AiAi get­ting mar­ried for the third time

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Ai Ai de­las Alas is get­ting mar­ried for the third time. But as far as the 52-yearold ac­tress-come­di­enne is con­cerned, she might as well be ty­ing the knot for the first time as her up­com­ing union with 23-year-old fi­ancé Ger­ald Sibayan is re­plete with so many firsts.

Dur­ing her pocket press con­fer­ence to pro­mote her up­com­ing film, “Bes and the Beshies,” Ai Ai re­vealed that this will be the first time she will have a church wed­ding and the first time she will tie the knot for the right rea­sons.

“It’s my first real and right wed­ding,” the “Sun­day Pi­nasaya” star said.

“There were many hid­den agen­das [in my first two mar­riage]. I wanted to get mar­ried be­cause there were third par­ties in­volved. But this time, it’s all out of love,” she said in mostly Filipino.

And be­cause she’s hav­ing a church wed­ding for the first time, Ai Ai dis­cov­ered that it’s not just a mat­ter of go­ing to a judge (as in the case of her civil wed­ding with ac­tor-singer Miguel Vera) or go­ing to Las Ve­gas to elope (as in the case of her sec­ond, short-lived mar­riage with busi­ness­man Jed Salang).

“There are so many re­quire­ments. There are sem­i­nars for both of us and sep­a­rate sem­i­nars for just me and him,” she added.

Ai Ai also re­vealed that be­cause she and Ger­ald are hav­ing a Catholic wed­ding, they are not al­lowed to live to­gether. She went as far as to ad­mit that she has re­mained celi­bate and is “pre­serv­ing” her­self un­til she and Ger­ald of­fi­cially say their “I do’s” this com­ing Novem­ber.

As for the prenup­tial agree­ment ini­ti­ated by both her mother and Ger­ald’s fam­ily, Ai Ai said that her lawyer has pro­hib­ited her from pub­licly dis­cussing its de­tails. She did, how­ever, ac­knowl­edge that it’s mainly for Ger­ald’s ben­e­fit and peace of mind as well as to spare him from in­trigues and bash­ers.

“For mar­ried cou­ples, whether they’re celebri­ties or reg­u­lar peo­ple, it (prenup) is not the ba­sis of a last­ing union. It’s only money. It’s not the essence of your love for each other,” she pointed out.

Down­play­ing the im­por­tance of hav­ing a prenup agree­ment, Ai Ai added that it’s not a guar­an­tee that one’s money is safe once his or her mar­riage goes south. “It’s not true that just be­cause you have a prenup, your ex can­not do any­thing to get some­thing from you.”

In­sist­ing that she and Ger­ald are very much in love, Ai Ai feels very good about the thought of spend­ing the rest of her life with him, just as she also feels good about her new film, “Bes and the Beshies.”

The film, writ­ten by Ricky Lee and di­rected by Joel La­man­gan, also stars Zsa Zsa Padilla, Carmi Martin and Beauty Gon­za­lez. It is about four friends and the strug­gles they en­counter in their daily lives. Ai Ai plays Charla, a solo par­ent who is hop­ing to re­store her re­la­tion­ship with her ideal hus­band to com­plete her fam­ily.

It’s a char­ac­ter that hits a lit­tle too close to home not just be­cause Ai Ai has got the mother role down pat with her “Ang Tang­ing Ina” se­ries. For years, the ac­tress has been a dot­ing sin­gle mom to her three kids in real life.

“But this is more about women em­pow­er­ment. More than be­ing a sin­gle mom, the story fo­cuses on my lovelife and that of my three other co-stars,” she fur­ther shared.

A Cineko Pro­duc­tions of­fer­ing in co­op­er­a­tion with Re­gal En­ter­tain­ment, “Bes and the Beshies” also stars Emilio Gar­cia, Sanch Vito De­las Alas, Alan Paule, Nikko Na­tivi­dad, Jon Lu­cas, Wil­bert Ross, Mark Joseph Tam and Heaven Peralejo.

The film opens in cin­e­mas na­tion­wide on Oc­to­ber 18.

AI AI DE­LAS ALAS

Ai Ai with her “Bes and the Beshies” co-stars Beauty Gon­za­lez, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Carmi Martin

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