Wed­ding

Chynna and kean max and pan­cho

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“It’s nice to marry your child­hood crush,” Kean Cipri­ano de­clares in the mid­dle of YES! Mag­a­zine’s in­ter­view with him and his wife Chynna Or­taleza in a Makati City restau­rant.

The cou­ple, who were mar­ried in civil rites on Novem­ber 7, 2015, are tak­ing a trip down mem­ory lane on a Fri­day af­ter­noon, just four days be­fore ty­ing the knot in a Catholic church cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 7, 2017, two years af­ter the civil wed­ding but on ex­actly the same month and day.

“Bata pa lang ako, na­pa­panood ko na ’yan,” the 30-year-old ac­tor and mu­si­cian teas­ingly says of the 35-yearold ac­tress and TV host.

Chynna was a reporter in the kid­die news mag­a­zine program 5 and Up in the late 1990s, be­fore she starred in a pop­u­lar TV ad for Sprite soft drink, and even­tu­ally bagged one of the lead roles in the GMA youth-ori­ented drama se­ries Click in the early 2000s. Coin­ci­den­tally, the teenaged Kean had a cousin, Carlo, who worked as a fash­ion stylist at the Ka­puso net­work and knew the stars there, in­clud­ing Chynna. So when Kean had his grad­u­a­tion ball at an all-boys high school, Carlo of­fered to set his cousin up for a date with Chynna.

Kean re­calls with amuse­ment what hap­pened next: “Hindi pumayag. Siyem­pre, busy sig­uro. Pakialam niya sa ’kin. Hindi na­man niya ako ki­lala. End­ing, nag­bi­gay sa ’kin ng pic­ture na ’yong pang-artista na wal­let size, [with ded­i­ca­tion:] ‘Dear Kean, blah, blah, blah…’ Ako na­man, ‘Oh, okay, fine.’”

Chynna re­veals what she knows about the photo that she had given Kean: “’Ni­la­gay niya sa wal­let niya for a time.”

Fast for­ward to 2008. Kean fi­nally met Chynna in Bo­ra­cay. At that time, he was al­ready known as the lead vo­cal­ist and song­writer of the rock band Cal­lalily, whose hit de­but al­bum, Desti­na­tion XYZ, had been re­leased two years ear­lier. Just like Chynna, he was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a celebrity event pat­terned af­ter the Amer­i­can re­al­ity-TV com­pe­ti­tion show Amaz­ing Race.

“Kami ang mag-part­ners,” Kean says. “Wala, kuwen­tuhan lang kami.”

“Easy flow­ing con­ver­sa­tion,” Chynna adds.

He hes­i­tates. “Ano lang kami… Pero wala na­man, like, ano siyem­pre, I mean ako…” She con­cludes: “No sparks.” But he ad­mits: “Cute, e! Siyem­pre, crush ko kasi siya no’ng bata ako, sa to­too lang.”

They then went on with their lives and their re­spec­tive ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships—un­til they crossed paths again in early 2013 to star in an episode of the GMA drama an­thol­ogy Wa­gas. By that time, Kean had crossed over to act­ing in both main­stream and in­die projects, such as Ang Babae sa Sep­tic Tank and Pray­beyt Ben­jamin.

“Do’n na ’yong ta­la­gang, teka lang,

parang, ‘Okey ’tong taong ’to, ha!’” he ex­claims. “I mean, we get along…”

“Very well,” she adds, fin­ish­ing his sen­tence with a smile.

They soon be­came good friends who shared a pas­sion for the arts, par­tic­u­larly mu­sic, film, and pho­tog­ra­phy. They also found a con­fi­dant in each other, whom they could eas­ily open up to and se­ri­ously dis­cuss mat­ters with.

Chynna turned to Kean for “a male per­spec­tive” when her nine-year re­la­tion­ship with her boyfriend hit the rocks and even­tu­ally ended in late 2013. Her turn to give him “a fe­male per­spec­tive” came when his own ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship fiz­zled out the fol­low­ing year.

In early 2015, Kean asked for Chynna’s help in the mu­sic video that he was di­rect­ing then, be­cause he knew that she was in­ter­ested to work be­hind the cam­era. She gladly took the job as his as­sis­tant di­rec­tor. Work­ing to­gether brought them even closer to each other, but they were con­scious about cross­ing the line.

“Kasi I re­ally didn’t want to pur­sue any­thing ro­man­tic dur­ing that time,” Chynna ex­plains. “Si­nasabi ko ’yon sa friends ko, kasi so­brang happy ko na sa sar­ili ko, e. Sabi ko nga sa nanay ko, okey na ako’ng sin­gle for­ever.”

