Newlyweds Ai-Ai delas Alas and Gerald Sibayan are on honeymoon in Japan as they attended the first midnight mass in that country last Saturday, Dec. 16.
“First day of simbang gabi with my husband in Japan ..(Meguro Catholic Church). Sana mabuo namin ang novena .. lets do this darl,” said Ai-Ai on Instagram.
Ai-Ai and Gerald flew to Japan last Thursday after they got married in Quezon City last Tuesday, Dec. 12.
In video posted on IG, Ai-Ai said that she was excited to finally lie down on the snow.
“KAWABA SKILAND (gunma pref. Japan) TO GOD BE THE GLORY – thank you LORD nakaka experience kami ng ganito and nakakapunta kami sa ganitong lugar kahit sobrang lamig naka higa na din ako sa snow,” the comedienne said.
Also last Thursday, Ai-Ai has called on her followers to return the Papal medal that got lost when she pinned it to her gown during her wedding at the Christ the King church in Greenmeadows, Quezon City.
“Sa aking mga followers baka sakaling yung sumunod na kasal nung Dec. 12, ay may kamag anak kayo na nakakita nitong PAPAL MEDAL KO. Suot ko nung kasal nahulog sa church sure ako na dun nahulog kasi yung huling picture ko sa church wala na sya. (CHRIST THE KING GREEN MEADOWS) baka may nakakita pls pakibalik lang po napa ka importante nito saken pls text look for marissa .. maraming salamat po,” she said.
In 2016, Ai-Ai said that she was surprised to receive the Ecclesia et Pontifice (For the Church and Pope) medal from Pope Francis “for her distinguished service to the church.” It is the highest award given by the Pope to lay people.
A Marian devotee, Ai-Ai has mounted fund-raising events for the Catholic church. She has also supported future priests in their vocation. When she was initially informed about the award, she asked: “Why me? I’m a sinner!”
The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Latin: For the Church and the Pope) medal is also known as the “Cross of Honour.” The medal was instituted by Pope Leo XIII (July 17, 1888, “Quod Singulari”) in memory of his golden sacerdotal jubilee. (Robert R. Requintina)