MANILA – Actress Heart Evangelista is hoping against hope that her parents will be part of the ceremony, as she weds Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero this February; but she also said that she is okay with walking down the aisle on her own, if need be.
“Actually ever since before, ‘yun naman talaga ang naging problema namin ng parents ko. It’s very hard for them to let go. So matagal ko na rin sinasabi, even in my previous interviews, na baka hindi sila pumunta. Siyempre may konting hope ako na dumating sila. But I’ve accepted that,” Evangelista told reporters on Monday.
(“Actually ever since before, that has been my problem with my parents. It’s very hard for them to let go. So I have been saying for a long time, even in my previous interviews, that they might not go. Of course I have a little hope that they will be there. But I’ve accepted that.”)
She added that if she had to walk solo, this would stand as testament to how she has been brave in the face of challenges in her life.
“It is also big for me to walk na mag-isa kasi parang ‘yon na rin ang naging journey ko, na maging brave. Pinaninindigan ko ‘to and this is my lifetime choice. As a woman, this is where I will go,” she added.
(“It is also big for me to walk alone because this has somehow already been my journey, to be brave. I have stood by my decision and this is my lifetime choice. As a woman, this is where I will go.”)
In the possible absence of her parents, Evangelista’s siblings will walk her halfway down the aisle, instead.
“Actually, they [siblings] wanted to walk me down the aisle. Pero sinabi ko na daddy ko lang talaga ang gusto kong maglakad sa akin. So walang magre-replace sa kanya. Maglalakad ako pero sa bandang gitna, nandoon ‘yung mga kapatid ko. Sila ang magbibigay sa akin kay Chiz,” she said.
(“Actually, they [siblings[ wanted to walk me down the aisle. But I said that it is only my dad who I want to walk me down the aisle. So no one will replace him. I will walk alone, but towards the middle, my siblings will be there. They will give me away to Chiz.”)
The Evangelista-Escudero nuptials will be held on February 15, at the Balesin Island Club in Quezon province.