The title of Tuesday Vargas's upcoming movie, Here Comes The Bride, perfectly fits her present status. On June 19 in Boracay, the comedienne will finally tie the knot with musician and longtime boyfriend Coy Placido.
"We started with a modest guest list of 75 people and we jumped to 180 sa sobrang dami ng gustong makibahagi sa saya. Kasi we've been friends for almost ten years and we've been a couple for six years, so ang dami na naming na-amass na kaibigan na mga kasama sa work, mga kabarkada through the years na gusto talagang mag-participate. Gusto talaga naman maliit lang, pero hindi talaga puwede," Tuesday excitedly told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after the press conference of Here Comes The Bride staged at ABS-CBN's Dolphy Theater in Quezon City yesterday, April 29.
The comedy film—which also stars Angelica Panganiban, John Lapus, and Eugene Domingo—is a joint venture of Star Cinema, Quantum Films, and OctoArts Films and will be shown nationwide on May 12.
Tuesday really wanted a beach wedding though she never mentioned anything to Coy throughout the course of their six-year relationship. Coy's decision to pick the picturesque tropical island as their wedding location has a poignant, romantic background.
"I asked Coy after he asked me to be his wife, tinanong ko sa kanya kung 'Saan mo ba gusto?' Pero buong buhay ko talaga, pangarap ko na 'yong beach wedding," said Tuesday.
She added, "Kasi naalala niya [Coy] 'yong magkaibigan pa kami at that time, parang isang buwan akong nagkulong sa Boracay after a very bad breakup. Tapos nagkita kami ulit then na-rekindle namin 'yong pagiging friends namin until nag-proceed into a more serious relationship hanggang sa ito na nga, ikakasal na kami. Sabi niya, it would be nice to top it all off with a wedding in Boracay."
FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON. It certainly helps that Tuesday and Coy started out as good friends before falling in love. Tuesday described the Session Road guitarist as both loving and understanding.
"I always felt that it's the right time [to settle down] when Coy and I got together. Alam ko agad sa sarili ko na ito na 'yong person for me kasi we complement each other. 'Yong wala ako, nasa kanya, tapos 'yong mga qualities na meron ako nakikita ko din naman sa kanya. So in so many ways, para kaming magkapatid, magkaibigan, ang dami naming relationships na sini-share. So, sa'n ka pa ba, di ba? Ano pang hahanapin mo?"
Coy never had a problem accepting Tuesday's son from a previous relationship. He was only two years old when she and Coy started dating exclusively.
"He grew up with Coy and alam niya na hindi si Coy ang biological father niya, pero in-embrace ni Coy 'yong family namin and kaming mag-ina nang walang alinlangan. Isa pa 'yon kaya ko nasabi sa sarili ko na handa na kami dahil minahal niya 'yong anak ko, 'yon yung pinakaimportante," she said.
Tuesday mentioned during the presscon proper that they would have to spend P1.2 million for the entire wedding.
"Mahal ang destination wedding," she seriously confessed to PEP.
But who's shouldering the bulk of the expenses?
"Hati naman po kami," replied Tuesday. "May mga certain areas ng wedding na babayaran ko and may certain areas na si Coy. Hindi na kasi uso na 'yong mga magulang ang sasalo o 'yong lalake lang ang sasagot ng gastos. Kasi feeling ko, hindi naman ako 'yong klase ng babae na ipapasalo lahat sa lalake 'yong responsibilidad. Hindi naman din pamoso 'yong pakakasalan ko, hindi naman siya anak mayaman, so tinanggap ko siya nang ganun."
Tuesday also revealed their scheduled overseas trip days before the wedding.
"Hopefully makapagpahinga kami sa Barcelona [Spain] kasi aalis kami ng June 10 before the wedding to Amsterdam and Barcelona. Kasi meron akong work tapos isasama ko siya [Coy]. So mauuna muna 'yong honeymoon bago 'yong wedding!" laughed the comedienne.
But the couple still intends to have a romantic celebration after the wedding. Tuesday and Coy plan to visit Paris provided they are not loaded with work around the month of July.
WORKING DOUBLY HARD. Tuesday is currently working overtime to save enough money in preparation for married life. She is seen almost regularly on TV5 following her departure from GMA-7's sitcom Show Me Da Manny.
She clarified that her decision to leave the Kapuso network was simply triggered by contractual obligations and demands set by the station to its talents in response to the growing competition.
"Hindi po ako umalis," stressed Tuesday. "Kailangan ko lang po talagang i-honor 'yong pinag-usapan na kung magti-TV5 na po ako, they'd [GMA-7] rather na huwag na lang ako mag-proceed sa Show Me Da Manny. Kasi po 'yong GMA, they're asking for loyalty from their talents which I cannot guarantee.
"Kasi po ako, it's not an issue about loyalty, it's about integrity and capacity as an actor. So kung may kaya akong ibigay, hindi ko puwedeng ikulong ang sarili ko sa isang bahay lang kasi alam ko naman na wala akong binurn na bridges. At habang nasa GMA po ako, nagawa ko naman 'yong tungkulin ko nang maayos. So prerogative na po 'yon network kung gusto nilang mag-cast ng iba."