So when she felt that things with Kean were mov­ing in the di­rec­tion of love, she asked for divine guid­ance. Her prayer went some­thing like this: “I wanna be a good friend to this guy, but

Lord, please, ano, ha, You have to guard my heart, kasi hindi ko ta­laga alam… Baka ma­maya, magka­mali na na­man ako, e, ang ta­gal-ta­gal kong ni-re­store ’tong be­ing ko na ’to. Sana huwag masira.”

Kean was like­wise en­joy­ing his sin­gle life. “Nakita niya ’yon,” he says, ges­tur­ing to Chynna. “Nakita niya na I’ve been, you know…” She sup­plies the word: “Dat­ing.” He is­sues a cor­rec­tion: “Hang­ing around with other girls.” She adds, grin­ning: “All sorts of girls.” He con­cedes: “Basta, all sorts of girls.” One day, one of Kean’s friends posed this ques­tion: “Pa’no kung si Chynna nagka-boyfriend, ano’ng gagawin mo?” He was stunned, and he soon re­al­ized one thing: “Ang ikli-ikli ng buhay, di ba, para pata­galin mo pa?”

On March 24, 2015, Kean and Chynna heard Mass at the St. Paul of the Cross Par­ish Church, which is near his fam­ily’s place in Marik­ina City. Then, af­ter the Mass, he burst out into a ram­bling speech: “If we de­cided to jump into a re­la­tion­ship, tay­ong dalawa, that’s it! I can’t mess that up… Game over, game over na ’yon sa akin.”

Chynna took ev­ery­thing as a joke at first. “Hindi ko tine-take se­ri­ously,” she says, laugh­ing. “Kasi siyem­pre, weird. Bigla-bigla na lang nag-speech.”

Kean ex­plains: “Wife ma­te­rial si Chynna, e, alam mo ’yon? So parang I re­ally can’t, like, mess it up, di ba?”

He didn’t, and so they be­came boyfriend and girl­friend that day in church. They were so se­ri­ous with each other and about their re­la­tion­ship that, two weeks later, they opened a joint bank ac­count and started talk­ing mar­riage.

Three months into their ro­mance, Kean no­ticed that Chynna was al­ways sleepy and sen­si­tive to cer­tain scents. She took the home preg­nancy test. The re­sult was pos­i­tive, and they took it as a wel­come sur­prise.

Kean re­calls that long be­fore they be­came a cou­ple, when they were just friends, he had al­ready told Chynna that he would like to have a child with her. Chynna, then in her early 30s, was amused be­cause she felt very old and thought she’d have a hard time con­ceiv­ing.

So when the preg­nancy hap­pened, they were ex­cited. “Hindi siya ’yong usual na parang, ‘Oh, no, ano’ng gagawin natin? How are we gonna hide this to the pub­lic? Blah, blah, blah…’ Hindi siya gano’n. Parang, ‘Okey ’to!’”

Chynna points out: “Kasi we re­ally wanted it.”

And much to their re­lief, their par­ents were sim­i­larly re­cep­tive to Kean and Chynna’s hav­ing their first child. But the sud­den turn of events made Kean and Chynna them­selves re­think their mar­riage plans. They de­cided to get mar­ried in civil rites first and then in church later.

Kean turns to Chynna—his child­hood crush and now wife—and muses: “Ang gal­ing, ’no? Nagka­roon tayo ng chance na magkaro’n ng dalawang wed­ding.”

“Chynna’s idea for her wed­ding was one of the most chal­leng­ing con­cepts that we had,” says florist Teddy Manuel, the owner of the Flow­ers and Events styling com­pany, who was also the event stylist. “Be­cause we have to come up with some­thing fresh from us­ing old and dried ma­te­ri­als.”

Teddy elab­o­rates on the ta­ble ar­range­ment: “This is where we in­cor­po­rated dried leaves and flow­ers, used black ac­cents on the ta­ble like can­de­labras, laces, vases and lamps. It doesn’t give just a feel of goth but also an artsy side on every an­gle. Flow­ers and decor are ar­tis­ti­cally ar­ranged in a way that speaks of the cou­ple. The ar­range­ments and every bit of de­tail de­scribe their per­son­al­ity and how they en­vi­sion their wed­ding will be. Truly unique.”

