BOOTS ANSON ROA,, KING RODRIGO GET HITCHED, LOOK FORWARD TO 25th ANNIVERSARY

”Refrain from giving kisses that will increase each other’s blood sugar level.” This was Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s advice to Francisco “King” Rodrigo and Boots Anson Roa before he proclaimed them man and wife on Saturday. “Do you really want to get married? This is the last time I will ask you this question,” said Tagle during the Mass at the Archbishop’s Palace in Mandaluyong City. He disclosed that, prior to the wedding ceremony, he received a text message from Roa inviting him to celebrate the couple’s silver wedding anniversary, as well as the baptism of their would-be son Jonjon. “Do you see the spirit of these persons? They never give up,” he told guests inside the 70-seat chapel. “See you again here in 2039! We are all blessed to be a part of this wedding.” Roa glowed in her ecru gown as she alighted from the vintage Ferrari bridal car around 5:15 p.m. She walked on a carpeted path under white orchids and then met her sons Joey and Ben before entering the chapel. As Roa marched, Rodrigo’s daughter-in-law Jashz sang “Ikaw.” Rodrigo’s 99-year-old mother Remedios walked with him to the altar. READ MORE....

ALSO: RICKY LO REPORTS--They ‘just slept’ on their first night together

So what do you think Boots Anson-Roa and lawyer King Rodrigo did on their first night together as man and wife? No, not what you’re thinking. “We just slept,” Boots told Funfare Update the morning after she and King were married (with King “given away” by his 99-year-old mom Remedios Rodrigo) at the Archbishop’s Palace in Mandaluyong City last Saturday afternoon, June 14, with Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle officiating. The reception at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, also in the same city, lasted until 1:30 yesterday morning and the newly-weds proceeded to their room at Richmonde Hotel to spend their first night together. During their courtship and engagement, they respected each other’s space when they traveled abroad by staying in separate rooms. They are checking out today, with King moving to Boots’ condo unit in Quezon City. Actually, added Boots with a laugh, before they drifted into slumberland, there were “little intimacies” and they were, she laughed some more, “okey naman.” Besides the, uhm, usual amenities and what the brand-new bride described as “little intimacies,” her and King’s first conjugal act yesterday morning was to offer the bouquet (the one thrown at the wedding was a replica) to Boots’ late husband Pete Roa at the St. Therese Columbarium where Pete’s ashes were placed. They were to do the same offering at the grave of King’s late wife Olga Syyap but unfortunately, the flowers wilted at the trunk of the car. They planned to do it anytime soon. They woke up early at the same time. As is his wont, King watched Cardinal Tagle’s Sunday morning show The Word Exposed. “Naku, ang ibig mo sabihin hindi na tayo mag-ti-text-text,” Boots said King kidded her. You see, until their wedding (which fell on King’s 75th birthday) the sweethearts regularly texted each other. “Kasi, King would text me at 6 a.m. every day,” Boots said. “I told him, ‘Hindi na rin tayo magti-telebabad’.” Before they “just slept,” Boots saw King fixing his things, saying he would bring them to his home in Alabang, forgetting that his new home was Boots’ condo unit. Their honeymoon in Seoul has been put on hold because their respective children (who came home from abroad for the wedding) are extending their stay. The week-long honeymoon will be pushed through first week of July. READ MORE...

ALSO: Family, friends fete poster couple for second chances

“This second shot at married life for mom has taken the country by storm,” said TV host Chiqui Roa-Puno. Veteran actress Boots Anson-Roa, Chiqui’s 69-year-old mother, will tie the knot with lawyer Francisco “King” Rodrigo, 74, on June 14 at the Archbishop’s Palace Manila in Mandaluyong City. FRIENDS believe that Boots and King are a perfect match. “Many were touched, moved and inspired by her story. She is the new poster girl for people seeking second chances. They’re all reaching out to her. We’re pleased that she is able to make other people happy,” Chiqui told the Inquirer. Boots was married to Pete Roa, her cohost in the TV show “Dance-O-Rama,” from 1964 until his death in 2007.
Can’t wait -Chiqui admitted, “We’re all excited for the wedding, for the whole family to be together. We can’t wait for mom to get started on her new life.” Chiqui is one of her mom’s matrons of honor, along with Vicky Anson-White, Leah Roa-Cuevas, Josefina Rodrigo and Elizabeth Velez.READ MORE...

