Kris Aquino now engaged to former DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento

Kris Aquino now engaged to former DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento

MANILA—Kristine Bernadette “Kris” Aquino recently announced that she is now engaged to former Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Mel Senen Sevilla Sarmiento.

Kris posted a 55-second Instagram video on Sunday, October 24, showing different heart-shaped flower arrangements and balloons with a background music of  Savage Garden “I Knew I Loved You” to signify her engagement.

Clad in pink shirt and shorts, Mel was obviously shy to talk as Kris in black long-sleeved sweatshirt and pants prodded him while the camera was rolling.

Mel was saying “Hi” but looked like he made a mistake as Kris laughed and said it needed a second take. They looked like they were arguing on who will talk first.

Kris told Mel “Anong ikaw ang mauna, this is rolling!” For which Mel responded, “Hindi ako pang-showbiz, e!”

Looking forward to becoming Sarmiento

Kris said on her caption on Instagram that she and Mel discussed and thought about how she would share this part of her life to her followers. People have been asking how she is doing since she took a respite for quite some time.

Kris admitted she lost weight during this pandemic and there were stressful events that happened in her life since mid-August.

It has been four months, too, since her brother, former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III passed away. Kris said, his brother made sure that somebody will take care of their “bunso.”

Kris also called his Kuya “matchmaker in heaven” because she learned to “obey.”

She said, “And it’s been exactly 4 months since we so unexpectedly lost our brother. Sure ako, ayaw nya talagang iwanan si ‘bunso’ na walang magbabantay at mag-aalaga na siguradong pinagkakatiwalaan nya.

“Somehow I believe there really was a matchmaker in heaven who must be smiling now— i can almost hear his voice telling me, ‘Kristina, tama na, respect the fact na gusto ni Mel ng tahimik na buhay.’ And finally, ‘bunso’ has learned to obey.”

Her next caption was addressed to Mel who she called “bestfriend” and “the man I said yes to spending the rest of my life with.”

Kris stated:  “To my best friend and the man I said yes to spending the rest of my life with, thank you for as Bimb said loving me for me, with no agenda, and for being just an overall good and patient man. It’s unreal how much more calm & peaceful I feel now that you’re here.”

According to her, it was Noynoy who paved the way for her and Mel to be reconnected, hence, her gratitude to her brother.

 “We would never have met nor reconnected had it not been for Noy. Thank you to my kuya, kahit wala na sya ramdam na ramdam ko na kahit ilang beses kaming nagkatampuhan, kahit kailan gagawa talaga sya ng paraan na ma-assure kami nila Kuya Josh at Bimb kung gaano nya kami kamahal at hindi talaga sya papayag na ma-feel namin na kami ay mapapabayaan. We love you and we miss you.

 “But THANK YOU, you must have known how broken I’d be to lose you, so you made sure there was someone who not only helped wipe away my tears, he’s made it possible for me to smile and laugh again. Dumating nung hindi ko hinahanap o inaasahan— kaya nga tama silang lahat na nagsabi in God’s perfect time.”

Kris assured that anything concerning their personal lives will remain private, but in the latter part she mentioned that she is “looking forward to becoming a Sarmiento.”

This is the sign that Kris is already engaged to Mel.

 “We agreed, what’s personal shall remain private so hanggang dito lang ang pwede kong ma-share. Except I guess to say as much as I am proud to be an Aquino, looking forward na kong maging Sarmiento,” Kris stated.

This was also the first time Kris posted about her relationship with Sarmiento.

On August 11, Kris greeted a mystery man happy birthday on her Instagram and thanked him for coming into her life at a time when she was going through some struggles. She also said that this man is “#special” to her and Bimby likes him.

Congratulations from other celebrities

Celebrity friends and followers sent their congratulations and messages and they were all ecstatic about the engagement.

Among them were: Kim Chiu, Pokwang, Angel Locsin, K Brosas, Miles Ocampo, Anne Curtis, Mariel Rodriguez, Moira dela Torre, and many others.

Mel Sarmiento served as DILG secretary from September 2015 until June 30, 2016, under the administration of former President Noynoy Aquino. That time, Mar Roxas resigned to focus on his presidential campaign.

Prior to this post, Mel was the representative of the first district of Samar from 2010 to 2015 and was the mayor of  Calbayog City from 2001 until 2010.

He was born on August 11, 1962. He is 59 years old, while Kris is 50.

Kris has two sons:  Joshua Aquino with her former partner, actor Philip Salvador and Bimby Aquino Yap with her ex-husband cager James Yap. (ECD/MTVN)

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