Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mar and Korina: True Love Waits

Mar and Korina: True Love Waits
Manila Bulletin
The Better Half
By : Czarina Nicole O. Ong
February 20, 2010

During the photo shoot, Mar would constantly crack jokes and teasingly ogle his beautiful wife, and Korina would let out a girlish chuckle and lovingly embrace her husband. (Photo by RAYMOND SALDAÑA)

Many tongues were sent a-wagging last October 27, 2009 when vice-presidentiable Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas and his long-time love broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez tied the knot. Many remarked that it was merely a political set-up, a union which was created out of a need to bolster the senator’s chances in the 2010 elections.

But one only needs to see the couple sans the political and media spotlight to determine whether their love is genuine or simply a puff of smoke. In their abode, all sense of pretention and drama is thrown out the window as the laid-back Mar and the graceful Korina laugh and joke with each other much like an old married couple.

“Our relationship did a slow burn, para bang uling. Hindi siya ‘yung maliyab na explosion,” begins Mar. They first met during an awarding ceremony hosted by the National Press Club. “It was rainy, it was stormy and normally, the other awardees did not come because the streets were already flooded. I saw Korina and so naglakas loob nalang ako and I went and introduced myself to her,” he recalls.

He asked if he could sit beside her, but the ever-aloof Korina gave Mar a disapproving look, raised her eyebrow and asked, “Are you a journalist? Because this row is for journalists only.” Undeterred, Mar persisted in getting to know Korina. “All I know is that she’s beautiful and sexy. Bilang lalaki at bilang isang binata, gusto ko siya makilala!” admits Mar.

Little did he know that the attraction was mutual for them both. “He was my crush, even before. I just pretended I did not know him,” confesses Korina. “I’ve read about him in a newspaper spread. I thought he was somebody very interesting to meet. More than anything, he seems responsible, and that’s my ideal guy.”

Since it was raining heavily that night, he engaged Korina in a conversation about diving and was even brazen enough to ask her to arrange a diving excursion for them. “Right then and there, I already had my alert sign up. I thought, ‘Why am I going to do the organizing?’ Iba ang style niya!” notes Korina.

“Hindi kasi siya sanay na ‘yung guy lalapit nalang bigla sa kanya to say hi or pleased to meet you. Nakasanayan niya ‘yung magpapadala muna ng lihim sa pinsan niya, or sa pinsan ng pinsan niya. Ganoon ba,” Mar explains.

The diving trip never actually happened, but Mar and Korina did see each other several more times after that. “We would see each other during coverages,” says Korina.

“Unlike other courtships where the couples would see each other every day, ours was intense but it was sporadic. May coverage siya kung saan saan, may coverage din ako. But it is very nice, kung baga sa cemento, it was built layer by layer. Hindi siya mabilis nagawa so it’s very stable, and it just became such a natural evolution,” explains Mar.

The evolution involved years of friendship and subtle courtship. After six years of going steady, Mar proposed to Korina. “When I proposed to her during Valentines’ day, I didn’t even ask her. It was a declarative sentence. I said, ‘You know of course that we’re getting married.’” recalls Mar. Korina’s answer was also a one-word declarative sentence: yes.

They got married in Sto. Domingo Church, and thousands of Filipinos witnessed their heartfelt union. “I was excited during our wedding, but at the same time there was a sense of serenity. I felt that everything is as it should be,” Mar muses.

And since they have known each other for so long, their adjustment towards married life came just as naturally. “Let me give a sample,” says Mar. “For whatever reason, we quarrel over the silliest thing. And then out of the blue, may darating na hotcake sa akin. As a mature person, I know that’s her way of reaching out to me. You’ll just know. So later, may mais con yelo namang darating sa kanya. And the next time we see each other, it’s as if nothing happened.”

Even simple things such as sharing the television and blanket are laughingly dealt with by the couple. “Korina usually sleeps late that’s why we bought headphones for the TV,” says Mar. “She also knows that I love to channel surf, but she can’t stand it! So she waits around 10 minutes until I finally fall asleep, and it’s her turn to get the remote control.”

Mar continues, “Ito pa isang adjustment namin – ‘yung agawan ng kumot! And the only solution for us is that we just have to sleep closer to each other.” Ultimately, the couple is happier with the compromise.

Now, Mar is busy with his campaign while Korina took a leave from work. “I understand the demands of his job. And I’m not as busy as I used to be because I’m on leave. What I try to do now is to be the dutiful and obedient wife. It’s a shift towards the side of me that I have long not been in touch with, and that is my Martha Stewart side. Actually I sorely missed that side of me, so it is not totally unknown,” shares Korina.

