FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo Updated June 23, 2009 12:00 AM
Sen./Presidentiable Mar Roxas and fianceé Korina Sanchez on The Buzz… Photos By Girlie Rodis
The kilig continues. After exchanging “I love you’s” a few weeks ago on Wowowee and going through the traditional rites of the pamamanhikan last June 14, Sen./Presidentiable Mar Roxas, 52 (May 13, 1957), and his ladylove Korina Sanchez, 45 (Oct. 5, 1964), made yet another PDA (as in Public Display of Affection, ehem!) in last Sunday’s anniversary edition of ABS-CBN show The Buzz.
To the cheering studio audience and perhaps those watching the show at home, the couple sealed it with a kiss.
It was actually an advance shower-on-the-air for Korina who accepted (willingly!) Mar’s marriage proposal during the pamamanhikan held at the Sanchez home in Merville Park, Parañaque City. Members of both the Araneta (Mar’s maternal side) and the Roxas families were accounted for, including Korina’s high school and college friends who later viewed a videotape of the proceedings over dinner.
The pamamanhikan was highlighted by a Balagtasan. Then, Mar serenaded Korina with the song Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas, Iyong-Iyo Ako, specially composed by Vehnee Saturno as the couple’s theme song after Vehnee saw them together on Wowowee. With both Korina’s parents gone, only her three brothers were around to give Korina’s hand away in marriage.
Preparations for the wedding are now in full blast even if no date has been set yet. So far, only one is listed as probable principal sponsor, none other than Red Cross lady Rosa Rosal. Pepito Albert will design Korina’s wedding gown and Carey Santiago of Cebu Korina’s despedida de soltera gown. Patrice Ramos-Diaz will collaborate with Pepito for the entourage. The wedding is “Filipino-inspired.”
Baby James, son of Buzz host Kris Aquino and James Yap, will be the ring bearer. It was reconfirmed by Korina on The Buzz last Sunday. The couple’s guesting also served as a “reconciliation” between Korina and Kris who felt “bypassed”/”overlooked” when Korina and Mar made the announcement of their engagement on Wowowee instead of on either The Buzz or SNN (Showbiz News Ngayon), the other show Kris is co-hosting (with Boy Abunda). Korina’s ex-boyfriend is Sen. Noynoy Aquino, Kris’ brother.
During the shower-on-the-air, Kris and Boy gifted Korina with a negligee dotted with hearts and Mar with a pair of boxers also full of hearts, wishing Mar and Korina to have “a little Mar” and/or “a little Korina” soon after they get married before end of the year.
Not shown on the screen but caught fleetingly by the camera was Mar’s 15-year-old son Paolo who was spending Father’s Day with his dad. Paolo, who studies in an exclusive school, lives with his mom (a former Bb. Pilipinas) and visits his dad regularly. He calls his future stepmother “Tita Korina.” Father and son had lunch and spent the whole day together, minus “Tita Korina.”
You can be sure that the “kilig” factor will figure prominently when Mr. and Mrs. Mar Roxas embark on the campaign trail early next year for the tightly-contested presidential race.