Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez insist that they never lied about the real nature of their relationship.
After evading the media'rsquo;s queries regarding the real status of their relationship, Robin Padilla finally revealed that he actually tied the knot with Mariel Rodriguez during their sudden trip to India last month. "Ako po ay maligayang-maligaya na ibalita sa inyo na isang buwan na kaming kasal ni Mariel Rodriguez. Ang kasal po na 'yan ay nangyari sa India, sa Taj Mahal, August 19 po kami kinasal, at 'yan po ang katotohanan," he said in an exclusive interview with Tina Monzon Palma at ANC'rsquo;s The World Tonight last night, September 21. Robin, who'rsquo;s a Muslim convert, also confirmed that they had a Muslim wedding in honor of his religion. "Religious wedding po ito. Magkakaro'rsquo;n din kami ng papel na sinasabi ng imam (a Muslim spiritual leader) na kami ay kanyang ikinasal."
When told that a lot of people were disappointed with them after being misled by their so-called "Ibaloi wedding" and their contradicting statements about it, Mariel went on to explain that they never said anything about getting married in Baguio City last September 13. "We did not come out with those information, with those photos...so we never lied. Robin just wanted to introduce me to his relatives, the Carino side. They wanted to show me a little culture, 'lsquo;yun talaga 'lsquo;yun. May war dance na naganap... Meron po bang kasal na may war dance?" You would recall that Jimmy Ong, an Ibaloi mambunong or native priest, confirmed in a previous interview with TV Patrol that he officiated the wedding ceremony for Mariel and Robin that day.
Although theirs was admittedly a whirlwind romance, Robin further shared that he courted Mariel before they became an official couple. They first met each other when Robin pinch-hit for Willie Revillame for two weeks in the now-defunct show, Wowowee, last May. "Dalawang linggo po akong nabaliw sa Twitter. May nagsabi sa akin na meron siyang account doon. Doon ako nagbabantay sa kanya. Tinitignan ko kung anu-ano ang nangyayari sa kanya. Hanggang sa nagkaroon po ng pagkakataon na binigyan kami ng ABS-CBN ng sitcom, nagkita ulit kami, hindi ko na siya pinakawalan."
Asked if they are ready for the consequences of their actions especially in terms of how it will affect their showbiz career, Robin stressed that what he and Mariel did was all for the sake of love. In the meantime, they are still discussing their career plans with their respective managers. "Masasabi namin na ito ay ginintuang pag-ibig kasi hindi namin iniintindi yun. 'lsquo;Eto, ang iniintindi namin ay yung nararamdaman namin sa puso. Ni wala kaming pre-nuptial agreement, wala po kaming ganon. Hanggang ngayon e kami'rsquo;y kinakausap pa ng aming mga manager kung kami ay may plano pa. sa aming mga career."
On a final note, Robin hoped that peace, love, and happiness would still prevail instead of the constant criticisms that he and Mariel are receiving from some people. "Sana po yung mga pagmamahalan sa aming puso at sa aming mga mata ay maging inspirasyon sa ating lahat na magmahalan po tayo. Let'rsquo;s make love not war," he maintained.