An amazing couple has just proven that love has no boundaries, despite the differences. They chose to accept each other wholeheartedly and are soon getting married. Jerick Laguador and Christopher Hussey-Smith are an unusual couple but their love is pure.
They have both inspired the LGBTQ community, proudly, with no hesitation in showing their love for each other. And to know them better, Dailypedia was given a chance to interview Jerick and share their love story.
Jerick and Chris was not in a long relationship.
They have known each other through Facebook, and they both started to chat on messenger before deciding to meet in Bali, Indonesia. When Jerick first saw Chris, he knew that he already found his one true love. Spending five days in Bali, together, made their love grow stronger.
He almost gave up searching for his one true love.
At times, others would make him feel loved but in the end, all was a big lie. He doesn’t even trust anyone who would court him, and wants to be part of his life because, mostly, they would make him feel being loved yet in the end, they all leave him alone and heartbroken.
He even told himself that he doesn’t want a foreigner for a lover because most of them were not serious when it comes to this kind of relationship. But just like what others would say, “Kung ano pa ang ayaw mo, yun pa mapupunta sayo,” Jerick said.
Jerick had never imagined that the moment would come when his boyfriend Chris would visit him in the Philippines and asked him for his hand in marriage, last January.
At that moment, Jerick was the happiest person in the world. But before he said “YES” to the marriage proposal, they agreed to share their own secrets to know if both of them would accept their past.
Honesty is the secret to a long-lasting relationship.
He said, “Chris is a very good guy, understanding, and loving person.” He loves me even with what I choose to wear and his love never changes, not only in words but also in deeds. For some who were in doubt, they even said that their relationship was way too fast but for the couple “life is too short.”
It is such perfect timing that they really love each other. Jerick discovered that both of them were weirdos and funny. Now, because of the pure intention and love that he made him feel, finally, Jerick restored his trust for loving someone again.
Trials are part of having a relationship, and it is very hard for the couple to have a “long distance relationship.” Originally, Chris came from Australia while Jerick was born and raised in the Philippines.
But even if they were miles away from each other, they always see to it that they communicate with each other through “Viber” and never fail to remind how much they love each other. And most importantly, he loves my family and they love Chris, too.
With all the love Jerick has been receiving, he had nothing to wish for. He doesn’t care what other people would say about them. The important thing is they love each other so much. Jerick also said that love isn’t measured by your status in life, the race where you belong to, and most of all, your face to be loved by somebody.
Both of them agree to the quote “Life is too short!” That way, they put their relationship to move forward through marriage. Chris plans of marriage at the age of 39, and Jerick is turning 27 on September 16.
Finally, they were already done with their pre-nup and Jerick shared to us their wedding dates as it would not happen once but twice, on September 15, 2019 in Australia, and on February 16, 2020, here in the Philippines.
And his advice for everyone, “Never stop loving, may nakatakda para sayo sa tamang panahon.”
A set of wedding photos went viral on Facebook.
The photos that Polly Robinson uploaded was shared like crazy after people saw an unusual couple. An Indonesian man married an English girl.
Robinson met Karna Radheya in Bali, Indonesia in August 2017. From then on, they constantly see each other during her stay in the country and admitted to have fallen in love.
As she went back to her home in Manchester, England, the lovebirds kept in touch and decided to enter a long distance relationship.
Robinson then converted to Islam so that she could marry Radheya in his hometown in Magelang, Indonesia.
They had a traditional Muslim ceremony on December 16. The wedding was attended by the groom’s family and friends. And despite the absence of her family, the bride was happy to have married the restaurant owner and certified surfing instructor.
They didn’t let the distance bring out the worse in them and decided to take their relationship further.
“My only intention is to make our relationship halal. But since our story has already gone viral, I hope it will be an inspirational tale for netizens,” Robinson stated.
Maine Mendoza expressed her happiness in a single tweet that became the source of her fans’ joy.
In a tweet posted on November 25, she said “So much happier now than I’ve ever been and so so grateful for that.”
So much happier now than I’ve ever been and so so grateful for that. ❤️😌
— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) November 26, 2018
As the message had no details, others assumed that it is linked to the dating rumors between the TV personality and actor Arjo Atayde.
They have been spotted together in several occasions including a dinner at a restaurant in Makati City and at a bar in Bonifacio Global City.
A few weeks ago, Mendoza and Atayde were once again rumored to have spent a trip in Bali, Indonesia together. They were also seen watching a concert in Quezon City a few days after the said vacation.
In an interview last November 15, Atayde said that he is happy with the current state of his love life, but the actor didn’t disclose more details regarding such.
A dog may be man’s best friend, but sometimes it isn’t true the other way around.
In this graphic video, a dog was tied to a pole and brutally beaten to death by a group of men who are laughing while taking turns torturing the poor creature. The video was apparently taken in Bali, Indonesia.
