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    Oftentimes, people think there is no such thing as 'forever' in showbiz.

    Because of the demands of their jobs, breakups commonly dominate news headlines.

    Just last month, four celebrity couples—one pair have been married for five years—had called it quits.

    But there still are a number of real-life sweethearts whose marriages have stood the test of time.

    And we are featuring 21 of them.

    We picked only those who have been together for more than 12 years; both have been celebrities (not politicians); at least one of them is still active and visible in showbiz.

    Hence, much as we super admire the enduring marriages of Vilma Santos and Ralph Recto (25 years), Sharon Cuneta and Kiko Pangilinan (19 years), Dawn Zulueta and Anton Lagdameo (17 years), Mikee Cojuangco and Dodot Jaworski (16 years), Harlene and Romnick Sarmenta (16 years), this list does not include them. #Couplegoals!

    1. Cheska Garcia and Doug Kramer: 12 years

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    They actually tied the knot on October 9, 2008, but they've been together for more than 12 years.

    Their first meeting was in 2003 in Boracay. It was love at first sight.

    To this day, the two--along with their three adorable kids--are super visible on TV because of their numerous endorsements.

    2. Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado: 14 years

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    In 2009, Jessa admitted that their marriage was on the rocks. But they managed to get through the rough patch.

    Dingdong said in his interview with GMA News that 'having God in the center of the relationship' is the secret to their happy marriage.

    3. Charlene Gonzalez and Aga Muhlach: 14 years

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    According to Aga, they skipped the girlfriend-boyfriend stage as he and Charlene went straight from being friends to being engaged!

    They had their share of marital woes--like in 2014, there were rumors of separation due to the actor's alleged infidelity.

    But Charlene directly addressed the allegation and told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), 'We're all good, no worries.'

    4. Zoren Legaspi and Carmina Villarroel: 17 years

    Photo from @zoren_legaspi/Instagram and @mina_villarroel/Instagram

    Their surprise grand wedding three years ago is one for the books.

    Zoren planned and took care of every thing, even the designer for the bridal gown.

    He got some help from their super twins, Mavy and Cassy.

    On November 15, 2012, Carmina got engaged and married to the dad of her children and to the guy who has been her 'rock, moon, and world for so many years.'

    When asked why Zoren finally decided to tie the knot, he told a major broadsheet, 'You feel incomplete when you sign documents that ask, 'Single or Married?'

    'Plus, Carmina deserves a ring on her finger.'

    It was also to fulfill a promise to Carmina's dad Reggie that he would marry her before his then-scheduled hip surgery.

    5. Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres-Gomez: 17 years

    Photo from @gomezjuliana/Instagram and @lucytgomez/Instagram 

    Since Lucy was 12, Richard has been her crush.

    Since she was 18, the Ormoc congresswoman has been the love of his life, his 'Wonder Woman, Dyesebel, and Forever.'

    And if we ask them, how do they know they're right for each other?

    Just look at how Lucy blossomed--from a shy probinsiyana to a dancer/ endorser/ host/ politician.

    For Richard's part? 'I'm a changed man.' 

    6. Tonton Gutierrez and Glydel Mercado: 17 years

    Photo from pep.ph and Eat Bulaga!/Twitter

    They got married in 2005, but had been together since 1998.

    In an article in PEP, Glydel admitted that they're not exactly husband and wife at home.

    She said, 'Parang barkada lang, kaibigan. Wala lang...hindi kami nagbago.'

    7. Gelli de Belen and Ariel Rivera: 18 years

    Photo from YES! magazine and @gellidebelen/Instagram

    When asked if there's a formula to her happy marriage with Ariel, Gelli told Kris, 'mutual respect and generosity of spirit.'

    She also shared one advice to those who are looking for the one: 'Iba rin kung how he treats his family, his parents. Kung paano niya tini-treat ang pamilya niya, ganoon din siya sa 'yo.'

    The couple exchanged 'I dos' in December 1997. 

    8. Gary Estrada and Bernadette Allyson: 19 years

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    They met on the set of the 1996 film Ikaw Naman Ang Iiyak, and fell in love.

    They got married in 2001, and have three daughters Garielle, Gabby, and Gianna. 

    9. Manilyn Reynes and Aljon Jimenez: 20 years

    Photo from poklat.com and Manilyn Reynes Official/Facebook

    They were paired with different stars, but found love in each other.

    When asked about their successful marriage secret, one of the thing Manila mentioned was, 'Listen.'

    Currently, Aljon is Manilyn's talent manager. 

    10. Ronnie Ricketts and Mariz: 21 years

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    They got married in 1993.

    He was her first boyfriend and first kiss.

    In 2011, they told PEP that they still feel like newlyweds.

    She's hoping to have a renewal of their vows soon. 