ALSO: For Ryan Agoncillo, it’s always Father’s Day

Today is a working Father’s Day for actor-TV host Ryan Agoncillo. He will guest in the GMA 7 musical-variety show “Sunday All Stars” to promote his new Kapuso sitcom “Ismol Family.” Several interviews are lined up after that. After all that, he hopes to sit down to a quiet dinner with his family: Wife Judy Ann Santos and kids Yohan and Lucho. It’s a packed calendar for Ryan, who will leave for Singapore with his wife and the rest of the “Eat Bulaga” team Monday.
When they return later in the week, he is giving the kids back-to-back treats: “Stomp” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and “Rak of Aegis” at the Peta Theater. Ryan says every day is Father’s Day for him because Judy Ann, herself a busy actress, makes him feel special 24/7.
In spite of her own hectic schedule, Judy Ann manages to whip up gourmet meals that Ryan can bring to work.
“She wakes up at 4 a.m. to cook for us,” Ryan relates. “That’s because when I have taping [for ‘Ismol Family’], I leave the house at 5:30 a.m.” He proudly posts snapshots of his wife’s sumptuous culinary creations on Instagram and Facebook, and has dubbed them “Dirty Breakfast.” “We call one of her specialties Clint Eastwood Sandwich,” he says. “It’s made with chorizo, whole wheat bread and alfalfa. It’s named after Dirty Harry because ‘It will make your day!’”
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Boots Anson Roa, King Rodrigo get hitched, look forward to 25th anniversary

MANILA, JUNE 16, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Marinel R. Cruz — ”Refrain from giving kisses that will increase each other’s blood sugar level.”

This was Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s advice to Francisco “King” Rodrigo and Boots Anson Roa before he proclaimed them man and wife on Saturday.

“Do you really want to get married? This is the last time I will ask you this question,” said Tagle during the Mass at the Archbishop’s Palace in Mandaluyong City.

He disclosed that, prior to the wedding ceremony, he received a text message from Roa inviting him to celebrate the couple’s silver wedding anniversary, as well as the baptism of their would-be son Jonjon.

“Do you see the spirit of these persons? They never give up,” he told guests inside the 70-seat chapel. “See you again here in 2039! We are all blessed to be a part of this wedding.”

Roa glowed in her ecru gown as she alighted from the vintage Ferrari bridal car around 5:15 p.m. She walked on a carpeted path under white orchids and then met her sons Joey and Ben before entering the chapel.
As Roa marched, Rodrigo’s daughter-in-law Jashz sang “Ikaw.”
Rodrigo’s 99-year-old mother Remedios walked with him to the altar.


LOVE LOVELIER (FUNNIER, TOO!) THE SECOND TIME AROUND Actress Boots Anson-Roa and lawyer Francisco “King” Rodrigo Jr. let out a hearty laugh after exchanging “I do’s” in rites officiated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Archbishop’s Palace at Villa San Miguel in Mandaluyong City on Saturday. At right is ex-President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, one of the principal sponsors. JILSON SECKLER TIU

Unlike most weddings, there was no traditional bridal bouquet toss after Roa tied the knot with Rodrigo on Saturday afternoon.

This was because Roa had planned to bring the bouquet the morning after to the crypt of her first husband Pete, with whom she was married from 1964 until his death in 2007.

“We would also visit the crypt of King’s first wife Olga. We’ve done this at least three times already. The first was when King gave me my engagement ring (in November 2013),” the actress told the Inquirer days before the ceremony.

Rodrigo is an international lawyer and a former Philippine consul general in the United States. He is the son of the late Senator Francisco “Soc” Rodrigo. He and Pete Roa were classmates in high school.

Rodrigo celebrated his 75th birthday on his wedding day. He explained to the Inquirer the significance of marrying his 69-year-old fiancée.

“Many of our friends tell us, ‘At your age, magsama na lang kayo.’ To the young ones, it’s called ‘MOMOL’ or ‘make-out make-out lang,’” he said. “A relationship, as far as Boots and I are concerned, must help both parties. If we’d pursue this love without the benefit of marriage, we would be living in sin. I will not go into a relationship only to be damned to hell.”
Rodrigo recalled an incident at the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation or Mowelfund, which Roa chairs.

“She organized a mass marriage program for those who are living together without the benefit of marriage. Do you know that no one attended? Not a single pair! That shows you the mentality of some Filipinos—that marriage is no longer important.”

Rodrigo admitted he was nervous as he watched his bride marching down the aisle.

“I’ll be less than candid if I don’t say I was a little bit anxious. Yes, I’ve gone through it before, but that was 54 years ago. I was very young then,” he told the Inquirer. “Boots and I have agreed not to stress on the wedding details. Nothing that will happen now will invalidate the wedding—that’s the most important thing. There’s no more panic.”