She makes sure the vases of their house are always filled with flowers, and prepares snacks and refreshments for Mar when he goes campaigning. “Pinagbaon nga niya ako ng egg sandwich na naka-wax paper pa. She knows how much I love to eat,” says Mar.

“I also prepared a cooler for him before he left. Inside are towels and ice so that when it’s really, really hot, he could use it,” says Korina. And her efforts are much appreciated by her husband.

“While we were campaigning one time, I was feeling hot, parched, and dry. Then out of the corner of my eye, I see her watching me. And just looking at her, I felt more alive. It’s as if I have been splashed with cool water,” gushes Mar.

Aside from caring for his campaign needs, Korina’s thoughtfulness also extends to Mar’s feeling loved and comfortable at home. “There was one time I came home tired from campaigning. She was already sleeping, but on our bedside, there’s a piece of chocolate for me. And I know she thought of me before going to sleep,” narrates Mar. “She also left a DVD for me to watch just in case I couldn’t sleep. But I don’t like her choices because she likes paranormal movies, ones which involve vampires.”

“He likes watching nonsensical movies, because he really just wants to relax,” explains Korina.

“We’re in a good place right now,” Mar reflects. “And it’s because of the way our relationship was founded. If you compare our relationship with cooking, it is similar to slow cooking. I think it’s the best process, and just look at the result. For sure, it’s not fast food!”

Years of slow cooking their relationship has definitely paid off, and the results show that Mar and Korina are exactly where they should be right now — happy, content, and in love.

On physical attraction

He said: It’s hard for Korina to escape anybody’s attention. She’s in the public eye, and even before I entered politics, I already knew there was a Korina Sanchez. I didn’t know her personally at first; all I know is that she’s beautiful and sexy.

She said:
Physical attraction is not really my priority, but it’s not to say that Mar isn’t good-looking. Of course, tingin ko talaga na gwapo siya. I like men with glasses. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because my dad also wore glasses.

On falling in love

He said:
Si-net up talaga niya ang meeting namin. Matagal na niya ako pinagplanuhan! Malamang sabi niya, ang pogi nito, may six-pack abs pa siya! Gusto ko ito makilala! (Laughs)

She said: I landed my dream boy. I like being with him, and I also like the idea of being with him. Even if we’re not together, I like thinking of being together with him.

On marriage

He said: Our wedding day is the highlight, and you feel like you’ve already reached the tip of the mountain. But the next day, I discovered that it gets even better. It’s just been a wonderful time for us.

She said: I’m enjoying being a wife right now, I’m afraid I might enjoy it too much! But I’ll also be going out and helping him with the campaign.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Korina’s Idyllic Existence With Mar

Korina’s Idyllic Existence With Mar
Business Mirror
Sizzling Bits
By : Pete Ampoloquio Jr. & Peter Ledesma
February 14, 2010

Slimmer and younger-looking and not in any way the picture of the pe-rennially harassed radio-and-TV personality that she was before Mar Roxas came into her life, broadcaster Korina Sanchez now supposed-ly enjoys the luxury of a good night’s sleep and is not in any way pressured to wake up early to attend to her numerous commitments.

“For the first time in my life,” Korina states, “I can wake up late, attend to the needs of my husband and do some household chores in between without having to worry about deadlines and things like that.” Living with a sensible and mature man like Mar, she avers, happens to be a veritable joy. “I could now go to the market,” she says, beaming. “Cook for my husband, and do things my way without being pressured.”

Korina is simply ecstatic with the fact that her husband appears to be leading in the 2010 vice presidential race, ac-cording to surveys.

As a matter of fact, the SWS survey states that 47 percent of Filipino voters favor Mar, whereas only 31 percent will vote for his nearest rival Sen. Loren Legarda.

In that tête-à-tête for the press that Regal empress Mother Lily Monteverde tendered for Mar and Korina, it was also known that the feisty broad-caster was chosen as the most trusted personality of 2009, with a net trust rating of more than 50 percent in the June 2009 and September 2009 SWS surveys.

Hong Kong On Valentine's

Article #1 from : Manila Bulletin
By : Hannah L. Torregoza
February 13, 2010

Liberal Party vice-presidential aspirant Sen. Mar Roxas and his wife, broadcaster Korina Sanchez, were to leave for Hong Kong Saturday, but failed to show up at their scheduled departure at 2:45 p.m. on board Philippine Airlines flight PR-306.

