Maricar Reyes, Richard Poon share love story

Posted at 06/11/2013 11:15 AM | Updated as of 06/13/2013 6:18 PM
Newly wed couple Maricar Reyes and Richard Poon

MANILA – Actress Maricar Reyes could not contain her emotions when she described how her husband, crooner Richard Poon, makes her feel important.

In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN’s Korina Sanchez, Reyes said she appreciates how Poon values her worth as a woman.

“Importante that I’m worth a lot. Kasi it’s a nice feeling. It’s something na dapat ma-grasp ng lahat ng babae. 'Yun dapat ang hanapin nila in someone that they want to end up with. With anyone, parang that’s not something na ite-take mo lightly,” she said.

Reyes said she never thought a guy as caring as Poon still exists until she met him in 2009.

“It’s nice to know na mayroon pala. You can set your standards high and trust that God will give you that standard. Doon ako natutuwa,” she said.

Poon and Reyes surprised their fans when their wedding pictures went viral online on Sunday. The two got engaged last year but it was only in April when Poon admitted it to the public.

Crush at first sight

During the interview, Poon and Reyes also recalled how they first met four years ago.

“September 2009, I was doing music video tapos alam ni Eric So, my manager, na I saw Maricar in ‘Betty La Fea.’ Being a Taiwanese, she looks like Taiwanese TV stars. Tapos sabi ko ‘Parang may Taiwanese superstar tayo tapos nagta-Tagalog.’ Narinig yata ni Eric tapos sabi niya ‘Ay crush niya ito.’

“I didn’t know that Eric So, my manager, called Tita Mariole and said ‘Can we get Maricar for Richard’s next music video na 'You and I'? Doon ko siya nakilala,” he shared.

Poon said Reyes’ beauty caught him off guard, but it was only after a week that he decided to give the actress a call.

“Actually I made a secret vow to myself na hindi ko kukunin ang cellphone nito. Kasi personally para akong speeding bullet. Dati kapag may gustong girl, I’ll get your number, I’m very fast. This time I wanted to restrain myself. I didn’t get her phone number,” he said.

He added: “I actually called her a week or two after the music video was edited. Nilabas sa MYX and then it placed well umpisa pa lang. So I called her to say thank you. That one call of saying thank you lasted for 45 minutes.”

That 45-minute call started everything between them, Poon said.

Instant chemistry

Reyes, for her part, revealed that she instantly liked Poon when they shot the music video. She, however, restrained herself from showing any affection.

“I was surprised na after he thanked me, during that time nga, I was taping when he called. Pero okay pa rin, lagi siyang may topic na nabri-bring up na parang okay pag-usapan. Our personalities clicked,” she said.

Reyes said what she likes the most about Poon is that he is able to sustain intellectual conversations.

“Ako naman kasi basta nakukuha mo ako with conversation, napapaisip ako na puwede ito. Pero iyon muna kasi I’ve become very guarded. Kasi ako basta makausap ko lang, parang nahuhulog na ako. So I had walls up already. He had to talk to me for quite some time before I really warmed up,” she said.

Soul searching

But it didn’t become steady right away for Reyes and Poon.

“I had to soul search eh. After about a year, I saw her again. The restraining wasn’t easy and it wasn’t perfect. Sometimes I’d see her sometimes, guest siya ng ‘ASAP.’ Sabi ko hindi ko pupuntahan pero pinupuntahan ko siya sa dressing room. It was a struggle yung one year of restraining myself,” Poon said.

Poon said he ran off because when he wanted Reyes to finally be the one when he asks her to become his girlfriend.

“Kasi gusto ko, I really told her na eventually pagbalik ko na, if I’m coming back, I’m not going to leave na. Nanigurado muna ako,” he said.

Saying he sought advice from his mentors, Poon said he finally realized after a year that he really wants to be with Reyes for the rest of his life.

“After one year, walang nagtri-trigger ng heart ko the way kapag nakikita ko siya eh. So I knew. Especially in the industry na napakadaming magagandang babae. I knew that siya na,” he said.

Poon and Reyes tied knot via a Christian wedding that was held at the Belleview Hotel in Alabang on Sunday.

The event was only attended by the couple’s close family and friends.

Prior to their relationship, Poon has not dated anyone from show business.

Reyes, on the other hand, got involved in a video scandal but bounced back as she joined ABS-CBN's homebased training and management program Star Magic.

Reyes, who is also a practicing doctor, and controversial actor Hayden Kho had dated for a year when they were still in medical school.