Ayen Munji-Laurel on persistent rumors of separation from Franco Laurel: "Ganun yata talaga pag tahimik ang relationship niyo. Parang iniisip nila hiwalay na."

Ganito inilarawan ni Ayen Munji-Laurel ang pagsasama nila ng asawang si Franco Laurel: It’s a challenge in every relationship, you know, to keep it alive. You really have to work on the relationship. It’s not something like a bed of roses, I think that’s not true. For me, we are, individually, a work in progress and, as a couple, more so, di ba? Di ba, pag mag-asawa kayo, you have to be together on so many things?"


Maikli ang buhok ngayon ni Ayen Munji-Laurel, at iyon nga ang napansin ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at ilang piling press, sa ipinatawag na intimate lunch ng aktres.

Ito ay ginanap sa Bellissimo restaurant, na pagmamay-ari ni Cesar Montano, sa Scout Rallos Extension, Quezon City, noong Martes, Nobyembre 13.

Pero kaagad ding nilinaw ng Kapuso actress na wala siyang pinagdadaanan ngayon kahit pa naisipan niyang magpaputol ng buhok.

Kadalasan kasing inuugnay ang pagpapaputol ng buhok o pagbabago ng hairstyle ng isang babae sa nangyayaring pinagdadaanang problema o pagsubok sa buhay.

Sabi ni Ayen, pumayag siyang magpaputol ng buhok para sa kanyang role na Lady Armada, sa Pinoy remake ng Korean drama series na Temptation of Wife, sa GMA-7.

Wala raw kaugnayan ang hairstyle niya ngayon sa hindi mamatay-matay na isyung hiwalay na sila ng asawang si Franco Laurel.

Sabi ni Ayen, “Natatawa nga ako kung bakit parang hinihintay na maghiwalay kami.

“Actually, hindi lang isang beses iyan naging isyu.

“Early this year, I was asked the same question in GMA pa nga, in one of the presscons. Nagtataka nga kami.

“Siguro nga kasi we are not seen together. We have our own lives and work.

“And recently nga, we were asked to be interviewed in TV5, kami ni Franco, to talk about the same thing.

“Not the hiwalayan, but to talk about my past.

“E, nagawa na ni Sharon [Cuneta] yun, e. Sa kanya nga ako unang nagpa-interview noong lumabas ako and all of these.

“So, I don’t want to do it again.

“The thing is, I have moved on already. Parang yun na naman.

“Tapos, siyempre, lalabas at lalabas yung isyu about the hiwalayan. Parang third time na.

“Ganun yata talaga pag tahimik ang relationship n’yo. Parang iniisip nila hiwalay na.

“But we’re not.”



HAPPILY MARRIED. Ayon kay Ayen, masayang-masaya ang kanilang buhay bilang mag-asawa at nananatiling matatag.

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“With the relationship I have with Franco, this year was really a year of parang realization.

“Kasi we’re gonna be twelve years in March [2013]. Ang tagal na rin ng relationship namin.

“Kasi parang when I’m talking about it, parang it seems to be like yesterday.

“But it’s a challenge in every relationship, you know, to keep it alive. You really have to work on the relationship.

“It’s not something like a bed of roses, I think that’s not true.

“For me, we are, individually, a work in progress and, as a couple, more so, di ba?

“Di ba, pag mag-asawa kayo, you have to be together on so many things?

“It’s a big adjustment for me that I had my first marriage and this is my second marriage.

“Before Franco met me, I’m an independent woman already.

“Ibig kong sabihin, meron na akong buhay bago niya ako makita. Na, you know, I have two kids before I met Franco.

“So, yung adjustment, believe or not, it’s still happening—but in a good way.

“Another adjustment is the kids have grown and their appreciating Franco more.

“And Franco has matured a lot in so many ways as a man and as a father of my children.”

Pero inaamin niya ba na nagkaproblema sila sa relasyon nila?

“Hindi naman. I don’t think it’s a problem-problem.

“I think you can say na ang lahat ng relationship, may challenge.

“Hindi naman dumating yung tipong maghihiwalay kami. No, hindi.”

Linggu-linggo nga raw ay nagdi-date pa rin sila.