PAL pre-departure counter personnel said the couple arranged for an early check-in at 10 a.m. and had someone claim their boarding passes.

Article # 2 from : Business Mirror
By : B. Fernandez, R. Mercene
February 14, 2010

LP vice-presidential bet Mar Roxas and his wife, broadcaster Korina Sanchez, had an early check-in at 10 a.m. on Saturday but failed to show up at the scheduled departure of 2:45 p.m. of Philippine Airlines Flight PR 306 for Hong Kong. They were expected to leave later, after a rally in Tondo, Manila.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Korina & Mar in Concepcion Tarlac

Korina Sanchez in Concepcion, Tarlac with LP VP bet Sen. Mar Roxas
Video from Youtube : Courtesy of LPforchange

February 9, 2010 - Sen. Mar Roxas, together with wife Korina Sanchez, went at Santuario De La Imacculada Concepcion in Tarlac to attend the 9AM mass with LP Senatoriables and LP standard bearer Sen. Noynoy Aquino.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Still In Adjustment Period

Still In Adjustment Period
By : Ethel Ramos
February 1, 2010

SENATOR Mar Roxas and Korina Sanchez looked the picture of a happy couple when they met with members of the entertainment press at a presscon organized for Senator Roxas by Mother Lily Monteverde of Regal Entertainment at the ballroom of the Imperial Palace.

Married three months ago, Senator Mar and Korina admit they are still in what is referred to as "adjustment period."

Their petty arguments sometimes start early morning when, upon waking up, Korina would complain that Senator Mar hogs the blanket.

Korina revealed that since marrying Senator Mar, she has learned when and how to keep her silence.

She only goes with him to his campaign sorties when she is asked.

But so far, she is enjoying married life. It’s good to know, she said, that there is someone who is there to always protect you.


So far, Senator Roxas is leading the 2010 vice presidential race. Yes, in a recent survey conducted by the Social Welfare Station (SWS).

Behind him is Senator Loren Legarda, who is the running mate of the Nacionalista Party standard bearer, Manny Villar.

Senator Noynoy Aquino is Senator Roxas’ presidential candidate.

Overwhelmed with the survey results, Senator Roxas said: "Malaking karangalan para sa amin ang labis-labis na tiwalang ipinagkaloob sa akin ng ating mga kababayan. Hinding-hindi ko bibiguin ang sambayanan."

Korina and Mar Make A Formidable Tandem

Korina and Mar Make A Formidable Tandem
By : By Mario Bautista
February 1, 2010

Mother Lily Monteverde hosted a dinner to show her support to the vice presidential bid of Sen. Mar Roxas, whose wife, Korina Sanchez, was there by his side. "As the missus, I’ve been trained not to talk too much, but I really want to thank Mother Lily for her support," says Korina. "Mother, hindi ka namin bibiguin."

"Di ko bibigyan si Mother ng dahilan para magsisi na ine-endorse niya ko," adds Mar.

So how’s married life? "I’m very, very happy," says Sen. Mar. "The wedding was magical. It’s such a high point in my life. Tuwang-tuwa akong may isang Korina na tinanggap ako as her husband. From that day, it got better and better pa. I can’t describe how wonderful life is with her. May mga adjustment pa rin, but as whole we have a lot of fun and our foundation is love so kahit may rough patches, naaayos agad. One time na we had a misunderstanding, pagharap ko sa salamin sa banyo, may sulat siya roon saying ‘I may be pouting but I will always love you.’ I really recommend marriage very highly."

"Ako, enjoy na enjoy," says Korina. "Before, my life was just one deadline after another. Now, I can afford to wake up late. Slower ang pace ko. Palinis-linis ako ng bahay. I’m not even in a hurry to put on make up. I’m just here para sundin kung ano ang iutos niya."

They just came from a one-week honeymoon in Japan. May nabuo ba sila roon? "Wala pang nabuo, but we keep on trying, but as in life, it’s in the trying and the journey where the happiness is."

"One miracle at a time lang," says Korina. "’Yung kasal namin, sino ba ang mag-aakalang ikakasal pa ‘ko? Miracle na yun. So ‘yung anak saka na ‘yan."

Sen. Mar is happy that he continues to lead among the vice presidential candidates in the SWS surveys. "Big honor for me ang trust shown by our kababayans," he says. "I will not disappoint our countrymen."

As for Korina, she just topped the poll for the most trusted personality of 2009 with a rating of more than 50% plus. She and Mar really make a formidable tandem.