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Richard Poon confirms that he and girlfriend Maricar Reyes are now engaged

4/30/2013 8:00 AM

by: Rachelle Siazon

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043013-richard_main.jpgRichard Poon confirmed that he and girlfriend Maricar Reyes are now engaged after going steady on July 1 last year. “Oo, [engaged na kami]. Ang masasabi ko lang nagplaplano kami, pinaguusapan [yung kasal], pero ‘pag may detalye probably dahan-dahan ibibigay namin,” he said during the press launch of his new album Legends held last Monday afternoon, April 29.

He did not go into details though about when they’re planning to tie the knot, adding that Maricar is scheduled to have an exclusive interview about it anytime soon. “Sabi ko kung pwede bukas eh. Pero pina-planning ‘yan talaga. I’m sure anyone who’s seriously planning for a wedding, andaming detalyeng pumapasok. Kailangan ko muna magplano.

When asked if he’s going to give her a grand wedding that every girl dreams of, Richard shared that he’s come to know Maricar as someone who’s simple, unassuming, and doesn’t demand material things from him. “One of the things I like about her is she's very simple. Hindi siya yung bilmoko nun, bilmoko n’yan. She's a private person. Simpleng choice gusto ko, makasama ka, makausap ka ng maayos, maganda conversation.... I don’t think she’s the type na I need a wedding in Europe to make me happy. That makes me very calm.”

Doesn’t care about Maricar’s past
Although Maricar got caught up in malicious controversies in the past, Richard stressed that it doesn’t bother him at all. He explained that he can’t afford to be judgmental when he has his fair share of imperfections as well. “Sa totoo lang a lot of us can be offended at many things. Kaya lang ako mismo sablay rin. Who am I to judge that I cannot accept a certain thing, another thing, when ako mismo sablay ako eh, ang dami kong character flaws. So I’m not in a position to judge anyone, kahit na na-offend ako ng tao. Ako rin naman eh, minsan I do wrong towards other people.”

Richard further shared that he found his true love with Maricar. “I think if you can find somebody who’ll love you for all your flaws [yun ang true love], yun naman ang hinihingi ng lahat eh, [someone who can accept everything about you both] good and bad, yun lang naman.” The couple had revealed on Kris TV last year that it took them two years of being just friends before they became officially together

The 31-year-old added that he knew Maricar was the woman he wanted to spend a lifetime with when he saw her strength of character. “Nung nakita ko siya sa I Love Betty La Fea (Maricar’s first TV appearance on ABS-CBN) akala ko Taiwanese superstar siya. Somebody recently said the same with me, akala ko Taiwanese actress siya. Unang kita ko pa lang sa kanya sa Betty La Fea crush ko siya. Pero nung nakilala ko siya, I think everybody has their own opinion, may character siya eh, grace under pressure. I think that speaks a lot. She had come through a lot. I just like the way na her character handles it. Importante sa akin yun for the long haul.”

Approval from each other’s families 
Their respective families are actually very supportive of their relationship. Since they became a couple last year, Richard made sure that his parents got the chance to get to know Maricar really well. “Una siyempre, like any parents, they don’t know her that much so kailangan dahan-dahanin na eto siya, artista siya. And then ginawa ko when I had a concert in December kasama ko si Jose Mari Chan, after nun, my mom flew in from Taiwan to meet Maricar. Since then every Sunday kung kaya nagdi-dinner kami sa restaurant ng daddy ko, kami ni Maricar. So naguusap sila ng dad ko. Ganon lang.”

Richard added that he was surprised with how fast his dad and Maricar gelled together. “Amazingly, my dad is hard to please pero gustong-gusto niya si Maricar. I’m happy kasi magaan. I like that.”

On his part, Richard previously mentioned that he went to Cagayan De Oro to personally meet Maricar’s parents early in their relationship. “Oo, they’re very [easy to get along with]. I like the fact na ‘pag nag-uusap kami over dinner, maluwang eh. Alam mo kapag tense eh, masikip yung conversation, may ilang. Walang ganon. I’m very, very happy,” he finally stated.

Known for being a big band crooner, Richard returns to singing pop songs in his new album entitled Legends under Universal Records, which features revivals of all-time favorite love songs by Lionel Richie (Truly), Whitney Houston (All At Once), Barbra Streisand (Evergreen), Madonna (Borderline), and Barry Manilow (Ready To Take A Chance Again).

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