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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.

May 22, 2013

A List Of Failed Marriages In Local Showbusiness

LOCAL SHOWBIZ is littered with the failed marriages of a lot of movie star couples, from Gloria Romero-Juancho Gutierrez, Amalia Fuentes-Romeo Vasquez, Nora Aunor-Christopher de Leon, Vilma Santos-Edu Manzano, Maricel Soriano-Edu Manzano, Sharon Cuneta-Gabby Concepcion, Vic Sotto-Dina Bonnevie, Pop Fernandez-Martin Nievera, etc. etc. etc. Abroad, the shortest showbiz marriage is that of Britney Spears and non-showbiz friend Jason Alexander at a Las Vegas Chapel in 2004. It lasted only 55 hours.

The short-lived marriage of Ai Ai de las Alas to Jed Salang that lasted for only a month could have been avoided had they taken a good marriage preparation seminar where the real motives of the bride and groom for marrying will be revealed early on. Possible sources of conflict as a married couple can also be detected even before they tie the knot.

The interview footage with Ai and Jed before and during the wedding where they exchanged undying vows reminded us of similar interviews with Bernard Palanca and Meryll Soriano, Kris Aquino and James Yap, Cristina Decena and Ariel Villasanta, Dina Bonnevie and Dick Penson, Nikki Valdez, Eula Valdez, Candy Pangilinan and their non-showbiz ex-husbands, plus many other showbiz couples who jumped into marriage without really understanding the gravity of holy sacrament that they’re getting into. People have become very cynical because of this, often concluding from the very start: “Hindi magtatagal ‘yan.” And you can’t blame them because they’re often proven right.

We remember one marriage preparation seminar where we helped out. Among those who were supposed to attend were a big TV host-comedian of a daily show and his fiancée who joined a beauty pageant. Only the fiancée made it. The guy didn’t. How can you prepare for a marriage with only one party interested? As a result, they separated soon after their wedding.