On October 24, showbiz fans were surprised when the Philippines’s “Queen of All Media”, Kris Aquino, announced that she was engaged! In the Instagram post, she first started off by saying that she and her fiancé thought carefully about what she would share on her social media accounts, and gave her followers an update on how she is.
“Aamin ako i’m only 95 pounds now,” the host and actress said, “This pandemic and many stressful events that happened since mid August really caused my weight to drop & my health to suffer.” She added that it had only been four months since they lost their brother, former president Noynoy Aquino. (Read: This Mom Turned Lessons From A Failed Marriage Into Her First Book)
“Sure ako, ayaw nya talagang iwanan si “bunso” na walang magbabantay at magaalaga na siguradong pinagkakatiwalaan nya,” Kris added. And that’s when she mentioned the name “Mel”–which turns out to be the man she was going to marry.
‘Thanks to my kuya’
It was revealed at the end of the caption that the last name of her fiancé is Sarmiento. “As much as I am proud to be an Aquino, looking forward na kong maging Sarmiento,” Kris shared. So who exactly is he? Here’s what we know!
Mel Sarmiento was a former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary during Noynoy’s administration. He succeeded Mar Roxas after he resigned to run for the 2016 presidential elections. “We would never have met nor reconnected had it not been for Noy,” Kris wrote in the caption. (Read: 5 Powerful Prayers for Marriage and Relationships)
Before becoming the DILG secretary, Mel was the representative of the First District of Samar from 2010 to 2015. He was also the Vice Mayor of Calbayog, Samar from 1992 to 1995, and Mayor from 2004 to 2011. He also chairs SOS Children’s Villages Philippines, “a private, non-political, non-denominational organization that provides family-like care to children in need.”
According to reports, Mel is currently teaching at the Local Government Academy and Development Academy of the Philippines.