Boots Anson Roa and Atty. King Rodrigo wedding at Bishop’s Palace in Mandaluyong. JILSON SECKLER TIU

TV host Chiqui Roa-Puno, Boots’ daughter observed: “I can see that they’re genuinely happy. I’m just thrilled about how my mom has that bounce on her step and that glow in her eyes at her age. I hope that because of her, other women will become more inspired and feel better about their lives, too.”


Among the principal sponsors (from left): Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Marichu Vera Perez Maceda and Susan Roces

Puno was one of her mom’s matrons of honor, along with Vicky Anson-White, Leah Roa-Cuevas, Josefina Rodrigo and Elizabeth Velez.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada was among the principal sponsors. The list included actress Susan Roces, movie producer Marichu Vera Perez Maceda, Raul de Mesa, Eduardo Roa and Cristina Xerez Burgos.

Puno said her “Tito King” was “so easy to like.” She added: “He fit right in to the family. He made it very easy for us to accept this union. I think as time goes on, as they become really a part of each other’s lives, he will realize that he made a very good decision marrying mom.”

Eddie Baddeo designed the bridal gown, a classic princess-cut design with long sleeves made of ecru piña silk and heavy lace.

Roa also wore a piña silk underskirt with metallic mesh lining and a short fishtail. It was embellished with caviar and rhinestone beads and had a short veil. The bride wore a pair of low-heeled pumps. The groom’s barong Tagalog was also designed by Baddeo.

“Ma’am Boots is one of my first bosses. I was just 18 when I started working for her,” said Baddeo, as he recalled his years working for the family-owned garment factory Trade House Inc., which made clothes called Boots on the Racks.

“The wedding gown is my way of expressing my gratitude to her,” Baddeo said. “Ma’am Boots’ requests were quite simple. She didn’t want the neckline too low and didn’t want her hips to be emphasized. We go a long way back. I’m already familiar with her body contour and know which parts I should hide and accentuate.”

The reception was held at the Wack Wack Country Club, also in Mandaluyong City.

Floral decor at the church was by Elaine Rojas Villar and Jun Han. Purple was the color motif.

Roa’s colleagues Pilita Corales, Jose Mari Chan, Gary Valenciano, Ricky Davao and Willie Nepomuceno agreed to perform during the after-party.

The poems that Rodrigo wrote for Roa were compiled into a book, which was among the giveaways at the wedding.

“I’ve always loved writing poems. I stopped writing when my first wife died. I began writing again when I met Boots—she became my muse. I’m into a form of poetry known as awit. It is metered and rhymed. It has six syllables per thought and 12 syllables per line,” Rodrigo said.

Roa said she would still keep her screen name after the wedding. “King told me, ‘Don’t retire. Keep using Roa.” Rodrigo added: “This was because she has worked hard to put value and goodwill to that name. Privately, she is Mrs. Rodrigo. This doesn’t diminish my love for her.”

Roa teaches mass com at the Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines and Manila Times School of Journalism. She cohosts the Sunday program “Music and Memories” with Willie Nepomuceno aired simultaneously over dzMM and Channel 26.

“I think this new union will stand for something else,” Puno said. “It will sooner or later have its own meaning, it’s own identity. It doesn’t have to take the place of what Mom and Dad had.”

The newly-weds were to move into Roa’s apartment in Quezon City.

“She finds my house in Alabang too far away. I told her, ‘I’d buy the place from you nang hindi mo naman sabihing binabahay mo ako.’ She didn’t agree. It’s not really a big issue. It just feels good—the macho image and all” Rodrigo said.

They ‘just slept’ on their first night together FUNFARE UPDATE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 16, 2014 - 12:00am


Mr. and Mrs. King Rodrigo (nee Boots Anson-Roa)— Photos by VER PAULINO

So what do you think Boots Anson-Roa and lawyer King Rodrigo did on their first night together as man and wife?

No, not what you’re thinking.

“We just slept,” Boots told Funfare Update the morning after she and King were married (with King “given away” by his 99-year-old mom Remedios Rodrigo) at the Archbishop’s Palace in Mandaluyong City last Saturday afternoon, June 14, with Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle officiating.


The groom with his 99-year-old mom Remedios Rodrigo

The reception at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, also in the same city, lasted until 1:30 yesterday morning and the newly-weds proceeded to their room at Richmonde Hotel to spend their first night together. During their courtship and engagement, they respected each other’s space when they traveled abroad by staying in separate rooms. They are checking out today, with King moving to Boots’ condo unit in Quezon City.