The cou­ple shared a few laughs dur­ing their pre­cer­e­mony photo shoot. Chynna is happy to have found a creative part­ner in Kean. “We can be quiet to­gether or we can cre­ate to­gether—’ yong things na we want to ex­press in the world,” she beams. “It’s nice to be able to write songs with him. Even­tu­ally, I hope we’ll have more time to cre­ate sto­ries to­gether be­cause dati­panamin

’yong dream na we get to write to­gether scripts, a book.”

Kean and Chynna col­lab­o­rated on the writ­ing and singing of the song “Walk on Wa­ter,” which was used for their prenup photo and video shoot. With the help of record pro­ducer Jay Durias, Kean also wrote the wed­ding song, “Nan­dito Ka Na,” which he per­formed in the same-day edit of the wed­ding video.

“We’re two dif­fer­ent peo­ple,” Kean ac­knowl­edges. “Pero meron lang akong life part­ner. More than a lover—a wife, I have a friend for life. Def­i­nitely, when we get older, our daugh­ter’s gonna get mar­ried. Kami na lang ang magkasama sa ba­hay. Kum­baga, may life part­ner ako na mawala man ang la­hat ng tao sa mundo e at least kasama ko ang asawa ko.”

Chynna sums up how mar­riage with Kean is so far: “’Yong si­nasabi nila ta­la­gang state­ment na luma­gay ka sa tahimik, to­too ’yon. There’s a cer­tain kind of feel­ing of you can go home and just have peace… It kind of sets you on a path na makikita mo kung ano ta­laga ang im­por­tante sa buhay. So, sig­uro ’yon ’yong pinak­a­gusto ko na nang­yari af­ter I got mar­ried. Nawala na rin ’yong marami kong masyadong kuwestiyon. Min­san kasi, di ba, ang dami mong ques­tions in life. Min­san, pag­pa­padeep ka pa, pa-emo ka pa. E, sim­ple lang ang buhay, huwag mo nang pakump­likaduhin.”

The bride and groom cut a slice from the 12-inch-tall cake, which was pro­vided by Wadough’s cof­fee­house and bakeshop. Through Facebook Mes­sen­ger, Wadough’s co-owner Mel Jervy de­scribes the baked treat to YES!: “It’s a choco­late cake with 72 per­cent...

A sketch from the cou­ple’s friend pro­vided an ad­di­tional artis­tic touch to the wed­ding setup.

The bride rested her head on her groom’s shoul­der as they walked arm in arm into the re­cep­tion venue, Pio’s Kitchen. They also had the re­cep­tion here for their civil wed­ding two years ago.

In a text mes­sage to YES!, Chynna re­mem­bers the speech of Glaiza de Cas­tro (cen­ter) with fond­ness: “Akala niya nung gi­na­gawa namin yung kanta na ‘Beau­ti­ful Con­tra­dic­tion’ e i jam namin siya na kami lang. Nag­u­lat na lang siya na may dala akong ‘friend’...

The wed­ding cou­ple en­ter­tained guests from in and out of showbiz: (L-R) Emem Carreon, Kayla Poli­nag, Keno Cipri­ano, Carlo Mar­i­ano, Ryza Cenon, Ryza’s ac­tor­boyfriend Cholo Bar­retto, and LJ Reyes.

Kean and Chynna shared a hearty laugh with LJ Reyes (cen­ter), who gave a few words at the re­cep­tion program. “She was teas­ing us,” Chynna re­calls to YES! in a text mes­sage. “LJ was one of the first peo­ple who no­ticed that I was laugh­ing a lot more...

The cou­ple were stun­ning in their wed­ding en­sem­ble, which were both made by fash­ion de­signer Ed­win Tan. For Chynna’s gray gown, though, Ed­win only ex­e­cuted and up­dated the de­sign that his late busi­ness part­ner and fel­low de­signer Pepsi Herrera had...

Chynna is not a fan of fresh flow­ers, but she couldn’t re­sist the bou­quet of blooms that florist Teddy Manuel ar­ranged for her. Teddy tells YES! via email: “In­stead of us­ing dried flow­ers for her, I thought of us­ing black and dark col­ored flow­ers such...

The Cipri­anos’ wed­ding bands, and the engagement ring that Kean had given to Chynna, had the cus­tom­ary shot (photo be­low). Chynna hand-painted the flat stones that were given away as sou­venirs to the wed­ding guests (bot­tom photo).

The cou­ple— who fondly call them­selves by their wed­ding hash­tag #TheCips—did away with the tra­di­tional bri­dal march. In­stead, they ar­rived to­gether in church and walked down the aisle hand in hand. Chynna says she and her hus­band wanted a “re­ally...

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