Now it can be told: Tiya Pusit, 65, is set to marry her fiancé who’s 38 years her junior.
“I am confirming it. We're getting there. Next year we're planning to settle down,” she told Yahoo! Philippines OMG! at the press conference of GMA’s new primetime series “Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas” where she plays a supporting role, adding that a church wedding awaits them January next year.
But before the confirmation came, some confusion happened when she initially denied it last April.
“I denied it kasi nagalit siya. Ayaw niya ng limelight. Sabi ko, 'Hindi mo naman maaalis sa'kin. Nandoon ako.'"
After she threatened to call off the relationship, the guy has finally approved of their arrangement and set boundaries: “Andun ka, andito lang ako. Kung meron kang mga work, 'wag mo lang ako isasama dahil hindi ako para doon.”
Afraid but ready
While her decision to remarry may raise a few eyebrows, Tiya Pusit is determined to face the altar again—19 years after her first husband died.
And she seems to know what she’s getting into. She’s in love but practical.
“Iniisip ko, darating ang araw maghahanap siya ng iba. Gusto niya ng totoong pamilya. Gusto niya magkaanak. Open ako doon,” she said. “Takot lang ako. Baka maghanap ng anak, hindi ko maibigay. Baka maghanap ng dalaga kasi syempre matanda na ako. 'Yun ang kinatatakutan ko. Pero ready ako.”
But her 27-year-old beau, whose name she refuses to reveal, was quick to appease her.
“Ang sabi niya sa’kin, ‘Alam mo hindi kita dadalhin sa bahay namin kung ganyan ang iniisip ko. Basta importante nagkakaintindihan tayo.”
The veteran comedienne also said his family approves of the relationship.
"Oo naman. Kaso nahihiya ako sa kanila kasi mas matanda pa ko sa kanila."
Tiya Pusit feels her four children, who are even older than her fiancé, understandably have reservations.
“Lahat ng anak ko alam na kaming dalawa. Except asiwa rin sila hanggang ngayon na mag-aasawa ako ng bata. Ang sinasabi ko naman sa kanila, 'Nakita niyo naman ang diperensya kung masaya ako o hindi.”
Tiya Pusit is also proud to say she’s not the type who changes boyfriends so easily. She related that she entered into a new relationship four years after her husband’s passing. Sadly, the 10-year relationship ended (Her ex-boyfriend was a May-December affair with a 20-year gap.)
‘I didn’t ask for it’
If you ask Tiya Pusit, her beau, an IT specialist in a Makati call center, wasn’t her idea of Mr. Right.
“Kusa siyang dumating sa'kin. Kasi ako ang gusto ko foreigner, 'yung stable. Ang gusto ko makaalis (ng bansa) kaya ang gusto ko foreigner.”
But everything changed when he finally asked her to marry him.
“Showbiz ang utak ko so syempre napapaisip din ako. Pero nung niyaya na niya talaga ko, lumunok talaga ko. Huminga ako ng malalim. 'Eto na ba?' 'Yun ang feeling ko. Ito na nga yata.”
The two will celebrate their second anniversary this November. And they’re so happy to see how the courtship that started in Facebook developed into something deeper.
“At my age, siya pa 'yung nag-aadjust imbes na ako. Andami kong pagkukulang, siya talaga 'yung nagbibigay. Ako feeling ko parang happy lang ako may kausap, may kalaro.”
Tiya Pusit, mindful of what other people will say about them, has this to say, “Mamatay sila sa inggit.”
“Ngayon pa lang bantad na ko sa ganun. Basta ako, hindi niyo kayang ibigay sa'kin ang nararamdaman ko. Mabuti akong ina sa aking mga anak. Mabuti din akong kaibigan sa mga taong kakilala ko. Pero magiging mabuting asawa rin ako uli kung sakali.”
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