At the start of the video, the dog seemed relaxed while being tied to a pole, with no idea what was going to happen next. In the 2:12 long video, the dog was beaten with sticks until it died.
In a related issue, Nusa Dua, Ungasan and Jimbaran announced that they already started dog culling last May 26, 2015 because of a shortage in rabies vaccine in Bali. This was also reportedly the reason behind recent mass street dog killings.
This video was shared by BAWA (Bali Animal Welfare Association) via Facebook . You may watch the video below, however, please be advised that it is extremely graphic and violent which is not suited for all ages.
First things first, know that wild animals are really ‘wild’.
When this woman tried to pose for a ‘selfie with a monkey’ in Bali, perhaps she didn’t remember that the wild animal is strikingly “wild” in nature. Truth be told, she learned this lesson fast in a horrible way.
The said ‘selfie with a monkey’ went wrong when the wild animal grabbed her hair. Imagine the animal saying, “NO PICTURES!”
Seconds more and the monkey might have pulled a handful of her blonde mane. Luckily she got away while another shot captures the horrible yet seriously funny moment.
Next time, be careful!
Set to visit Bali, Indonesia for the first time, Manila-based marketing manager Chester Cabrera was totally clueless on how to make the most out of his trip. More than tips from travel blogs, Chester needed someone to guide him around the island since doing a solo flight in an unfamiliar place isn’t an easy task.
Fortunately, a good samaritan and kababayan was kind enough to accompany him in his tour. Being a resident of Bali for 10 years, Mr. Geruel Rivadeneira was exactly the person Chester needed. He arranged Chester’s itinerary, private rides and also served as his Bahasa-English translator during the trip.
Mr. Rivadeneira isn’t just another person Chester knew. He was his English teacher at the University of the Philippines Rural High School in 2001. Thirteen years since they last saw each other, Chester finds himself in a one-of-a-kind field trip with his former teacher.
Aside from seeing Tanah Lot, a famous Balinese temple by the sea, club-hopping at Legian Road, and shopping at Beachwalk Mall, Chester got more from his trip than what he had expected.
For Chester, the trip was more than discovering an unfamiliar place. It was an opportunity to get to know Mr. Rivadeneira all over again.
Because of the limited time they shared in U.P. Rural High School, Chester didn’t have the chance to get to know his former teacher well. Through the experience, Chester saw another side of his former teacher who currently heads the English Department of Cambridge International Fellowship Center in Bali.
A positive, go-getter who goes beyond his comfort zone to experience life to the fullest, Mr. Rivadeneira is definitely an inspiration to his former student.
“ Aside from teaching, he gets to do things beyond his comfort zone like travelling and cycling. That’s something I want to do to in the future, to go beyond my comfort zone,” says Chester.
Meanwhile, the Bali trip with his former student made Mr. Rivadeneira realize “that we all are a great possibility”.
“The lesson is that we all are a great possibility. Chester showed that given where he is now. Who would have ever thought that that simple sweet-smiling boy would be a Marketing Manager in a well-known beverage company, travelling here and there, and driving a car of his own here and there I must say as well?”
Needless to say, both Chester and Mr. Rivadeneira recommend bonding with a former teacher or student.
“You see bonding with former students allows us to see a great transformation, a close look at the success we helped to achieve. The most beautiful aspect of it is that we will notice that we have moved from that of a student-teacher relationship to more of being friends.”
As for Chester, the bonding experience allowed him to show gratitude to one of the people who helped him become the person he is now.
Mr. Rivadeneira is among the thousands of Filipino teachers who opted to teach abroad for a number of reasons. Although working in the Philippines is more fun since they can serve their own countrymen while surrounded by their loved ones, many chose to seek greener pasture because they are not well compensated in the country.
“All teachers desire to teach excellently but resources are too limited. I think the Filipino teachers need a very good compensation package. They work very hard. I am impressed that many schools especially DepEd schools are having regular professional development seminars for teachers, ” Mr. Rivadeneira explained.
Chester couldn’t agree more with his former teacher.
“ Even if they are happy with what they do, they still need good compensation and benefits. I personally saw the struggles of my aunt who served as a public school teacher when she was still alive. We need to reward them for all the hard work that they do since they help shape the future generation. ” he said.
In the Philippines, PLDT Smart- Foundation and PLDT Managers Club launched a program which aims to honor and support teachers through teacher’s training, scholarship grants, housing programs, and teacher’s tribute.
Dubbed as PLDT Gabay Guro, the program recently released a TV advocacy dedicated to teachers.
The message of the touching advertisement seemed to have hit home for Chester.
“Just like the message of the ad, we should take time to thank our teachers because they are part of who we are now. Sila ang ating mga pangalawang magulang at dapat lang na pahalagahan at pasalamatan naten sila.”