Showbiz roundup: Dongyan Royal wedding; PNoy on Gandang Gabi Vice

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015 - Last Updated on January 6, 2015


“DongYan’s” recently held wedding was fit for a showbiz royal couple. Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and Primetime Queen Marian Rivera tied the knot last December 30, 2014 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City.

The wedding of the year was attended by several big-name personalities including President Benigno Aquino III. The President of the Philippines stood as Dantes’ best man. There were 40 principal sponsors including Kris Aquino and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos; 18 groomsmen, 18 bridesmaids, and 25 secondary sponsors. Rivera’s father flew from Spain to Manila in time for the grand wedding. Eight bishops and seven priests celebrated the mass.

Red was the color of the day. Many red-clad guests were spotted during the occasion. The female members of the entourage wore red while the men donned dark suits.

The dashing groom rode a black Ducati motorcycle at his wedding wearing a Randy Ortiz cream suit. The gorgeous bride arrived in a vintage car which was restored specially for the wedding. Rivera wore a Michael Cinco ecru lace gown studded with Swarovski crystals.

The couple exchanged meaningful vows.

Dantes to Rivera: “In this new lifetime that we will have, I now can see clearly the ending that I’ve always imagined, but what matters most is the journey on how to get there.”

“And for as long as I am with you, it does not matter where. I can jump off any cliff no matter how high, as long as I know you are there holding my hand.”

“Today, I found the reason why I was born – and that is to love, and to love greatly.”

Rivera to Dantes:Salamat… dahil ikaw ang kumumpleto ng ibig sabihin ng totoong masayang buhay. Salamat dahil sa araw na ‘to, ang isa sa pinakapinapangarap ko sa buhay ay ibibigay mo.” (Thank you, because you completed the meaning of a real happy life. Thank you because on this day, you have given me one of my one of my biggest dreams.)

Salamat dahil ikaw ang sagot sa lahat ng dasal ko na ibinigay sa akin ng Panginoon. Salamat dahil kinumpleto mo ang ibig sabihin ng totoong buhay.” (Thank because you are the answer to all my prayers that God granted. Thank you because you completed the meaning of real life.)

Palagi mong tatandaan na mahal na mahal kita, higit pa sa buhay ko.” (Always remember that I love you very much, more than my own life.)

After the wedding, Dantes shared a photo of him and his bride kissing with the caption: “My wife #theBeginning”.

The reception of the royale couple was held at the Mall of Asia Arena. The venue which is popular for sporting events and concerts was transformed into a breathtaking garden. Tables were adorned in red cloth, beautiful floral arrangements, and elegant settings. Beautiful chandeliers made the venue look regal. The guests were treated to an Italian banquet by Chef Margarita “Gaita” Fores of Cibo.

The couple’s towering 3D mapped12-foot cake from Goldilocks was so spectacular that it even caught the attention of international media. Many tagged it as a “magical cake”.

Kapuso Primetime King & Queen Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera went to Boracay for their honeymoon together with their closest family and friends.

President Benigno Aquino III guests in “Gandang Gabi Vice”

The President of the Philippines was the guest of honor on Vice Ganda’s show “Gandang Gabi Vice” last January 4, 2015. The episode was pre-taped at Malacañang Palace.

During the one-on-one interview, the President revealed that he had a girlfriend several months ago but he is now single again. He admitted that he prefers his future wife to be younger than him so that he could have a chance of having children in the future.

In a rare opportunity, Vice Ganda was able to make the President sing a few lines of the song “Estudyante Blues.” Vice Ganda also joined the president in singing. PNoy later said that although he likes to sing, he never had a chance to serenade a woman.

The host comedian asked the President what it was like growing up with sister Kris Aquino, a popular TV host, actress and endorser. PNoy simply replied that it was interesting. He added that he enjoys spending time with her kids, Josh and Bimby.

Vice Ganda called the President “gwapo” (handsome) while showing a photo taken from his yearbook. The host also joked that in the picture, PNoy’s hair was thicker and somehow resembled the hairstyle of Justin Bieber.

Tanggap ko na” (I accept it),” said the President with a grin when teased about his thinning hair.

#PNoyOnGGV became a trending topic on Twitter that Sunday evening.

German Moreno suffers mild stroke

Veteran TV host German Moreno, popularly known as “Kuya Germs” suffered a mild stroke last January 2, 2015. He was brought to the Acute Stroke Care Unit (ASCU) of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City.

His son, Federico Moreno requested for prayers for his father’s fast recovery. The veteran host suffered partial loss of mobility on some parts of his body like his leg and arm. His speech also became slurry.

The 71-year old host has been transferred to a private room. The family is preparing for his home therapy to facilitate his full recovery. His son also said that his family has decided not to entertain guests for the mean time so that his father could rest.

Sarah Geronimo and Kim Chiu chosen as Disney Princesses

Last December 25, 2014, Disney Channel Asia posted on Facebook that they picked “12 beautiful stars from around Southeast Asia” to participate in a surprise project. A teaser video appeared on their Facebook page showing glimpses of 12 Disney Princesses on December 31, 2014.

It’s confirmed that actresses Kim Chiu and Sarah Geronimo have been chosen by Disney Channel Asia to pose as Disney Princesses for their 2015 calendar. Chui transformed into Mulan while Geronimo as Rapunzel.

“My favorite princess is Rapunzel . She is locked up in this tower. And some of us are locked up or imprisoned by our own fears, worries, [and] insecurities in life. Rapunzel showed courage and determination to get out of it and discover her true identity, her true family, her own strengths, and of course love,” Geronimo shared.

Both Kapamilya stars will appear on the 2015 calendar with other Southeast Asian celebrities as Disney Princesses.


Photo collage by author. Photo screencap from YouTube, Disney Channel Asia Facebook page, Vice Ganda’s Instagram account and Dingdong Dantes Instagram account.

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