“We have a date every week. Kung hindi Thursday, basta may isang araw na date kami na kaming dalawa lang.

"Mahilig kasi kaming mag-try ng bagong bukas na restaurants.

“Once a week, we have to do that.”

Paano niya ilalarawan ang relasyon nila bilang mag-asawa?

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“I don’t know if I can describe it in one word.

“But I think we came to a point already na we realized that God gave us this relationship.

“I guess masasabi mo na it’s God-centered because, kung hindi kami takot sa Diyos, puwede naman kaming bumigay sa maraming pagsubok.

“I’m not talking about temptations. I’m talking about issues in your life as a couple na puwede kang gumive-up, di ba?

“The thing is, yun lang siguro, if you have God in your life, you can work out on your relationship and protect the vow.”



NO PROFESSIONAL JEALOUSY. Mas napapanood ng mga tao si Ayen ngayon sa telebisyon kaysa sa asawa niya.

Ngayong mas busy siya kay Franco, hindi ba ito nagiging isyu sa kanila?

“Actually, Franco is doing more corporate shows and stage.

“And now he’s into writing also. He started his own blog.

“And he discovered another talent pala na I always have been telling him na he has—he’s a good writer, e.

“He is so intelligent and he has so many opinions.

“So, he is doing his own thing and I’m doing my own thing.”

Hindi raw sila kailanman nagkaroon ng professional jealousy sa pagitan nila.

“No, never,” sabi ni Ayen.

“Actually, he’s gonna be in Paroa [GMA teleserye], semi-regular siya sa Paroa. Mag-start siya [ng taping] this week.

“Kasi kaming dalawa, kami talaga ang critic ng isa’t isa—in a good way, ha.

“Kasi si Franco, prangka; e, ako, prangka rin ako.

“Of course, he’s very talented, one of the voices na talagang unique.

“I would tell him what would help, ganun.”

May nakatutuwang kuwento nga si Ayen tungkol sa isang komento ni Franco.

“Si Franco kasi, ang comment niya sa lahat ng teleseryeng ginawa ko, in a funny way, ha, ‘Parang napatingin ka sa camera nung point na yun.’

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“Siyempre ang sagot ko, ‘Hindi naman.’

“Pero sa loob-loob ko, ‘Napatingin ba ako?’

“Siyempre sa playback, makikita naman ng direktor kung parang napatingin ako, di ba?

“Pero naiinis ako, sabi ko, ‘Hindi, ha. Para naman feeling mo lagi kong bini-break yung fourth wall.’

“Pero hindi naman yung nag-away kami because of that.

“We know each other siguro that well kaya we can say even the painful things.

“Minsan nga, sasabihin nun, ‘Don’t wear that. You look big in that.’ Yung ganun.”



MORE TIME FOR FAMILY. Kung meron man daw naging pagkukulang si Ayen sa pamilya niya—dahil sa kanyang pagiging busy sa tapings—ito ay ang nabawasan ang oras niya para sa kanila.

“Siguro the only conflict when I started with television was the time.

“But he [Franco] never questioned it naman kasi alam naman niya na ito yung passion ko. He knows what I really like.

“Kung may conflict man kami, it’s the schedule.

“Like there was a time na I know maraming domestic issues sa bahay na he has to be the one to deal with it.

“But I never experience with him yung ‘Bakit wala ka rito? Bakit ganito?’

“After Amaya, I must admit nakita ko yung na-miss ko—not just with him but what I missed at home.

“Like, ang tagal ko palang nawala.

“I used to say I am hands-on with my kids. I am hands-on with my kids, but the thing is, may nag-suffer.

“Hindi lang sa akin, I guess for any family na may ganitong klaseng life na nag-suffer.

“And then we had a lot of catching up to do. Not sa asawa ko, but with the kids.

“Then, after Amaya, sumunod pa yung Hiram Na Puso. That’s when I realized more na, ‘Ooopps.’

“Nagkukuwentuhan man kami ni Franco, hindi naman kami umabot na naghiwalay kami. Never pang nangyari yun.

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“I think the most that happened was ako yung… I’m missing a lot sa family.

“Hindi naman niya ako kinukuwestiyon about it.

“Kumbaga, on my own, I realized na, ‘Teka, I have to make bawi.’”

