Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Roxas Takes Leave Of Absence From Politics To Focus On Wedding

Roxas Takes Leave Of Absence From Politics To Focus On Wedding
By : Amita O. Legaspi
October 20, 2009

Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas II has taken a leave of absence from politics to focus on his upcoming wedding next week.

“Nagleave na ako sa pulitika last week pa. Nagpaalam ako kay Noynoy, nagpaalam ako sa partido ko, nagpaalam ako sa opisina ko (I took a leave of absence from politics since last week. I already told Senator Benigno Simeon Aquino III about it, I also notified the Liberal Party and my office)," he told reporters after turning over checks worth P2.2 million to six organizations for typhoon victims.

The amount was part of the P3 million originally for the reception expenses of his wedding with broadcaster Korina Sanchez on October 27.

“Pinakamalayo sa kaisipan ko ngayon ang pulitika, ang iniisip ko lang ang aming kasal (Politics is the farthest from my mind now, I’m focusing on our wedding)," Roxas said.

The wedding will be held at the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City. In lieu of the reception, the couple will be serving refreshments and pandesal after the ceremony.

At least 2,000 people including political and show business personalities as well as representatives from various organizations and communities are expected to attend the wedding.

The couple will also be hosting a separate dinner for their entourage.

Among the principal sponsors are Chief Justice Reynato Puno, Liberal Party chairman emeritus Jovito Salonga, ABS-CBN chairman and chief executive officer Eugenio Lopez III, Roxas’ uncle George Araneta and LP presidential bet Senator Aquino.

Roxas said Noynoy will be taking the place of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino, who died on August 1 after almost a year of battle with colon cancer.

“Sa totoo lang noong hindi pa pumapanaw si Tita Cory, Tita Cory was one of our ninangs (Before Tita Cory died, we have already chosen her as one of our principal sponsors)," the senator said.

Also included in their list of principal sponsors are Philippine National Red Cross Governor Rosa Rosal; broadcaster Cheche Lazaro; Helen Costales, best friend of Sanchez’s mother; Ruby Roxas; and Baby Araneta-Fores.

The senator’s 16-year-old son, Paolo, will be his best man.

Roxas said they made the decision to forego a grand reception for the wedding after seeing the plight of the people affected by typhoons ‘Ondoy’ and ‘Pepeng’.

He said their respective families were initially shocked with their decision.

“Ang sabi nila ‘Ano 'yan kasal na walang reception?’ ang sabi namin ‘Oo, e di after the church uwian na (They were telling us ‘What, a wedding without a reception’ and we told them ‘Yes, we’ll go home after the wedding’)," Roxas said.

He added, “Ako naman bilang groom ginagawa ko lang ito bilang maganda, mabongga for the bride. Kung mismong yung bride nagsasabi na kawawa ang mga tao e OK lang sa akin. Yung kagaanan ng bulsa, naging kagaanan ng puso (I’m just doing this for my bride. If the bride says that the people need the money more than we do, then it’s OK with me)."

The P2.2 million was given to the following relief organizations:

• Caritas Philippines, P500,000;
• PNRC – P250,000 for its National Blood Service and P250,000 for its storm "Ondoy" account;
• GMA Kapuso Foundation, P500,000;
• Igan Foundation, P100,000;
• ABS-CBN Foundation Kapamilya Shower Na Project, P100,000; and
• ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya, P500,000.


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