Some people see marriage as the ultimate goal of any romantic relationship, while some think of it merely as a social construct. Among those who belong in the latter is Diego Loyzaga, who recently described tying the know with someone else as "a piece of paper."
The dad of one opened up on his view on marriage during his guesting on Toni Gonzaga's vlog uploaded on YouTube on Nov. 19. Here, he said that he doesn't see the need for a couple to get married when they have a harmonious relationship.
"It's a piece of paper me," he said. "Kunwari lang, you and me, we agree on everything. There's not a spot or piece of line or paragraph that we don't agree on, absolutely everything, a 100% crystal clear. Why must we now get it written down on a piece of paper and then get someone else to bestow onto us that we are now a married couple?"
He also pointed out the difficulties a married couple has to go through should they want to part ways in the future.
"Ang sa akin lang kasi if we fight in the future and it gets to the point na ayaw ko na sa iyo at ikaw ay galit na galit sa akin, it's not a big matter of having to go somewhere and get annulled, get divorced. Wala tayong divorce," he added.
The 28-year-old actor went on to explain that his views on marriage have something to do with what he witnessed from his parents and people around him.
Diego is the son of celebrities Cesar Montano and Teresa Loyzaga who became a couple in 1994. They welcomed Diego the following year but called it quits in 1996.
"I grew around it so much and I get to see it so much... separation. I mean aside from my own parents, even [people around me]. Until now minsan malabo, minsan we're just doing it for the kids. So okay why do you have to sign a piece of paper? What do you get in the end?" he said.
Asked about the condition of his children out of wedlock, Diego said, "I don't think a kid would see any difference from married couples, household, and someone living together as a household, you abide by the same rules."
He then clarified that his five-month-old daughter will carry his surname. The actor also emphasized that his views might still change in the future.
"We can talk five years from now and maybe things will be different," he remarked.
Diego, likewise, vowed to be his child's most supportive and ever-present dad who was born last May 22 in Australia. “I’m trying to be the most supportive dad I can be for the mom and my baby,” he said.
The actor also noted that his partner, whom he hasn’t publicly named yet, stressed the importance of a child having both parents present during the formative years. Though he and his partner haven’t been married yet, he said they intend to always be there for their daughter.
Diego is known for his roles in the teleseryes Mara Clara, Pangako Sa ‘Yo, and Pusong Ligaw, and movies The Breakup Playlist, Bloody Crayons, and Mama’s Girl. His latest project was Will You Be My Ex with Julia Barretto last June.
He also portrayed a younger version of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in Maid in Malacañang and Martyr or Murderer.