(March 28, 2001 - present) (2 children)
The Aga & Charlene Love Story
Star Studio Magazine (October 15-31 Issue)
They`ve known each other for years.
When Aga made "Bagets" at 15, Charlene,
then a chubby little girl, would visit her
cousin JC Bonnin who was part of the cast.
In 1994, Charlene joined the Bb. Pilipinas
pageant; Aga was one of the judges. They
often met at showbiz functions, guestings and
awards nights. They were together in 1998 for
the centennial special "Rizal," which even
toured some parts of the country. More than a
year ago, Charlene joined Aga`s "Oki Doki Doc." To the public, the
couple looked and behaved merely like co-stars: good-enough
friends, but not even so close that they would be gossiped
about. How wrong could the public be, huh?
Aga and Charlene had their share of serious, even close to
marriage relationships. Aga had a short-lived love affair with
Aiko Melendez that ended supposedly because Amalia Fuentes,
Aga`s aunt, was against it. This was followed by a long and
much-publicized relationship with Dayanara Torres. After the
Puerto Rican beauty queen came two non-showbiz girlfriends
Melissa Fernandez and Baba Ibazeta.
Charlene`s most serious love was Dodot Jaworski, her boyfriend
of five years, who reportedly came close to a walk down the
aisle. Looking back, this seems like a case of the right guy at
the wrong time, for Charlene then was too young, with far too
many plans in life to settle down. Cesar Montano came immediately
after--too close after, some say, as this relationship reportedly
didn`t work out because Charlene was yet to get over the
basketball star. Recently, she admitted that Troy Montero was a
"steady date," quite a vague term. Was he a boyfriend then or
wasn`t he? Well, now we know that he isn`t. (When Ricky Lo
spilled the beans about the wedding in his column which appeared
on September 16, a Saturday, the production staff noticed that
Charlene and Troy, hosts of a live telecast of "Keep On Dancing"
that night, lost their kilig rapport and could not seem to see
eye to eye; their body language reveal that they were
uncomfortable with each other na daw.)
All this time, Aga and Charlene had always been friends. But it
was when they starred in the same sitcom---taping and meeting
week after week---that they became really close. Though they
still had their respective loves, Aga and Charlene would confide
with each other.
When "Oki Doki Doc" went to Singapore more than two months ago,
co-stars and staff noticed something new with the rapport of Aga
and Charlene. There was an obvious sweetness off cam. During
this time, Aga and girlfriend Baba were said to be nagkakalabuan
The first time Aga and Charlene were linked romantically in
write-ups was during the birthday of Ethel Ramos, Aga`s manager,
in Century Imperial Suites. Members of the press invited to the
party could not ignore that the two were already an item---for
they were already exchanging sweet, gooey glances---and for all
Aga getting a girlfriend is news, but the country`s most eligible
bachelor getting married? That`s national issue! Who wouldn`t be
shocked? Normally, people would first hear about a date, then a
relationship, before a coming wedding! When news broke out that
Aga and Charlene had set a May 15, 2001 altar date, people
couldn`t believe it. The most common reaction was: "Mag-syota
What`s the rush, Aga? Well, there are many theories as to why he
popped the question too soon. One is that recent events were
nagpapatong-patong and pushing him to do so. In the span of a
few weeks, his good friend Cesar Montano married Sunshine in a
beautiful, breathtaking wedding...his close friend and sitcom
sweetheart Agot Isidro just married Manu Sandejas last October
7...his closest showbiz rival Richard Gomez is now the picture
of a happy and settled family man when his baby Juliana Marie
was born...his ex-girlfriend Dayanara Torres is happily married
and expecting her first baby soon, with husband Marc Anthony
skipping the Latin Grammy`s to be by her side...
But the real reason was that Aga "has never been more sure." And
why is that? Call it divine intervention. On the eve of his 31st
birthday on August 12, he asked for a "sign from God"---that the
girl who gives him white flowers on his birthday is the girl he
will marry. Guess what Charlene gave him for his birthday?
Aga`s supposed pamamanhikan took place on September 17 at the
Vera Perez gardens. There he gave Charlene the famous
500,000-peso engagement ring. The two showbiz families---who`ve
known each other forever---were said to be very comfortable and
at ease with each other.
The wedding that was set initially on May 15, 2001 will be moved
to June to get Charlene`s birthday and the elections out of the
way. The tentative set of ninongs and ninangs include Former
Speaker Joe de Venecia, Mother Lily Monteverde, Viva`s Boss Vic
Del Rosario, Vilma Santos and Ralph Recto, and Fernando Poe Jr.
and Susan Roces. But given that the couple has eight months to
plan, the list could well balloon to dozens.
Baguio City’s cold weather was no hindrance when Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales tied the knot on May 28, 2001.
What led to their wonderful union was simple, as Aga would say in a Ponds commercial:
“We were in this garden, then, she did something funny and beautiful. We did not kiss, there’s no kiss thing.
Kapag kinuwento ko lahat ng detail, magugulat pa kayo, hindi kayo maniniwala.
But really, we were talking, that was the first time we’ve talked that long.
“In the course of our conversation, I just saw something in her.
She was running around, she was jumping, and I said... No, I said this is like a mirakulo talaga because I said, ‘My God, that’s my wife.’
“That was August 1, she wasn’t my girlfriend. On August 12, my birthday in Singapore, we were together, we were taping for Oki Doki Dok.
[August] 13, in the morning, I proposed to her. “
Added Charlene, “We were not boyfriend and girlfriend. We were not going out or anything.
I don’t encourage everyone to do it that way.
But we were just so fortunate!
“You know, that’s August 13 and our courtship started,” followed Aga. “It was like a year of courtship because we started. That was August 2000, August 13, she said, ‘Yes.’ Kaya noong pag-uwi namin, sobrang high [ako], ‘I’m getting married!’
“From then on, we started preparing for our wedding, so that was our courtship na.”