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‘Walang sumama ang loob’: KZ Tandingan grateful for friends who understood decision to push through wedding without them

KZ Tandingan and TJ Monterde tied the knot in an intimate wedding amid the pandemic.

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10/16/2020 08:46 AM
‘Walang sumama ang loob’: KZ Tandingan grateful for friends who understood decision to push through wedding without them

Nearly a week since KZ Tandingan and TJ Monterde announced their wedding, the couple opened up about how they felt about pushing through with their wedding amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In a Kapamilya Confessions interview, KZ — whose family as well as TJ’s didn’t physically make it to the wedding ceremony — spoke about how they felt about pushing through with the ceremonies without some of the friends and loved ones.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

God finally made our ’’Puhon’’ a reality. With only a handful of people and our families attending through zoom, we held our symbolic wedding under a 300 hundred-year-old Mango tree. We didn’t think we could get married this year because our families are in Mindanao and couldn’t fly in. But our folks being the selfless, understanding, and amazing parents they are, encouraged us to get wed. Bittersweet getting married without my parents walking me down the aisle, but I’m thankful that my other dad, @martinnievera, stepped in to give me away. Thankful for friends who went out of their way to do multiple testings, isolation, and travel to be with us on our special day. Thankful for all these hard-working people who made sure our intimate dream wedding went smooth and, most importantly, safe: Concept, Planning & Coordination: @labellefete • Venue: @thefarmatsanbenito • Photo: @mayadstudios #MayadMico • Video: @jasonmagbanua • Set up Stylist: @houseofhermosaph • Lights and Sounds: @lxeventspro • Wedding Gown & Couple's Masks: @lightshinewhite • Groom's Suit: @lightshinewhite • Make-Up: @mac_igarta • Hair: @markfamilara • Wardrobe Stylists: @myrrhlaoto / Mesmyrrhized Designer: @lightshinewhite • Wedding Ring: @jsdiamondjewellery • Coffee Cart: @coffeechapterph • Care Kit: @lasarca.ph • Invites & Printables: @papillonph • Zoom Broadcast: @niceprintphoto • Tables and Chairs: @18th.ph • Settee: @bellabanquets • Naked Cakes: @nakedpatisserie @thefarmatsanbenito

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“Masaya. Actually parehas kami ng sagot. We’re very happy na tinuloy namin ‘yung pagpapakasal kahit na pandemic. We are celebrating but it doesn’t mean we’re being insensitive du’n sa mga may pinagdaanan. Kasi kami, actually may pinagdadaanan din kami. But we always just try to find something that we can be grateful for everyday.,” she said. 

She went on: “And ngayon po, kahit ‘di namin kasama both families namin — nakita namin sila January pa — masaya pa rin kami na now na kasal na kami, pamilya na namin ang isa’t-isa. So kahit ‘di namin kasama ‘yung parents namin or siblings or nieces, meron na kaming kaagapay sa pandemic.” 

READ: KZ Tandingan and TJ Monterde get married in Batangas

According to KZ, they already ironed out their wedding plans as early as January. “This year would have been one of our busiest years. Simula nu’ng nag-start kami sa industriya na ‘to, we were supposed to go out-of-the-country to study tapos ‘yun po, hindi natuloy,” she said. 

She added: “Siyempre dapat may tour kami. So parang itong buong taon po na ito, medyo naka-plano na. So after namin na-engage nu’ng December, parang January palang, pina-plano na namin ‘yung buong kasal.” 

Had the COVID-19 pandemic not happen, their wedding would have been entirely different. “Ibang-iba talaga. Sobrang layo du’n sa original plan. But ‘yun na nga, parang nagkaroon naman nu’ng solusyon,” KZ said.

As it turns out, the original plan was to tie the knot on the 28th of August. And while things weren’t going on as planned, TJ said it didn’t hinder them from pushing through with their plans.  

“Actually August 28, 2020. ‘Yun talaga ‘yung plano namin. Then nu’ng nagka-lockdown tayo, nag-quarantine tayo, medyo nag-decide kami for a while na parang teka lang, malabo. Kasi every 15th nagbabago tayo ng guidelines. So ‘di namin sure kung ma-pupull off namin. Pero gaya nga sa isang tanong, why did you push through with the wedding despite the pandemic,” he said. 

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“Ang ganda nu’ng sagot ni KZ na it’s because of the pandemic itself. Kasi with this pandemic, na-realize namin na last year nga, ‘di natin na [nobody saw this coming]. Walang nakapag-imagine na nandito tayo ngayon sa mga bahay natin, online ‘yung interviews. ‘Di natin alam what the future brings and tomorrow is never promised,” he added. 

