Rodjun Cruz and Dianne Medina have already picked a date for their wedding: December 21, 2019.
With almost two years to prepare, the couple was asked, why the long engagement?
Rodjun reasoned out time flies fast, “Hindi ko nga namalayan na mag-iisang taon na, e. 'Tsaka para mas makaipon pa po.”
And why December 21, what's so special about the date?
The actor said, "Kasi gusto namin, 'di ba festive pag Pasko 'tapos may mga kamag-anak na nasa ibang bansa na uuwi.
"'Tapos ang gusto talaga namin, 23, kaso hindi siya Saturday. Kasi yung monthsary namin, 23.
"Malapit na sa Pasko so baka maraming hindi makapunta so tinarget namin na 21."
The 30-year-old actor proposed to the 31-year-old actress on October 10, 2017, after 11 years of togetherness.
He told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Tiniming ko talaga na 30th birthday ko yun and siyempre gusto ko ring ma-surprise si Dianne.’"
How do they manage to keep their relationship going strong all these long years?
For Rodjun, it is the most natural thing in the world, "Siyempre, kapag love niyo naman ang bawat isa, ganun talaga yun, e."
Rodjun and Diane will exchange "I dos" at the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a.k.a. Manila Cathedral.
They are eyeing either Sofitel Philippine Plza Manila or Manila Hotel for their wedding reception.
They have not finalized their entourage, “Pinag uusapan pa namin,” said Rodjun.
But Leo Dominguez, his manager, and Perry Lansigan, Dianne's manager, will definitely be part of the ceremony.
Rodjun contineud, “Si Dianne kasi, madaming friends. Gusto nga niya 20 daw na bridesmaids...
“Best man ko yung dalawang kapatid ko, si Rayver 'tsaka yung kuya ko po [Omar].
“Sa artista, siyempre mga barkada ko, sila Alden [Richards], groomsman.”
We warned Rodjun that whoever will be paired with Alden may get bashed, but he said, “2019 na yun. e, feeling ko hindi na maba-bash yun kasi rerespetuhin naman nila yun.”
Kristoffer Martin, Jose Sarasola, and Marco Alcaraz are also among his groomsmen.
RAYVER AND JANINE. Because of their long engagement, the engaged couple were ribbed about Rayver beating them to the altar.
Rodjun assured, “Hindi, hindi po yun.”
Does Rayver have a girlfriend?
“Sila, lagi silang magkasama ni Janine,” referring to Kapuso actress Janine Gutierrez.
He continued, “Parang ini-enjoy lang muna nila ang company ng bawat isa.”
Are Janine and Rayver officially together?
“Talaga? Hindi pa nga niya sinasabi sa akin kung sinagot na siya, e."
Does Rodjun approve of Janine for his brother?
“Oo naman! Kasi si Janine nakasama ko yan sa Legally Blind, matagal ko siyang nakasama, sobrang bait!
"Sobrang bait talaga at nakita mo talaga sa kanya na mahal niya talaga ang trabaho niya.
“Wala akong nakita sa kanya na ugaling hindi maganda nung nakasama ko siya sa Legally Blind.
"'Tsaka close ko siya talaga, napakabait na bata.”
This interview with Rodjun took place last Saturday, January 27, during his taping in Quezon City for “Rehas,” an episode of Stories For The Soul.