Who would have thought that sultry singer Selina Sevilla is set to marry non other than Dr. Calayan’s niece! Apparently the two met because of Celebrity surgical doctor Manny Calayan, who performed reconstructive surgery on Selina’s botched butt-augmentation. They first started out as friends until a relationship between them blossomed. When the two decided to get married, their families were supportive with their decision. However, in Philippines their marriage is not recognized by the law and church. But despite the obstacles, they found a priest that’s willing to perform marriage rites.
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She said, “Dito sa Philippines kasi, walang wedding, so walang civil wedding. Wala naman din domestic partnership, di ba? Pero may priest dito na nagko-conduct ng same-sex marriage. Pero vow lang siya. Rites lang siya.”
“Pero guso ko naka-white din ako,” smiled Selina. “Ito ‘yong happiness ko…na binibigay niya sa akin.”
Lalen’s uncle, Manny Calayan, gave this advice to his niece and the woman he helped a year ago: “Mag-long term plan kayo, at huwag ‘yong pansamantala. Siguraduhin n’yo na papasukan n’yo ay talagang lifetime. Marriage ‘yan, e, at sana maging masaya kayo at alagaan n’yo ang isa’t isa. We’re here to support you, and good luck.”
The move of Selina and Lalen certainly raises eyebrows in a country like the Philippines, which is predominantly Catholic (marriage is limited to men and women) and openly conservative (the Catholic church does not even allow women priests), but for the couple, their love is paramount.