Chiz shares his love story with students

Stupid may be forever, but it’s not the only lasting thing Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has written, apparently. 

Santiago, known for her acerbic wit more than romantic streak, was instrumental in the love story of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and actress Heart Evangelista, the senator told students of Colegio De Dagupan at a recent campus visit.

Pressed to “tell (his) love story” by one of the students, Escudero told the giddy audience that it was, in fact, Santiago who gave him Evangelista’s phone number and asked him to immediately ask the actress out on a date.

He said Santiago, at first, merely told him she wanted him to go out with a friend, without naming the friend.

Chiz Escudero talks freely about his and Heart Evangelista's love story

“Eh, akala ko ho ang friend niya ay ka-edad niya. Sabi ko may uncle po akong single pa hanggang ngayon,” he said jokingly. “Sabi niya, ‘Oh please, no.  I’m sure you know her,’ Tapos binanggit niya ang pangalan ni Heart.”

The senator also narrated how he was advised by a friend not to immediately call Evangelista after getting her number, even though Santiago already told him that the actress was already expecting his call. “Huwag muna, magmumukha kang atat na atat at gigil na gigil,” Escudero quoted his friend as saying. 

“So, naghintay kami ng 10 minutes. Finally nang natapos ang 10 minutes, tinawagan ko siya. Hindi ako sinagot.  Inaway ko ang kaibigan ko,” Escudero recalled. 

What he did not know was that Evangelista, who later admitted that she was with her friend Lovi Poe at the time she got the call from Escudero, was also told by her friend not to answer the call so she, too, would not seem atat. 

“Anyway, iyong hindi nakuha sa tawag, nakuha sa text.  Nag-text ako, sumagot siya sa text.  At nagkita kami sa unang pagkakataon, isang linggo matapos noon. Hanggang doon na lang, pagbalik ko na lang ang susunod.  Kaya iyon, ganoon kami nagkakilala ni Heart,” Escudero said as he ended his story.

However, it seems like Evangelista is more open about their romance, sharing a picture of the first time she saw Escudero on her Instagram.

In one of her posts, she uploaded a photo of Escudero speaking behind a lectern, with the caption: “The very first time I saw him. Cute, he found the picture. I married my dream guy. That’s pretty amazing.”

In another post, Evangelista posted a photo of her and the senator in one of their trips, with the caption: “So much love for you, my darling! I miss you!”

Escudero said he and Evangelista had been very busy the past months—he with his duties in the Senate and she with her new TV show Beautiful Strangers. He said he was proud of his wife for working so hard.

“Akala ninyo maganda ang buhay ng artista? Sikat, malaki yung bayad pero yung buhay, mahirap din. Monday, Wednesday and Friday ang taping niya para sa teleserye. Aalis siya ng bahay ng mga 5:30-6:00 a.m.. Matatapos yung taping niya ng 1:00 a.m. ng susunod na araw. Yung Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday para naman sa ibang mga trabaho niya yon. Startalk, modeling, advertisement, shooting sa pelikula…” he said in an earlier interview. 

Escudero said he makes sure that they spend weekends together, and that his wife gets enough rest.


Tom and Carla’s Celebrity Ukay-Ukay now on year 2

Kapuso stars Tom Rodriguez and Carla Abellana are back for their second year as the ambassadors of GMA Kapuso Foundation’s (GMAKF) Celebrity Ukay-Ukay. After the remarkable success of last year’s Tom and Carla’s Celebrity Ukay-Ukay, the two renewed their partnership with GMAKF on Sept. 9.

Tom Rodriguez holds Celebrity Ukay-ukay for the second year

The annual GMAKF Christmas project in cooperation with Cut Unlimited, Inc., has the support of various Kapuso celebrities since it started five years ago. It is making a significant impact continuously on the lives of many underprivileged Filipinos.

Brand new and pre-loved items from Tom, Carla and various Kapuso artists will be sold at the Noel Bazaar at the World Trade Center on Nov. 26-30 and at SMX, Mall of Asia on Dec. 18-20.

Proceeds raised by the Celebrity Ukay-Ukay will go directly to GMAKF’s various year-round socio civic programs such as the Kapuso School Development, Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan and Give A Gift Alay sa Batang Pinoy Christmas projects.


Growing up successful

When we were young we’ve been bombarded with the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  And though it practically changed every year, as we grew older, one thing’s for sure, we all wanted to be successful. Times has changed, modern women now has control over different aspects of our daily lives. You see women government leaders, CEO’s, and creators. Women pave paths for themselves now, we see women making rules instead of just blindly following rules made for them.

ATC Evening Primrose relieves premenstrual syndrome and breast pain associated with menstrual cycle. It also helps alleviate hot flashes caused by menopause and reduces symptoms of eczema and dermatitis. Be a strong modern day woman, don’t let anything get in the way of doing what you love and do well in it.

COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Manila Standard. Comments are views by readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with Manila Standard editorial standards, Manila Standard may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section.