Carmina Villarroel and Zoren Legaspi have been together for twelve years.
They also have their lovely 10-year-old twins, Maria Cassandra, known as Cassy, and Maverick Peter, known as Mavi.
To top it all, they are probably the most bankable family when it comes to endorsing products.
Indeed, it seems like Carmina and Zoren have nothing more to ask for. That is, except to tie the knot, which finally happened yesterday.
EVERYONE IN ON THE ACT. The family arrived around 2:30 p.m. at the Fernbrook Gardens, Portofino in New Alabang, Muntinlupa.
Carmina was thinking all the while that they would be shooting a commercial for one of their various advertisements.
The family proceeded to the Colonial Hall in Fernbrook’s lower ground area upon their arrival.
The kids then commenced with the whole act of rehearsing a dance routine with the G-Force, while Zoren went to the reception area to have an interview.
Meanwhile, Carmina was having her makeup done by Robbie Piñera, still totally unaware that she was being transformed into a bride.
Moments later, the family had some food to eat, and Carmina couldn’t help but notice, “Wow, may mga waiters!” That was rather unusual for a simple ad shoot.
But it wasn’t enough to cause suspicion.
When Carmina went back to her makeup, and the twins went back to their dance rehearsal, the act escalated to another level.
Mavi was quite the actor, pretending that he couldn’t keep up with the dance steps and was on the verge of tears from trying too hard.
Meanwhile, Zoren’s feigned temper was building up, and he was heard telling one of the staff to just exclude the twins from the dance number.
A mock argument broke out between Zoren and a member of the staff, which heated up until both guys were raising their voices.
The squabble took place just behind Carmina, who was seated in front of the mirror.
All the while, Carmina was unaware that cameras were all around her, filming her reactions, while guests watched the scenes unfold from the waiting area.
At first, Carmina was calm and stayed bubbly despite the commotion.
“Tama na ’yan, I’m so pretty!” she called out to them.
But when the argument became too intense, she tried to mediate between her husband and the staff member.
“Seriously, guys, you’re fighting in front of the kids?” she scolded.
Zoren pretended to settle the issue by looking for the director who was in the upper ground level. He left Colonial Hall with the twins.
THE FLASH MOB. Carmina was left in the makeup room, still looking puzzled about the altercation that just happened.
Then another member of the staff came in, and before Carmina could report the fuss that just took place, this staff member suddenly exclaimed, “I saw the sign!”
The G-Force dancers reiterated this, until the song “I Saw the Sign” by Ace of Base began to play, and they started dancing a well-rehearsed production number.
A stunned Carmina was led by the G-Force to another area of the Colonial Hall while they danced around her.
“What’s happening? Sasayaw ba ’ko? Commercial na ba ‘to?” the clueless Carmina asked, as she went with flow.
Next she was led to the grand staircase, where she was surprised to see Boy Abunda meeting her halfway, for an interview.
“How do you feel right now?” Tito Boy asked.
“Hindi ko alam, Tito Boy. Lutang. I’m just happy,” said Carmina who was obviously overwhelmed.
After the brief exchange, Boy revealed who was responsible for the whole affair.
“Alam mo, Mina, ang may kagagawan nito ay isang tao lamang, one person. Kaya wag ka nang magtaka dahil ganito ka niya kamahal."
THE PROPOSAL. One of the gates then opened to reveal Zoren, who began to sing Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old With You,” sending Carmina to tears.
“What’s happening, Honey?” a sobbing Carmina asked.
“Are you okay?” Zoren asked back.
Carmina replied, “No. I’m shaking! What’s happening, Tatay? Kanina I’m pretty, now I’m oily na!” she joked.
Zoren began to narrate, “Nasabi na natin sa mga ibang tao na yung proposal na gusto ko sanang mangyari, sa Japan, na hindi natuloy.
“Actually, pinagsisisihan ko yun, hon, because I wasn’t really prepared, but that moment slipped away.
“Sabi ko, sayang, favorite mo pa naman yung cherry blossoms. Tapos hindi natuloy yung singsing kasi yung credit card ko hindi na-activate.
“So, sabi ko, why can’t I recreate that moment? So, honey ngayon you’ll be under cherry blossom trees na ginawa namin just for you.”
Carmina cried out in awe as Zoren showed her the way to a garden with an artificial cherry blossom tree.
Zoren continued, “At sinigurado ko, honey, na pagdating sa singsing e hindi ako magkakamali.”
Then Zoren knelt, held out a ring and said, “Honey, hindi ko in-imagine na gagawin ko ‘to.
"Pero I could imagine doing it to you. ’Cause you are a very special girl.
