Early this year, one of the most iconic entertainers in the country wed his beautiful long-time girlfriend. You know them: Vic and Pauleen (surnames optional).
And though very few of us will ever have to wade through paparazzi-like crowds on our own wedding days, this full video by Jason Magbanua helps us unfold quite a revelation: Celebrities are just like us normal mortals too! Here’s all the proof you need.
Here are 5 Ways Why These Celebrities Are Just Like Us:
1. They do public service.
Weddings are often private affairs. But when Bossing Vic and Pauleen opened theirs to a live audience, it wasn’t just for the ratings (though cynics might beg to differ). In a country mired in corruption and poverty, entertainment becomes a huge source of joy for many a Filipino. It distracts us from the traffic, from the bills we have to pay, from the leaks in our roof—even for just the length of a noontime show. Why do you think AlDub and all these love teams with undeniably cute mashed-up names became so popular?
2. They have to compete with (almost) scene-stealing guests.
Speaking of AlDub, did you spot the split-screen couple at the church together? Notice how, when Vic and Pauline were making their way out of the church, surrounded by bodyguards, Maine Mendoza was second-in-line, also being protected from cheering fans. And then Pauleen only had a reigning Miss Universe for a bridesmaid. Where there any non-celebrities among the guests at all?! We will say this for the bride, though–despite all the competition, she was truly the most beautiful woman of the night. Move over, Pia! (But we still love you dear! And we’re sure you were a well-behaved bridesmaid.)
3. They try to save where they can.
We don’t even want to ask how much Vic and Pauleen spent on their wedding. But what does amuse us is that they seem to have found a hotel sponsor for the preparations leading up to the ceremony. Take your cue from Pauleen, brides! No one is ever too rich for a good deal. #tipidtips
4. They make Christmas shopping tricky.
“Dati ang tanong natin: What do we give the groom—Bossing—who has everything? Tuwing Pasko, tuwing may okasyon, hirap kaming mag-isip. Now we know there’s an answer: Pauleen.”
We all have that one friend or relative whom we can never figure out what to gift during Christmas (though maybe not for the same reasons as Bossing over here). Vic reminds us of our guy and girlfriends who could all do with just one thing: the love of their lives. Now if only they came with free gift-wrapping…
5. Their struggle is real too.
“Great marriages don’t happen by luck or by accident. They are the result of the consistent investment of time, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, affection, prayer, mutual respect and a rock solid commitment between husband and wife.”
“Hindi lang ito legal. Higit sa lahat, ang inyong pagsasama ay magiging banal. You will face more challenges in life because you chose to be for God.”
We didn’t closely follow the tabloid timeline of Vic and Pauleen’s relationship but, based on the speeches, we can tell they experienced their own hardships too. Just like us regular folk! But the advice their priest has for them is something we can all take note of:
“Pauleen, you need not believe that fitting your wedding gown will affect your wedding. And Bossing, you need not believe that there is power in choosing a particular season or date for this wedding. I assure you, the power of God is enough. The moment you realize how much effort you have given and how many struggles you’ve gone through for this love affair, the more you will appreciate its value and meaning.”
There’s something for us to remember when the going gets tough! And thanks again to Vic and Pauleen for reminding us that they’re just like us! Now, if only someone can help us feel like celebrities for a day… Maybe JMags would be willing to volunteer?