Dingdong, Marian to wed in December

Posted at 08/16/2014 8:34 PM | Updated as of 08/16/2014 8:38 PM

MANILA - Celebrity couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera have decided on a wedding date.

In an exclusive on GMA's "Startalk" aired Saturday, the two confirmed they will exchange vows on December 30 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao.

Other details of the wedding have yet to be ironed out but the couple confirmed that Batangas Governor Vilma Santos will be one of the principal sponsors.

"Isa siya sa mga unang nag-text na nanuod nung proposal at nag-congratulate sa amin," Rivera said.

The actress also revealed that the actual proposal happened in Macau, a week before the televised one which aired on her live show "Marian."

Asked to compare both proposals, she said: "Hindi ko pwede ikumpara kasi 'yun yung unang araw na nag-propose siya sa akin.

"Ibig sabihin nun ay binigay na niya sa akin 'yung apelido niya at sabihin na kung gaano ako niya kamahal. importante po 'yun sa akin.

"At 'yung pangalawang proposal, importante din sa akin dahil nalaman ng mga mahal namin sa buhay. So parehas importante," she said.

Rivera added that she was not expecting Dantes to get down on his knee again during the live program, saying the plan was to only announce the engagement.

"Ang alam ko talaga mag-aannounce kami. Sasabihin lang na engaged na kami. Hindi ko talaga alam na gagawin niya ulit sa pangalawang pagkakataon," she said.

The actress also elaborated on her comment, "Alam ko na maraming babae pero alam natin na ako talaga 'yung minahal mo ng sobra."

"Alam naman natin na sa buong mundo, napakaraming babae. So mapalad ako ng ganito na pinagsisigawan niya sa buong mundo kung gaani niya ako kamahal," she said.

Dantes said the reason he proposed a second time is that he wanted to "do things right."

"Mas naging maganda siya for us dahil present 'yung family niya, and at the same time, presenting lahat ng mga tao na naging parte ng love story namin," he added.

Dantes and Marian first worked together on the show "Marimar."