Though many of her female colleagues end up in the arms of actors or singers, Aicelle Santos has happily found love in the arms of news correspondent Mark Zambrano.
They’ve been together for year and half now but marriage for them remains in the backburner.
“Wala pa pong singsing,” she said, laughing. “Napag-uusapan (na) pero (it is) not (going to happen) anytime soon.”
Besides, her younger sister is set to tie the knot this year, on Nov. 26, so Aicelle is gladly giving way. “10 years na sila kaya kailangan na,” the singer-actress said.
If and when it happens, Aicelle’s dream wedding would be a simple celebration; perhaps on the beach as “pareho kaming mahilig sa tubig.”
Aicelle and Mark are supportive of each other’s career. Cancelled dates for work are not an issue at all. She said she is very proud of what hhe’s doing and she fully supports him.
“’Yung worry siyempre hindi naman maalis ’yun. Kahit sino naman basta nasa labas, ’di ba sa panahon ngayon. So dasal ka lang talaga, idadasal mo ’yung safety (niya),” she said as regards his coverages.
Ready. Sing. Go.
Aicelle revealed Mark serves as her sounding board when it comes to “Awit Na Aicelle Santos In Concert” on Nov. 24, 8 p.m.
“Nakikinig siya sa akin. ’Pag meron akong bagong naisip ‘Mahal pakinggan mo ’to?’ Taga oo siya na, ‘Ah okay ’yan,’” she said.
“Ang ‘Awit Na Aicelle’ is a celebration of music that has inspired me throughout the years. ’Di ba medyo matagal na rin po akong umaawit so ito ’yung mga kantang dahilan kung bakit ako umaawit ngayon at ito rin ’yung mga kanta na bunga ng mga taon na ginugol ko sa performing.”
How are preparations coming along, we asked.
“Nahihirapan akong maghanap ng oras pero kailangan ng physical workout to strengthen the lungs at siyempre hangga’t maari ’wag magpupuyat – ’yun lang naman ’yung mga kalaban ng boses,” she said. “Sa food naman I eat anything. Kahit malamig (na liquids), okay lang sa akin.”
Aicelle is hands-on with the concert. In fact, she was the one who thought up the concert title. “I wanted it to be Tagalog kasi Pinoy tayo tsaka parang it’s a celebration of Filipino music as well,” she said.
Her special guest performers are The CompanY, Bullet Dumas, Quest, Myke Salomon, and Gary Valenciano.
Exploring her career
“This is a gift na I’m blessed with so I hope to sing ’till I can.”
Indeed, Aicelle’s passion for her craft has not waned one bit.
“Sabi ko nga siguro ’yung singing binigay ni Lord kasi gusto Niyang i-share ko ’yung miracle Niya, ’yung love Niya through singing, music, so it has purpose now,” she added.
She noted the song that would best represent her life right now is “Dear God” by Smokie Norful.
“Recently ko lang narinig eh, I can’t even sing it pero upon hearing it the whole time umiiyak ako,” she said.
Aicelle is thankful for, well, everything. She is part of the TV series “Impostora” wherein she plays Deedee, the bestfriend of the lead character essayed by Kris Bernal.
She has an upcoming movie too titled “Ang Larawan,” the film adaptation of the original Filipino musical of the same name.
“I will play the role of Violet. Ako ’yung matalik na kaibigan ni Cris Villonco so kami ’yung complete opposite or kami ’yung contrast nu’ng charcters ni Joanna Ampil and Rachel Alejandro,” Aicelle said.
What more can she ask for?
“I am in the point in my life na I’m okay to anything kasi ’yung ganitong pagkakataon at ganitong edad ko na rin, it’s now or never so whatever opportunity comes na makakabuti naman bakit hindi.”
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