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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 26, 2010

2010 Yearender Part 1, Showbiz Romances

ONCE AGAIN, it’s the time of year when we look at the past happenings and events in local showbiz for the past 12 months. Let’s start with what the public considers as the most entertaining all year round topic: the love life of celebrities.


Many couples got married this year. The first couple to tie the knot was Rica Peralejo and pastor Joseph Bonifacio who had a beach wedding in Nasugbu in January. This was followed by Ciara Sotto and ‘Eat Bulaga’s’ Jojo Oconer, then singer Roselle Nava and businessman Allan Tan, also in January. Sunshine Dizon likewise exchanged I do’s with John Timothy Tan in a private wedding ceremony Pampanga. Camille Prats had a church wedding with Anthony Linsangan, also in January. They were married before in the U.S.

Still in January, former sexy star Amanda Page walked down the aisle in Santuario de San Antonio in Makati with a U.S.-based Filipino doctor. They now live in Sunnyhill, California.
Ryan Eigenmann and non-showbiz GF Cathy Bordalba were married in February. Krista Ranillo ended rumors linking her to Manny Pacquiao when she married divorced businessman Nino Lim in Los Angeles in July.

LJ Moreno tied the knot with cager Jimmy Alapag in Los Angeles in August. Starstruck 2 discovery LJ Reyes admitted she’s preggy and the father is Starstruck 4’s Paolo Avelino. She gave birth to a baby boy in New York on July 24 and came home two months later. They’re now living together.

Angelu de Leon had a Christian wedding in September with Lorenzo Wowie Rivera. Angelu has two daughters with two different men. Lorenzo was once married to Happy Ongpauco, cousin of Heart Evangelista. Jenny Miller faced the altar with businessman Cupid Ferril in October. Comedian Ariel Villasanta married banker Cristina Decena (Phillip Salvador’s ex-girlfriend) in Hongkong last November and they got married again in Macau.

A whirlwind romance is that of Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez, who met when Robin guested as host in “Wowowee”. When he left for India, Mariel followed. They were shown later being married in Igorot rites and later admitted that they also had a wedding in Taj Mahal in India. They later returned there to do a movie.

Actor-indie film producer Carlo Maceda had a civil wedding with non-showbiz GF Derlyn Bethancourt on Dec. 11 after breaking up with a sexpot with whom he has a son. Beauty queen-actress Maggie Wilson married businessman Victor Consunji in Bicol on December 18. Last to get married are Regine Velasquez and second-timer Ogie Alcasid after three years of living in, with Regine wearing a convention-defying red wedding gown, at a Batangas beach on December 22.

Romance bloomed between Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo while doing “Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak”, having a positive effect on Jennylyn whose heart softened up and finally allowed Patrick Garcia to see their love son, Alex Jazz.

Geoff Eigenmann and Carla Abellana, paired in such shows as “Rosalinda” and “Basahang Ginto”, confessed that they’re officially on. The same with former Miss International Lara Precious Quigaman and actor Marco Alcaraz. Jay-R broke up with his longtime non-showbiz girlfriend and hooked up with Krissa Mae Arrieta who later joined the Bb. Pilipinas and represented the country at the Miss International beauty pageant in China using her real name, Krista Kleiner. She also joined international Julio Iglesias in his concert tour and boyfriend Jay-R showed up when she competed in China to give her personal moral support.