COUPLE OF THE WEEK: Gretchen Ho says no wedding bells yet for her and Robi Domingo, "Matagal pa, bata pa kami.”

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Gretchen Ho prefers an outdoor wedding, "Mararamdaman mo kasi yung Diyos sa nature," but then, "Medyo matagal-tagal pa bago kami mangarap dalawa."


Gretchen Ho and Robi Domingo have grown more and more in the one and a half years of their relationship.

Their love story is well-publicized despite wanting to keep things in private.

They've been generous to their fans in sharing details about their relationship after Gretchen's stint at the Ateneo Lady Eagles volleyball team.

Last month, Gretchen was formally launched as Cardams Shoes‘s newest endorser at the United Fashion Show 2014 held in Robinson’s Place Ermita.

The vollybelle-turned-TV host wore a short Nat Manilag wedding dress for the runway show with co-endorser Richard Poon.

Gretchen related that it was a surreal moment for her, her experience to wear a wedding gown.

“Nakakatuwa kasi I felt like I was gonna get married,” Gretchen told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press.

She continued, “So that’s really, it’s a really special feeling for all the girls out there and this one’s different for me.

“I was wearing a wedding gown by Nat Manilag... very true, very sensual, very sweet, it was fun.”

Gretchen Ho wearing a short bridal gown by Nat Manila. Photo by Sany Chua

WEDDING PLANS. Soon after she got off the runway, Gretchen was besieged by wedding-related questions to which the athlete-host was quick to reply, “Ay naku, matagal pa, matagal pa po.”

Gretchen revealed that she prefers to have her wedding on a beach, a cliff, or near a mountain.

She explained, “Ayaw ko po sa simbahan kasi mas gusto ko nature.

“Mararamdaman mo kasi yung Diyos sa nature.

"And medyo matagal tagal pa bago kami mangarap dalawa.

“So matagal pa, bata pa kami.”

Gretchen said further, “Kasi, ewan ko, parang mas gusto ko nature tapos yun nga sabi ko mas feel ko yung Diyos pag nasa nature.

“Kasi parang, yung mga tao minsan inaantok na, so gusto ko ibang experience... sa labas naman.

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“I’m not sure lang if puwede sa Catholic, pero meron akong pari na sabi ko, ‘Ikaw magkakasal sa 'kin, a.

"Kailangan i-make sure mo na sa labas tayo ng simbahan,’ para may way or baka separate [wedding] pwede.”

Have they talked about getting married?

Gretchen answered, “Siyempre, napag-usapan na rin kasi I think any serious relationship naman, pinag-uusapan yung mga ganung detalye.”


Photo borrowed from Gretchen Ho's Instagram @gretchenho


“SHOWBIZ” COUPLE. Gretchen said humor is what makes their them click.

She expounded, “Pareho kaming corny.

“Actually dati, medyo seryoso kasi akong tao and he helped me loosen up with his demeanor.”

What has she learned about Robi after a year?

“Very malambing,” the Chinoy TV host told the press.

She continued, “Parang tipong hindi mo kayang seryosohin.

"Kahit tina-try ko na maging seryoso kasi tatawanan ka lang niya.

“So ako napapatawa na rin niya ako, parang siya lang ata nakagawa sa 'kin.

“Para sa isang tao, parang medyo mahirap [yun gawin].”

“After nung naging kami na, after we dated, tingin ko, I also became lighter as a person.

“Na-develop yung sense of humour ko.

“Nandyan naman talaga pero very guarded lang ako and sa kanya.

“Parang he taught me how to have fun again, so feel ko yung humor keeps our relationship going and exciting.”

“Kasi ako, malalim ako mag-isip so minsan, overthinker na rin.

"Pero parang feel ko I made him mature a bit more.

“Kasi he likes to laugh, laughs everything off.

“Pag may nangyari, tatawanan lang niya.

“Ayaw niya isipin masyado pero when you’re maturing, you have to think of the things that are happening to you.

"So medyo nagba-balance out kami kasi opposite kami, yung personalities namin.”

When asked how his boyfriend is off cam, Gretchen said, Kung sino siya sa camera, siya yun mismo.

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"Pero ang hindi nakikita, siguro behind the scenes, sobrang bait niyang tao.

“Very caring talaga, pag may ginawa siyang masama, nagi-guilty siya kaagad.

“Sobrang bait niya talaga na feel ko kasi pinapakita niya yung kalokohan niya on camera.

"Mahilig siya mang-asar pero paglalambing lang niya yun, sobrang bait niya talaga.”


Photo borrowed from Gretchen Ho's Instagram @gretchenho

BUSY BODIES. With both parties now taking the path of TV hosting, are Gretchen and Robi willing to work together?

She said they are trying to avoid being in the same project together because it will “make their world smaller.”

As she put it, “Parang pareho na yung tinatakbo ng mundo namin, wala na kaming pag-uusapan na iba.

“Gusto namin parang separate na mundo, kumbaga, we meet in the middle.

“It’s okay to work with him like for events or once in a while, ganun.

“Pero like yung show talaga.

“Parang medyo pag-iisipan pa namin kung makakaapekto ba sa relationship namin.”

Is she the jealous type?

“Pag may dahilan, pag wala... kasi depende naman yun sa tao, e.

“Kunyari, ‘Ay, wala ka naman pagseselosan diyan.’

“Sa ibang tao meron, nangyari na yun,” Gretchen said.

How does she let Robi know she’s jealous?

“Niloloko ko lang siya, ‘Dun ka na lang, dun ka na lang.’

“'Tapos pinapagselos ko rin siya, sasabihin ko, ‘Crush ko si ganito, crush ko si ganyan…’

“Effective naman, ma-pride kasi yun.

"'Pag sinasabi ko sa kanya na nagkaka-crush ako sa iba, parang nasasaktan yung pride niya.”

Gretchen also related that her family has accepted Robi as her boyfriend.

Pumupunta siya sa bahay tapos kinakausap niya yung parents ko.

"Kasi yung daddy ko, makuwento so gusto niya may makikinig sa kanya,” Gretchen said.

“Very ano kasi si Robi, manageable siya sa ganun.

“Yung mom ko naman, siyempre binibigyan din ng flowers.”

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