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Nikki Valdez Shares What She's Learned After Getting Married For The Second Time
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  • On December 2, 2022, Nikki Valdez and her husband Luis Garcia marked their eight years of togetherness with a nuptial blessing attended by their closest family members and friends.

    The couple were girlfriend-boyfriend for eight years before they tied the knot in a civil wedding held on August 18, 2018 in Hong Kong. It's a second for the actress, whose daughter Olivia is now 14 years old.

    When Nikki recently spoke to Smart Parenting on the topic of marriage, she readily admitted, "Sa totoo lang, feeling ko, I’m not the right person to give advice."

    She went on explaining, "But one thing I learned when I got married again is that marriage is really a constant work. You constantly choose to love the person kahit sa kanyang weakness, sa kanyang pagkakamali."

    "I’m not saying na I did not do that sa first marriage ko," she told us at the media conference for her new movie Family Matters, which is an entry to the 2022 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). The annual filmfest opens on December 25, Christmas Day.

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    "Because I gave it a chance. Hindi mo naman talaga masasabi na, ‘Ah, I’m in the right relationship, I’m in the right marriage,’ unless you go through all the trials and struggles in life.

    "So ang payo ko lang, lalo sa mga ikakasal pa lang: respect, trust, and communication. I think those are the keys to a—not perfect marriage—but a marriage that will last.

    "Ang dami kasing nagpapakasal sometimes for the wrong reasons. Tayo, we just continue to choosing that person despite your differences."

    Prior to Nikki meeting Luis, she was married to Filipino-Canadian Christopher Lina twice: in a civil wedding ceremony on February 14, 2007 in Canada and a church wedding on July 7, 2007 in the Philippines.

    They settled down in Canada and had their only child Olivia. In 2011, they got divorced. Nikki, with Olivia in tow, returned to the Philippines and soon resumed her showbiz career.

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