    11. Isay Alvarez and Robert Sena: 23 years

    Photo from @isayasena/Instagram

    It was theater which brought the two of them together.

    Isay and Robert started out as magbarkada here in the Philippines, then eventually became a couple while working on the musical Miss Saigon in London.  

    12. Gladys Reyes and Christopher Roxas: 23 years

    Photo from @iamgladyreyes/Instagram

    Their love story started on the set of the TV soap opera Mara Clara in 1992.

    It was just a childhood romance that no one thought would last.

    But it did for almost 12 years before they got engaged in 2003, and finally tied the knot in 2007.

    Did you know that in 2000, Gladys decided to break up with Christopher? But it only lasted for two months. 

    13. Nonie Buencamino and Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino: 27 years

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    Nonie wouldn't have met his wife Shamaine had he chosen another path.

    They met in 1988, and became close friends.

    It didn't take them long to realize that they were made for each other.

    They got married in 1990. 

    14. Lani Mercado and Bong Revilla: 29 years

    Bong was only 20 years old when he married the 18-year-old Lani.

    Despite his extramarital affairs, the actress has remained loyal to her husband.

    In her interview with YES! magazine in 2007, Lani admitted that leaving Bong had crossed her mind several times.

    But, 'If you're the only good force in the family or the good spirit in the family, who would maintain the strength of the family? Huwag kang bibigay.Pero tao rin ako, so you ask God na huwag kang bibigay.'

    Also, from their showbiz careers to political endeavors, they stood by each other through controversies and trials. 

    15. Gary Valenciano and Angeli Pangilinan: 31 years

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    Angeli is not just Gary's wife, but also her husband's manager and adviser.

    Gary V met his wife, who used to be the vocalist of Music & Magic, when he was still part of the group Kundirana during high school.

    Their relationship had a tumultuous start.

    But the two have proven that love, indeed, conquers all.

    16. Eileen Macapagal and Joey De Leon: 33 years

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    The couple started dating in 1982, and got married in the same year as well.

    As seen on their respective social media accounts, the former actress and Eat Bulaga! host enjoy traveling abroad.

    17. Tirso Cruz and Lyn Ynchausti: 34 years

    He was the most popular matinee idol in the 70s, and was the screen partner of Superstar Nora Aunor.

    She was a ramp model.

    When they got married on May 25, 1985, it was a top-secret. There was actually only one photo.

    Lyn told YES! magazine, 'Sabi namin, every five years, magre-renew kami ng vows. Each time, may pictures na para man lang sa mga bata.'

    The first renewal of vows was in 1986. The fifth and and their 25th wedding anniversary was in 2008.

    18. Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong: 35 years

    Photo from Jun Grecia/Grayward Studio and @sandy_andolong/Instagram

    Christopher and Sandy got married in March 27, 2001, but they had already been living together for 21 years.

    It was the late director Ishmael Bernal that introduced them during the premiere night of Dodong Diamond (1978).

    She snubbed him.

    Little did he know that Sandy had already noticed him when she was just 14.

    And through all phases in Christopher's life, she's been there for him.

    In an interview with Philippine Star, Boyet (his nickname) said about his wife, 'She is strong-willed. I saw how much she sacrificed when I was down and out and had practically nothing.

    'We were still together. Most of all, we were happy.'

    19. Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama: 38 years

    Photo from weheartit and Mark Atienza

    He was her idol.

    Annabelle even admitted, 'Naging stalker pa ako for a while.'

    She made every move possible to meet him, invite him to a date, and be near him.

    She even got pregnant with Eddie on purpose twice, hoping she'd get him to commit.

    But Annabelle's dream came true when they were in the U.S.

    He met an accident in 1978, and she asked him to follow her in the U.S. so she can take good care of him. Their two children Ruffa and Rocky, who were living with Eddie, also came.

    One day, via a long distance call, Eddie told Annabelle: 'Pakakasalan na kita.'

    After 38 years, 50 plus times they separated, and six children, they're still very much together.

    20. Helen Gamboa and Tito Sotto: 46 years

    Photo from philstar and @helenstito/Instagram

    They had been secretly married before Helen introduced Tito to her mother.

    Helen was at the peak of her acting career when she married Tito, a band musician of VST.

    Their term of endearment through the years has always been the same: 'Sweetheart.'

    21. Barbara Perez and Robert Arevalo: 53 years

    Barbara was offered a five-year contract by Universal Studios, but she turned it down.

    She was already pregnant when the opportunity came her way.

    With more than half-century of their relationship, Barbara related in an interview that she has no regrets.

    Barbara added, 'Hanggang ngayon, siya ang naghihilot ng paa ko kapag sumasakit.' 

    This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

    * Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.    


    This article was updated on February 28, 2018 to correct the wedding date of Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen.

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