Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzalez are considered one of the most durable couples in local showbiz. After eight years and two kids, they have survived in the industry where a lot of marriages fail.
At the media junket prepared for the Pond's Age Miracle endorsers last January 27, the press discovered how Aga and Charlene manage to keep their relationship stronger.
One important factor to a lasting relationship, according to Aga and Charlene, is constant communication. The former beauty queen affirmed, "Believe it or not, the moment that we wake up at 5:30 in the morning, aside from eating, we talk a lot. I think that should be the most important factor in all relationships. That's the biggest lesson that I have with my husband."
The former matinee idol agrees. Aga said, "Like what she said, we never run out of things to talk about. I mean, we are so blessed with that time. You know, it's just so fortunate for me, or for us, that work became sakto lang. It's like I'm doing one picture a year and doing one TV show. Of course, I get these offers. We know it's important that we have to work. But at the end of the day, growing up, my dream was to have a wife and a nice family. I have that already, so I'm not gonna put that to waste."
COMMITMENT AND HONESTY. Aga and Charlene, who met each other in the defunct ABS-CBN sitcom Oki Doki Doc (1993), were able to stay longer together than other celebrity couples in spite of all the showbiz intrigues that were thrown at them.
One reason, according to the dramatic actor, "I guess, we both decided that we're gonna make it work. And we decided really that we wanna grow old together. It's gonna be like that. People will always have something to say, you know, bad or good. So, we pick up the good, the bad we just leave behind.
"Hindi naman namin ipinagmamalaki ang aming pag-aasawa, hindi naman ipinagmamalaki ang ganyan. But, ang sa amin, we're asked about it and we make comments about our marriage, madaming nagsasabing, ‘Hmm, maghihiwalay din 'yan, o ganyan-ganyan. May problema 'yan, tinatago lang nila.' You know, malas na lang talaga ng mga taong gustong manira, pero talagang wala [problema], e," stated Aga.
Charlene said that they're transparent even in public.
"What you see is what you get," Charlene said. "Never have we practiced to be different. Kung ano ang nararamdaman namin, that's what shows. I think, people nowadays are now...they're very wise. Alam nila kung ano ang totoo at kung ano ang hindi. Sa aming dalawa ni Aga, what you see is what you get. We're frank and this is the way we are."
SURE FROM THE START. Aga and Charlene can be an inspiration to other couples who want to make their marriage last. The couple gave their own advice on how to make it work.
Aga said simply that they have no secret in keeping their marriage intact. "Just keep reminding yourself that you're gonna save it."
Then, he added, "When I decided to marry her, that was the best decision that I've ever made. Up to the day of our wedding, it took us a year to prepare for the wedding... Up to now, we talk about it. There was never a time, even for a second—I swear to God and God is my witness—I never doubted our marriage or doubted my decision, never. For that, I am so blessed."
Said Charlene, "In this case, it's also important that my partner is equally ready for the commitment. Kasi, bukod sa love and the respect, it's the commitment and the bond that you have with your partner and, of course, with our God."