A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. The beautiful love story of Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano is a living testament to this.
They first met during a concert of Gary Valenciano which Paul directed in 2006. Gary and his wife, Angeli, initiated the meeting of the two. Toni admitted that it wasn’t love at first sight but he caught her attention. Even though she had some apprehensions, she still went out with him and they had their first date. The two had lunch at a Chinese restaurant in a mall in Mandaluyong then they watched the movie, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Paul admitted that he didn’t know the traditional way of courtship since he didn’t grow up in the Philippines. However, his love and determination prevailed as he started visiting Toni. He even visited her in her family’s house and he had to cope with the strict rules of her parents, Mommy Pinty and Daddy Bonoy. Aside from the 12 midnight curfew, he wasn’t allowed to go up to her room alone.
After more than seven months of courtship, Toni finally said yes to Paul. They officially became a couple last June 12, 2007. In an interview with Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino, the couple was asked if they already love each other, and without hesitation, both of them answered a big yes!
Paul also directed Toni’s music video of her hit single “Catch Me I’m Fallin’.” He also had a very special participation in her blockbuster movie with Piolo Pascual, “Starting Over Again.”
In an interview on “The Buzz,” Paul revealed that he and Toni were already engaged. The proposal happened last January 21, 2015. He also shared how he went to the Gonzaga residence in Taytay, Rizal and talked to Toni’s parents before asking her hand in marriage. When he was given their blessing, he went up to her and proposed to her in front of her family.
Toni and Paul got married last June 12, 2015. They have been a couple for more than 10 years already, including 2 years of being happily married. Now, they have their own cute and adorable child named Severiano Elliott, also known as Seve.
As we celebrate the love month, let’s take a look at these sweet photos of Toni and her handsome date for 10 years, no other than the love of her life, Direk Paul.