Lani and Bong's 25th Wedding Anniversary and Renewal of Vows
Senator Bong Revilla and Representative Lani Mercado are not just public officials and local celebrities. Their 25 years of being together as a married couple has proven that they are also committed husband and wife to each other.
Silver was of course the color motif of the day as the renewal of vows took place on their silver wedding anniversary.
Present at the wedding were of course their children as well as their five grandchildren. Eldest daughter, Inah del Rosario was matron of honor. Sons Bryan Revilla and Ramon Jolo Revilla III stood by their father’s side as best men.
With the celebrity and political status the couple has, principal sponsors came from politics, business and showbiz.
Some principal sponsors are former Presidents Joseph Estrada with wife Loi Ejercito, Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Fidel V. Ramos.
Other principal sponsors are Amelita Ramos, Mayor Alfredo Lim, Gretchen Cojuangco, former Senator Ernesto Maceda, Rep. Cynthia Villar, former Speaker Jose de Venecia and wife, Rep. Georgina de Venecia, Ramon Ang and Teresita Ang, GMA Network CEO and Chair Felipe Gozon, Regal matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde, Menardo Jimenez, former President and CEO of GMA Network, Filinvest Chair and CEO Mercedes Gotianun, SM Group's Henry Sy Jr., Elizabeth Quisumbing, GMA Network EVP and COO Jimmy Duavit, Armida Siguion-Reyna (represented by son Carlitos Siguion-Reyna), business tycoon Manny Pangilinan, GMA Network SVP for Entertainment Wilma Galvante, Viva Entertainment Big Boss Vic del Rosario and TV host and talent manager Lolit Solis and TV host Geman Moreno.
Also present as secondary sponsors were Philip Salvador and Lorna Tolentino (candle), Rep. Manny Pacquaio and wife Jinky (veil) and Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and wife Precy Ejercito (cord).
At the church ceremony, Mark Bautista and Rachelle Anne Go sang some wedding songs for the couple.
The pregnant Regine Velasquez and husband Ogie Alcasid performed the song "Ikaw Lamang". Hosting the event were Iza Calzado and Paolo Contis.
Bong and Lani's children also performed the song "I'll be There" sang by the girls, and "Lean on Me" by the boys. Other family members were also present. Bong's father, former senator Ramon Revilla was there with his brother Strike Revilla and sister Andrea Bautista-Ynares.
Also present were Sen. Loren Legarda, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, Assunta de Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Ricky Davao, Rez Cortez and Paul Cabral, the designer of Lani's gown.
To further make the wedding more special and memorable than it already is, the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra also serenaded the guests. La Diva singing trio also performed the song "The Prayer".
Bong and Lani's love story was performed through a dance interpretation on stage while a video of friends and relatives' messages and comments on the couple were also shown.
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