Joyce Ching is going to be a December bride.
In an exclusive interview held on July 10, in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, during the taping of GMA-7's Dragon Lady, she shared details about her upcoming wedding.
Her boyfriend, videographer Kevin Alimon, proposed to Joyce on February 25, 2019.
At the start of the interview, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Joyce what will keep her busy after Dragon Lady airs its final episode on July 19. Will she and Kevin be busy with wedding preparations, and have they already decided on a date?
At first, Joyce seemed unsure if she could already reveal a few details.
"Po? Hindi ko po alam, e. Pero this year, this year." When asked about the month, she replied, "December!"
Rodjun Cruz and Dianne Medina also picked that month for their wedding.
Joyce threw in, "Opo... una kami kina Rodjun."
After some prodding and upon telling her that PEP.ph also first wrote about Kevin's proposal to her, Joyce finally opened up, "December 8. Originally December 7, pero yung venue, December 8, lang siya available so sinunod na lang namin yung date ng venue."
Speaking of the venue, where will they be tying the knot?
"Somewhere in Baguio."
When asked why they chose to get married in the summer capital of the Philippines, Joyce answered, "Para malamig. Iyon lang talaga, iyon lang talaga yung dahilan, para malamig, ganun, tahimik."
With regard to her entourage, Joyce only offered one name.
"Ang nakausap ko pa lang si Thea," referring to fellow Kapuso actress Thea Tolentino, who will be one of her bridesmaids.
"Pero most ng entourage ko, puro non-showbiz."
Is she going to invite showbiz personalities to her wedding?
"Well yung ibang Tweens, invited, ganyan, pero sa entourage si Thea lang."
Among Joyce's co-stars in GMA-7's Reel Love Presents Tween Hearts, which aired from 2010 to 2012, were Barbie Forteza, Bea Binene, Jake Vargas, Kristoffer Martin, Derrick Monasterio and Alden Richards—all of whom remain her friends to this day.
How are the preparations coming along?
"Okay naman, so far smooth naman yung mga bagay-bagay, nakaplano naman siya nang maayos."
Joyce and Kevin are so hands-on with the preparations that they didn't hire a wedding planner.
Isn't it stressful given that she still is taping for Dragon Lady?
"Medyo lang. Medyo parang, ikaw lahat maghahanap ng suppliers, ikaw ang mag-aayos ng schedule ng mga tao, tapos imi-meet mo pa yung mga suppliers mo, pero so far okay naman.
"Medyo inayos na rin namin, binook na rin namin mostly kasi ang hirap mag-book ng mga suppliers and all kasi, lalo na December, sobrang agawan, sobrang hirap.
""Tapos baka mag-on-the-day coordinator na lang kami."
Will they be getting showbiz personalities or GMA executives as their principal sponsors?
"Hindi ko pa sila nami-meet, pero nasabihan ko na sila direk Gina [Alajar], si Tito Joey [Abacan], 'tapos si Ms. Annette [Gozon].
"Si Boss Vic [del Rosario ng GMA Artist Center], pinipilit ko pa, bagets pa daw siya [para mag-ninong]," Joyce laughed.
In just a few months, the 24-year-old Kapuso will be a married woman, a wife. Does she have any expectation?
"Wala naman masyadong expectations. Feeling ko naman, hindi pa rin naman siya super magbabago except yung fact na magli-live na kami together, na yung parang, yung boundaries namin, medyo mababawasan na kasi magiging married na kami.
"Iyon lang. Exciting, excited ako dun."