, officiating priest Father Jeffrey Quintela talked to Sotto’s children in his homily. He assured them how important they are to their father but that his “big heart” also needed a wife to fill it.
Acknowledging he teared up at that moment, Sotto also said it was one of the highlights of the ceremony for him.
“Alam nyo naman ako pagdating sa mga anak ko,” he added.
“Even before I proposed [to Pauleen], nag-usap na kami ng mga anak ko. I laid my cards on the table, na ito ang plano ko. Of course hindi naman ganun kadali yun… but I’m just fortunate na maintindihin yung mga anak ko.”
Sotto was first married to actress Dina Bonnevie, and although he had been a bachelor for a long time, had several high profile relationships in the past.
“I really felt na yung respeto nila sa akin, hindi lang basta salita na ‘nirerespeto ka namin dahil tatay ka namin’. Yun yung respetong nara¬ramdaman ko. More importantly, sa kanila, basta love ko, love na rin nila,” the devoted dad went on.
Asked to describe her relationship with Sotto’s children, Luna carefully replied, “It was a long process but we are very blessed that it all ended well. They are happy for us and I am happy that we all have this relationship. I’m not gonna say it’s deep but I’m gonna say that it’s a start of a relationship. That’s why I’m very happy. We’re both are very happy.”
Given their status in the industry, the wedding ceremony remained simple and solemn without much fanfare, as the couple wished.
The guests then proceeded to the nearby Filinvest Tent for the reception.
On February 3, the new Mr. and Mrs. Vic Sotto will be flying to Maldives for their five-day honeymoon.