Actor Miko Raval, known for his roles in the defunct top-rating series The Killer Bride and Wildflower, is all set for his wedding day this coming February 1, 2021. Finally, after more than a year of engagement to his longtime non-showbiz girlfriend Kaira Dimatulac, they are now tying the knot.
In an exclusive interview with PUSH, the 31-year-old actor shared their preparations, and how much the COVID-19 pandemic affected their plans.
Miko, who proposed to Kaira on December 30, 2019, admitted that they were initially planning to throw a big wedding party. “Before the pandemic kasi, ayun nga, we have a venue na that we have paid for… the reservations and all. So, ‘nung nagka-pandemic, during the lockdown ‘nung March, we were thinking na ‘okay, sige tuloy lang natin.’ We didn’t know naman na it was going to be this long, di ba?” he said.
When the pandemic protocols transitioned from enhanced community quarantine to general community quarantine, the couple returned to their original venue to check the status. “We originally wanted to do a big wedding na 200 people na guests, so we asked the venue if they can accommodate it still, but then they said the LGU (local government unit) hasn’t given them the guidelines so parang from there, parang medyo nagulo na ‘yung plan. But then, ayun, so we were seeing all these intimate weddings so sabi namin, baka we can do that naman.
“We had to change the venue. Luckily, one of those venues na nag-ocular kami before the pandemic, emailed us a great package nga, which has the venue na there, there are rooms na, and the church is also there na. So everything in one place, parang one stop shop so that made it easier for us. So now, our guest count is just at 50 compared to the 200 originally.”
Now opting for a more intimate celebration with their close family and friends, Miko said that the most challenging part of it was the change of venue as the payment made to the first one was non-refundable. However, because they were able to get a new one-stop shop venue, the rest of the logistics have been taken care of, making it easier for them.
But although they’ve been through a lot with the wedding preparations, there are still many things that Miko is thankful for during the past year.
As he mentioned, he feels blessed that he and his family are safe from any sickness, and that his garments manufacturing business did not shut down.
“So sobrang blessed kami, ako, despite what happened last year and what is still happening right now. I’m very thankful din na ‘yung mga challenges na ‘yun, nag-grow kami lahat, not just me, but the people around me. We learned a lot of things, we discovered a lot of things. I’m very thankful that we’re still alive, basically. And everyone is alive around me – my family, my friends here.”
As for some wedding details, the event will be rustic bohemian-themed while his suit was made by Randy Ortiz, whom he described as his bridge to the modeling industry.
For the honeymoon, Miko and Kaira are headed for Palawan. “Since pandemic at ang hirap magtravel abroad, we decided to look for places locally. So nakapagdecide kami sa Palawan na lang… I think that’s the best option kasi sobrang dali ngayon dahil ang daming companies na nag-ooffer na para nga silang one stop shop. So ‘yun ‘yung buong package, you get the flight, you get the hotel, you get the food… Parang four days lang kami ‘dun and then we go back to work.”
Currently, Miko is busy with his business, however, there may be showbiz plans underway. He said, “Sa ngayon nagfofocus muna ako sa business ko dahil wala pa naman tayong magandang offer na nakukuha sa showbiz, pero may mga niluluto na as my manager told me recently so abangan na lang nila.”