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They made it to the wedding

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In a Mark Bumgarner pouf dress in black, Heart Evangelista or Love Marie Escudero was the perfect matron of honor to her sister Camille Ongpauco’s wedding the other Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Angelfields Sanctuary in Silang, Cavite. She came with her husband, Senator Chiz Escudero, and many of her friends, who had become as dear to her sister and her sister’s groom, her boyfriend of 13 years, Martin Rosario, over the years. It was Camille’s day, and Heart took her place just beside and behind her sister, cheering her on, drying her tears, carrying the bride’s wedding gown train, and walking Camille’s beloved 13-year-old cocker spaniel, Al Ongpauco, the ringbearer, down the aisle. She, along with their half sister Mitch Ongpauco (the other half sister Lissa Payawal Quirino was abroad and could not make it back in time for the wedding), gave Camille the presence and the support she needed on her big day, just as Camille did the same when Heart walked down the aisle herself over a year ago. No one at the party remembered that a year ago it was different for Heart because, as Manila Bulletin reported on Feb. 16, 2015, the day after the wedding, “she walked alone—and bravely.” At the garden reception at Camille’s wedding, Heart gave a heartfelt speech for the newlyweds, expressing all her love, all the sisterly bonds from which she had drawn so much strength, and when it was time to call in her parents, Reynaldo and Cecilia Ongpauco, to give a speech of their own, she said, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give them a round of applause. They made it to the wedding!” Her announcement, spontaneous and good-natured, was met with hearty laughter from the 390-strong crowd, although, surprised at her own candor and her boldness to acknowledge the elephant in the room, Heart started to cry. But her father, Mr. Ongpauco, was sharp. He said, “Before I make my speech, let me walk this daughter of mine back to her seat.” It was a tender moment cherished in family dramas. “I’m glad she did it,” said Camille. “If not now, when?” It was a gift for everyone in the Ongpauco family, the bride and groom included, that at such a special occasion they could finally laugh about what threatened to rip them apart and that now they are all back together again.