Top 10 Filipino Celebrity Weddings (2011)

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Celebrity weddings have always left commoners swooning over the romantic details and the cost associated with it, without regard to how long the marriage would last. The year 2011's list of celebrity weddings involve popular couples who have been together for some time or celebrities marrying someone outside their circle. Either way, all of them hope for happily ever after.

Oyo Sotto - Kristine Hermosa (12 January)

Oyo Boy Sotto and Kristine Hermosa's hush-hush wedding was one of the most awaited this year. The groom is showbiz royalty, being the son of Bossing Vic Sotto and drama actress Dina Bonnevie while the bride was one of ABS-CBN Star Magic's primetime drama princess. She had a shortlived marriage with Diether Ocampo that ended in 2006. The court granted the annulment in 2009. His last girlfriend was Angel Locsin.

The two met in the set of Enteng Kabisote (2004) where they became close friends. By 2006, they have gone out on group dates but became an official couple on 9 September 2009, Hermosa's birthday. Sotto proposed on the same day and informed his parents immediately. Then, the couple flew to Canada on May 2010 to ask for Kristine's hand. The wedding date was special as it was the groom's 27th birthday.

The wedding was held at the Club Balay Isabel in Talisay, Batangas in the afternoon. It was a Christian ceremony that was attended by the whole Sotto clan while the Hermosa family flew all the way from Canada. Principal sponsors included ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio and Star Magic head Johnny Manahan. Approximately 150 guests were invited and no television station covered the event.

Roxanne Guinoo - Elton Yap (23 January)

Star Circle Quest finalist and White Castle Whiskey endorser Roxanne Guinoo finally tied the knot with Angelo Elton Yap, a rich Filipino-Chinese businessman. The actress announced their wedding on February 2010 when rumors of her pregnancy circulated.

Guinoo is known for her acting prowess in Ligaw na Bulaklak (2008) and roles in some episodes of Maalaala Mo Kaya. Yap is the actress' long-time non-showbiz boyfriend and also the father of her daughter Rain Eliana, born 2010. The groom is younger than the bride and is from a prominent Chinese family. When Guinoo got pregnant, her mother demanded that they get married but Yap's family declined as they believe in a superstitious local belief called sukob. His sister tied the knot in January 2010 and it was believed that a year delay will ward off bad luck for the couple. Meanwhile, Guinoo became active again in showbusiness on October 2011 with Manny Valera as her new manager.

The intimate ceremony was held on a Sunday afternoon at the Sanctuario de San Antonio, Forbes Park, Makati. Reception was held at the NBC Tent after the church ceremony. Among the principal sponsors were celebrity cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo and television talk show host Boy Abunda.

John Estrada - Priscilla Meirelles (26 February)

Noontime host John Estrada and Miss Earth 2004 titlistPriscilla Meirelles said their "I do's" by the blue pristine waters of San Fernando, La Union at around 5 PM. When it was broadcasted on television, many people swooned at the couple's vows. The couple intends to marry again but this time in Brazil.

Estrada was previously married to former child star Janice de Belen and Meirelles, Priscilla de Almeida in real life, hopes this is his last wedding. John is a noontime host of ABS-CBN's Happy, Yippee, Yehey!. Before his marriage, he was a distinguished role in the prime time teleserye, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin. His latest foray in the big screen was in Rosario (2010). Meirelles co-hosted the Miss Earth pageant for a couple of years and would sometimes guest in local TV shows such as Midnight DJ and Showtime and cameo roles in movies Sa'yo Lamang and Ika-Sampu.

About 200 people from Manila, Zamboanga, Dumaguete, Bacolod, United States, and Brazil attended the ceremony held at the Thunderbird Resort Poro Point. The reception had an international theme adorned with green and violet accents. PLDT's Manny Pangilinan, Viva's big boss Vic del Rosario, and showbiz talkshow host Cristy Fermin were among the principal sponsors but absent from the event.

Say Alonzo - Ryan Tordesillas (11 June)

Pinoy Big Brother Season 1's housemate Say Alonzo walked down the aisle with non-showbiz fiance Ryan Tordesillas at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Reception followed at Ville Sommet in Tagaytay.

Sherylle Ann Alonzo Yutadco, or “Say” to her housemates and close friends, was the last evicted housemate of the season. One of her most remembered performances was writing and performing the song “Magmahal Muli” with fellow housemate Sam Milby. Ryan Tordesillas is a businessman who was introduced by John Lozano, a stylist in ABS-CBN. They went out on dates until he popped the question on April 2008.

Most of the people who attended the wedding were mostly close friends and family. Celebrities who attended the wedding aside from former housemates Sam Milby and Kian Kazemi were Ara Mina, LJ Reyes and Chariz Solomon.

Pia Guanio - Steve Mago (01 October)

Another celebrity that surprisingly got hitched was GMA-7 television host Pia Guanio. She and businessman Steve Mago pledged their vows through Pastor Paolo Punzalan, Helen Vela's son, in the groom's house in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City. It was an intimate ceremony that was confirmed afterwards in an interview with the bride.

Guanio recently broke up with Vic Sotto in October 2010. The two have been mum about the cause because they have been advised to do so by Eat Bulaga executives. Guanio, is a host of GMA shows such as Eat Bulaga, 24 Oras and Showbiz Central. She used to host Magandang Umaga Bayan (2002) and Magandang Tanghali Bayan (2001) in ABS-CBN before she transferred to the Kapuso Network.

