Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzalez Wedding
Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzalez sealed their less than a year romance when they finally ties the matrimonial knot in Baguio City yesterday.
The couple got married at 3:30 p.m at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Pacdal, Baguio City.Bishop Crisostomo Yalung officiated at the ceremony which lasted more than an hour. Cocelebrants were Frs. Armand Tangi and Joselino Tuazon.
At the reception, Aga and Charlene made a special announcement confirming reports that Charlene is indeed pregnant. She is due to give birth in November.
Principal sponsor President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo failed to attend the wedding due to the recent political crisis which gripped the country after the kidnapping of tourist in Palawan. She was represented by lawyer Erlyn Macapagal de Leon.
Other principal sponsors who were present were Fernando Poe Jr., Sen. Loren Legarda, Vilma Santos, Mother Lily Monteverde, Marichu Vera-Perez, former speaker Jose de Venecia, Charo Santos, ABS-CBN executives Freddie Garcia and Gabby Lopez, and former first lady Amelita "Ming" Ramos. Vic del Rosario was represented by actor Richard Gomez.
Igi Boy Muhlach, Aga's 13-year-old son by actress Janice de Belen, stood as the best man. The other showbiz figures who were part of the entourage were Liezl and Albert Martinez, Maribeth Bichara, Apples Aberin, Arlene Muhlach, Rowell Santiago, and Willie Revillame.
As soon as Charlene entered the church, the crowd applauded. Charlene, who was radiant in a Joe Salazar creation, started walking down the aisle alone and was met by brother Richard Bonnin at the center aisle. Then she walked with parents Bernard Bonnin and Elvie Gonzalez.
The handsome groom, clad in a Giorgio Armani suit, was misty-eyes as he looked at his bride approaching the altar.
Aga's voice cracked while he was delivering his vows: "Next to God, you are and always will be the most important person in my life. I commit myself in building our marriage, our home, and our happiness. I will forever be faithful and constant to you; with my love, I will give you my life and all that is meaningful to me."
They exchanged I do's to the crowd's loud and gleeful applause.
Observers said Aga seemed more nervous and emotional than Charlene who appeared cool and relaxed. But at one point, Charlene asked for a glass of water because she felt dizzy.
Aga's mother Anita Aquino was teary-eyed during the exchanged of vows. The groom's siblings Albert and Arlene were also there despite the recent reported rift between Aga and his father Cheng Muhlach.
Regine Velasquez performed Charlene's favorite song "From this Moment" as she walked down the aisle. Robert Sena, Isay Alvarez, Lani Misalucha, South Border, and Joey Generoso of Side A also sang at the ceremony.
At the end of the wedding, Aga gave Charlene a long, sweet kiss on the lips and on the forehead. Then he bent to kiss Charlene's abdomen.
Everybody was surprised to see Aga's father Cheng during the ceremony. Aga's father was earlier qouted as saying he and other members of the clan would boycott the event.
During the pictorial, Aga kissed and hugged Charlene lovingly. Aga also asked his manager Ethel Ramos for a pictorial with his family.
The reception was held at Camp John Hay Club House. Le Souffle catered the sit-down dinner Black Angus steak for about 500 guests. A cocktail reception right after the wedding took place at a specially constructed tent outside the clubhouse.
A seven-layer fondant cake was the centerpiece at the reception. It was a labor of love by Charlene's mother who is in the cake business. Side A and South Border performed during the reception.
Celebrities seen at the wedding were Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres with their daughter Juliana, manager Douglas Quijano, Albert and Liezl Martinez, Willie Revillame, the Santiago brothers Rowell,Raymart, and Randy, who was with his pregnant wife Malou Coronel, Camille Pratts, Cody Moreno, Gina Pareno, Joyce Jimenez, Roderick Paulate, Rustom Padilla, Louie Ocampo, Frederick Peralta, Lander Vera-Perez, Regine Tolentino, Wingard Tracy, Ted Failon, Chito Rono, Gina de Venecia, Danny Dolor, Benedict Aquino, Cara Subijano, and Nadia Montenegro.
Aga's manager Ethel Ramos took care of the selected press people who attended the event.
The 25-member String Minstrels of Ed Pasamba provided background music during the reception. Rita Neri of The Wedding Store coordinated the entire affair. She brought 15 staff members.
Security was tight. The guests were issued passes for the church and the reception. Guests who failed to bring their invitations were refused entry to the venues.
A three-day golf tournament ushered in the wedding of Aga and Charlene. Participating in the golf tournament were Aga's friends, including Richard Gomez and other showbiz personalities, at Camp John Hay.
Mass was celebrated in a tent in front of Camp John Hay clubhouse followed by cocktails. It rained hard during the mass but the skies cleared later during the cocktail receptions attended by, among others, Sen. Loren Legarda, and friends and relatives of the bride and groom.
(accessed on Aug. 24, 2007)