Relationships are never easy. It takes a lot of effort, let alone trial and errors until we find someone whom we think is the best suitable for us. In order to sustain relationships including marriages, it takes a lot of patience, making mistakes, gritting your teeth and counterintuitive tricks. But yes, love can last forever if couples embed themselves in each other's lives in a positive way. And since June is a month of weddings, Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal and Melai Cantiveros were joined by two inspiring couples, who shared their love stories with us.
Nonie and Shamaine Buencamino were Magandang Buhay’s June 7 episode guests and they had a chance to bond with our momshies. The couple marked their 29th wedding anniversary last May 28, but underlined that they did not have the chance to celebrate because they were busy with work. Nonie and Shamaine also shared with the MB hosts how they met and how their friendship blossomed into something deeper. Shamaine narrated that they both met in the theatre industry, but started as friends because Nonie was in a relationship back then. But as time went by and when Nonie became available, their fondness for each other started to develop to another level. “Marami kaming shine-share nun. Nag-aagree kami tungkol sa acting, tungkol sa mga opinions namin,” Nonie revealed.
PHOTOS: Magandang Buhay with Nonie nad Shamaine
They also elaborated on how the theatre community helped to make their wedding possible. “Kasi, we were in the theatre community. ‘Yung aming wedding, parang sila ang.. they made it possible”. The veteran actress disclosed that the director bought the rings, the stage and production manager took care of the logistics, and they were lucky enough to have a sponsor for the wedding reception. She noted that the only thing they paid for was the church certificate, which only cost 2,000 pesos.
It wasn’t always a bed of roses for the two versatile artists, as they too have had their fair share of troubling experiences. There was a time when they were in dire straits financially, which was one of the reasons why they transitioned from theatre to showbiz. Apart from that, back then Shamaine was keen on pursuing her Master’s degree abroad, while Nonie’s parents were urging him to migrate; however, the couple decided to pursue their careers in the Philippines as actors, and give birth to their first child. Another would be when Nonie went through addiction and he was strong enough overcome it and go to rehab. “’Yung unang pinakamalaking hirap na dinaanan ko, Nonie went through addiction. It came to a point where I had to choose to fight for our marriage, to fight for us to stay together or to leave him kasi hindi ko alam where it would lead him,” she disclosed teary-eyed, with her voice breaking. But the most challenging and probably the most painful experience, especially for Nonie, was. “Ako siyempre ‘yung pagkamatay ng anak namin” But with everything that they’ve been through, they both decided to keep going, stay strong, and kept their faith, especially to God.