10 Enduring Showbiz Couples Who Will Inspire You
Love is real. Just ask these couples who've stood the test of time!
(SPOT.ph) The sudden end of Brangelina shattered many hearts and the belief that love—especially in Tinseltown—could last. The same is true even locally; sometimes, no matter how many love teams and cheesy theme songs we hear, walang forever pa rin. Then, there are showbiz couples who have—and still continue—to stand the test of time. Of course, no relationship is perfect, but these 10 real-life pairings come pretty close in our books.
Nico Bolzico and Solenn Heussaff
Together for: Five years
For one thing, their combined hotness is enough to have even the laziest couple heading to the gym. These two aren't shy about flaunting a little PDA (and skin) on social media every once in a while, but it's their wonderfully candid and down-to-earth moments together that really have us swooning. From the #WifeZilla hashtag to Nico's funny yet super-sweet Instagram captions, this duo is as fun and relatable as they come.
Adrien Semblat and Isabelle Daza
Together for: Seven years
Who needs love at first sight when you have years of friendship and romantic gestures right out of your favorite romance movie? A common friend had introduced them and it took Adrien seven tries to ask her out. A lot of persistence and gorgeous IG-worthy travels eventually led to a romantic proposal in Cappadocia, Turkey. To top it all off, he even prepared a sweet video with congratulatory messages from Belle's family! Aww!
Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera
Together for: Eight years
Dating a co-worker doesn't always spell disaster. Their immensely successful coupling in 2007's Marimar eventually led to a real-life romance that captured fans' hearts. A handful of teleseryes, movies, and endorsements later, they exchanged vows in a fairytale wedding in 2014. They're still going very strong; they now have a daughter named Zia and they plan to expand their little brood soon.
Paul Soriano and Toni Gonzaga
Together for: 10 years
They say true love waits, and no couple embodies this quite like Toni and Paul. According to Toni, her parents—who are both devout Christians—were very protective of her. (They weren't even allowed to travel together!) Like any good relationship, it was built on plenty of patience and compromise over the years. On their eighth anniversary, they tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony and now have one child, a baby boy named Seve.
Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos
Together for: 12 years
Ryan and Judy Ann's sweet love story dates back to 2004 when they starred in the ABS-CBN fantaserye, Krystala. Unlike many fellow showbiz couples, these two have always been notoriously private: they kept mum about everything from their early dating rumors to their engagement in 2008. Even their romantic beach wedding in Batangas was as private and low-key as they come. Just goes to show you don't need a lot of fanfare to last.
Drew Arellano and Iya Villania
Together for: 13 years
Childhood sweethearts that last are a rarity, even more so when under the public eye. And yet, Drew and Iya have emerged stronger than ever. The former Click co-stars began dating when Drew was 24 and Iya was 17; a decade later, they sealed the deal in a picturesque wedding. They're both pretty open about the occasional speed bumps along the way, but Drew puts it quite nicely: "Trials and tribulations are small forgettable humps compared to the happiness you constantly shower on me." It's also pretty inspiring to see a couple constantly supporting each other's careers, but still making time for each other.
Doug Kramer and Cheska Garcia
Together for: 13 years
It was love at first sight for Doug and Cheska, who met in Boracay in 2003. Although the initial attraction was there, their relationship began with good old-fashioned friendship. Five years of dating and eight years of marriage later, they're now Team Kramer with their super-adorable kids. In an interview, Cheska candidly chalks up their marital success to "putting [an] effort in working things out" and indulging in one-on-one date nights.
Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzalez
Together for: 15 years
Aga and Charlene met when they were kids: he was 16 and she was 11. Many years later, their paths crossed again in the 1994 Binibining Pilipinas pageant (she won the crown, and he was a judge). They became friends after working together in Oki Doki Dok, skipped the boyfriend-girlfriend stage, and went straight to being engaged! They wed in May 2001 and have two kids: Atasha and Andres.
Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres
Together for: 18 years
It's not enough that Richard and Lucy are just ridiculously beautiful. Their love story also has to be one for the books. This enduring affair all began in a Lux commercial; Lucy—who has always been smitten with her celebrity crush—was only 18. Eight shampoo ads, countless phone calls, poetry, and letters later, they finally married. The love is still real even after almost 20 years together: in fact, Lucy wrote a sweet article on their anniversary, saying, "When I am all of 85 and Richard is in his 90s, we will have a little ice cream shop and reminisce over the story of us. [...] Know that ours is my favorite love story."
Zoren Legaspi and Carmina Villaroel
Together for: 18 years
Carmina and Zoren's relationship actually began much earlier than most people realize. A 16-year-old Zoren actually had a crush on 13-year-old Carmina, but it didn't take another decade until they got together. Even their surprise wedding is right out of a romance movie. Zoren reportedly planned every single detail, from her wedding gown to the venue. Nobody, especially the bride-to-be, saw it coming, and it remains one of the sweetest grand gestures in showbiz history.