President Benigno S. Aquino III congratulates National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner-at-Large Jose Sixto “Dingdong” Dantes III after administering the oath in a ceremony at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (September 01). Also in photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and TV host/actress Marian Rivera. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III congratulates National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner-at-Large Jose Sixto “Dingdong” Dantes III after administering the oath in a ceremony at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (September 01). Also in photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and TV host/actress Marian Rivera. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Hope springs eternal, a candid President Benigno Aquino III said Monday as he reacted to news that he was asked by Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero to be his best man in his wedding with actress Heart Evangelista.

“As to being best man syempre (of course) I am honored but I am relieved that I wasn’t made ninong (godfather),” Aquino said in jest.

Speaking at the sidelines of the Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Program launch at Davao City, Aquino explained that it was taboo for single people to be called on as principal sponsors in weddings since it would make them less likely to find a partner in life.

Asked how many times he had become best man, he said, “May mga bagay na hindi na binibilang (There are things that should no longer be counted).”

Aquino, since being elected president in 2010, has long been teased about his status as a bachelor.

Aquino also confirmed that he was invited to the wedding of Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera but said he was just a guest.

“They’ve been very supportive, both of them,” he said of the two celebrities. (MNS)