Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Heart Evangelista (MNS photo)

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Heart Evangelista (MNS photo)

Despite her parents’ strong disapproval of her relationship with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Heart Evangelista said she has decided that she wants to be with the politician for the rest of her life.

The 28-year-old actress confessed that even though she’s not ready to marry just yet, she’s certain that Escudero would be the man waiting for her down that aisle one day.

“I can see marriage down the road, just not tomorrow. [But] I have already made a decision to be with Chiz for the rest of my life,” she said.

Whether Evangelista’s parents would be at the wedding still remains a question. Her parents earlier voiced their concerns over the relationship, citing that age difference and Escudero’s marital history could pose problems.

The 44-year-old lawmaker’s 10-year marriage with ex-wife Christine Flores was annulled in June 2012.

Since her parents publicly criticized Escudero last year, Evangelista said she has yet to speak and iron things out with her mother, Cecilia Ongpauco.

“I saw her once on my dad’s birthday, but I haven’t spoken to her. I speak to my dad (Rey Ongpauco) though. My dad’s already 70, and he just wants to be okay with me,” she shared.

‘Becoming a better person’

Evangelista, whose previous partners include actors Jericho Rosales and Daniel Matsunaga, said that her relationship with Escudero has helped her mature and become a better person.

“It’s so much better to be with somebody older for the times when i’m being childish. He lets it go. Or he would really talk to me when there’s something I don’t understand. It’s really nice,” she explained.

“I used to fear the bank before. I didn’t know anything. I didn’t hold any money. He told me, ‘You have to learn to handle your money and how to save. You need to know how the world works, you have to know these things.’ And I’ve learned so much,” the actress added.

Escudero, who expressed his desire to keep things private between them, has admitted that the public attention on their relationship has actually been helpful to the both of them.

“We are secure in who we are already, we have less to prove to other people, especially to the other person,” he said. “That’s the best thing about having a public life – whether in showbiz or in politics – it’s so easy to find things out, and it’s difficult to hide whatever.”

But Escudero, who has twins with his former wife, emphasized that he wants to keep things private when it comes to his children. “I want them to decide when they come of age what they want up,” he said. (MNS)