Actually, added Boots with a laugh, before they drifted into slumberland, there were “little intimacies” and they were, she laughed some more, “okey naman.”

Besides the, uhm, usual amenities and what the brand-new bride described as “little intimacies,” her and King’s first conjugal act yesterday morning was to offer the bouquet (the one thrown at the wedding was a replica) to Boots’ late husband Pete Roa at the St. Therese Columbarium where Pete’s ashes were placed. They were to do the same offering at the grave of King’s late wife Olga Syyap but unfortunately, the flowers wilted at the trunk of the car. They planned to do it anytime soon.

They woke up early at the same time. As is his wont, King watched Cardinal Tagle’s Sunday morning show The Word Exposed.

“Naku, ang ibig mo sabihin hindi na tayo mag-ti-text-text,” Boots said King kidded her. You see, until their wedding (which fell on King’s 75th birthday) the sweethearts regularly texted each other. “Kasi, King would text me at 6 a.m. every day,” Boots said. “I told him, ‘Hindi na rin tayo magti-telebabad’.”

Before they “just slept,” Boots saw King fixing his things, saying he would bring them to his home in Alabang, forgetting that his new home was Boots’ condo unit.

Their honeymoon in Seoul has been put on hold because their respective children (who came home from abroad for the wedding) are extending their stay. The week-long honeymoon will be pushed through first week of July.

Incidentally, guests were wondering why Boots didn’t cry at her wedding. In fact, she and King were laughing when Cardinal Tagle teased them after the ceremony when he asked King to kiss his bride.

“I’m not really the crying type,” admitted Boots. “The ceremony kasi was nakakatawang-nakakatuwa. Naunahan kasi ng biruan at tawanan, and Cardinal Tagle was joking pa. It was a gleeful affair. Hindi talaga ako iyakin. Whether during a happy event or a sad one, like when Pete passed on, sandali lang ako umiyak. I am able to rein in, eh.”

It was Boots’ first en grande wedding. She and Pete eloped in June 1964.


Pete and Boots, way back when

“Nagtanan kami June 5 ng umaga,” recalled Boots, “and we got married in civil rites at the office of then Quezon City Mayor Norberto Amoranto. It was the mayor’s birthday kaya ang daming tao doon sa city hall. That same afternoon, we had our church wedding witnessed by three companions at the Assumption Parish, officiated by Fr. Oscar Veneracion.”

Unlike at last Saturday’s ceremony where she wore a beautiful gown designed as a gift to her by Eddie Baddeo (who also made King’s Barong Tagalog), on that civil wedding 50 years ago Boots and Pete were in casual clothes. “Ura-urada kasi, eh,” she said.

Their marriage lasted 43 years until Pete’s untimely death on Aug. 9, 2007. King and Olga were married on May 23, 1960, and their marriage lasted 48 years until Olga’s death on Aug. 6, 2008.

Although they already have instant children, his and hers, will the newly-weds have their own “joint venture?”

“Having a baby started as a joke,” Boots laughed again. “It was Cardinal Tagle who brought it up. But why not?” added Boots wistfully. “Saint Elizabeth was barren at about my age (68) when she gave birth to a son who would grow up to be St. John The Baptist.”

Family, friends fete poster couple for second chances By Marinel R. Cruz Philippine Daily Inquirer May 27, 2014 | 12:10 am


BRIDE-to-be shows off the wedding invitation—the crown represents the groom; the boots

“This second shot at married life for mom has taken the country by storm,” said TV host Chiqui Roa-Puno.

Veteran actress Boots Anson-Roa, Chiqui’s 69-year-old mother, will tie the knot with lawyer Francisco “King” Rodrigo, 74, on June 14 at the Archbishop’s Palace Manila in Mandaluyong City.


FRIENDS believe that Boots and King are a perfect match.

“Many were touched, moved and inspired by her story. She is the new poster girl for people seeking second chances.

They’re all reaching out to her. We’re pleased that she is able to make other people happy,” Chiqui told the Inquirer.

Boots was married to Pete Roa, her cohost in the TV show “Dance-O-Rama,” from 1964 until his death in 2007.

Can’t wait

Chiqui admitted, “We’re all excited for the wedding, for the whole family to be together. We can’t wait for mom to get started on her new life.” Chiqui is one of her mom’s matrons of honor, along with Vicky Anson-White, Leah Roa-Cuevas, Josefina Rodrigo and Elizabeth Velez.

Eddie Badeo designed the bridal gown. “It’s my gift to her,” said Eddie. “Ma’am Boots was my boss. I’ve been planning for many years to give her a really nice dress as a gift. I found the perfect opportunity when I heard of her engagement last November.”

