Kinasal na last Saturday sina actor-TV host Vic Sotto at actress Pauleen Luna in a beautiful private ceremony at the St. James the Great Parish in Ayala-Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Mahigit 200 loved ones the two fondly refer to as “dabarkads” ang dumalo sa kasal.
Si Bossing Vic was not reserved at all when officiating priest Fr. Jeffrey Quintela asked if the name of his bride Pauleen Luna is what was written on his heart if he were to bare it and if that is his final answer. “Yes, father!” he shouted that got the people cheering from the front pews.
In an interview at the reception at the Festival Tent also in Muntinlupa, the newlyweds said they felt blessed that even family and friends based or with commitments abroad were able to witness their union.
Sotto admitted turning emotional when Quintela addressed his children from a previous marriage in his homily. “Thank you for giving your father another chance to prove that he can be a good husband again,” said Quintela.
Sotto said that before tying the knot, he laid down all his cards to his children many times and that “fortunately, maintindihan mga anak ko. I really felt yung respeto nila sa akin, na hindi lang basta sa salita.”
The new Mrs. Sotto described their happiness in two words: “Answered prayers.”
She recalled that “everything” flashed back to her as she hugged Sotto right after they were declared man and wife.
“We’re happy na nabuo ang suporta ng family (namin),” she said. “This is a gift from the Lord.”
The two will spend their five-day honeymoon in Maldives starting February 3. Upon return to the country, they will resume their hosting chores on noontime variety show Eat Bulaga though Luna will give ample time to preparing their home in Laguna where they plan to move in by February.
Dumalo naman si Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach bilang bridesmaid sa kasal ng kanyang best friend na si Luna, 27, before she returned to the US to resume her duties.
Si Wurtzbach, 26, ay nangako na babalik sa bansa if her tight schedule would permit.
But the beauty queen is expected to return para sa grand coronation night of the 2016 Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on April 17.
Sa kanyang message to Sotto, 61, during the wedding, as reported by GMA News, Wurtzbach said: “Please take care of her. I know that she’s very strong and she can take care of herself, but deep inside, there is a fragile heart. So, please take care of our friend. We love her very much, as you do. We’re confident that she’s in very good hands.”
In her Instagram post, Wurtzbach posted a photo with the newlyweds and captioned it: “And they lived happily ever after.” (Robert R. Requintina and Jojo P. Panaligan)