Can any groom out there top what Zoren Legaspi did for his bride Carmina Villaroel last November 15 at Fernbook Gardens?
When the couple faced their friends in the entertainment press three days later, Zoren was still beaming with pride at what he had accomplished. “May mga nagsasabi na nga sa akin, sa amin, sa messages nila na napi-pressure raw ang mga boyfriends at asawa nila at nagkakaron naman ang iba ng ganitong idea,” he said.
Zoren swore he did it all for the mother of his twin children and his companion for more than 12 years.
“Wala po akong gustong patunayan sa buong mundo sa ginawa ko kundi ang ipakita kung gaano ko kamahal si Carmina. ‘Yun lang ‘yun. Walang ibang dahilan. I wanted to marry her. And she deserved it,” he said.
On Saturday, November 24, the public will get to chance to witness the wedding of the year and see for themselves how Zoren was able to pull off a major showbiz event without Carmina suspecting anything.
“ABS-CBN will show the whole package on November 24, after ‘MMK’ (‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’). Mula sa pag-conceptualize ko, hanggang sa betrothal hanggang sa paglakad na ni Carmina sa magkakasal sa amin. And para na rin masagot ‘yung mga naglaro’ng tanong sa isipan ng mga tao tungkol sa nitty gritty ng mga plano,” he said.
He revealed that their children, Cassandra and Maverick, had assumed all these years that their parents had been married already. Five days before the big day, Zoren talked to the twins and revealed his plan for a secret wedding ceremony. He realized then that they had known about their mother’s first marriage to Rustom Padilla, the man who is now the transsexual BB Gandanghari who is in the cast of the TV5 show “Enchanted Garden” just like their father.
Carmina was able to discuss the matter with the twins after the ceremony.
“After the wedding, mga 2AM na, nandoon pa rin kami sa venue. And tinanong ko si Cassandra ng ilang details. Sabi nga niya, she and Mavi thought na tatay and I were married na. And sabi niya, si Tatay daw told them everything.
“So, isang shock na naman sa akin ‘yun na may mga alam na sila sa mga bagay-bagay, lalo na sa unang kasal. Na in a mature way, na-handle naman nila ang pag-accept sa mga bagay-bagay. At while they were growing up, wala naman silang mga insecurities. Everything was so perfect lang talaga,” she said.
In fact, Maverick had already asked her once before about BB. “Sabi niya, ‘Mom, that dude used to be a guy? That used to be your bf? Husband? Eh, buti na-explain na sa kanila lahat ni Tatay,” Carmina shared.
And then it was Zoren’s turn to explain why his ex-girlfriend and also an “Enchanted Garden” co-star, Ruffa Gutierrez, had not been invited to the wedding.
“Hindi na namin siya inabala. Baka kasi maikuwento niya, masira ang plano,” Zoren joked. But in fact, he had inquired about Ruffa’s availability on the wedding day from her girl Friday and was told that she would be in Cebu. Ruffa, he said, congratulated him the day after the wedding and asked him to treat the “Enchanted Garden” cast to a lechon feast during taping.
As for the prior legal requirements for the civil rites officiated by Court of Appeals Judge Amy Javier, Zoren had connived with Carmina’s sister to make her sign documents ostensibly for BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) purposes.
Zoren shares the credit for all the logistical planning for the wedding with two women. “We thank our line producer Shirley Kuan and and EP (executive producer) namin na si Tita Dolor Guevara,” he said.
Dolor suggested that they get the rings from the jeweler to the stars, Vicky Elises, but the more ‘sosyal’ Shirley suggested that Zoren get a Harry Winston set. “Masaya na mahirap. Kasi ‘yung dalawa nagta-talo. Sila ‘yung nagpa-panic,” he recalled.
“‘Yung aerial shots were courtesy of Raymart and Claudine Santiago (Raymart’s business is called Helivision). Gift nila sa amin. And kaya kailangan talagang panoorin ng buo ‘yung special, dahil doon nila makikita kung bakit walang kahina-hinala si Carmina sa lahat ng mga nangyari. Kung paano namin ito nai-mount.
“We had to hire the crew of ‘Pinoy Big Brother’ dahil all over the place, nakakalat ang mga hidden cameras. ‘Yung salamin ni Carmina nung inaayusan siya had a camera kaya kitang-kita all her reactions.”
For more of Zoren’s grand wedding production, just watch the ABS-CBN special: “Zoren-Carmina: Always, Forever, A Wedding Like No Other”.