Some people go to great lengths to find love. But in the case of actress and TV personality Valerie Concepcion, she didn’t have to try so hard at all. Love found Valerie when she least expected it—and in this exclusive interview, she tells Celebrity Radar all about it.
CR: When, where, and how did you meet your fiancé Francis Sunga?
VC: We met in the first week of January 2017. He went out to have dinner with friends kasi he was just visiting from Guam. Nagkataon na kaibigan ko din ‘yung mga kaibigan niya, kaya sinama nila ako sa dinner. They didn’t intend to match us with each other or anything like that. Nagkataon lang talaga na that’s how we met.
CR: When and where was your first date?
VC: We had dinner sa Serendra in BGC, then nanood kami ng sine sa Uptown Mall. BTW, our first date happened the day after we met. Kinabukasan talaga. Agad-agad. In short, hindi na niya ako pinakawalan! (Laughs)
CR: What do you love most about him?
VC: I love how responsible he is. He’s the first person ever who offered to help pay for my daughter Heather’s tuition. Not that I need it. He’s just res ponsible like that. I love that he calls my daughter anak, even before we got engaged. He looks masungit but he’s actually a very sweet person. He’s not afraid to show and tell me how much he loves me. I love how he makes me feel beautiful, secure and loved. Even if we’re miles away from each other, I don’t get jealous or insecure.”
CR: What went through your mind when you first saw him?
VC: I liked Francis from the moment I saw him. But I wasn’t ready for a new relationship yet. So I didn’t really think he’d turn out to be my Mr. Right when we first met. It’s good na he made me change my mind and I didn’t pass up the chance to find my forever.
CR: What does your daughter think about your upcoming wedding?
VC: She’s very happy for me. Siyempre alam niya naman lahat ng pinagdaanan kong heartbreak when it comes to relationships. So when I told Heather I’m engaged, she got teary-eyed. Tears of joy daw. That’s how happy she is for me.
CR: How far along are you in terms of planning the Wedding?
VC: We don’t have a whole lot of details for our wedding sa ngayon. But we’re looking at 200 to 250 guests. Venue would be somewhere in the Tagaytay area. Wedding gown, wala pa. Sa June pa ako magpapagawa. We’re eyeing December this year for the wedding date. We won’t do it in a church kasi Christian garden wedding ang gusto namin. No principal sponsors yet. All of this isn’t final pa, ha. We’re still considering our options.
CR: Your message to him before the wedding?
VC: Mahal na mahal ko siya and I’m so grateful na dumating siya sa buhay ko. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him, and I’m looking forward to building our future together. Yan na lang muna. Baka maubusan ako ng sasabihin sa wedding. (Laughs)
CR: How do you balance everything on your plate? You’re an actress, a mother, and soon you’ll be a wife.
VC: If there’s a will, there’s a way. So ginagawan ko ng paraan na mapagsabay-sabay lahat ng responsibilities ko. Time management is the key.
CR: How supportive is Francis of your showbiz career?
VC: Sobrang thankful ako kasi hindi s’ya seloso na tao. So walang bawal-bawal sa mga eksena. He understands that work lang naman kapag may kissing scenes. And sometimes, he would tell me to go to Guam dahil miss na niya ako. Pero ‘pag sinabi ko na may work ako, lagi niyang sinasabi na unahin ko na ‘yun. In fact, he said he’s willing to move here sa Pilipinas if ever gusto ko pa talaga magshowbiz after ng kasal namin. Basta he wants me to be happy. That’s how supportive he is.
CR: What is Francis’ profession?
VC: He’s a Deputy Marshal sa Supreme Court in Guam.
CR: How happy are you these days?
VC: Super happy and complete. I could not ask for more. Period.
By Josh Mercado