A married couple cannot file for a divorce in the Philippines, only for an annulment. However, Gabriela party-list Representatives Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas filed the House Bill 2380 in order to finally legalize divorce in the country.
“It is high time that the State gives abusive and irreparable marriages the option to divorce. We hope that this time, both Houses of Congress will finally approve the divorce bill,” De Jesus said.
Brosas added that three in five Filipinos favor the legalization of divorce based on a 2015 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
If the bill pushes through, we might see many married couples getting divorced in the future. In the meantime, here are some of the most famous married celebrity couples in the Philippines who got an annulment after their marriage fell apart.
Kristine Hermosa and Diether Ocampo
Actors Kristine Hermosa and Diether Ocampo got married on September 21, 2004. However, the couple separated just a few months after their wedding. On March 2006, they were finally officially annulled.
Hermosa is now married to Oyo Sotto and they have three children together.
Kris Aquino and James Yap
Actress / host Kris Aquino and PBA star player James Yap had a civil wedding on July 10, 2005. They had a son named Bimby.
The celebrity couple separated in 2010 and their marriage was officially annulled in 2012. James has a new partner, an Italian named Michela Cazzola.
Gabby Concepcion and Sharon Cuneta
Famous actors Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion were a popular love team who fell for each other in real life and got married in 1984. Their daughter is actress KC Concepcion.
However, the celebrity couple separated in 1987 and was annulled in 1993. Sharon got married again with Kiko Pangilinan and they just celebrated their 20th anniversary in April.
Carmina Villaroel and Rustom Padilla
Carmina Villaroel married matinee idol Rustom Padilla in 1994. The celebrity couple parted ways in 1996 and got officially annulled in 2002.
It turned out that Padilla is gay and later changed his name to BB Gandanghari. Carmina is now married to actor Zoren Legaspi and they now have two children with each other.
Marjorie Barretto and Dennis Padilla
The actress and the comedian tied the knot in 1997 but were annulled in 2009. Young actress Julia Barretto is their eldest child.
Jackie Forster and Benjie Paras
Actress Jackie Forster and former PBA player Benjie Paras were married on December 18, 1994. Their relationship bore two sons – Andre and Kobe Paras.
The couple separated in 2001 and was officially annulled in 2003. Paras is now living with Lxyen Diomampo – a former teacher and commercial model.
Amy Perez and Brix Ferraris
The celebrity couple were married in 1995 but separated in 1998. Actress / host Amy Perez’s plea for an annulment was denied in 2006 after separating with singer Brix Ferraris. She was finally granted an annulment in 2014 and then married her partner Carlo Castillo.
Merryl Soriano and Bernard Palanca
Merryl Soriano and Bernard Palanca got married on September 8, 2006, but they called it quits just five months later. They have a son named Elijah and were finally annulled in 2015.
Miriam Quiambao and Claudio Rondinelli
The Miss Universe 1st runner-up and the Italian businessman were married in January 2004 but their relationship ended two years after their wedding. The couple filed for an annulment and Quiambao is now married to author and motivational speaker Roberto “Ardy” Roberto. Their wedding date was on March 25, 2014.
How about you? Would you like our government to finally legalize divorce?
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