Dave Almarinez felt as if he was out of Ara Mina’s league and felt like the luckiest man to marry a woman like her.
This was what the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) Undersecretary shared in his wedding vows, among other heartwarming things, as revealed on the couple’s official wedding video uploaded by Nice Print.
“Ano ba’ng nagawa ko?” he asked in front of their closest friends and family who were present at the event held in Baguio city. “Sobrang pinagpala ako ni Tadhana na pinili mo 'ko. Isa lang naman akong simpleng tao para sa sikat na si Ara Mina. College pa lang ako, kilalang-kilala ka na. Pero sa totoong buhay, kung saan walang ibang titulo, kundi ikaw at ako. Si Dave at Ara or Hazel at Dave. Alam ng puso nating dalawa, sa araw na ito, ngayon ang umpisa ng ating always at forever.”
The actress, too, was not afraid to admit details about their relationship that neither of them stated in public, including how love was the last thing she expected to come when she met Dave and that they both weren’t initially interested in each other.
She began, “Dave, when I met you three years ago, I wasn’t really looking for love, kasi naka-focus ako sa work and kay Mandy. Totoo pala ‘yung kasabihan na ang love daw, hindi hinahanap, kusang dumadating. Kahit marami akong pinagdaanan sa buhay ko, hindi naging hadlang sa akin na mangarap na magkaroon ng sariling pamilya. Hindi ko akalain na ikaw pala — hindi ko naman crush, at sabi mo nga, hindi mo rin ako crush — ang bubuo sa mga pangarap ko.”
But then, when they got to know each other and fell in love, Dave really showed Ara how far he’s willing to go to show how much she means to him.
“Pinakita mo sa akin kung gaano ang magmahal kahit hindi ko priority ang magkaroon ng relasyon. You never gave up. Hindi mo sinuko ‘yung pagmamahal mo sa akin. At dun ko na-realize na ikaw pala ‘yung answered prayer ko na matagal ko nang hinihintay,” she said.
Then the “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” star added that they’ve encountered some bumps on the road, but she chose to fight them silently in order to protect their relationship.
“These past years, even until now, some people have tried to break us apart or harm us. ‘Di madali ‘yung manahimik, lalo na nakikita mong nasasaktan ang mahal mo, kahit gusto mong ipagsigawan sa buong mundo kung ano ang totoo. I chose the higher and more difficult road. I chose to be silent to save our relationship, because you’re worth fighting for,” Ara revealed.
She continued, “At the end of the end, only God knows everything we went through and He knows our hearts. Wala akong hiniling sa Diyos na hindi niya binigay. Kailangan mo lang minsan maghintay. And it was worth the wait.”
Ara ended her message to Dave with promises that would make any other man that isn’t him jealous.
“Pangako ko sa ‘yo, ano man ang mangyari, ano man ang dumating, mamahalin kita hanggang sa pagtanda natin. Hayaan mong ako naman tumupad sa mga pangarap mo. I will make you the happiest husband. Mahal na mahal kita, Dave,” said Ara.
Dave and Ara announced their relationship in November last year. Two months later, they got engaged.
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