Selina Sevilla came into the news inJuly of 2009, when she showed on national television her injured buttocks from a failed 1998 butt-augmentation procedure by an unlicensed surgeon.
The singer, known for her sexy songs such as "Nilunok Ko Ang Lahat", "Ibaon Mo", and "Aray Naku" was literally feeling the pain in her behind because of the failed operation.
The silicon oil gel injected into her butt had disastrous effects on the former sultry singerover a 10-year period, but it was only in 2009 that she submitted herself to another surgical procedure to undo the damage to her butt.
Dr. Manny Calayan, celebrity cosmetic surgeon, headed the team that performed the second operation on Selina (real name Sharon Simon) on August 14, 2009. Since then, the singer seems to have recovered from her emotional and physical wounds (CLICK HERE to read related story).
Selina, by the way, is the first benefactor of the Calayan Surgicenter Foundation. The charitable organization aims to provide reconstructive surgery to those in dire need but can't afford it.
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Now, Selena says everything is going well for her, most especially because she has found love and understanding in Lalen Calayan, a niece of Manny Calayan.
In Showbiz Central yesterday, September 5, Lalen, a 28-year-old marketing manager, described her first impression of the singer when they met. "May nakita na akong something sa kanya," Lalen said."Kakaiba siya sa lahat ng nakilala ko."
Lalen said she became a friend to Selina, and was there during the singer's lowest moments.
"So, nagkataon na siya ang tao na lagi kong kausap sa phone at lagi kaming nagkikita. Friends muna," Selina said.
Their relationship grew over time, Lalen said, until she broached the idea of marriage to Selina. "Sabi ko sa kanya, let's get married," related Lalen. "Sabi niya, 'Ganyan ka naman, e.' Sabi ko, I told my family na. It's about time."
The couple are set to wed this December or February the next year aboard the Calayan yacht. Lalen explained the process by which she and Selina would get married.
She said, "Dito sa Philippines kasi, walang wedding, so walang civil wedding. Wala naman din domestic partnership, di ba? Pero may priest dito na nagko-conduct ng same-sex marriage. Pero vow lang siya. Rites lang siya."
"Pero gusto ko naka-white din ako," smiled Selina. "Ito 'yong happiness ko...na binibigay niya sa akin."
Lalen's uncle, Manny Calayan, gave this advice to his niece and the woman he helped a year ago: "Mag-long term plan kayo, at huwag 'yong pansamantala. Siguraduhin n'yo na papasukan n'yo ay talagang lifetime. Marriage 'yan, e, at sana maging masaya kayo at alagaan n'yo ang isa't isa. We're here to support you, and good luck."
The move of Selina and Lalen certainly raises eyebrows in a country like the Philippines, which is predominantly Catholic (marriage is limited to men and women) and openly conservative (the Catholic church does not even allow women priests), but for the couple, their love is paramount.
A thankful Selina was teary-eyed when she heard Lalen say these words: "Basta ang love ko sa kanya, unconditional. Mahal ko siya noong friends pa kami, mahal ko siya ngayon, at mamahalin ko pa siya bukas at magpakailanman."
After hearing Lalen's promise, Selina said with tears in her eyes, "Dami ko na kasing heartaches sa buhay ko... Minsan nakalimutan ko na ang pakiramdam ng magmahal ako ulit. Minahal niya talaga ako na tanggap niya lahat sa akin. Unconditional love nga siguro 'yon."