CELEBRITY WED­DING

ROCHELLE & ARTHUR

YES! (Philippines) - - In this Issue - SHARA CAYETANO TEXT BY IN­TER­VIEWS BY ANNA PIN­GOL, JOCELYN VALLE & SHARA CAYETANO PHO­TOS BY NICE PRINT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY WED­DING DATE AU­GUST 8, 2017 WED­DING & RE­CEP­TION VENUE LOS ARBOLES TAGAYTAY BARANGAY MAG-ASAWANG ILAT TAGAYTAY CITY, CAVITE

There was no spark, Rochelle Pangili­nan re­calls, when she and Arthur Soli­nap first met some 10 years ago on the set of Daisy Si­ete, the lon­grun­ning (2003-2010) af­ter­noon drama se­ries top­billed by the pop­u­lar dance group SexBomb Girls.

Rochelle, one of the orig­i­nal SexBombs and the leader of the dance group, had the im­pres­sion that Arthur, an af­fa­ble ac­tor from Iloilo, was “babaero.” And Arthur, who joined the Daisy Si­ete cast in 2008, in its 18th sea­son ti­tled “Prince Charm­ing and the 7 Maids,” thought Rochelle was“makikay,” not his type of woman. What’s more, the two of them at the time were each in a re­la­tion­ship with some­one else.

All that changed sev­eral months af­ter their first meet­ing, when both Rochelle and Arthur found them­selves sin­gle and un­at­tached again. En­cour­aged by a mu­tual friend, Arthur de­cided to pur­sue Rochelle.

One night, af­ter a Daisy Si­ete tap­ing, he asked her out to din­ner at a nearby restau­rant. She agreed. Slowly, the mes­tizo ac­tor and the morena dancer be­gan to know each other bet­ter. They be­came of­fi­cially a cou­ple on Au­gust 8, 2008—or 08/08/08, said to be an aus­pi­cious date. But the sig­nif­i­cance of the date seemed to have no in­flu­ence in the first year of Rochelle and Arthur’s re­la­tion­ship.

“Shaky ’yong first year namin,” Rochelle tells YES! in an in­ter­view two weeks be­fore her wed­ding. “Sig­uro, dahil gal­ing sin­gle siya, sin­gle ako. Hindi rin kami nagseryoso.”

Nod­ding, Arthur ex­plains: “Hindi ko rin nakita na mag­tata­gal kami. Parang sa akin, para magka-girl­friend lang ako, kasi ang ta­gal ko na ring sin­gle no’n.”

The re­la­tion­ship only deep­ened when Arthur and Rochelle in­tro­duced each other to their re­spec­tive fam­i­lies. That was when Arthur be­gan to see Rochelle in a dif­fer­ent light: that of a bread­win­ner and a fam­i­ly­ori­ented woman.“Sabi ko, malay­ong­malayo sa im­age niya,” the ac­tor re­calls.“So­brang maka­pam­ilya… Kum­baga, hindi siya ’yong... Kasi plano ko no’n, ’yong parang may syota lang pan­labas. Hindi siya pang-gano’n. Pangseryoso­han siya.”

Rochelle, on the other hand, was taken by Arthur’s close­ness not just with his im­me­di­ate fam­ily, but his other rel­a­tives as well (he’s a cousin of Ding­dong Dantes). “Sila, parang barkada kung mag-usap,” the ac­tress- dancer says of the Soli­naps. “’Ta­pos, nakik­i­lala ko na ’yong buong pam­ilya niya. Na­pak­abait na parang su­per duper wel­come ako. Ang ganda.”

In 2012, four years into the re­la­tion­ship, Arthur re­al­ized that he wanted to set­tle down with Rochelle. At the time, the ac­tor was in Palawan, film­ing for the re­al­ity-TV show Sur­vivor Philip­pines: Celebrity Dou­bles Show­down. He told him­self that he would pro­pose to Rochelle as soon as he got to Manila. But when the mo­ment fi­nally came, Arthur backed out.

“To­too pala ’yong sinasabi nila na ka­pag ’ando’n ka na sa sit­u­a­tion, pag hindi mo nafeel one hun­dred per­cent, hindi ta­laga,” he re­calls. “’Buti na lang, kasi marami pa kam­ing pag­dadaanan pala.”

And just how much is marami? “La­hat, na­pag­daanan namin ’yan. Away doon, aso’t pusa, away-bati.”

Rochelle ad­mits that in more than one in­stance, the misun­der­stand­ings al­most caused the re­la­tion­ship to end. Only when they turned to prayer and com­mu­ni­ca­tion did the fights dis­si­pate. Love, thought to be lost, be­gan to grow again.

Fi­nally, on Fe­bru­ary 20, 2016, Arthur pro­posed to Rochelle at Balay In­dang re­sort in Tagaytay—once a shoot­ing lo­ca­tion of Daisy Si­ete and the place where their ro­mance first bloomed. Over­come by emo­tion and sur­rounded by close fam­ily and friends, Rochelle could only nod yes.

On Au­gust 8, 2017, their ninth an­niver­sary as a cou­ple, the morena dancer wed the mes­tizo ac­tor in a grand cer­e­mony at Los Arboles, Tagaytay City. Yes, it took a long time. But as Mr. and Mrs. Soli­nap would say: it hap­pened “in God’s per­fect time.”

What does Rochelle Pangili­nan ap­pre­ci­ate about her long­time boyfriend and now hus­band Arthur Soli­nap?

“Ang ma­g­a­nda kay Art, kabisado niya ’ko, e. Lag­ing mag­ulo ’yong utak ko, e. Bi­hira sa mga kaibi­gan ko ang nakakak­i­lala sa akin, na isang tin­gin ko pa lang alam na nila ’yong ini­isip ko. Si Art, ki­lalang-ki­lalang-ki­lala niya ’ko—kung saan ’yong kil­iti ko, kung ano’ng nangya­yari sa akin itong oras na ’to.”

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