Reports that the couple had tied the knot in not just one but two ceremonies--one conducted by an Ibaloi native priest in a traditional Igorot ceremony, and another officiated by a pastor, according to this article on Spot.PH. But this may have been nothing more than a media stunt for the couple's new television show.
But "walang kasal na naganap!" the actor is quoted as saying in PEP.ph's article.
"Mga artista kami at mayroon kaming show na kung ibibigay namin ang mga detalye ay paano naman ang show naming iyon? Basta sa ngayon, ito na muna ang nagaganap na kabanata sa pag-iibigan namin ni Mariel. . . . Abangan na lamang po natin ang iba pang magaganap, at humihingi kami ng patawad sa mga kalituhan na nangyari."
But is this really just a misunderstanding? Could it be a publicity stunt to garner interests in the new TV show? It seems that even ABS-CBN, the network where both stars are contracted, are out of the loop, if this article on ABS-CBNNews.com is to be believed. It reports that Mariel confirmed that the tribal ceremony was not a publicity stunt; she refused to elaborate further.
But why were so many non-actors convinced the wedding was legitimate? Could it be, despite Robin's denials? PEP.ph quotes the ABS-CBN website as well as The Philippine Star in saying that the mamburong or tribal priest who conducted the Igorot ceremony, Jimmy Ong, confirmed that it had occurred. Ong said he'd initially thought he was going to a shoot, but when he asked if it was really a wedding, Robin confirmed it. Ong was also quoted as saying, "Ang kasal na ito ay legal sa kultura ng mga Igorot, binabasbasan ko sila na hanggang kamatayan magsasama sila."
And Ong wasn't the only non-celeb to get drawn into the "reel" marriage (if indeed it wasn't a real one). According to the ABS-CBNNews.com article, Robin's daughter Queenie texted a congratulatory message to her father. When asked for his response to this, Robin replied: "Congratulate? Saan? Huwag kang magalala anak, darating ang panahon, ma-cocongratulate mo ako ng harapan."
Also convinced were Raffy Sazon, Mariel's grandfather, as well as her sister, Kaye Garcia. Her grandmother, May Sazon, was tearful when she explained on E-Live last Saturday, September 18, that she didn't know about the wedding after the fact.
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(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)