His heart might be kind of torn between his on-screen wife Stella (Alice Dixson) and his special friend Rebecca (Iza Calzado) as he played the now-deceased character Hernan Cortes in the primetime romance-drama series Ngayon at Kailanman, but he is actually faithful in real life to his one and only love for 11 years – his partner Ara Hipolito.
For more than a decade, they have shown each other love and support as they raise and nurture their four adorable children – Matthew, Jason, Krizzval Ysabelle, and Christien Aubrielle – hand-in-hand. Matthew and Jason are his sons to his former wife while Ysabelle is Ara’s daughter from her past affair. It is only Baby Brie who is their child as a couple.
Apart from being a dutiful homemaker who attends to the needs and takes care of their family ever since they started living under one roof in the early years of their relationship, the seasoned actor’s wife also keeps herself occupied with organic gardening and doing yoga.
As we delved into her Instagram account, we can’t help but notice and be amazed with how it seemed easy for her to bend and twist her body, regardless if she’s pregnant or not, as she demonstrates various yoga positions in the photos she posted. No wonder why she remained fit and lean from the time their youngest was still inside her womb up to the months after giving birth.
Well, this should not come as a surprise anymore since according to her “bio” (or short introduction on social media), she is a certified kids and families yoga teacher and a licensed therapist. With this, she’s able to influence her “nyammy” (their term of endearment) and her daughter Ysa.
Moreover, her updates regarding the growth of their organic produce, such as calamansi, okra, squash, kale, kamias, langka, sili, and cherry tomatoes, also inspires us to try out our green thumbs and put up our own mini gardens right in our backyards.
Besides, she’s also into upcycling or transforming discarded or useless items into something more useful and with better quality in a creative way, such as turning a t-shirt into a stylish reusable bag and a dress into a tank top.
But what made Ara extra awesome is her unconditional love and generous heart as a mother not only to her offspring, but to other children as well who greatly needs the warmth and affection of a mom. In 2015, she brought some of her breastmilk stash and baby clothes to the abandoned newborn Baby Nathaniel and even gave him a maternal touch by carrying him in her arms and putting him on her chest.
No wonder why Christian is still totally in love with her after all these years.