He continued: “’Yung pandemic nga ‘di natin inexpect, so tuloy natin ‘yung kasal. Let’s live in the now.” 

KZ, on the other hand, cited the uncertainty of the future for them was a factor to push through with the wedding.

“Kung kaya natin gawin na ngayon, gawin na natin ngayon. Kasi kung aantayin pa na matapos ‘yung pandemic, ang sinasabi in two years or three years, four years babalik na sa normal. But wala talagang certain eh. Paano ‘pag in ten years pa matatapos? Pero hindi din talaga natin alam. So kumbaga kaya naman na natin and our parents gave us the blessing naman din to get wed kahit wala sila physically, ‘yun ginawa na din namin,” she said. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“Ikaw, ako, karon. Niabot na ang puhon.” 8.28.20 —— #MrMrsTJxKZ Concept, Planning & Coordination: @labellefete • Venue: @thefarmatsanbenito • Photo: @mayadstudios • Video: @jasonmagbanua • Set up Stylist: @houseofhermosaph • Lights and Sounds: @lxeventspro • Wedding Gown & Couple's Masks: @lightshinewhite • Groom's Suit: @lightshinewhite • Make-Up: @mac_igarta • Hair: @markfamilara • Wardrobe Stylists: @myrrhlaoto / Mesmyrrhized Designer: @lightshinewhite • Wedding Ring: @jsdiamondjewellery • Coffee Cart: @chaptercoffeeph • Care Kit: @lasarca.ph • Invites & Printables: @papillonph • Zoom Broadcast: @niceprintphoto • Tables and Chairs: @18th.ph • Settee: @bellabanquets • Naked Cakes: @nakedpatisserie @thefarmatsanbenito

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According to KZ, some of their closest friends knew about their wedding plans this year even before the health crisis hit the country. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of them thought the wedding would be postponed to a later date.

“Pre-pandemic, medyo alam na ng mga friends namin kung kailan ‘yung talagang wedding namin, ganyan-ganyan. Tapos parang nu’ng palapit na ng palapit ‘yung date, parang alam na nila na ‘ah ma-popostpone ‘yung wedding.,” she said. 

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While the wedding still happened this year, TJ and KZ had to make the announcement to them through Zoom. 

“So wala talagang may alam sa kanila na kasal na kami until after the wedding. Ang nakaalam lang ay those who were there at the wedding. So ang ginawa namin, ‘yung mga friends namin, na nandu’n sa original wedding namin na same date pa rin na mas malaki lang ng konti, nag-zoom call kami tapos ni-rerecord namin ‘yung zoom call tapos ipapakita namin ‘yung photos namin,” she said. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“sa piling mo, bumabagal, humihinto ang mundo” 🌍 —- #MrMrsTJxKZ Concept, Planning & Coordination: @labellefete • Venue: @thefarmatsanbenito • Photo: @mayadstudios • Video: @jasonmagbanua • Set up Stylist: @houseofhermosaph • Lights and Sounds: @lxeventspro • Wedding Gown & Couple's Masks: @lightshinewhite • Groom's Suit: @lightshinewhite • Make-Up: @mac_igarta • Hair: @markfamilara • Wardrobe Stylists: @myrrhlaoto / Mesmyrrhized Designer: @lightshinewhite • Wedding Ring: @jsdiamondjewellery • Coffee Cart: @chaptercoffeeph • Care Kit: @lasarca.ph • Invites & Printables: @papillonph • Zoom Broadcast: @niceprintphoto • Tables and Chairs: @18th.ph • Settee: @bellabanquets • Naked Cakes: @nakedpatisserie @thefarmatsanbenito

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Then again, KZ said she feels thankful to a lot of them for being understanding about the whole situation, saying she’s grateful for that no one had hard feelings about their decision. 

“‘Ay kinasal na pala kami’. ‘Ha?’ Ano ba ‘yan ganyan ganyan. Although gulat na gulat sila, ang positive pa rin ng mga response nila na sobrang saya daw nila na tinuloy pa rin namin ‘yung kasal. Walang sumama ang loob. ‘Yun ‘yung mga totoong friends and ‘yun talaga ‘yung mga tao who really care for you — ‘yung mga nakakaintindi,” she said. 

Watch KZ and TJ’s interview below: 

KZ and TJ had an intimate wedding ceremony at The Farm At San Benito in Batangas.