Erratum: We previously published that Kris Aquino and ex-husband James Yap had a prenuptial agreement, which was not the case. Our apologies.
Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera have yet to discuss their prenuptial agreement, but the engaged couple maintained it’s something they should consider before settling down on December 30.
“Pag-uusapan pa lang namin ‘yan. Isa ‘yan sa mga bagay na hindi mo talaga pwedeng hindi pansinin,” Dingdong told the media on Friday (August 15) at the GMA Network Center. "So yes, definitely it’s part of our agenda that we have to finalize.”
High-profile couples, especially celebrities, normally enter into premarital contracts, which include division of property or spousal support should the couple get separated.
Learning from others
The GMA royal couple is also learning from marriages which failed due to mishandled finances.
"Naiintindihan ko... ‘yan din ang nagiging ugat ng maraming problema ng mag-asawa. Ayaw namin mangyari ‘yun base na rin sa nakita naming experience in the past, that’s why it’s something we have to settle,” the 34-year old actor said.
Understandably though, the couple is still on cloud nine and separation is not in their vocabulary.
"Ganun kahalaga ‘yung sacrament ng matrimony sa’min. Once na nandun na ‘yan, siguradong sigurado ka na dapat. ‘Yung pagtatapos niyan should not be an option,” Dingdong said.
Marian seconded: "Ngayon na malinaw na ang lahat, engaged na kami, ikakasal na kami, ang lahat ng bagay ay nadadaan sa dasal."
Groom foots the bill
Dingdong divulged that he is paying for all the wedding expenses, except for Marian’s bridal shoes, which she has already purchased.
Meanwhile Dingdong neither confirmed nor denied that the Classic Winston, 2.13 carats Emerald-Cut diamond engagement ring cost him P4 million.
“Ang tingin ko ang pinakamahalaga talaga e ‘yung intention kung bakit ko binigay. Hindi ko masasagot ‘yun (real cost).”
The Kapuso Primetime King added that he’s lucky because money has never been an issue during his five-year relationship with Marian.
"Never namin naging problema (ang pera). Si Marian is very generous pagdating sa ibang bagay. Makikita mo rin naman even how she deals with other people.”
Knowing they’re each other’s 'the one'
Dingdong said that while age is a factor, knowing that Marian is ready to sacrifice for him made him realize that he has found Miss Right.
"I think ‘yung spiritual preparedness e, 'yung level of maturity. Malaking factor na rin 'yung edad, pero ang pinakamahalaga sa lahat e ‘yung willingness to start a family. Malaking bagay sa’kin 'yung willing mag-sakripisyo at gawing priority ang pagbuo ng pamilya. Hindi naman lahat ganun ang thinking. Mapalad talaga ko na ganun 'yung sa kanya.”
Marian, for her part, said Dingdong exerts a good influence on her.
"Siya 'yung tipong partner na dadalhin ka niya sa mas magandang pananaw, mas mabuting pag-uugali. Siya 'yung isa sa mga dahilan ko para maging mabuting tao."