Mariel Rodriguez and Robin Padilla were inseparable last night at the annual Dutdutan festival held yesterday, September 25, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

 

Photo: Mark Pimentel

Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez are all over the place.

A few hours after ABS-CBN's showbiz talk show Entertainment Live aired Mariel's interview—in which she publicly announced that a church wedding with Robin may happen before the year ends—the much talked about couple were at the World Trade Center in Pasay City last night, September 25, to grace Dutdutan X.

Dutdutan X: A Decade of Artistic Ink is an annual gathering of tattoo artists and skin art enthusiasts. Now on its tenth year, the event has continuously attracted a growing following of both local and foreign aficionados. Complementing the tattoo art competition are games, exhibits related to the event, a bikini contest, and live rock music featuring mainstream and underground acts.

Robin's presence at the event made sense since the action star, who is known in the industry as the "Bad Boy of Philippine Cinema," has been an ardent fan of tattoos even before the art became fashionable.

Robin has made no secret of his habit of having the names of the women he has been involved with tattooed on his body.

Some of the names permanently inked on his skin are Megastar Sharon Cuneta, theater actress and former Miss Saigon star Monique Wilson, and ex-wife Liezl Sicangco, among others.

Robin took the stage by his lonesome last night, with Mariel quietly staying in the background.

Before taking off his shirt, Robin playfully and repeatedly asked the predominantly young crowd: "Puwede, magpaalam muna ako sa asawa ko?"

Robin eventually gave the audience what it wanted and proceeded to show off his tattooed body. The crowd, particularly the girls in attendance, went wild, filling up the venue with screams and cheers.

CHURCH WEDDING. Referring to Mariel as his "wife" affirmed what Robin said in a recent interview.

In an interview with ANC anchor Tina Monzon-Palma last September 21, he stated that he and Mariel had tied the knot in India last August 19.

The simple ceremony, added Robin, was carried out at the world-famous tourist landmark, the Taj Mahal, which is located in the city of Agra. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)

Prior to the ANC appearance, the couple was criticized for issuing conflicting statements concerning the true status of their relationship. It was initially reported that the two were married in Benguet on September 13.

The ceremony was carried out by Jimmy Ong—an Igorot native priest or mambunong. ABS-CBN's news program TV Patrol featured the story on September 16. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)

In a statement issued days after the story was aired, however, Robin said that the ceremony was intended for an upcoming show with Mariel—giving rise to speculation that the couple were pulling off a publicity stunt to promote a new project. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)