After eight years of being together and six years of marriage, Shamcey Supsup and Lloyd Lee are undoubtedly one of the strongest couples in showbiz.
What's their secret?
Lloyd says, "Communication, lahat kailangang pag-usapan."
The relationship changes after marriage, he muses.
"Kasi ano, e, kumbaga after ng marriage, kumbaga wala na yung lahat ng mga best foot forward. Of course, lahat ng mga gagawin mo, yung day-to-day activities, iba-iba yung upbringing... magkaiba yung upbringing ninyong mag-asawa.
"So dapat talaga, nag-uusap kayo para at least makita yung middle ground. Dapat na understanding pareho para mag-work yung relationship."
Shamcey throws in, "I always ask him nga, sabi ko, you know it's really hard to be married. It's not something easy na, you know, mag-boyfriend-girlfriend kayo, parang everything is sailing smoothly.
"It's really hard. Sabi ko sa kanya, 'If tayo nahihirapan na tayo, what more yung iba?'"
How do they overcome these difficulties?
Shamcey says, "Aside from communication, sabi nga ni Lloyd, I think it really started with our choice to love each other every day despite whatever problems, whatever shortcomings.
"Na parang love na ninyo ang isa't-isa even before, but when you're married, you have to choose to love that person every day."
Lloyd also talks about the importance of setting expectations of each other even before tying the knot.
“Para at least alam ninyo na kung saan kayo papunta, kung ano yung path, walang gulatan, para hindi kami nag-aaway,” he laughs.
Have they ever had a big fight?
Shamcey answers, "Actually, lahat ng away namin, may kinalaman sa negosyo."
Who makes the first move to resolve their issues?
“Ngayon? Siya," the 2011 Miss Universe third runner-up says with a laugh.
She explains, “No kasi, he’s my boss, di ba? So pag pinapagalitan niya ako, sometimes siyempre nahu-hurt ka, nagagalit ka. Na parang, ‘Ano ba ako? Empleyado mo ba ako o asawa?’ Mga ganun.
"So, it’s really, karamihan ng mga arguments namin may kinalaman sa trabaho. Wala pa naman kaming away na yung talagang personal na talagang kami.”
Have they ever had to deal with the green-eyed monster?
Shamcey answers, “Ay, never. Para wala kang problema sa third party, dapat ma-busy ka sa pagtrabaho.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spoke to the couple on January 18, Saturday, at the blessing of Smilee Apparel, the new business venture launched by Lloyd's father, Paul Lee.
Shamcey's father-in-law owns the 10-storey building of Smilee Apparel at 701 Reina Regente Street in Binondo, Manila.
The couple also has the restaurant business Pedro & Coi, and Shamcey has new responsibilities as the national director of Miss Universe Philippines.
The apparel and restaurant businesses are in such different industries. Does this make it harder or easier to manage the businesses?
The couple reveals they manage by sharing duties.
Lloyd says, “Basically pag nasa fabrics ako, nasa textile ako, si Sham naman nandun siya sa design, nag-full blast din siya sa architectural… And then kapag may schedule kami para sa food…”
So there isn't any conflict between the two businesses?
“Wala naman,” Shamcey says.
“And nakakatuwa nga, e, kasi parang hindi namin ito sinadya, but sabi ni Lloyd, parang whenever we think about it, ‘Oo nga ‘no?’
“Parang we’re trying to provide the three basic needs of a person, which is food, clothing, and shelter. Kasi architect ako, e, di ba, so perfect!
“Pero hindi naman yun inisip, pero nagkataon lang na it all fell into place.”
It's a good thing they haven't opened Pedro & Coi in Tagaytay, which is currently in a state of calamity after the Taal Volcano eruption.
“No, but we have a house there, actually hindi pa namin nakikita.”
According to Shamcey, they have sent aid for the victims of the Taal eruption.
Lloyd adds, “May donation kami for Manila, and, of course yung mga charity works natin sa community.”
At the building's blessing, the Lee family donated one million pesos to the City of Manila.