MANILA, Philippines – The affected bride-to-be whose wedding reservation at the Balesin Island Club was allegedly bumped off to make room for Heart Evangelista and Chiz Escudero’s schedule has spoken up.
This, after a complaint saying that Heart and Chiz bumped off another couple’s reservation in order to secure their desired date, February 14, 2015, also Heart’s birthday.
TV personality Cesca Litton, who got engaged to Tyke Kalaw last April, gave a statement on Tuesday, Sept 2, on Aquino and Abunda Tonight about the issue.
Cesca is a sports anchor for 9 TV’s Sports Desk.
Here is Cesca’s statement:
“My fiancé and I got engaged in April and decided to make Balesin the venue of our wedding. We went to the island in May and inquired if February 14, 2015 was still available and they said yes.
“We did the first round of oculars with 2 staff members of Balesin, told them we want the ceremony in the chapel, cocktails in Balesin sala, and reception at Toscana Village.
“We went back to Balesin just last month along with our coordinator and stylist and did a second round of oculars, food tasting, plan table lay-out and sat down with managers to discuss logistics and rooming and again clarified that Feb 14 is available. It came as a surprise when I receive a phone call from my coordinator just last Saturday that Chiz and Heart have been approved for feb 14 after they have spoken to the owner Mr. Ongpin to reserve the date.
“Had we known that all it took was a phone call to the owner, then perhaps none of these formalities should have been followed. In all our trips to Balesin, and discussions with management, asking to reserve Feb 14 2015, we were always told it was always available. We would not have invested time and money including flying out our coordinator and stylist had they informed us that the venue was booked from the beginning. “
Prior to the statement, Cesca posted these cryptic notes on Twitter and Instagram.
“I don’t care where we get married. I just want you by my side for the rest of my life. I love you so much,” read the caption of her Instagram photo.
It is unfortunate that hard work, time, and effort, mean nothing when all it takes are the right connections for other people.— Cesca Litton (@CheckLit) September 1, 2014
Following her statement, Cesca thanked everyone for their support.
I was not expecting this outpour of support. Thank you. I know God has a beautiful plan for my wedding. Thank you so much.— Cesca Litton (@CheckLit) September 2, 2014
Heart and Chiz have denied that they have anything to do with the bump-off in separate interviews.
“Actually, I think it’s really unfair that there are people on Facebook… and the way they say it na parang they know all the details,” Heart said during an interview at an event for one of her endorsements.
“There’s no truth to it. I think that’s the best way that I could answer that.”
“We’re not like that. This is the best day of our lives, I’m a bride-to-be, she’s a bride-to-be. Who would do that to any bride-to-be? “There’s no truth to it and I hope ma-iron out nila,” she added. (I hope they can iron it out.) (READ: Heart Evangelista on reconciling with parents, wedding plans)
Chiz also spoke about the matter during an interview at the Senate, Tuesday, Sept 2.
“Actually, hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit nagkakaroon ng issue. Kung may issue man sila sa Balesin, issue nila yun. Sa parte namin, ni wala pa kaming pinal na petsa o lugar. Paano naman kami magiging dahilan at madadamay sa issue na yan?,” he told Senate reporters on Tuesday, September 1.
(Actually, I don’t understand why this became an issue. If they have an issue with Balesin, it’s their issue. On our part, we haven’t even finalized the date and place [of our wedding] How can we be the reason [of the postponement] and become part of that issue?)
The owner of Balesin Island Club, Roberto “Bobby” Ongpin, also released a statement on the issue, saying that Heart and Chiz didn’t bump anyone off and that the date was still available when the reservation was made. – Rappler.com