Ai-Ai delas Alas said that her boyfriend Gerald Sibayan’s move to take their three-year relationship to the next level was an “answered prayer.”
According to the Comedy Queen, the day Gerald proposed to her was the same day she asked for a sign if he is truly the right man for her.
Ai-Ai told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Meron akong isang ano na, ‘Lord, bigyan mo naman ako ng sign na siya na talaga.’
“Dapat nung araw na yun, hindi siya magsisimba, kasi magtatrabaho nga siya.
“Sinurprise niya ako. Pagkatapos na pagkatapos ko [magdasal], pagmulat ko, nasa tabi ko siya.
“Sabi ko, ‘Lord, yun ba yun? Yun ba yung sign?’”
As cliché as it may sound, the 52-year-old veteran actress believes that putting God at the center of their relationship made her and Gerald strong, no matter how hard some bashers have tried to bring them down.
“Sa lahat ng naging boyfriend ko at naging asawa ko na, sinasamahan niya akong mag-novena every Wednesday.
“Palagi kaming nagdadasal na para sa kanya, yung para sa akin.”
PEP and other entertainment reporters caught up with Ai-Ai right after the presscon of her movie Our Mighty Yaya, which was held at 38 Valencia Events Place in Quezon City, last night, April 19.
SIMPLE BUT SWEET PROPOSAL. Last April 12, in her Instagram collage, Ai-Ai showed photos of her diamond engagement ring from Gerald.
She also shared a snapshot of Gerald’s handwritten note that read, “Will you marry me?”
The 23-year-old former badminton varsity player also gave Ai-Ai a cup of her favorite coffee and a vase of green roses, arranged by Marian Rivera’s newly-opened floral shop, Flora Vida.
Some knots are meant to be tied forever. Our journey is not perfect but its ours and ill stick with you till the end . I will pray to our great GOD that our journey wil be smooth and sweet towards eternity . HAPPY 3rd year anniversary my darling and thank you for the very paandar pangmayaman na flowers.. sabi nga ni kambal ako lang meron nyan ... thank you @floravidabymarian ..i love you so much .. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME ????????????????????????@gerald_sibayan #huntover2018 #thisisit2018 #misissa2018 #maynanalonatalaga2018 #4-12-17 #lovewins @sanchovito @sophdelasalas #shaunnicolo @_sethandrei
Recalling how Gerald proposed to her, Ai-Ai said, “Isang gabi na nagising na lang ako na ibinigay niya yung singsing.
“Simple lang yun, pero one year na niya itinatago yung ring na yun.
"Kumbaga, matagal na niyang itinatago yun, pinag-ipunan.
“So, kumbaga, nung nararapat na yung time siguro, para sa kanya, ibinigay na niya.
"Kasi, unang-una, hindi na raw niya kayang isikreto."
Truth be told, Ai-Ai admitted that they originally planned to get married this 2017.
She elaborated, “Tapos, di ba, umurong ako? ‘Huwag muna. Parang hindi pa ako ready.’
“Nakakatawa, ako pa yung hindi ready!"
Ai-Ai also said that she also knew about Gerald’s intention to marry her as early as last year.
She explained, “Alam ko na meron siyang singsing.
"Hindi ko alam na ganun ang hitsura, and hindi ko alam kung kailan niya ibibigay sa akin.
“Pero hindi ko pinapaalala sa kanya or nag-instigate ako na, ‘Ano? Kailan ka na magpu-propose?’
“Wala. Basta dedma lang ako.”
PERFECT TIMING. Another entertainment reporter asked, “So, you weren’t surprised at all when he finally proposed?”
Ai-Ai answered, “Surprised pa rin, kasi siyempre, hindi ko naman alam yung ring, e.
“Nung pinapapili niya ako, natatawa lang ako. Akala ko ineechos-echos lang niya ako.
“Sabi niya, ‘Huy, pili ka ng ring.’
"Sabi ko, ‘Ikaw na lang! Bahala ka na kung ano yung kaya mo, kung ano yung gusto mo.’"
Ai Ai’s marriage with her second husband Jed Salang lasted for only 29 days back in 2013.
While Ai-Ai and Jed got divorced in Las Vegas that same year, it was officially recognized in the Philippines, according to the Kapuso star, just last year.
And yet, after all her previous heartaches, Ai-Ai remains optimistic about settling down with Gerald.
Beaming, Ai-Ai said, “Ganun pala yun, 'no?
"Kapag nandiyan na, iba pala yung ipinipilit kaysa yung natural na lumalabas.
“Kasi yung last ko, pinilit ko kasi yun, e.
“Marami akong gustong ipaglaban. Marami akong gustong patunayan.
“Pero mali, e.
“So, lahat ng nagsimula nang mali, natatapos nang mali.
"And lahat ng nagsimula nang tama, natatapos nang tama.”