Purity has long been valued in our conservative society, but this value has been eroded, more so in the showbiz industry, but here are some celebrities that chose to defy that norm and stood by their moral values. In no particular order.
Celestine Cruz Gonzaga-Soriano (born 20 January 1984), better known as Toni Gonzaga, is a Filipino singer, television host and actress. On 1 February 2015, Gonzaga announced her engagement to director Paul Soriano, her boyfriend of eight years, on The Buzz and married on 12 June 2015 at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Taytay, Rizal. In February 2016, a source announced that the couple was expecting their first child, due in late 2016 or early 2017. Gonzaga herself confirmed the announcement on ASAP on 17 April 2016. Gonzaga gave birth to their son, Severiano Elliott, on 30 September 2016. “Ako kasi paniniwala ko at kung paano ako pinalaki, I think that love should be greater than your lu$t for each other.”
Raelene Elaine Ebaler Villania-Arellano (born June 29, 1986), better known as Iya Villania, is a Filipino Australian television presenter, actress, and host. She has been widely known for her work as a VJ in the music channel MYX. On January 31, 2014, she married her boyfriend of ten years, television host Drew Arellano, in Meditation Point, Kawayan Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas.
In March 2016, the couple announced through Instagram that they were expecting their first child. The couple’s first child, Antonio Primo, was born on August 30, 2016. Nearly two years later, she announced on social media and on 24 Oras that they were expecting their second child. She gave birth to Alonzo Leon, who was born on August 19, 2018, their second child. Villania is an advocate for abstaining from $ex before marriage. She divulged that she had not had $ex before marrying Arellano, who himself was supportive of her decision.
Although she does not necessarily condemn women who has had intercourse, she remarked that virginity is “something that a girl can be proud of”. “I don’t look down on other girls who practice it, it doesn’t make them a lesser person, but personally I do believe that one should not practice premarital $ex.”
Enrico Raphael Quiogue Nacino (born March 21, 1987 in Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines), better known by his screen name Rocco Nacino, is a Filipino actor and registered nurse who rose to fame and gained media attention for joining on the fifth season of StarStruck, a Philippine reality show broadcast on GMA Network. He was the Second Prince of StarStruck. He is an exclusive artist under GMA Artist Center. “Conservative ang pananaw ko sa bagay na yan, it has to be tradition, it’s a no, Not yet”
Josephine “Yeng” Eusebio Constantino Asuncion (born December 4, 1988) is a Filipina pop-rock singer-songwriter, occasional actress and host. In 2006, she won the title “Grand Star Dreamer” in the inaugural season of Pinoy Dream Academy, the Philippine edition of Endemol’s reality TV show Star Academy.
By June 2013, Constantino began a relationship with Victor “Yan” Asuncion, a fellow musician and worship director at Victory Christian Fellowship. In March 2014, after nine months of dating, Constantino announced her engagement to Asuncion through an Instagram post. On February 14, 2015, the couple married at a resort in Tagaytay, Cavite. Since September 2015, both Constantino and Asuncion went on vegan diets. “There is no premarital $ex, ganon talaga, No to premarital sex iyan yung clear na, No to it, kasi we want to honor marriage.”
Monica Pauline “Nikki” Gil-Albert is a Filipino singer, actress, host, model, and former video jockey. Gil married BJ Albert (nephew of singer-actress Joey Albert) on November 21, 2015. In November 2017, Gil gave birth to her first child, a boy. She is now retired from showbiz to focus on her marriage to Albert.
“Nobody told me to stay a virgin because im stuck up pride na holy-holy, its my choice, $ex is something I value, ganon talaga.”
Janine Marie Raymundo Tugonon is a Filipino fashion model, television presenter and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2012 and placed 1st Runner-up at Miss Universe 2012.
“For me marriage is sarced, ngayon kasi parang nagiging norm nalang sa tao na, ‘come on lets do it’, pero iba pa rin siguro yung pakiramdam na ginawa mo siya after marriage.”
Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu (born April 19, 1990), is a Filipino actress, singer and television host in the Philippines. Chiu first starred in the television series, Sana Maulit Muli (2007) which won her the year’s Most Promising Female Star at GMMSF. She has received a PMPC Award for Best Drama Actress, four FAMAS Award nominations (winning one) and was hailed Princess of Philippine Movies and TV for her accomplishments in the film and television industry.
“I do not believe in premarital $ex at ni minsan di ko pa ginawa yan.”
Robert Marion “Robi” Eusebio Domingo (born September 27, 1989) is a Filipino VJ, actor, dancer, and host. He first gained fame as a reality show contestant by joining and ending up as the first runner-up of the reality competition series Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus in 2008, after which he became a member of ABS-CBN’s group of film and television talents collectively known as Star Magic.
“For me its sacramental eh, you do it with the one you love, yung makakasama mo habang buhay.”
Megan Lynne Young (born February 27, 1990) is a Filipino-American actress, model, TV Host and beauty queen. She won the Miss World Philippines title and was later crowned as Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. The American-born Filipino is the first representative of the Philippines to win the title of Miss World. Young started as a contestant of the reality television show StarStruck and later became a member of ABS-CBN’s Star Magic but she returned as a contract artist under GMA Network. “$ex is for marriage, that’s my belief, you say no, if they push you, you stay away, because that person doesn’t value you and your relationship as much.”
Sarah Geronimo, is a Filipino singer, actress and television personality. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Manila, Geronimo started a career in music at the age of 14 after winning the television singing contest Star for a Night. “I appreciate na he understands my views on it and he agrees with me naman, that’s why we believe in waiting until after marriage.”