Ai-Ai delas Alas, husband Gerald Sibayan breaking typical image of May-December couples

by Karen A.P. Caliwara
May 29, 2019
Ai-Ai delas Alas, 54, is happy her five-year relationship with Gerald Sibayan, 25, has been smooth sailing and "walang ka-stress-stress."
PHOTO/S: @msaiaidelasalas on Instagram

Giving up or getting tired does not figure in Ai-Ai delas Alas's vocabulary.

"Ano lang ako, e, yung tipo na sugod nang sugod, fight lang nang fight," she tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the recent media launch of her restaurant AiSian Fusion, located at the third level of Ayala Cloverleaf mall in Balintawak, Quezon City.

Her fighting spirit defines her attitude towards life, her work, and even her love life.

She has had two failed marriages, which she describes as "kagagahan ko iyan nun, e."

But now on her third try, she is happy, "Walang ka-stress-stress."

Ai-Ai, 54, met her husband Gerald Sibayan, 25, through a common friend in 2014.

Back then, was she aware that Gerald was 30 years her junior?

She replies, "Yes. Actually nung nagpakilala iyan sa akin, namura ko pa, e.

"'Anong gagawin ko diyan ang bata bata?' ganon.

"Ayoko talaga. Mabait 'to, e. Mahilig ako sa bad boy noon. Ito mabait.

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"Ibang-iba so kaya na-appreciate ko naman siya."

The courtship, she says, was "sandali lang."

Did she ask him why he liked her?

"Oo. Hindi niya din alam. Tinanong ko siya, 'Ano bang gusto mo sa akin? Kasi artista ako?'

"'Hindi ko din alam.' Basta naramdaman na lang din niya.

"Sabi ko, 'Bakit mo ko papakasalan?' 'Gusto ko kasama kita forever.'"

MEETING GERALD'S PARENTS

But among her "concerns" then had something to do with Gerald's mom.

Laughing, Ai-Ai says, "In fairness, matanda naman yung nanay niya sa akin.

"Yun muna una kong tinanong ke Gerald, 'Ilang taon na ba mama mo?’

"Kasi, di ba, tatawagin ko siyang 'Ma.' Kaya ano talaga, tinanong ko."

Ai-Ai had spoken with Gerald's mom over the phone, so their first face-to-face meeting had not been awkward.

Ai-Ai recalls, "…parang okay lang kasi alam kong mabait mama niya. Nakausap ko na sa phone. Mama at Papa, mga sundalo, e. Puro nasa army."

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What was the reaction of Gerald’s parents?

Turning to Gerald, Ai-Ai asks, "Ano ba? Ano bang reaction ni Mama saka ni Papa nung pinakilala mo ako?"

The comedienne continues, "Wala, dedma lang. A, hindi nakasalita. Kasi parang confirmed na nila nun.

"Saka parang magkakilala na kami bilang nagkausap na sa phone."

According to Ai-Ai, hearing her voice over the phone had rendered Gerald's mom speechless.

"Di ba dati, chismis-chismis lang? Nung nakausap ako sa phone, hindi nakapagsalita nanay niya.

"Na parang, 'Ay, totoo pala! Totoo pala na yung Ai-ai, e, girlfriend ng anak ko.'

"Ang tagal dead air. 'Hello. Hello po.'"

AI-AI ON DATING A MUCH YOUNGER GUY

One thing Ai-A has proven in this relationship is that age is not a factor in a person's maturity.

"Sa kanya, hindi, e. Siyempre, sa dinami-rami ko na ring karanasan, sa relasyon, kung papasok ka pang 'tapos ang gulu-gulo na, mapapaisip ka na, e, di ba.

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"Tatanungin mo na sarili mo, 'Teka, tama ba ito?'

"Pero sa kanya, wala. Isip matanda nga iyan, e. At saka may pangarap, ang layo niya doon sa mga iba na kaedad ko.

"Hindi rin totoo yung pag bata, e, isip bata. Siguro depende sa personality, nag-ja-jibe kasi kami, e.

"Saka ano, alam mo yung chill lang ba."

He's not also the mabarkada type.

"Hindi siya yung parang lumalabas. Ay hindi. Hindi siya lumalabas. Hindi siya palalabas, e."

He is "seloso minsan," and Ai-Ai admits that she was "mabunganga" during the early part of their relationship.

Smiling, she adds, "Hindi na ngayon. Simula nung kasal na kami. Secure na."

Is it a sensitive point for them to talk about money?

Ai-Ai says she used to be bothered by comments saying "pera lang ang habol."

The Kapuso star resumes, "Hindi na ngayon [isyu]. Dati parang, 'Bakit parating pera? Hindi ba puwedeng mabait ako? Hindi ba puwedeng mapagmahal na girlfriend? Magaling akong magluto. Higit sa lahat, maganda ako.' Hindi ba puwedeng iyon?

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"Hindi yung, 'Naku, pera lang habol niyan,' puro pera!

"Puwede namang sa ibang tao, mabait siya, magaling siya, e."

In jest, she adds, "Bakit si ano di ba, daming pera pero nganga, waley.

