Maine Mendoza and Arjo Atayde are married!
Maja Salvador, beauty queen MJ Lastimosa, Ciara Sotto, Kristine Hermosa, and Sheena Halili, on the other hand, were among the bridesmaid
The wedding ceremony was described as an enchanting fairy tale come to life.
Since their wedding in Baguio last Friday, the celebrity couple are again making headlines over reports their honeymoon in Europe will coincide with Atayde’s official trip to Switzerland, Italy, and Greece, CNN Philippines reported.
Velasco stated in a signed certification that Atayde was granted travel authorization to Switzerland on July 10 to attend the international screening of his film “Topakk” at the 2023 Locarno International Film Festival.
While Atayde is also attending the film fest as the vice chairperson of the Special Committee on Creative Industry and Performing Arts, Velasco stressed that “Hon. Atayde did not request for any funding from the House of Representatives and said travel will be at his own expense.”
This comes after actress-TV personality Maine took to social media to address a news report by INQUIRER.net, which she claims “insinuates that this trip is at government expense.”
“There are two kinds of ‘official’ travels and I hope you include that in your article and where this trip falls under,” Maine said.
“I will probably be asked to delete this again but I shall say it again one last time, everything is at personal expense. 100%. No government funds will be used. Hope you can insert that somewhere in your article. Salamat,” she added.
In a story, INQUIRER.net said it was standing by its article as it is “backed by documents and obtained from highly-placed sources,” adding that it is not inclined to disclose its sources.
“A document secured by INQUIRER.net, however, was clear on the destinations covered by the ‘official trip,'” the news agency said. “Nowhere in our articles was it insinuated that government money was involved in their travel.”
The House secretary general also released a copy of the travel authority issued to Atayde with the subject “Official Travel to Switzerland, Italy and Greece on 05-27 August 2023.”
It was stated in the July 10 travel authority that Atayde is “entitled to travel tax exemption.”
The document said the lawmaker will visit the Filipino communities in Italy and Greece.
According to Department of Tourism’s Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, among those who can avail of travel tax exemption are foreign diplomatic and consular officials and staff, government officials and employees traveling on official business, and grantees of foreign government-funded trips.