Bong Revilla and Lani Mercado admit feeling disappointed by Inah’s unexpected pregnancy

Bong Revilla and Lani Mercado admit feeling disappointed by Inah’s unexpected pregnancy

Celebrity couple Lani Mercado and Bong Revilla defended their relationship with the family of Inah’s boyfriend and soon-to-be-husband, Vince del Rosario. “Very close ang family namin kay Mr. del Rosario,” said Lani, “so hindi dapat kuwestyunin kung ano man ang napapalathala, it’s kinda sad.” She added: “As much as possible, the lesser things told about the del Rosario family would be best kasi pribado silang pamilya and gusto naming respetuhin ‘yong privacy na hinihingi nila kaya kami ang nagsasalita in behalf of the kids.”

Senator Bong Revilla admits feeling crushed the moment he learned of daughter Inah’s pregnancy.

“Alam mo, napakahirap i-describe kung anong pakiramdam ng isang tatay,” he shared to the entertainment press last Saturday, April 12, during the 40th birthday celebration of wife Lani Mercado held at The Palms Country Club in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Heaving a heavy sigh, “Isa lang,” he added, “parang binagsakan ng mundo. Mabigat.”

The reaction is understandable especially for any parent. Lani, who had the unenviable task of relaying the news to Bong, recalled the exact moment when she finally broke the news to her unsuspecting husband.

“Siyempre, nandoon yung halong emotions na napaluha, na nagagalit kasi siyempre kahit papaano ganun ang damdamin ng ama,” she explained. “Kahit ako nung una kong nalaman, napaluha naman din ako and there’s, kumbaga, may konting disappointment kasi bata pa si Inah. Kaka-debut lang niya and siya ‘yong isa sa mga daughters ko na hindi ko inaasahang mag-aasawa nang maaga.”

KEEPING AN OPEN MIND. Despite the prevailing feeling of disappointment, both Bong and Lani are one in saying that feeling low at this point can only be detrimental to Inah and the baby.

“Naiintindihan din naman naming dahil kami maaga din naman kaming nag-asawa,” said Lani. “Sinabi ko nga kay Bong nung 18 at 19 tayo, ano bang ginawa natin? ‘Di ba, nagdesisyon din naman tayong magsama, mag-asawa hanggang dumami na nga ng dumami ‘yong anak namin,” she smiled.

But Lani is also aware that the probability of two young people having a successful marriage is quite slim. And for someone whose marriage went through a lot, Lani knows all the pitfalls.

Said Lani, “Although kami, successful naman ang marriage namin, pero nakikita naman ng mga anak namin kung ano ‘yong mga pinagdadaanan namin. Not necessary sinasabi namin ito ang dinadaanan namin. Nakikita naman nila, e—maaaring nababasa, maaaring nababalitaan nila—and alam nilang mahirap.

“We go through storms na ayaw naming mangyari din sa mga anak namin, pero hindi natin masabi ang buhay, e. May nag-aasawang may edad na, pero nagkakahiwalay pa rin. Awa ng Diyos, kami maaga nga kaming nagsimula pero matatag pa rin naman ang samahan namin ni Senator Bong.”

ACCEPTING INAH’S FATE. It was Lani who first learned of Inah’s condition while she and Bong were in the States having a vacation. After mustering enough courage, she finally told Bong of the news and they immediately returned home.

“Mas unang dumating si Bong,” revealed Lani. “Sila muna ni Inah ang nag-usap, nagkaiyakan, nagkayakapan. Although wala ako nun, April 2 ako dumating, pero nagko-communicate na kami ni Inah kung ano’ng gagawin, kung ano’ng dapat mangyari. Una sa lahat, humingi siya ng tawad sa tatay niya.”

Having learned about the news in a faraway land gave Lani more than enough time to think things over and see the situation on a clear perspective.

“Noong dumating ako ng kinahapunan, wala na, e. Resolve na sa akin. Tanggap ko na. Nandoon na ‘yon sa puso ko na kailangan kong ihanda ang anak kong babae to what she’s going through. Nandiyan ‘yong buhay mag-asawa, nandiyan ‘yong preparasyon para sa wedding niya, nandiyan ‘yong kailangan ipagpatuloy niya ‘yong pag-aaral niya kahit nandoon siya sa sensitive stage,” mentioned Lani.

“‘Yon ang hiling ko sa kanya,” Bong quickly pitched in, “na ipagpatuloy niya ‘yong pag-aaral niya. She’s studying in Ateneo right now, she’s taking up Legal Management.”

FAMILY FRIEND. Inah’s boyfriend and husband to be, identified as Vince del Rosario, is a family friend of the Revillas.

“Actually, si Bryan at Jolo, kaibigan nila si Vince. Una nilang kaibigan si Vince bago siya naging boyfriend ni Inah,” said Lani.

The friendship of both families is actually deep-rooted with Bong and Vince’s father being close buddies that even extend to their professional lives.

“Parang brothers,” was how Bong described his relationship with Mr. George del Rosario. “Actually, tumutulong pa sa ‘kin ‘yan [nung] vice-governor ako, governor, senator, he’s always behind me. Hanggang sa naging chief of staff pa sa ‘kin sa senado ‘yan just to help me. Para kaming magkapatid, so kaya nagkakilala ‘yan [Inah and Vince].”

Bong candidly revealed that Inah’s unexpected pregnancy smeared the friendship at first.

“Well, at first, siyempre nung unang nalaman ko, medyo sumama loob ko sa kaibigan ko. ‘Ba’t nangyari ‘to? Kapabayaan ba natin ‘to?’” he recalled confronting George.

“Pero eventually, na-realize naming [it’s] nobody’s fault. It’s their choice, walang kasalanan sino man. May mga bagay na hindi natin maiwasan mangyari, pero dapat na magsilbing leksyon din sa mga magulang. Dapat talaga pangaral palagi. May pagkukulang din kami,” he readily acknowledged.

WEDDING PLANS. The decision to settle down came from both Inah and Vince.

“Tinanong ko kay Inah, ‘Ano bang anniversary ninyo?’ A-otso daw ng kada buwan. So sabi ko, medyo lagpas na ang April 8. May 8 is too soon, short ang preparation,” Lani said.

As it turned out, the dates left were May 18 and 28. Inah decided to go for the latter. “Nagkataon wedding anniversary rin namin ni Senator ‘yon sa Amerika. ‘Yong unang kasal namin sa Amerika nung 1986, so parang double celebration na rin of sorts,” enthused Lani.

Lani is currently taking care of the preparations while they’re awaiting the arrival of Vince’s mom from the States this May.

Before the actual wedding, the two families will formally meet for the belated pamamanhikan ritual.

“Magkakaroon ng konting get-together between the two families as soon as they arrived, and as soon as they have settle down bago mag-May 28. Pero siguro among ourselves na ‘yon,” revealed the actress-TV host.

As the wedding date draws near, Bong couldn’t help but feel emotional, “Hindi mo maiaalis na malungkot,” he confessed tenderly. “Siyempre bata pa siya [Inah], pero isipin natin ‘yong maganda. Let’s be positive. Huwag tayong maging negative.”

BONG GODINEZ
Philippine Entertainment Portal

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