Pinoy Big Brother Double Up hunk Tom Rodriguez refuses to label his relationship with fellow housemate and rumored girlfriend Princess Manzon. However, he told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that he is "courting" her.
"I'm courting, in a way. I'm trying to win her," he points out when asked about the score between them. "I can say that I have special feelings for her... that seats her above the rest. She holds a very special role in my life," he said.
His feelings aside, Tom remains uncomfortable about naming their status.
"It's hard to put labels on it, because as I've said, it's unfair to commit to something...na hindi ko magagampanan. So, kung ano mang meron kami, meron kami. We just go with the flow."
Asked whether Princess is girlfriend material, Tom answers with a bedimpled smile and a definite yes. "She is very, very caring. Like caring with a capital C. She can hold up her own. She's a real person. She doesn't pretend to be anyone else."
A real gentleman, he is also quick to defend Princess against accusations that she's mataray. "Hindi siya mataray. If you're her friend, she will defend you to the nail. She is the sweetest person you have ever met. But if you do something wrong to her friends or to her, something justifiably is wrong, she can be your worst enemy," Tom affirms.
Tom also shares that he already met Princess' mom when the latter came for a visit from Japan. He joined them for dinner and accompanied the two ladies to church.
"She was fun, very bubbly," says Tom of Princess's mom. "She was more like a teenager than Princess."
PETRANG KABAYO & VOIZBOYS. After that sultry role as Angelica Panganiban's fiancé in the hit comedy film Here Comes the Bride, Tom is shooting another movie with Vice Ganda, which is scheduled to be shown by September. The movie, Petrang Kabayo, is a remake of the '80s hit which starred Roderick Paulate. It's about how Petra, the lead character, is transformed into a white horse due to his bad manners and how he wins his human body back by treating people better.
While Tom is excited for Petrang Kabayo, he's also looking forward to working with Angelica and the rest of the Here Comes the Bride cast again.
"I hope there's going to be a Part 2. If there is, I very much like to be a part of it since I really enjoyed being part of the cast. Sobrang saya nila. Sobrang sarap nila katrabaho," he says.
Tom is also going to be very busy as VOIZboys begins shooting their music videos and setting up an international tour in Australia, London and the U.S. to promote their 10-track album, Fusion. Tom has been the singing quartet's latest addition, replacing Ronnie Liang who has an exclusive contract for a solo album. Tom joins Jay-R Siaboc, Guji Lorenzana and Nico Antonio.
"Before, I don't really sing. Now, I'm enjoying it. I'm studying it," reveals Tom. "I'm starting to be less scared going up the stage. Yung takot at kaba, nata-transform ko na to excitement."