What does Korina and husband Mar Roxas do before they sleep?
Without batting an eyelash, she replies, “Holding hands!"
The press she invited to her intimate lunch celebrating Rated K's 10th year teased, "Ows? Yun lang talaga?"
Smiling and quite blushing, she added, "Pareho kaming pagod, holding hands!”
She also revealed that they do not engage in “small talk” before they go to sleep.
She continues, “Hindi ko na siya kailangang i-small talk, pulso ko na siya, e.”
She swore they don't talk about issues either.
She candidly admits, "Ang bigat, e. Yun na nga yung trabaho niyo, pagdating pa sa bahay, yun pa rin pag-uusapan niyo, 'di ba?"
Korina, who rarely talks about her personal life, gave us more than a glimpse of what her married life is like as Mrs. Mar Roxas.
JOURNALISM + POLITICS. Since the couple got married in October 2009, one of the most common issues thrown at them, specifically her, has something to do with their jobs.
Korina related, “...halos hiwalay kaming buhay talaga, kasi journalist ako, politiko siya.
“Hindi kami puwedeng makitang magkasama all the time, kasi may epekto sa pagiging journalist ko.
“Noong nag-leave ako [sa TV Patrol], ang huli kong broadcast ay, ‘Ito po si Korina Sanchez-Roxas.’
"Pinalakpakan ako sa studio, ha? Even the people in the booth, talagang, ‘Ay, sa wakas, nasabi na niya.’”
Not being seen together had led to a lot of misinterpretations. Hence, separation rumors have plagued their marriage quite a number of times.
She explains, “Oo, kasi we’re not together often, because it’s inadvisable because it reflects on me.
“So ngayon, noong nag-leave ako, parang nagkaroon ako ng transformation, na okay, ‘If I can’t be a journalist, I will be his wife. I mean in the more genuine traditional sense of the world.
“Kasi ang weird ng set-up namin e because he’s a politician and I’m a journalist, e, and I’m ferociously independent.
“But see, if this other life, I have to live this life, then I have to embrace this life.
“So kailangan ko nang medyo mag-immerse sa pulitika niya, kailangan ko nang makilala mga tao sa paligid niya, na dati ayaw na ayaw ko.
"Kailangan ko nang humarap sa lahat ng mga grupo niya."
Then, with a chuckle, she continued, “At tumatanggap na rin ako ng pera sa kanya, 'pag binibigyan niya ko.
"[Pero] hindi pa rin ako humihingi.”
MONEY AND INDEPENDENCE. Her independent streak, she said, has prevailed at times.
The loyal Kapamilya news anchor shares, “When we first got married, proud ako, ayoko tumanggap ng pera galing sa kanya.
“Nagagalit ako 'pag binibigyan niya ako ng something. 'Di ba, feeling ko binibili niya ang kaluluwa ko!
“Sabi no’ng mga kaibigan kong abogada, ‘Ang tanga-tanga mo talaga!’
"So ako naman, ‘Bakit, I can earn my own money!’
“Gano’n ang dating ko. So that’s just ano, you know, being very independent.”
These days, she's become more used to the idea of having a husband who takes care of her needs.
“He’s a provider. Hindi ko pa kailangan, binibigay na niya. Dati I resist it, but now, na-a-anticipate niya.
"Siya nagbibigay ng pambili ng tsinelas ko," referring to her advocacy of distributing 1,000,000 million pairs of slippers every year.
"REFORM MOVEMENT." Korina admits that their marriage is a work in progress.
First, their communication has become more open.
“Nag-e-evolve na siya. Parang... ngayon, nag-uusap na kami. ‘Kung may nangyari sa 'yo dun sa Yolanda o sa Zamboanga, hindi ko alam kung ano'ng gagawin sa 'yo.’
“'Ano bang mga bilin mo?' You know things like that. Pinag-uusapan na namin yun.”
For his part, Korina said, "He is always home early."
Now, the two have learned to value their time together.
She quickly adds, “Ah, 'eto, isa pa ngayon sa mga reform movement. Dati, kanya-kanya kami talagang uwi sa gabi, bahala na kung tulog na siya o ano, walang paalamanan.
“Ngayon, talagang we make it a point, we’re home together at night. He likes dinner time, sabay kami.
“Kung hindi siya makakapag-dinner with me, magsasabi siya, ako rin magsasabi.
“Or he’ll tell me, what’s your schedule this weekend kasi we try to keep our schedule...‘I really have to be with the President.’
"So mag-i-schedule na rin ako ng family ko para there are days na talagang magkasama lang kami."
SEPARATION RUMORS. Do they stay in one room together?
“Yes, in one bed,” she confirms.
There were rumors claiming they sleep in separate rooms.
“Never! Ano ba? Never! Talagang may tsismis na ganun?
"At saka talagang ayaw mamatay [ng tsismis] 'di ba? Parang, ayan na nga mga litrato namin sa Facebook, ayaw maniwala!"
Ricky Lo asked, "Do you shower together?"
She parries the question with a hearty laugh and says, “Ayoko! Baka pagalitan ako 'pag sinagot ko!”
She reveals, “Mas madalas siya. [Nagsasabi siya], ‘I’m so happy to be with you.’ With a kiss, with a hug.”
PLANS OF HAVING A BABY. The 50-year-old Korina also revealed that they are taking their plan of having a baby more seriously this time.
“We always have time to make a baby. But to take it seriously, this year," she discloses.
Do they have plans of adopting a child?
Smiling, she said, “Meron tayong ibang presscon tungkol diyan. Meron tayong ibang something tungkol diyan.”