“I love you so much, and now I’m proposing to you dahil maraming naghihintay ng kasal natin.
“Sabi ko, pa’no ikakasal e wala pa ngang proposal? So, honey, will you marry me?”
Carmina replied with an ecstatic, “Yes!”
THE WEDDING. While the events that were transpiring were just barely sinking in for Carmina, Zoren carried out the next part of the affair.
“We’re just happy that you said ‘yes’ dahil masisira lahat ng hard work namin kung you said ‘no.’ So, guys, what’s next? Honey! Honey, what’s next?” Zoren asked.
Carmina remained clueless, “Ano? Anong ’what’s next?’”
“E, di kasal, di ba? Ang problema, busy ka, yung schedule mo hindi pumapasok sa schedule ko. Lagi mong sinasabi, ’So, kelan mo ba balak magpakasal?’” Zoren replied to Carmina.
“Hindi ko alam, honey. I don’t know!” Carmina said, still in a daze.
“Bakit hindi natin tanungin ang advisor ko? Twins?” Zoren called out to the kids.
Mavi uttered a cheer, “Yo! Mommy! He wants to marry you tonight!”
This was followed by claps and another dance routine by the twins.
Then another flash-mob erupted to the tune of Bruno Mars’s “Marry You,” while the dancers attached a lace to Carmina’s skirt and a veil on her head.
She was then ushered to the Classical Dome, where she was once again met by Boy Abunda.
Boy introduced the principal sponsors: Kris Aquino, Eric Quizon, Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Ben Chan, John Concepcion, and Felix Ang.
Joana Torres-Santos represented Cory Vidanes and Dolor Guevarra represented Sharon Cuneta. Joana and Dolor each gave the bride a hug.
Boy continued, “Mina, tulad ng sabi ko kanina, narito ang mga kapamilya at kaibigan na sasamahan ka sa pinakamahalagang-araw ng iyong buhay. Narito sila!”
A curtain was raised to show all the guests doing movements to the beat of Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”
Carmina shrieked in excitement, “Oh, my gosh! What’s happening?”
Then Carmina’s dad, Reggie, led her to the aisle as the song “Marry Your Daughter” played, while Zoren waited near the altar.
Addressing Carmina’s dad, Zoren said: “Gusto ko sanang humingi ng paumanhin dahil baliktad po nangyari, nauna po yung kambal kesa sa kasal.
“Pero at the same time, gusto ko rin magpasalamat dahil tinanggap niyo ako nang buong-puso, nang hindi niyo tinanong kung gaano ko kamahal ang inyong anak.
“Na-appreciate ko po yun, Daddy Reggie.”
Zoren then turned to Carmina, “Hindi mo rin kasi alam, honey, bago operahan ang daddy mo, nag-promise ako sa kanya.
“Sabi ko, ’Daddy Reggie, kailangan niyo pong magpakatatag. Dahil kailangan niyong magpagaling.’ Dahil nga ikakasal tayo.
“So, thank you, Daddy Reggie, I love you,” he said.
Then Daddy Reggie gave his daughter to the groom, and the wedding ceremonies commenced.
The civil wedding was officiated by a lady judge, who said she hoped the couple would also get married in church one day.
The bride and groom gave impromptu messages to each other.
Zoren said: “After tonight, wala na ’kong parang bibitbitin at aalalahanin sa ‘yo. Kasi nga nagampanan ko na yung dapat kong ginampanan noon pa.
“At iyon ay ang pakasalan ka. Ngayon [wish] ko ay magkakambal ulit.”
Carmina said: “Tatay, thank you. Maraming-maraming salamat for everything. Sobrang speechless, speechless ako sa mga nangyari.
“Nag-aantay ako ng simula nung kanina pa, kaya kanina pa ’ko tingin nang tingin nang ganun.
“Wala, I’m just speechless. Maraming-maraming salamat. Thank you for loving me nang buong-buo.
“Akala ko ang mga nanay lang, mga magulang lang, yung magbibigay ng unconditional love, hindi pala.
“Kahit ikaw, kahit yung kabiyak mo o yung partner mo, pwedeng maging ganun. Kasi talagang selfless, e.
“Thank you, Tatay. Thank you. Yung twins, alam ko pa rin yung moves. So, baka. Why not? Uwi na tayo!
“Hindi, Tatay, thank you. I love you so much!”
Carmina shyly planted a kiss on her husband’s lips a few times when the lady judge declared that the groom may kiss the bride.
Carmina and Zoren marched away from the altar with the song “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko” playing, as fireworks lit up the evening sky.