It was the Wedding of Year 2001.
For three days, Baguio was festooned with buntings, flags, stickers, and life-size posters adorned with the faces of Ariel Aquino Muhlach and Charlene Mae Gonzalez Bonnin.
On the wedding day itself, the entire country tuned in to watch-- live on nationwide television--the high drama of the celebrity guest list, the splendor of the trimmings, and the groom's personal take on his wedding vows, where he expressed his love for his bride with a fervent "Forever and ever, yes I do!"
It came as no surprise that the TV ratings soared that day. After all, Aga Muhlach, even back then, was possibly the country's most bankable matinee idol and its biggest male product endorser.
His bride, Charlene Gonzalez, was a national beauty queen (Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1994) and the host of a lifestyle show.
And their love story, set against a gripping backdrop of storm and stress, was the many-splendored stuff that fairy tales are made of.
In the end, as fairy tales go, love conquered all.