Comedy queen Ai Ai delas Alas is more than excited to marry Gerald Sibayan this December.
In an interview for her newest movie “Bes And The Beshies,” Ai Ai revealed their wedding motif is fiesta. Her wedding gown, which is given as a gift by her close friend Marian Rivera, is designed by Frederick Peralta. The veil is being hand painted by Louie Ignacio.
“Pinaghirapan niya talaga iyon. Mahirap. Ilang buwan niyang gagawin iyon, sabi ko, ‘Direk, sorry ha. Pinahirapan kita.’ Para naman may dating ’yung belo ko,” the actress said.
Having so many friends in showbiz, it is also expected that their entourage will be star-studded. Her best friend Sharon Cuneta would be her maid-in-honor, while married couple Marian and Dingdong Dantes are secondary sponsors.
The lineup of their bridesmaids and groomsmen include Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Ogie Alcasid, Piolo Pascual, Pops Fernandez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Jose Manalo, Randy Santiago, Bayani Agbayani, Jerald Napoles, Valeen Montenegro, Eugene Domingo, and Barbie Forteza, among others.
The couple expect 300 guests. Their honeymoon will be held in Europe, a gift from TAPE executive Tony Tuviera.
Ai Ai shared her children are very much supportive of her relationship with 23-year-old Gerald.
“Sobrang happy sila. Si Sancho, isa siya sa mga naghikayat sa akin na magpakasal. Matagal na silang (nakapag-adjust). Matagal na kami eh.”
While some were skeptical about their relationship before, Ai Ai and Gerald have proven that their age gap is never a problem. They are finally getting married after being together for three years and five months already, proving how strong their relationship is.
“Kaya ako magpapakasal kasi mahal ko si Gerald at gusto naming magsama forever,” she said.
Ai Ai revealed they have a pre-nuptial agreement as requested by Gerald and Ai Ai’s mother.
“Meron kami kaya lang confidential. If ever magtanong sila, ‘Sabihin mo na lang na ‘oo,’ pero no details,’” she said.
While they signed a pre-nuptial agreement, Ai Ai shared that money is not important for them as what matters most is their love for each other. Keeping God at the center of their relationship also helps them.
“Para na lang din sa kapayapaan ni Gerald, para wala na siyang basher. Pero sa mag-asawa naman kahit normal o artista, wala naman iyon. Pera lang naman iyon. Hindi naman iyon batayan ng pagsasama ninyo ng matagal. Sa pagsasama iyon kung nagkakaintindihan kayo. Although kailangan niyo iyon bilang mag-asawa, pero hindi iyon ang essence ng pagmamahal. Natutunan ko din na nasa center talaga si God. Totoo iyon,” she said.
Asked if she sees herself crying while exchanging wedding vows with Gerald, the actress laughed.
“Hindi ko na ’yon iniisip,” she said. “Ang mahalaga makasal kami.”
Ai Ai is busy shooting “Bes And The Beshies,” written by Ricky Lee and directed by Joel Lamangan. It also stars Zsa Zsa Padilla, Carmi Martin and Beauty Gonzales.
“Maganda ’yung movie, napanuod ko na din. First time ko with Carmi, Zsa Zsa. Pangalawa ko na magkaroon ng women empowerment na movie. Puro kami mga kababaihan at iba’t-ibang story ng women. May asawa, may kabit, may kontisera. Ako ’yung single mom dito,” she said.
Ai-Ai hopes “Bes And The Beshies” would be warmly accepted as her recent hit “Our Mighty Yaya.”
“Sabi ko nga, women empowerment ito. Kung anong mga lakas ng mga girls. Mga story ito ng love life namin, magkakaibigan kami, tinatahi ito ng pagkakaibigan namin at kung paano namin na-solve ’yung mga love life namin. Role ko dito is probinsiyana na napunta sa Manila, naging rakitera. Nagtitinda ako ng mais and at the same time, kagawad,” she said.
Playing the role of a solo parent, Ai Ai shared that she relates to her character being a single parent herself for real and for the longest time. Even if they are now older, Ai Ai is still very much hands on to them, helping her daughter Sophia enroll in college recently.
“Mahirap maging isang solo parent. Kasi ’yung time na gusto mo na ibigay sa mga anak mo na kailangan ka nila, kunyari ’yung parents conference, PTA, minsan hindi ka makakapunta. Kasi nasa trabaho ka. So nakakalungkot, minsan magisa lang siya, or EPT ’yung lola. Pero gusto mo na andoon ka. Ako I see to it na binibigyan ko talaga ’yung oras ’yung mga ganoon, na kailangan na sa school ako, pinapaalam ko talaga. Hindi ako nakakalimot na i-guide sila. Si Sancho gina-guide ko pa din,” she said.