Paolo Valenciano marries childhood sweetheart Sam Godinez

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Childhood friends turned lovers and now, lifetime partners, Paolo and Sam finally tied the knot last February 7, in a Christian ceremony at the Manila Polo Club.

Childhood friends turned lovers and now, lifetime partners, Paolo Valenciano and Sam Godinez tied the knot last February 7, at the Manila Polo Club.

It will be remembered that eight months ago, the eldest son of Gary Valenciano and Angeli Pangilinan proposed to Sam in California.

THE PROPOSAL. Last June 15, 2012, Paolo proposed to his girlfriend of six years during the concert of his dad at Pechanga Resort and Casino in California.

Paolo took the spotlight and started saying thank you to the lady who changed him.

His memorable lines: “She always complains that I never talk, I don’t care, I never tell her how I feel.

“Tonight, I want to let everybody here know how I feel.

“She’s given me the best six years of my life.

“It has changed me a lot.”

He slowly approached Sam, who was then seated at the audience area, and pronounced, “You are the one I want to spend my life with.”

He continued, “Sam, I want to wake up every morning seeing your face and I want you to nag me every night, ask me where I am. And I want to make lots of little Paolos and little Sams.

“I want to take care of you for the rest of my life and I was just wondering if... would you marry me?”

Sam, without hesitation, said "yes," and accepted the ring from Paolo.

Months later, they were bonded as one in a solemn Christian garden wedding, officiated by Reverend Agustin Lising.


THE WEDDING. The solemn and grand event was graced by the couple's closest family and friends.

During the wedding ceremony, Gary Valenciano sang two songs: “I Will Be Here” and “I’ll Be There” with none other than Martin Nievera.

Mr. Pure Energy also composed a song, which he sang with Tricia Amper-Jimenez.

Singer and theater actor Audie Gemora also graced the event with a song.

THE ENTOURAGE. Paolo chose his brother Gab Valenciano as the best man, while Sam chose her sister Alex Godinez as maid of honor.

Their bridesmaids and secondary sponsors were Khalil Kaimo, Jericho Rosales, Yael Yuson, and Iya Villania.

The principal sponsors included Manny Pangilinan, Martin Nievera, Jojo Lastimosa, Audie Gemora, and Inno Sotto, to name a few.

THE VOW. One of the most touching moments was when the bride and groom recited their vows.

Teary-eyed Paolo said, “I will always be thankful to the Lord for orchestrating our love story. It is the best one I’ve heard so far.”

Sam also got emotional with her reply, “Thank you for being my best friend. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you.”

WEDDING WISHES. Gab wished his Kuya and sister-in-law "pure happiness."

He added, "To just love each other... And to Sam, thank you for making my brother happy.”

Meanwhile, Gary revealed his excitement about having a grandchild.

He said, “Yes, bring it on! If he doesn’t have time with his baby, come on, bring him to Papi! Papi a, hindi lolo!"






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