It’s no secret that the love story of Heart Evangelista and Chiz Escudero wasn’t a walk in the park—more of a made-for-TV, forbidden love affair between a senator and a popular actress—persevering against the odds of a sizeable age gap and the bride’s disapproving parents.
It started when the couple was formally introduced by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Even then, Heart said she had a crush on the senator since she first saw him in 2007. Little did she know that her “senator crush” would eventually become her husband.
The two dated and became a couple two years later. Then, during one weekend getaway in Buhatan, Sorsogon, Chiz got down on one knee and popped the question to which Heart immediately said “Yes!”
The wedding took place on February 15, 2015 at the private island club of Balesin.
Heart, donned in a Princess Grace of Monaco-inspired gown by Ezra Santos and bravely walked unescorted, all smiles, radiant, and ravishing. Chiz, on the other hand, wore a white Paul Cabral suit. The couple became emotional delivering their wedding vows, which brought the audience both giggles and tears.
The reception that followed was even more touching when Heart’s sister Michelle read a letter from their father.
Heart’s father expressed his desire to walk her down the aisle, “but a lot of things have happened that hindered us from going,” Mr. Ongpauco wrote. “If the time comes that we see that you and Chiz are happy and if I see him loving you the way you deserve to be loved, I will come knocking at your door,” he promised in his letter.
Despite the absence of her parents, Heart was undeniably happy. “I’m still on cloud nine,” she said Heart, more than two weeks after her wedding. “I still can’t get over how the sun came out on the day of my wedding. We had so much fun. It would not have been that beautiful if Chiz weren’t on top of everything. There were so many things that made me happy, I didn’t really feel the emptiness of not having my parents there.”
When asked what her thoughts were after the wedding, Heart’s responses are natural and positive. “I don’t really feel much of a change yet, which is a good thing, because many brides get cold feet after they get married. In my case, I feel great. I feel like there’s something permanent and that I have someone to go home to at the end of the day.”
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Wedding photos: PAT DY