Lani Mercado talks about renewed friendship between Bong Revilla and Mr. Jorge del Rosario

May 18, 2008
Lani Mercado narrates the recent pamamanhikan of the Del Rosario family as a formal courtesy for Vince to ask for the hand of Inah Revilla, the daughter of Lani and Sen. Bong Revilla. Thus, Bong Revilla and Mr. George del Rosario were able to smooth out the tension in their friendship.

Last May 13, Tuesday, Vince del Rosario's family visited the Revilla family at their home in Alabang in accordance with a Filipino custom. The Del Rosarios formally asked for the hand of Inah Revilla, the daughter of Bong Revilla and Lani Mercado. Vince and Inah are scheduled to wed on May 28 at the Manila Cathedral.

The Del Rosarios' courtesy call renewed the friendly relationship between the respective fathers of the bride and the groom. Senator Bong Revilla and Mr. Jorge del Rosario had a misunderstanding after news about Inah's unplanned pregnancy broke out. Inah is only 18 years old, Vince is 24. Now that the air has been cleared, the Revillas have openly welcomed Vince as their son-in-law.

Mr. Jorge del Rosario granted PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) an interview where he revealed that his friendship with Senator Revilla was affected by the negative reports after Inah's pregnancy broke out in the media. (Click here to read related article.)

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LANI SPEAKS UP. The mother of the bride guested on StarTalk yesterday, May 17, to talk about the details of the visit and shed light on rumors going around about the relationship between the Revillas and the Del Rosarios.

Hosts Joey de Leon and Lolit Solis sat with Lani Mercado and, after the exchange of jokes between the two hosts, they asked, exactly how many years have Bong and Mr. del Rosario been friends?

"Alam mo, hindi ako mahusay diyan sa pag-ano, pero magkakilala na sila noong gobernador pa si Bong," Lani answered. "So, matagal na. Bong has been in politics for more ten years na. So mga ten years na rin yung kanilang friendship."

Joey asked, "Totoo ba na nagkalamat yung friendship dahil sa pagbubuntis ni Inah?"

"I have to admit nagkaroon ng kaunting misunderstanding, pero na-resolve na yun. Kasi nag-usap na sila nung pamanhikan, and it went well naman," Lani said.

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Joey asked, "Papaano nawala yun? Dahil sa pamanhikan, kumbaga, nabawasan yung tension?"

"Oo," Lani agreed. "At meron siyempreng nasasabi ang mga tao sa isa't isa na dapat ma-clear. So, na-clear naman yun lahat at wala naman naging problema. Umuwi sila nang masaya naman at natulog kami nang masaya din."

"Kamusta naman yung pamanhikan?" Lolit suddenly asked.

"Maayos naman," Lani replied. "Siyempre, bago kami nagsimula, kami, ako, si Inah, at si Vince, nagdasal muna. Kasi first time na magkikita sina Bong at Jorge after malaman nilang ikakasal na nga si Vince at Inah. So, ang issue doon, e, to resolve first the friendship saka pag-usapan yung kasal. Wala naman naging problema."

Joey asked, "Totoo ba na wala daw participation itong si Jorge sa wedding, sa choice of sponsors, mga TV rights... Pero nagbigay daw siya ng P2.5 million- something for the wedding at P10 million pesos na halaga ng condo unit?"

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"Yung participation sa preparations ng wedding, talagang hindi sila naging bahagi dahil nasa America siya," Lani explained. "Pero ang alam ko, thru Vince, nako-consult sila. During the time, iniiwasan ni Vince na mag-consult sa kanila kasi nagkakaroon siya [Jorge] ng medical check-ups. Taas-baba, taas-baba ang kanyang blood pressure. So as much as possible, ayaw niyang ma-stress ang dad niya.

"So, ang nangyari, ipinaubaya na talaga ni Jorge ang lahat ng choices, lahat ng decisions kay Vince at Inah. Ang mother ni Vince nasa Amerika din, at darating ngayong May 19. So, ang nakaalalay talaga sa dalawang bata ay kami ni Bong. So, ang communications namin naging constant through the daughter of Jorge, and at the same time, sa mommy ni Vince. Nagkaroon naman ng consultation with regards to the sponsors, at kung bakit wala masyadong sa side ng Del Rosario."

How about the rumored 10-million peso condo?

Lani confirmed a part of the news by saying, "Totoo yun na merong condo sila at nagpapasalamat naman din ako sa kanila, na biniyayaan naman ni Jorge ang mga bata ng condominium, so okay na."

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She however, did not confirm the true price, possibly for private reasons.

Joey related an earlier report that the Forbes Park house of Mr. Del Rosario was rumored to be money from the Revillas. Lanie clarified this.

"Kaya siya naka-acquire ng property sa Forbes, e, dahil sa mana niya sa father niya," Lani revealed. "Namatay na yung father niya, so I think meron siyang namanang malaking amount ng pera. So yun ay galing sa sariling sikap din at kayamanan ng Del Rosario family."

But Joey wasn't done with his questioning yet. He asked, "May isa pa siyang dinenay na part siya ng staff ni Bong Revilla."

Lani cleared the issue by anwering, "Jorge has been there to help, pero hindi siya empleyado. Friend adviser, consultant. Tinulungan niya si Bong na i-organize yung opisina ni Bong when Bong was starting off as a senator."

LANI'S MESSAGES. So what's Lani's message to her future balae?

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"Jorge, alam ko na you're just there na ipagtanggol din ang pamilya mo dahil marami din lumalabas na write-ups na nagsasabing na ganito, ganito, ganito. But at the end of the day, tayong apat—ikaw, ako, si Trish [Mr. del Rosario's second wife], at si Bong ay magkakaibigan at nagkakaintindihan. Ang mga anak natin, at the end of the day, ang importante ay ang samahan ng mga anak natin, na pinapangalangin natin na pang-habang buhay din magsama. So, relax ka lang. Malapit na ang May 28."

To Vince and Inah?

"Well to Vince and Inah, malapit na at countdown na talaga ito at stressful na ang ating mga schedule. I wish you both well and after this, kayong dalawa ay magsasama na sa tahimik at magmahalan na kayo. Till death do you part na talaga ito. Nandito kami lagi kung kailangan mo kami ni Papa Bong mo."
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Lani Mercado narrates the recent pamamanhikan of the Del Rosario family as a formal courtesy for Vince to ask for the hand of Inah Revilla, the daughter of Lani and Sen. Bong Revilla. Thus, Bong Revilla and Mr. George del Rosario were able to smooth out the tension in their friendship.
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