Chito reveals he changed his ways all for the love of Neri, plus “wais” tips about marriage and money

How to make a relationship work? For Chito Miranda and Neri Miranda, married for nine years and with three kids, it all boils down to love, which is a decision they make every day.

Their story reminds us of Chito’s band, Parokya Ni Edgar’s song titled “Para Sa’yo,” the lyrics of which says, “Para sa’yo, ako’y magbabago, kahit mahirap kakayanin ko.” Cheesy as it sounds, but he used to be a ‘bad boy’ who changed his ways all for the love of Neri.

Get your dose of ‘kilig’ and insightful pieces of advice in this episode of Magandang Buhay The Podcast with the Miranda couple.

At the beginning of the episode, they confessed that while they were still dating, Neri broke up with Chito as she couldn’t stand his lifestyle. And that’s when it hit him: he must be the man that she deserves. “I wanted to be that person. Hindi niya sinabi na magbago ka. Ako lang, I decided na kailangan ko magpakatino.” And that’s the first piece of “wais” advice from the Mirandas worth heeding: be the person that your partner can see a future with.

Next, go out on dates without the kids. Chito said he wishes to take Neri to vacations in different countries. He has become more expressive after they got married as well. “It’s just that I guess  talagang in love ako sa asawa ko… Parang natural lang na gusto ko siyang alagaan at pakiligin. Mas lalo na yata ngayon, mas may effort ako ngayon,” he revealed, which Neri seconded, “Mas lalo siyang nanliligaw nu’ng naging mag-asawa na kami. Mas binibigyan niya ako ng more reasons na pagkatiwalaan ko siya.”

However, even the sweetest promises and purest intentions will not guarantee zero fights in a relationship. Chito, admittedly an annoying partner, mentioned that arguments are just normal. They just know they will choose each other despite their fights. He shared, “Lagi kong sinasabi na alam ko na kahit anong inis natin, alam kong hindi tayo maggi-give up sa isa’t isa.”

They also imparted their “wais” tips about money. Contrary to what many assume, the couple isn’t ‘kuripot’ or stingy when it comes to their earning, but they just spend wisely. Chito proudly shared that Neri is a fast learner, especially in handling businesses. In turn, Neri credited her husband for her knowledge about investing and saving money effectively. She quoted him, “Hindi mo dapat gagastusin ang pera mo na hindi mo hawak. At kung may hawak kang pera, itatabi mo ‘yung, kunyari 70 percent, tapos ‘yung 30 percent, kunyari ‘yun lang ‘yung pera mo.”

We also picked up some important advice from Chito about paying the bill when going out with friends: “Sa family ko, nanlilibre ako. Sa case ng friends ko, the reason I don’t treat them kasi they earn as much as I do.”

Neri then recalled her inspiring journey, from working young by selling “ulam” to becoming the “wais” wife and mom she is today. These are the parts of her story that she never felt ashamed of, and the parts that made Chito admire her even more.

Catch this episode of Magandang Buhay The Podcast hosted by Regine Velasquez, Jolina Magdangal, and Melai Cantiveros.