Tila sinagot naman daw ng Diyos ang hiling at panalangin ni Ayen na magkaroon ng break sa trabaho.

Dalawang buwan din kasi siyang napahinga sa trabaho pagkatapos ng Hiram ng Puso bago siya nagsimula sa Temptation of Wife.

“I think I need time for my children. I needed that.

“Kasi yung iba, pag matatapos na ang project, natataranta na.

“For me, yeah, I have to work, my husband has to work… lahat naman ganun sa industriya.

“Pero hindi puwede sa akin yung hindi mo na naiisip yung priorities mo, kasi ngayon hindi puwedeng hindi ko maging priority ang mga kids.

“Kasi I have a twenty-two-year-old daughter, my son is seventeen going to college, and I have a ten-year-old kid na medyo confused kung dalaga na siya o baby pa siya.

“Alam mo yun? Those are the things I have to think about.

“I have to be there for my kids.”

Sa dalawang buwan naman daw na break niya ay nagawa niyang makabawi sa mga anak niya at naayos na rin nila ang iba pang domestic issues sa bahay nila.



NO TO POLITICS FOR FRANCO. Galing sa pamilya ng mga pulitiko si Franco.

Pero sa isang interview, sinabi ni Franco na wala siyang balak pasukin ang pulitika.

Sinabi rin daw ni Ayen kay Franco na kapag pumasok ito sa pulitika ay bahala na siya sa buhay niya.

Natatawang depensa ni Ayen, “Of course, loko lang yun!

“Pero alam naman niya na talagang magulo yun.

“I don’t see him as a politician at all. With his temperament, I don’t think so.

“Hindi, hindi siya yun.”

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Matagal na raw may mga kumukumbinsi kay Franco na pasukin ang pulitika.

“Marami na, before pa. Two years ago nga, meron ulit, vice mayor for Muntinlupa.

“Sabi ko, ‘What? No way!’

“Pero alam mo, akala ko tatanggapin niya kasi parang naku-convince.

“Kasi yung mga Laurel before, talagang puro sa pulitika.

“Buti na lang yung generation ngayon, puro artista na yung mga Laurel—like si Denise, si Franco. Thank God!

“Ayoko yata ng gulo sa ganun.

“Yun ang baka hindi ko kayanin, yung nasa showbiz ka na tapos magpa-politics ka pa.

“The privacy is parang wala na talaga.”

Pero paano kung “calling” din ni Franco ang politics, paano yun?

“You know, if it’s God’s calling, maniniwala ako doon. Pero kung it’s mind calling, I don’t think so.

“Parang it’s gonna be a big decision on his part.”

BIRTHDAY. Magkakaroon ba siya ng party sa birthday niya sa November 21?

Sabi ni Ayen, “I’m not having a big party kasi I always have parties at home.

“This time, I’ll be having dinner with my closest sa family and friends.

“November 21 kasi is taping day [of Temptation of Wife], so I’m gonna have dinner lang with my family somewhere in The Fort.

“And then another dinner with some friends.”

Binibigyan pa rin ba siya ng regalo ni Franco?

“Super!” bulalas ni Ayen.

“Franco is the type na, months ago, binibili na niya yung regalo niya for you.

“Nireregaluhan niya ako sa birthday ko, and then Christmas, may Valentine’s Day pa, tapos sa anniversary namin.

“Maregalo siya. He’s a very generous gift-giver.

“At ang ibinibigay niya, yung gusto ko talaga.”



CHRISTMAS. May plano ba ang pamilya nila to go on a trip or magbakasyon sa Pasko?

“Last year kasi, we went on a trip. But this time, we can’t because I’m working. Franco also has Paroa.

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“And I heard wala kaming bakasyon. I heard from the production na, after Christmas, may trabaho pa rin, in between Christmas and New Year.”

What is Christmas like sa family nila?

“Super busy. Christmas eve, 24, nasa bahay ng mommy ko. Twenty five, there’s a reunion on Franco’s side, his mommy’s side.

“Sa gabi, in our home, we have dinner.

“Tapos New Year, iba rin yun, sa Laurel side naman.

“So, very busy yung Christmas namin, ang daming parties!”


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