Tonton Gutierrez and Glydel Mercado have one of the more enduring relationships in showbiz.
They have been together for 20 years, 14 of those as husband and wife.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with Tonton at the press conference of Ika-5 Utos held at the GMA Network Center last September 3, where we asked him about their secret to a love that has lasted through the years.
The 50-year-old actor chalked up their wedded bliss to having a simple life.
He told PEP.ph, “Simpleng buhay lang naman. Simpleng wants, simpleng needs.”
He said keeping their private life out of the limelight has also helped them thrive as a couple and a family.
“Ah, in the first place hindi naman kami showbiz as a couple. Kumbaga ano yun, simpleng-simple lang. Pag ka nasa bahay kami, wala. Wala kaming ere.
“We’re just enjoying each other’s company.”
Tonton and Glydel’s personalities don’t even seem to clash.
He revealed, “Wala kaming, wala, e. Ni hindi kami nag-aaway.”
Tonton and Glydel were together as a couple for six years before they tied the knot in 2004. Their eldest daughter Aneeza is now 14, and the youngest Aneeka is turning eight in November.
He went on, “So siguro sa 20 years na yun, nag-away siguro kami na hindi naman super away, ano lang ha medyo [petty] lang, siguro dalawang beses lang sa 20 years.”
The actor also credited his better half Glydel as to why their household remains peaceful.
He said, “Alam mo kasi, napakabait ng asawa ko, e. Hindi siya mahirap pakisamahan. Napakasimpleng tao. Yun nga, gaya ng sinabi ko, simple needs and simple wants, 'no.
“Basta ano lang, kami, we’re very relaxed with each other.”
Glydel, Tonton said, is neither a nagger nor a jealous wife.
He then explained something husbands can learn a thing or two from.
“E, in the first place hindi ko naman siya bininibigyan ng pagkakaselosan niya, so I would say hindi siya selosa.
“Dapat siguro magiging selosa kung meron siyang makikita sa akin, pero wala naman.”
We asked if they still plan on adding another child to the family. Tonton answered, “Okay na kami. Okay na kami sa dalawang anak.”
The couple is happy with their two daughters, and does not think of trying for a boy.
Tonton explained, “Naku hindi na puwede, ayoko. Singkuwenta anyos na ako. Matanda na ako. Unfair naman dun sa bata baka hindi ko na mahabol.”
That being said, husband and wife remain contented under the sheets. After all, they used to sizzle on screen with their fiery and sexy roles.
About their sex life, a laughing Tonton commented, “Active, very active. Isang linggo, medyo nabawasan. Pumapatak sa dalawa, tatlo sa isang buwan.”
He added, “Hindi nawawala ang lambingan. Siyempre magkatabi kayo. Paggising sa umaga, ‘I love you.’ Sa gabi, bago matulog, ‘I love you.’”
And as a last tip to keeping the flame burning? Tonton said be consistent with showing love for your spouse.
“Walang nabago. Wala. Edad lang saka yung may anak nang dalawa.”