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Singer Aiza Seguerra engaged to actress Liza Diño

Aiza Seguerra and Liza Diño. (Liza Diño photo by Anna Cañoneo/InterAksyon)

Singer-actress Aiza Seguerra surprised her girlfriend Liza Diño Friday night with a wedding proposal at the last scene of the play that they both starred in.

A shocked Diño, 32, was at first speechless before bursting into tears. The play, titled “Kung Paano Maghiwalay”, turned out to be part of an elaborate, surprise wedding proposal that former child superstar Seguerra, 30, had planned for her girlfriend.

“Kung Paano Maghiwalay” was staged at the UP Faculty Center Theater (Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan) at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

According to Seguerra, she had already received the blessings of her and Diño’s parents before making the proposal. When it was Diño’s turn to speak, the Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism 2001 said that she had been a “non-committal” person in the past, but when she met Aiza, she became more “open”.

Aiza Seguerra and Liza Diño embrace to the cheers of the audience after Diño accepted Seguerra's proposal at the UP Faculty Center Theater in UP Diliman on Friday. (Ramil Digal Gulle/InterAksyon)

Later on, she realized that Aiza “is the person I had been looking for”.

Same-sex marriage is not legal in the Philippines so it is still unclear when and where the wedding would eventually take place.

Diño had lived and worked as a chef for several years in the U.S., where same-sex marriages are legal in 17 states, including California and New York.

They would not be the first local showbiz couple to take advantage of the same-sex statute in the U.S. In October last year, director Jun Lana and TV5 executive Perci Intalan, now also a movie director himself, tied the knot in solemn rites at Central Park in New York.

“I’ve lived in the U.S. for a long time, I have a lot of friends who are gay but for me, if ever you fall in love you fall in love with the soul, with the person. And sana soon enough we will live in a society na lahat equal,” Diño said in an exclusive interview with InterAksyon last year.

The surprise wedding proposal left the newly engaged couple’s relatives and friends, along with members of the audience, in tears.

The couple was greeted with a standing ovation and cheers.