Toni to pop the question to Paul, if…

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Actress-TV host Toni Gonzaga might just be the one to get down on one knee and ask for boyfriend director Paul Soriano’s hand in marriage. On one condition, though.


“Pag naiuwi mo iyan, ako ang magpo-propose sa iyo,” Toni said on “The Buzz,” referring to the Best Foreign Language Film award, which the acclaimed Paul Soriano-produced Filipino independent film “Transit” could have a shot at after it was named the Philippines’ official entry to the said category in this year’s Oscars.

Although the pronouncement may be a bit premature considering “Transit” is yet to make the shortlist of nine entries and then to the list of the five finalists that would compete in the category, Toni has every reason to be optimistic and excited.

“Nag-cameo kasi ako doon. So puwede akong rumampa doon talaga,” she continued.

More, Toni also related that Paul is now in talks for “Transit” to be screened abroad.

“They will be competing against 70 countries and we are aiming for the Oscars. Actually next week – tinanong ko na kay Paul kung puwede ko i-announce – he is already meeting with Hollywood producers who are interested in distributing ‘Transit’ and promoting it in the States.”

The 29-year-old shared how her partner broke the news of the selection to her.

“It was a tough decision daw for the Film Academy of the Philippines but actually it came as a shock to them. I got the text from Paul, I was sleeping. I woke up 2 p.m. kasi galing kami sa shoot, tapos ang text lang niya sa akin, ‘Please wake up, good news.’

“So I called him right away and he said na, ‘Tin, God is good. ‘Transit’ is chosen as the representative of the Philippines na makapasok sa Oscars.’ I think the Oscars is going to be in March and the whole campaign will be in December and January,” Toni narrated.

“Transit,” starring Ping Medina, Irma Adlawan and Jasmine Curtis-Smith, tells the story of an overseas Filipino family in Tel Aviv, who hides from the immigration police upon the danger of deportation.

The Academy will reportedly release the list of eligible foreign film entries several weeks after the Best Foreign Language Film submission deadline on Oct. 1. (Manila Bulletin)