Filipino stars who married into affluent families

Dawn Zulueta, Richard Gomez, and Sarah Geronimo are just some celebrities who found their partners among members of the country's wealthy families.
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The former matinee idol and penis-painting mayor married model and columnist, Leyte haciendera, and incumbent congresswoman Lucy Torres in 1998.

SARAH GERONIMO

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The country's pop princess married long-time beau, fellow actor Matteo Guidicelli, in a super secret wedding early this 2020.

Matteo is a Fernan on his mother's side.

The Fernans are one of the most prominent families in Cebu.

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The '90s singer wed opthalmologist Potenciano "Yong" Larrazabal in 1998.

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He comes from the illustrious Larrazabal family in Cebu.

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The former beauty queen and Zuma actress is the wife of Carlos "Honeyboy" Palanca III, who is the chair of C.P. Holding Inc., Nine Dragons Development Corporation, International Distillers Philippines Inc., and Philippine Koyo Bearing Corporation.

Dawn Zulueta

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This multiawarded movie star of Palestinian descent married in 1997 Antonio Lagdameo of Davao's wealthy and influential Lagdameo-Floirendo clan.

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This real-life Darna and summa cum laude married Christopher Po in 1999. Wearing the same dress, she renewed her vows with him in 2019.

She has been appointed the first chairperson of the Po Family Council.

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The Pos are considered the 19th richest family in the Philippines.

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The Hubog actress made headlines in 2004 when she married politician Jules Ledesma, whose wealth comes from land and sugar.

She was then 19 years old; he was 41.

After 16 years of marriage, the Italian-Filipino beauty has announced that she is pregnant.

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The beauty queen turned tastemaker married real-estate mogul Victor Consunji in 2010.

EHRA MADRIGAL

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Kapuso sexy star Ehra Madrigal found her forever in Filipino-Chinese businessman Tom Yeung.

The couple exchanged "I do's" on March 3, 2017, in Boracay.

Tom is the vice president of their family's business, Greenstone Pharmaceutical HK, Inc., which manufactures the famous Katinko oil linament and other healthcare products.

KAYE ABAD

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Kapamilya actress Kaye Abad became Mrs. Paul Jake Castillo on December 9, 2016.

More than being the runner-up of Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up in 2010, Paul Jake belongs to the prominent Castillo family of Cebu.

The Castillos own International Pharmaceuticals Inc., the maker of long-running healthcare products Efficascent Oil, Casino Ethyl Alcohol, Aciete de Manzanilla, and Bioderm soap.

LANI LOBANGCO

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The '90s sexy star wed Resty Santos who, with his family, owns real estate firm Sta. Lucia Realty.

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The former teen star married Louie Kaw, whose family owns steel fabrication company Amsteel Structures, Inc.

Louie oversees the business as its executive vice president.

ROXANNE GINOO

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The Kapamilya actress exchanged wedding vows with incumbent Mandaluyong City Councilor Anjelo Elton Yap on January 23, 2011.

Apart from being a public servant, Elton is a businessman whose parents, Tony Yap and Ma. Elizabeth Papa-Yap, run a chemical company in the Philippines.

According to the City of Mandaluyong website, Elton is also the corporate secretary of Fabella Realty Corporation; finance manager of California Chemicals Corporation and Magallanes Square Hotel; president of Aquatech Pro H2O Corporation; and treasurer of Sumometrics Industries Inc.

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ILLUSTRATION: Bacs Arcebal
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