- Rep. Toto Mangudadatu marries Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel
- Photos of the wedding celebration and reception surfaced on the Internet after they were shared by some of the guests
- Most of the guests attending the celebration were wearing face masks and observing social distancing in compliance with safety health protocols that are in place
- The marriage ceremony was held at the Al Nor Hotel and Convention Center in Cotabato City on August 25, around 10 a.m.
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Rep. Toto Mangudadatu weds Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel in a solemn Muslim ceremony.
The wedding was held at Cotabato City’s Al Nor Hotel and Convention Center on August 25, at 10 in the morning.
Photos of the marriage ceremony and reception surfaced on Facebook, which showed several invited guests.
Most of those attending the wedding and reception wore masks and observed social distancing in compliance with existing safety protocols against COVID-19.
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The photos shared on Facebook also showed Sharifa in a white gown while Congressman Mangudadatu wore a dark suit.
Rep. Mangudadatu is a veteran politician from a known political clan in the province of Maguindanao.
He served as Buluan mayor in Maguindanao from 1998 to 2007, then ran as vice mayor in the same town and served as such from 2007 to 2010.
Mangudadatu then ran and won as governor of Maguindanao from 2010 to 2019, after which he was elected as congressman during the 2019 elections.
Sharifa is a Filipino-Qatari who grew up in Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao. She was crowned Miss Asia Pacific International in 2018.
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Esmael Gaguil Mangudadatu, otherwise known as Toto Mangudadatu, is a Pinoy politician who now serves as the 2nd district representative of Maguindanao province since his election in 2019. Rep. Mangudadatu was born on August 15, 1968 in Sultan Kudarat. His father, Pua Mangudadatu is the head of the so-called “Magnificent 7,” a group of powerful politicians in the province during those times. Rep Mangudadatu tried to steer clear of his political clan by attending a university to become a doctor. However, his aspirations in the medical field were cut short when he met his wife, Genalyn, while studying in Davao City. The two got married in 1991 and had several children. Rep. Mangudadatu then shifted from the medical field and turned his sights on a political science degree, which he earned after graduating from the University of Mindanao.
The love story between Rep. Toto Mangudadatu and Sharifa Akeel was not without any controversy. The wife of Rep. Mangudadatu, Mrs. Mylene Mangudadatu, then had sought the help of Raffy Tulfo in Action. She complained about the alleged illicit affair between her husband and Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Areef Mohammad Omar Akeel. Mylene said that she thought the affair was over until she chanced upon an FB Live of her husband where she saw the reflection of Sharifa on the pond at their home in Mindanao. She also shared screenshots of the text messages between her and Sharifa.
Sharifa was not to be cowed, however, as she faced squarely the accusations hurled against her that she is an "other woman" in the life of Rep. Toto Mangudadatu. This was after the beauty queen endured two months of silence after Mylene, Rep. Mangudadatu's wife, revealed to the public the alleged affair of the legislator with the beauty queen. In her Facebook post, Sharifa said she's the one being bullied online because of the posts of Mylene.