Robin Padilla can hardly believe how Mariel Rodriguez risked a lot by marrying him at the peak of her showbiz career.
StarStudio Magazine was one of the very few who witnessed Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez'rsquo;s sojourn in India and the much-talked-about wedding ceremony that took place during the trip. In an exclusive interview, Mariel told SSM that it was as if everything that happened in her life before she met Robin was a preparation for God'rsquo;s greatest gift to her. "Robin's guesting in Wowowee (last May) led to this. God sent him to save us in Wowowee. We needed help. We were hanging. Kuya Willie (Revillame) left. We needed a male host. Dumating siya, ako naman, I came from a breakup. He made me realize, you can love again," said the 26-year-old who never thought she'rsquo;d find a greater love after her three-year relationship with Zanjoe Marudo.
Despite other people'rsquo;s cynical perception of their whirlwind romance, Robin shared that he has truly found his perfect match in Mariel. A self-confessed romantic, he was utterly amazed by how she makes him feel cherished even with her simple acts of love. "Ito yung gusto mo, may nakilala ka pero hindi siya. Ang gagawin mo, gagawan mo ng sanga para maging siya pero hindi talaga siya [yung hinahanap mo]. Biglang may darating na wala ka ng i-adjust kasi tamang-tama dun sa hinahanap mo," said Robin who got smitten by Mariel'rsquo;s beauty and childlike qualities.
At the same time, the action star couldn'rsquo;t help but admit that Mariel has truly proven her love for him by risking her showbiz career when she took an indefinite leave from Pilipinas Win Na Win to join him in India last August. "Nasa peak siya 'rsquo;tol. Siguro iilan lang ang artistang gagawa nu'rsquo;n. Eh ako ang pinagiisipan ko pa kung paano ang exit na gagawin ko (as he was contemplating about leaving the industry a few months back). Sa kumpitensiya ng pag-ibig, lamang siya sa akin ngayon."
But Mariel was also quick to say that Robin has given her something priceless when he let her in on his life and gave her a position in Liwanag Ng Kapayapaan Foundation School. "Robin influences me in a good way. Before, my life revolved around me and what I do. Ngayon, iba ang level, ang desire na mag-reach out. It'rsquo;s a feeling na 'lsquo;di nabibili. It'rsquo;s a different kind of happiness, na may use ka sa mundo." More importantly, she was happy to say that she has found someone who'rsquo;s willing to fight for her against all odds. "We'rsquo;re a team. I don'rsquo;t feel that I am alone in the battle. Robin'rsquo;s there to protect me. He is always thinking of what'rsquo;s best for me."