The Zen Institute Medical Spa, which sponsors Boots’ skin care, recently threw a bridal shower for the actress. Instead of throwing the usual dinner party, owner Dr. MJ Torres offered the use of her clinic’s facilities. Some 40 guests were invited, mostly Boots’ relatives, old family friends and members of her Balik Samahan group—stars from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Both Chiqui and Eddie availed of the spa’s foot reflexology service.

Former actress Lilia Dizon, who was also present at the shower, said she had heard nothing but good words about the groom. “King’s sister Pempe and I are very good friends. She said Boots was blessed because King is a one-woman man. He was loyal to his late wife of 48 years.”


CHIQUI Roa-Puno

Chiqui described her “Tito King” as “a generous man” whom she learns from. “I look forward to more dinners when we all just sit down and he shares with us his past experiences, his vast legal knowledge or his views on life—and more opportunities to pick his brain.”

Actress Marita Zobel, whose late husband Boy Roxas was King’s son, said she liked the fact that the Rodrigos were “very close to the Lord.”

She added: “Boots is also very religious—bagay na bagay sila. They’re both happy people. I think they will be laughing together a lot.”

For Ryan Agoncillo, it’s always Father’s Day By Bayani San Diego Jr. Philippine Daily Inquirer June 15, 2014 | 12:18 am


FAMILY camping trip in Caliraya, Laguna (from left): Judy Ann, daughter Yohan, son Lucho and Ryan. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Today is a working Father’s Day for actor-TV host Ryan Agoncillo.

He will guest in the GMA 7 musical-variety show “Sunday All Stars” to promote his new Kapuso sitcom “Ismol Family.” Several interviews are lined up after that.

After all that, he hopes to sit down to a quiet dinner with his family: Wife Judy Ann Santos and kids Yohan and Lucho.

It’s a packed calendar for Ryan, who will leave for Singapore with his wife and the rest of the “Eat Bulaga” team Monday.

When they return later in the week, he is giving the kids back-to-back treats: “Stomp” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and “Rak of Aegis” at the Peta Theater.

Ryan says every day is Father’s Day for him because Judy Ann, herself a busy actress, makes him feel special 24/7.

In spite of her own hectic schedule, Judy Ann manages to whip up gourmet meals that Ryan can bring to work.

“She wakes up at 4 a.m. to cook for us,” Ryan relates. “That’s because when I have taping [for ‘Ismol Family’], I leave the house at 5:30 a.m.”

He proudly posts snapshots of his wife’s sumptuous culinary creations on Instagram and Facebook, and has dubbed them “Dirty Breakfast.”

“We call one of her specialties Clint Eastwood Sandwich,” he says. “It’s made with chorizo, whole wheat bread and alfalfa.

It’s named after Dirty Harry because ‘It will make your day!’”

Firm and fair


THE AGONCILLOS celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in April. FACEBOOK PHOTO

It’s not exactly the healthiest of meals, but Ryan gets to burn the extra calories during rigorous triathlon workout sessions.

“We call it Dirty Breakfast because, straight from training, I would eat it even when I’m all sweaty and filthy. It’s that good.”

For Ryan, a perfect day is lounging at home with his family, doing absolutely nothing.

“I love time with the kids, even if we’re just sitting quietly in a room,” he says.

How would he rate himself as a father? “I think I’m doing a good job. I am not that strict; I am firm and fair,” he explains.

In “Ismol Family,” which premieres June 22, Ryan’s character lives with his mother-in-law (Carmi Martin) because his wife (Carla Abellana) works in Dubai.

“Carmi is a hoot and Carla is a breeze to work with,” the actor points out.

Fireworks are expected to fly between the in-laws in the new comedy show, but in real life, Ryan gets along swimmingly with his mom-in-law, Carol Santos.

Mutual admiration

“We have a mutual admiration club,” Ryan quips. “Mommy Carol and I have a good relationship. She’s considerate. She gives us plenty of space. She would stay with us for a few days, just enough time to enjoy her grandchildren’s company.

We recently spent a weekend in Batangas. We are building a beach house there.”

No wonder he’s working double time these days.

Apart from “Ismol Family” and “Eat Bulaga,” he also hosts the Kapuso game show “Picture! Picture!” which is set to wrap up soon.

“But there is talk of extending the show or coming back after a short break,” he says.

There is also a lot of buzz about reviving the TV5 show “Talentadong Pinoy.”

“Nothing’s definite. We’re exploring all possibilities. But it should be with the same team—not just for sentimental reasons, but for consistency,” he notes.


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