During an interview with Pep.ph last January 2020, Regine, who is married to singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, was asked about her marriage tips for Sarah and Matteo who will soon embark on a new chapter in their relationship.
Her first tip: Value even the smallest things that can make your relationship unique and exciting.
“Alam mo, mag-te-ten years na kami ng asawa ko,” Regine told Pep.ph. “Itong this year, 10 years na kami, and it doesn’t feel na ten years ko na siyang kasama. It doesn’t feel that way because he makes life so exciting for me.
“And since he does that, I also try to do the same. Kaka-text lang siya ng, ‘Hi miss, kailan uwi mo?’ Ako naman, ‘Sir, matagal pa sir, traffic pa sir.’ Yung little things like that will add color to your relationship.”
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Second, Regine emphasized the importance of communication and honesty, especially during the rocky parts of a relationship.
She explained, “My husband and I, we hardly fight. We talk because, ako, personally, hindi rin ako magaling makipag-away, kasi ano ako, e, non-confrontational ako. Na-se-stress ako kapag may sigawan, na-ba-blangko ako pati.
The singer, who recently collaborated with Sarah in the concert entitled Unified, added, “Sometimes, magbabasa ako ng dyaryo o ng chismis para lang may mapag-usapan kami. Alam mo yun, parang to break the ice, para lang meron kaming ganun, and then, kung anu-ano na pag-uusapan namin. And it’s wonderful.”
Third, Regine advised Sarah and Matteo to keep up their “ligawan” stage even after they get married.
Regine said. “Ako, yung asawa ko kaya, nililigawan pa rin ako. Mag-te-text yun sa akin, ‘Hi, can I date you?’ Yung ganun, pero kinikilig ka dun. Nakakatuwa yun, kasi siyempre pareho kaming busy, nakahanap pa siya ng time para bolahin ako, di ba? Minsan nakakatuwa din yun, kasama lahat yun.”
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Lastly, she reminds Sarah and Matteo that they need to exert a lot of effort to keep their love last.
Regine explained, “The thing is, you wouldn’t know if that’s the right person, pero kayong dalawa, you can make it right. Kayong dalawa, puwede niyong gawing kayo talaga para sa isa’t isa. All you have to do is to continue talking.”