Carmina Villaroel and Zoren Legaspi will finally get married after 14 years of living together as a couple.
“Siguro this year will be the perfect year. Pero kung anong month, hindi ko pa alam,” Carmina revealed in her show “Showbiz Inside Report” on Saturday.
“Hopefully maganap na ngayong taon ‘yung formality,” Zoren said.
The long-time live-in partners, whose twins Maverick (or Mavey) and Cassandra (Cassy) are 11, did not plan to wait this long to formalize their union.
However, the annulment of Carmina’s teenage marriage to Rustom Padilla proved to be a long, complicated legal process. It was finally granted by the court this year.
“Hinayaan ko lang siya noon e,” Zoren said. “Pero nang naramdaman ko na at gusto ko nang magpakasal, may problema naman sa legalities kumbaga hindi pa talaga closed ‘yung case nila.
“At ngayon lang talaga na-finalize fully. Ngayon okey na, annulled na ‘yung kasal nila.”
Carmina did not mind the long delay because she was busy raising their twins.
“Masyado kasi akong na-overwhelmed sa kambal kaya para sa akin noon okey naman, kami. Wala naman kaming problema. Pero siguro naman ngayon papayagan na nila akong makasal,” she said.
She hopes Rustom’s much-publicized change of identity to the transsexual BB Gandanghari and BB’s stance that Rustom is already dead would not present another legal impediment.
“Sa kalagayan namin ngayon, ke may annotation o walang annotation siguro naman papayagan na nila ako. Ano ‘yun, dalawang babae ikakasal? Saka patay na nga, e, di ba?” she said.
Zoren recounted his aborted wedding proposal to Carmina during their family trip to Japan during the Holy Week early this year.
“Binanggit na niya sa akin noon na dream niya magpunta ng Japan for the cherry blossoms. At nakita ko talaga na special para sa kanya ‘yun. Kaya doon sana ako magpo-propose under the cherry blossoms,” he said.
He was going to buy the ring in Japan. “Si Cassadra na ang nagsukat ng singsing. Kaya lang nung babayaran ko na, hindi nag-work yung credit card ko dahil hindi ko daw pina-activate. Kaya na-miss ko ‘yung opportunity na ‘yun,” he said.
Nevertheless, Zoren and Carmina have agreed to make things official this year.
Carmina is confident that being husband and wife would only enhance their relationship, not jinx it as have happened to some couples.
“Hindi siya pumasok sa isip ko. I’m very confident at kung anuman ang feeling namin ngayon it’s gonna be the same. Definitely it would not change anything. Siguro more pa nga, mas more respect, more love and everything,” she said with conviction.
She is definitely not looking forward to another annulment.
“Tama na yung isang beses, ayoko nang maulit pa ‘yon,” she said.