'Sunshine, Cesar's marriage will stand test'

Posted at 01/24/13 4:35 PM

Alfie Lorenzo weighs in on couple's 'rocky marriage'

MANILA, Philippines -- The manager of Sunshine Cruz expressed confidence that the actress' marriage to Cesar Montano can still be salvaged, following a recent controversy involving an alleged third party in the couple's relationship.

Sunshine Cruz and Cesar Montano. File photo

At the sidelines of his birthday party held Wednesday night, entertainment columnist Alfie Lorenzo told reporters that he had recently spoken to Cruz on her ongoing tiff with Montano.

"Sabi niya sa 'kin, nagcheck-in si Cesar sa Manila Hotel kasama 'yung chick niya. According naman sa manager ni Cesar, si Shirley (Pizarro), nagcheck-in lang sa Manila Hotel kasi doon sila nagsu-shoot, kasi malapit. At least justified," Lorenzo said.

Montano is currently filming "The Turning Cradle: The Untold Story of Alfredo Lim." The actor directs and stars in the biopic of the former National Bureau of Investigation director and incumbent Manila mayor.

Krista Miller, who is accused of being the third party in Montano's marriage, will also appear in the film as Marita Zaragoza.

Last week, Cruz publicly vented her ire against Miller over photos showing gifts allegedly given to the starlet by Montano.

The actress has since sought the counsel of her lawyer, Atty. Bonifacio Alentajan, on her possible "legal options" in connection with her 12-year marriage.

Cesar-Sunshine till 'ending'

On Wednesday, Lorenzo echoed the advice of Alentajan to Cruz, to try reconciling with her husband first before making any legal steps. According to the talent manager, however, the lawyers of both camps are already in talks on possible legal actions.

Nevertheless, Lorenzo is confident that the showbiz couple will overcome the alleged affair.

"Matagal nang rocky 'yan. Parang away mag-asawa lang 'yun eh. Kaya parang naging mukhang grabe lang, kasi si Sunshine ay baliw na baliw kay Cesar Montano. Kaya si Cesar hindi kumikibo eh, alam niya galit-misis lang 'yun, ganoon.

"Pero alam ko maaayos din 'yan, makakapag-usap din 'yan. Maliligawan ulit ni Cesar, mabobola ulit. Ganoon 'yun si Sunshine," Lorenzo said.

The entertainment columnist also cited previous controversies that rocked the showbiz couple's relationship, saying Cruz and Montano have reconciled time and again over alleged third parties.

"Marami namang nakasama si Cesar noon eh, pero ganono parin, tinanggap pa rin ni Sunshine. Mahal talaga ni Sunshine si Cesar. Hindi niya pagpapalit 'yan kahit kanino, kahit ano," Lorenzo said.

In 2008, Cruz planned to file for the annulment of their marriage, also through Alentajan, after the actor was romantically linked to a teen Brazilian model named Mariana del Rio.

The couple eventually reconciled, with Cruz saying she was willing to give their marriage another try.

"Naririnig ko maghihiwalay na ang mag-asawa," Lorenzo continued. "Sabi ko hindi. Hindi mabibitawan ni Sunshine si Cesar. Sa tagal nilang nagligawan noon, alam ko, saksi ako... Pupusta ako, walang mana-knockout, sila paring dalawa sa ending."