After singing the Philippine National Anthem at the Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito fight in Dallas, Texas in 2010, Zyrene Parsad was supposed to embark on a singing career. In fact, Viva Records was planning her trajectory, including a concert at the Music Museum and an album mall tour.
However, love took over with Zyrene opting to marry Nico Valencia, whose father was former governor of Oriental Mindoro.
“Nico was my first boyfriend and we’ve been together for three years when he proposed before the Pacquiao fight. Who would say no to the person you want to be with forever,” Zyrene said.
She doesn’t regret her decision at all.
“I didn’t think about my career at the time he proposed. It wasn’t about myself but what the Lord wanted me to have — a ‘forever.’”
The couple plan to have a child this year.
Zyrene might have left a potentially successful career behind but there was no bad blood between her and Boss Vic. He was even a ninong (godfather) at her wedding and he has given her the assurance that whenever she wants to come back and pursue a musical career, the doors of Viva will always be open to her.
Zyrene, now 33, works as the wedding director at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Bonifacio Global City, a post she has had for two years.
“I love helping people find their forever, like I did,” Zyrene explained.