Richard Poon, Maricar Reyes are engaged

Posted at 04/29/2013 3:47 PM | Updated as of 04/29/2013 3:56 PM
Richard Poon and Maricar Reyes. Photo by Nimfa Chua for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines -- It's confirmed: actress Maricar Reyes is engaged to singer Richard Poon.

Poon made the confirmation to members of the media on Monday during the launch of his first pop album titled "Legends."

"Oo [engaged na]," the singer said, without giving further details about their planned wedding.

"Kapag may detalye 'yan, probably dahan-dahan ay ibibigay namin," he added.

"Sabi ko nga kung pwede, bukas na [kami ikasal]. Pero pinaplano talaga. I'm sure, if anyone is getting, you know... seriously, if you are planning for a wedding, ang daming detalyeng pumasok, kailangan ko munang magplano for a while."

Poon said Reyes is set to talk about their engagement in an exclusive interview.

He praised the actress for being a "very simple" bride-to-be.

"I like her because she's very simple, 'di siya 'bilhan mo 'ko noon, bilhan mo ako niyan.' She's a very private person. Simpleng joy lang, [sasabihin niya] 'gusto ko makasama ka, usap tayo nang maayos.' [Gusto lang niya] maganda 'yung conversation," Poon said of Reyes.

According to the singer, Reyes already met his parents.

"Maganda, magaan [ang pakiramdam]. Amazingly, my dad, medyo mahirap i-please [pero] gustong gusto niya si Mars (Reyes) so I'm happy. Kapag nag-uusap ang mga 'yan ay maluwang, magaan," he said.

Visibly happy that he and Reyes are set to tie the knot, Poon then recalled the day he first saw the actress.

"Noong unang kita ko pa lang sa kanya, sa 'Betty La Fea,' ay crush ko siya. Pero noong nakilala ko siya, may character siya, grace under pressure. I think that speaks a lot... She's gone through a lot. I just like how her character handled it. Importante sa akin 'yon for the long term," he said.

"Alam mo, sa totoo lang, a lot of us can be offended of many things. Kaya lang, ako mismo ay sablay din. So who am I to judge na I cannot accept a certain thing or another thing kung ako mismo ay sablay ako?" the singer said when asked if he has accepted Reyes' controversial past.

"Ang dami kong shortcomings and character flaws. So, I'm not in the position to judge anyone, kahit na-offend ako ng kahit sino," he added.

In a previous interview, Poon said that Reyes is the first woman in showbiz that he has pursued.

He also said that Reyes is the "answer to his prayers of finding the right one."

"Most of the things that I'm looking for ay nasa kanya....Sa kanya, a lot of our differences complement, so that's nice," he was quoted as saying.

It was in 2010 when Poon admitted that he is going out with Reyes.