MANILA—If it weren’t for an Internet-breaking, early-morning news, it looked like an ordinary start to the day otherwise for pop superstar Sarah Geronimo on Thursday.
News of Geronimo and actor Matteo Guidicelli’s wedding first broke about 6 a.m. that day, when columnist Ricky Lo spilled the beans on the Philippine Star.
According to ABS-CBN News reporter MJ Felipe, he was supposed to interview Geronimo about 4 p.m. after her taping for “The Voice Teens 2” and thought it would be a chance to confirm the story.
While waiting for their interview, Felipe said he had coordinated with ABS-CBN people and asked them to keep a close eye on Geronimo.
Geronimo arrived early for her taping, past 8 a.m. when she was supposed to arrive about 9 a.m.
The taping continued until they took a break for lunch, and resumed an hour after.
According to Felipe, Geronimo continued with her taping until 3:30 p.m., and did not show signs she was in a hurry.
“Tuloy-tuloy si Sarah, walang bakas ng pagmamadali,” Felipe said on his show, “OMJ!” on DZMM on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Felipe said Geronimo’s mother, Divine, was contacting people, asking whether her daughter was done with her taping.
“Tumatawag si Mommy Divine, chine-check kung tapos na bang mag-taping si Sarah. Siyempre kasi umaga pa lang pumutok na ‘yung balita, ‘di ba? So parang nakatunog na rin si Mommy Divine,” he shared.
As Felipe was supposed to interview Geronimo, “The Voice Teens 2” staff had been calling to inform him that she was done with her taping but Geronimo left on her van as soon as she was finished.
Felipe noted that Geronimo left alone, without changing her outfit.
“Pagkatapos na pagkatapos ng taping, 3:30, walang palit ng damit. Bye, bye, bye. Lumabas si Sarah, sumakay sa sasakyan, walang kasama,” he narrated, saying this was odd as celebrities usually bring their handlers and team with them.
“Usually ‘yan, ‘yung mga artista, when they leave the set, ganyan, ganyan, kasama nila ‘yung kanilang road manager, or handler or glam team, or PA or assistant, ganyan. Pero this daw, hindi daw, siya lang, tapos umalis na. Very, very unusual,” Felipe shared.
Because he already got wind that the civil wedding was going to happen at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, Felipe said he decided to hang out with friends in the area in case he received information about Geronimo and Guidicelli’s wedding.
He didn’t receive one until he left early Friday morning. However, news of the altercation during the couple’s wedding broke just a few hours after he left.
According to Felipe, Jerry Tamara, Geronimo’s close-in security detail, filed a blotter at 3:27 a.m. on February 21 at the Police Community Precinct No. 7 in Taguig.
Quoting a source, Felipe added that Viva Entertainment boss Vic del Rosario allegedly needed to intervene and stop Geronimo’s mother.
“So nakita niya na something really happened, may shouting na naganap, talagang inaawat, pinipigilan. At ang kuwento pa sa akin ng source ko, I don’t know if this is true, kailangan pang dumating ni Boss Vic para pigilan si Mommy Divine,” he said.
Felipe, likewise, shared that he had to confirm that the wedding pushed through before he broke the news, which took a while.
“I will not reveal my source, siyempre, pero nakuha ko talaga ‘yung yes, natuloy ang kasal. Noon pa lang pa nakapagbigay ng go-signal sa lahat,” he said.
Geronimo, 31, and Guidicelli, 29, first confirmed their relationship in 2014, after nearly a year being a couple.
While they are among the most visible stars in showbiz, Geronimo and Guidicelli have largely kept their relationship low profile.
Their engagement, for instance, was belatedly revealed in November 2019, “about a year” after the actual proposal happened, according to the actor’s younger brother, Paolo.
Guidicelli is one of three children of Gianluca Guidicelli, an Italian, and Glenna Fernan, a Filipino.
Geronimo is the third of four siblings, and is the only one among them who is in the limelight.
Even prior to their wedding, Geronimo has become a close member of the Guidicelli family. Notably, she was the maid of honor of Guidicelli’s sister, Giorgia, when she got married in December 2019.