"Sige, isipin mo, di ba?"

Ai-AI ON BEING MRS. GERALD SIBAYAN

Gerald and Ai-Ai got mrried on December 12, 2017, at the Christ the King Parish in Greenmeadows, Quezon City.

Before that, Ai-Ai's bishop friend had a long talk with Gerald.

"Sabi niya, 'Interviewhin ko siya.' Sabi ko kasi ‘Bishop, parang since Papal awardee ako, puwede bang huwag muna kaming ikasal.

"Puwede bang bigyan mo muna kami ng absolution na live-in pero hindi kasalanan, mayroon bang gano’ng law?

"Hindi muna pumayag. Sabi ni bishop, 'Sige kakausapin ko muna si Gerald then ikaw then kayong dalawa.' Ganon, e.

"Nakapasa siya sa interview so pumayag si bishop na ikasal na lang kasi sabi ko, 'Bishop, parang ayoko pa muna magpakasal kasi ang bata pa ni Gerald.

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"Baka magbago isip... bata, e. Baka ngayon siyempre, in love na in love siya sa akin, paano pag dumating yung araw na matanda na rin siya?

"Iba na yung nararamdaman daw niya ‘tapos in-interview siya. Pumasa siya so kaya kami ikinasal sa church."

In another event, when she was launched as endorser of Siomai King last March, Ai-Ai was asked about the state of their marriage.

She told PEP.ph, "Alam mo, pramis, wala talagang stress.

"Minsan, may mga tampuhan kami, siyempre, natural lang naman iyon sa mag-asawa.

"Pero yung mga tampuhan naman namin, sandal lang, mga isang oras lang.

"Hindi kami natutulog nang hindi nagbabati.

"At saka, ayun, maraming bagay na pinipili na lang siguro naming wag ma-stress, di ba."

Ai-Ai was also goaded to talk about their sex life as a couple.

Yes, it has been exciting, she revealed, but she has injected some discipline into it.

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"Pag may pelikula ako, hindi kami nagga-ganon; yung ritwal ko pa rin. Bihira.

"Kumbaga pag nangyari sa amin iyon, nagko-confess ako the day after.

"Pag may pelikula ako, masaya ako, kasi hindi siya namimilit, nako-konsensya daw siya.

"Nakakatawa. Nakokonsensya daw siya pag pinipilit niya ko 'tapos may movie ako.

"Baka siya daw dahilan ng pagka-flop ng movie ko."

AI-AI IS GOING TO BE A PILOT'S WIFE SOON

Does Gerald interfere with her business ventures?

Ai-Ai answers, "Alam mo sobrang hands-on si Darling.

"Actually, parang ako yung…busy nga ako sa shooting, siya nag-aasikaso ng [Hauz of Unli restaurant]

"Saka yung dito, yung manager namin sa AiSian Fusion is kapatid niya, si Gene."

Gerald, an alumnus of De La Salle University where he finished Sports Management, is currently enrolled at the Asian Institute of Aviation, a flying school in Makati City.

"Ayun, nandun siya sa Subic, e. Graduate naman na siya siguro by November, December, e.

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"Matututukan niya na rin yung business habang wala pa siyang, parang hindi pa siya commercial [pilot].

"Sa November, December, magiging piloto na siya. Lumipad na siya, yung solo niya."

Tabloid columnist Allan Diones asks, "Nasakyan mo na ba siya?"

Ai-Ai jokes, "Siya? Madalas ko siyang masakyan. Madalas ko siyang sakyan.

"Pero yung paglipad niya, hindi ko pa nasasakyan. Excited din naman ako, siyempre.

"Saka excited din naman ako na grumaduate siya kasi ang popogi nila pag guma-graduate, in full uniform."

And then she shares Gerald’s promise: "Para mabuhay raw niya ako nang matiwasay.

"Kasi siyempre, di ba, gusto ko mag-shopping, gusto ko ng ganito, gusto kong pumunta sa ganitong lugar."

Which country does she plan to fly to with Gerald once he becomes a pilot?

"Japan. Paborito namin yun, e."

The mother of three says Gerald is the man of the house, but she will not involve him with her "responsibilities" outside their home.

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She explains, "Andami-daming kong tinutulungan, andami kong charities.

"Alangan naman lahat yun, ipa-responsibilidad ko sa kanya.

"Siyempre, ayoko namang yung responsibilidad ko, ibigay ko sa kanya.

"Although, siyempre, masarap yung ako yung bubuhayin niya.

"Pero yung iba kong responsibilidad, like charities ko, mga tinutulungan kong kamag-anak ko.

"Mga ganito, mga kung anu-ano, siyempre hindi ko ipapa-ano yun…"

Lastly, the press asks the new siomai endorser the favoirte siomai variant of her husband.

"Hong Kong. Paborito niya yung Hong Kong," she quickly says, before adding, "At saka yung ano, siomai ng ina niyo, yun ang kinakain niya."

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Ai-Ai delas Alas, 54, is happy her five-year relationship with Gerald Sibayan, 25, has been smooth sailing and "walang ka-stress-stress."
PHOTO/S: @msaiaidelasalas on Instagram
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