With newsfeeds recently filled with break-up stories, it is heartbreaking to hear about relationships and marriages falling apart. However, don’t lose hope in romance and true love just yet. Restore your faith in happy-ever-after with these eight celebrity couples who are withstanding the test of time.
1. Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez
Married for 35 years, the unique love story of talent manager Annabelle Rama and actor Eddie Gutierrez is no secret to the public.
In an episode of the defunct Showbiz Inside Report in 2012, Annabelle, who also shared details about their love story on her book ‘Day Hard, admitted that it was her who pursued the then superstar Eddie. During that time, she was only a fan who did everything and anything to have him, even admitting to writing about him on her diary and using black magic. “Ginagayuma ko siya, lahat ng manghuhula sa buong Pilipinas inikot ko na, kaso ‘di ko talaga mapikot eh,” she said.
Today, the couple is still going strong together with six children including celebrities Ruffa, Raymond and Richard. Their family has a reality show on cable TV entitled It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez.
2. Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzalez
Matinee idol Aga Muhlach was among the judges of Binibining Pilipinas 1994 where beauty queen Charlene Gonzalez won. Later, Charlene joined the supporting cast of the iconic 90s comedy sitcom Oki Doki Dok! where lead actor Aga was paired onscreen with actress Agot Isidro.
In an interview with HOLA! Magazine in 2013, Aga revealed that Charlene never became his girlfriend as they got engaged first. “I had to ask for her hand from her parents before we even started dating,” he said in the article.
Having married in 2001, Aga and Charlene enjoys bonding time with their teen twins, Andres and Atasha.
3. Gladys Reyes and Christopher Roxas
Married for more than 10 years, celebrities Gladys Reyes and Christopher Roxas got to work together in another iconic drama show from the 90s, Mara Clara. Together, they have three children.
4. Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen
Sharing 18 years of marriage, Born For You actor Ariel Rivera and actress-host Gelli De Belen have two sons together.
In a report by entertainment site Pep.ph, Gelli said that their secret to having a longtime marriage is her husband, Ariel who makes their family his first priority. “Pina-prioritize niya talaga kami, marami siyang mga hindi ginawa, at tinanggihan because of us, because of his family,” she said.
5. Sharon Cuneta and Kiko Pangilinan
Actress, singer, and host Sharon Cuneta found love in the arms of Senator-elect Kiko Pangilinan. They are celebrating 20 years of marriage this year.
Last year on his Twitter account, Kiko was asked, “What is the secret of a marriage that despite the difficult circumstances surrounding it has been able not only to survive but to flourish for many years?” He answered, “Having a very simple arrangement that has withstood the test of time. She goes her way and I go her way."
While Kiko also took in Sharon’s daughter KC Concepcion (with former love team Gabby Concepcion) as his own, Kiko and Sharon have three kids together namely Frankie, Miel and Miguel.
6. Tito Sotto and Helen Gamboa
Senator-elect Tito Sotto and actress Helen Gamboa will celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary this year.
When the couple was interviewed separately on the defunct Showbiz Inside Report in 2012, they revealed eloping and getting married secretly as Helen’s mother was very strict. But because of Tito’s persistence, he was able to win his mother-in-law’s heart.
Today, they have four children including actress Ciara Sotto.
7. Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres
Although Richard Gomez remains a sought-after leading man and would even play opposite former girlfriend Dawn Zulueta, his marriage to actress-politician Lucy Torres-Gomez remains intact.
Having tied the knot in 1998, Richard and Lucy have one daughter named Juliana.
8. Barbara Perez and Robert Arevalo
Actress Barbara Perez, who was dubbed as the Audrey Hepburn of the Philippines, and actor Robert Arevalo, who is active in GMA 7 shows, have been married since 1962. The couple, who celebrated their 50 years of marriage in 2012, have two daughters and a son.