There were around 30 to 50 guests invited to the wedding that consisted mostly of their family. The reception was held in a pitched tent at the garden of Steve's parents. Guanio admitted that the wedding took two days to work out. The weather disturbance brought about by typhoon Quiel stopped during the ceremony. The couple had been engaged last May 2011. They plan to get married again, in public, in Europe. Honeymoon was postponed.

Paolo Trillo - Rissa Mananquil (15 October)

Sportsman Paolo Trillo and fashion icon Rissa Mananquil became one in a ceremony and reception that was both held at the Peninsula Manila Hotel. The two are popular high society figures. Trillo’s family owns Otto and Itti shoes while Mananquil’s mother, Millet, is a lifestyle editor for one of the country’s respectable broadsheet.

Rissa Mananquil is one of the country's ramp model and fashion writer. She has a 12 year old son from a previously annuled marriage. Paolo Trillo is the Ateneo basketball team manager, a restaurateur, and a sportscaster. The gorgeous couple met in one fashion industry's Christmas party. The bride is the president of Professional Models Association of the Philippines while the groom is managing partner of Fiamma.

Paw Diaz - Fabian Sandoval (11 November)

Another former reality TV star and Star Magic talent, Paw Diaz, got hitched to her non-showbiz boyfriend, Fabian Sandoval. The very private morning wedding rites was held at the Iglesia ni Cristo church in San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City. The Grand Terrace in Commonwealth Avenue was the chosen reception area.

Fabian is an information technology expert based in Singapore. An engineer and a businessman, he had been Diaz' boyfriend for four years. The actress, Amparo Posadas in real life, rose to fame as a finalist for Star Circle Quest Season II in 2005. She is known currently for being the villain in the television series, Maria la del Barrio and her last movie was in Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! (2011). She has converted to the groom's religion three years ago.

The couple admitted that they have prepared for the ceremony for a couple of months. Only the closest friends and family have been invited to the event.

Nonito Donaire - Rachel Marcial (11 November)

The most fortuitous date of the millennium attracted boxing champion, The Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire, to finally marry his wife Rachel Marcial in church. The couple tied the knot at the Notre Dame de vie Mini Basilica in Las Piñas City.

Donaire became a world champion on July 7, 2007. He was also known for being the WBC and WBO Bantamweight King and three division world champion. Marcial, meanwhile, was a Fil-Am model and a taekwondo champion herself. The two met during the bride's taekwondo party, although they admitted it was not love at first sight. They eventually married in civil rites on 8 August 2008 at Stewart's Cove in Carmel, California, the date was another rare calendar occurence.

Before the wedding, Donaire had won a fight against Omar Narvaes. Despite the penchant for numbers, The groom defied superstition by seeing the bride's traje de boda before the ceremony. Former president Joseph Estrada stood as one of the principal sponsors. The couple intends to have children next year and went on a cruise as their honeymoon.

Jolina Magdangal - Mark Escueta (21 November)

Former Ang TV pop icon, Jolina Magdangal, exchanged "I do's" with Rivermaya's original drummer, Mark Escueta, not once but twice! The couple had their traditional church wedding at the Madre de Dios chapel, also in Tagaytay, in November 19 for their family and closest relatives and then had their bohemian inspired garden wedding with their closest friends from the entertainment industry. Their love story and both weddings were presented in an hour-long television special in GMA-7 on December 04 titled I Do, Times Two!. The very private garden wedding was held at the Splendido Taal Golf and Country Club in Tagaytay, Cavite. A picnic style reception followed.

Escueta is one of the most versatile band musician in the country. He was the original drummer and percussionist for the popular band Rivermaya. He also did back-up vocals on the newer albums such as Between the Stars and Waves and the Isang Ugat, Isang Dugo. Magdangal used to be an ABS-CBN talent in her younger years but transferred to GMA-7. She has numerous appearance on television, movies and had a couple of product endorsements. Before she married Escueta, she went out with longtime boyfriend, Bebong Muñoz and before that with former love team Marvin Agustin.

The couple had gone steady for two years before the groom proposed and the five month preparation for their weddings ensued. A few of the celebrities that were seen during their wedding were actresses Judy Ann Santos, Celia Rodriguez, and Anne Curtis. Politicians Franklin Drilon, Gibo Teodoro and Ronnie Puno rubbed elbows with GMA anchors Mel Tiangco and Arnold Clavio.

Kyla - Rich Alvarez (28 Nov)

The wedding of R&B Princess Kyla and professional basketball player Rich Alvarez was a melting pot of guests from the sports and entertainment industry. The couple tied the knot at the Sanctuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati. The reception followed at the NBC Tent in Taguig with a vintage glam motif.

Melanie Calumpad (a.k.a. Kyla) made her mark in the local and international music scene by winning numerous awards such as the MTV Southeast Asian Viewers Choice Awardee in 2001. Her initial exposure to the music industry was when she became grand champion at the Tanghalan ng Kampeon in 1993 and eventually joined the Wednesday group of That's Entertainment. Since 2009, she has been hosting GMA's Sunday variety show. Richard Alvarez is currently playing for Talk n' Text Tropang Texters of the Philippine Basketball Association. He was with the Ateneo Blue Eagles when the team won their 2002 UAAP Men's Basketball Championship. His proficiency in basketball was recognized in 2003 as Southeast Asian Games Gold Medalist.

The have been rumored to have been married before in April 8 via civil rites. The groom proposed to the bride in February live at Party Pilipinas. He was the singer's first boyfriend. The two have postponed their honeymoon to June 2012 as the latter has scheduled games to play. Primary sponsors for the couple are bigwigs in their respectful fields such as PLDT and TV5 Chairman Manny Pangilinan, GMA President and COO Gilberto Duavit, Jr. and celebrity cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo.




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