In ABS-CBN’s 65 years of serving the Filipino people, we have not only met individuals who moved us through their inspiring lives, but couples as well whose love stories truly touched our hearts and etched indelible marks on our minds in their featured tales in at least one of the media platforms of the network.
Twelve years ago, just in time for the Valentine’s Day celebration, ABS-CBN’s AM station DZMM staged a contest dubbed “Once Upon A Heart” which aimed to search for the couple with the best love story and rewarded them a free romantic date as a prize. Among the 10 pairs chosen, the stirring romance of Enrique Vista and his wife Rowena captured the attention and the hearts of the anchors and the listeners the most.
While there are some us who are arguably after people who possess pleasing façade, Rowena chose to look past it and admired the honesty of Enrique, who immediately disclosed to her on the first time they talked that he’s handicapped. Although their relationship has been well, it was still impossible for him to take her in a formal date nor give her flowers at least, that’s why he tried his luck to join the aforementioned contest by submitting their story to them. And their entry won.
As we revisited the couple whose unconditional love affair once touched our hearts, we’re glad to discover that they’re on the 13th year of their marriage and currently raise their 11-year-old unico hijo hand-in-hand. At the same time, DZMM is still a part of their journey.
Their family set-up may not be a traditional one, since Rowena works for them while Enrique stays at home to attend to the needs of their son. And while Rowena only sees them during her off days every weekend, their love for one another has remained strong and burning through the years. They usually spend it at their humble abode by having a quality bonding time and tuning in to Radyo Patrol 630.
More than 12 years since their first and last decent date, which was provided by the AM radio station, they were once again treated to a surprise fancy date and warmed our hearts anew with their short yet sweet messages for one another.
“Sa labing-tatlong taon nating pagsasama, lalo ko lang napatunayan ang kabaitan mo. Lagi mong sinasabi na ‘alagaan mo lang ‘yong anak natin’. Mahal na mahal kita, Dang. Salamat sa pagmamahal at pagtanggap mo sa akin,” Enrique stated.
In return, Rowena also expressed her affection towards her husband by saying, “Dong, salamat sa love. Huwag mong isipin na wala kang naitulong sa akin. Ganyan talaga ang mag-asawa, nagtutulungan, nagbibigayan. Dong, pangarap ko na makatapos sa pag-aaral ang anak natin at matutupad ito basta magkasama lang tayo.”
The Vista couple is indeed the real picture of what kind of relationship married pairs, as well as those who are still in the dating stage, should have – unconditionally loving and unwaveringly supporting one another for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, and in sickness and in health.
May you have more years to come, Enrique and Rowena!