Mariel Rodriguez said plans of a church wedding to Robin Padilla are currently on hold. The two first tied the knot last August in India under a Muslim rite while shooting the film Tum: My Pledge of Love. But when they announced that they were also planning on getting married in a Catholic church, some heads of the clergy opposed it because under Robin’s religion, which is Islam, a man can have more than one wife, and polygamy is not allowed in the Catholic religion.
“Medyo nalungkot ako nung nalaman kong ganun,” shared Mariel. “Kasi gusto ko yun, faith ko ‘yun, paniniwala ‘ko yun. Tapos biglang ipinagkaila nila sa akin.” The TV host/actress added that her husband knows how important a church wedding is to a girl like her. “Si Robin, kung puwede lang talaga, ibibigay niya lahat ng gusto ko, pati na ‘yun. Kaya lang, paano niya ibibigay, ‘di ba? Siyempre, may mga batas na dapat sundin. So, hold muna.”
She further shared that after hearing about the stand of the Catholic Church, she began reflecting how sadly, most of the time, religion gets in the way of two people to be together and be happy. “Gusto kasi ng Catholic church na magpa-convert muna si Robin, na pilitin ko siya. Meron pang something, like, ‘pag nagkaroon ng anak, dapat maging Catholic din. Para tuloy dun ko na-appreciate lalo yung Islam. Kasi sa Islam, walang pilitan. Tsaka sila, bine-bless nila ako. Hindi kailangan mag-convert ako ng Islam.
“I feel that religion should not be a reason for people not to be together. Tayo, ginawa natin yung religion. Pero ginawa tayo ng Diyos para magmahalan, ‘di ba? Hindi ko na lang iniisip 'yang church wedding na 'yan para hindi na ako maapektuhan ng issue na 'yan.”
In her desire to get married in the Philippines in the presence of their loved ones, Mariel confessed that she once considered converting to Islam, if it was the only solution. “Actually, honestly, yes, I did. Naisip ko 'yan. Pero parang ang pangit naman nung parang nagkaroon ka lang ng problema sa religion mo, tatalikuran mo at magbabago ka ng relihiyon.”
She said she didn’t tell Robin that converting to Islam crossed her mind because ever since they fell in love with one another, the action star never asked her to change religion. “Si Robin hindi alam na naisip ko ‘yun. Pero naisip ko talaga ‘yun. Magiging hypocrite ako ‘pag sinabi ko sa inyo na hindi ko naisip ‘yun.”
While feeling a bit sad about the whole matter, Mariel shared the incident how her grandparents extended their words of comfort. “Alam mo, ang sweet ng lolo ko, nag-text sa akin. Sabi niya, 'Don't worry about your Catholic wedding. What is important is you are happy. Out of nowhere, never akong nag-text sa kanila, bigla silang nag-text. Siguro na-feel nilang naapektuhan ako.”
Mariel added that her lola and lola now take care of Robin like their own grandchild. “Every time na pinapupunta ko sa BF [Homes] ‘yung sasakyan ko, pagbalik nun, may mga steak na. Kasi alam nila na favorite ni Robin yun. Eto namang si Robin, lagi niyang kinakain 'tong steak na pinadadala ng lolo ko!"