"I'm seriously pursuing her. I hope sagutin niya ako," says crooner Richard Poon, who admitted that he's been going out with Maricar Reyes (inset) since last month.

Photo: Noel Orsal

Richard Poon did not hesitate to answer when asked about the real score between him and fellow Star Magic talent Maricar Reyes.

The Big Band Crooner was supposed to talk about his upcoming concert, Richard Poon: The Crooner, during the media gathering prepared for him earlier today, October 28, at Icings bake shop on Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City.

Instead, the first part of the presscon turned into a hot seat for Richard as the entertainment media asked him about Maricar.

For the first time, he publicly admitted: "I'm really pursuing her seriously."

It can be remembered that Richard already confessed his admiration for Maricar in a previous interview. However, the singer-songwriter never had the chance to take the next step since, according to him, he became busy with work. (CLICK HERE to read related article.) 

Richard first met Maricar more than a year and a half ago when she starred in his music video for "You and I." At that time, Richard remembered, he didn't have a hard time getting along with Maricar.

"Nag-uusap kami in between [takes]," he said. "For some people, it's hard, parang hirap ka to talk. Pero kaming dalawa, very easy, I don't know why. After no'n, hindi na kami nagkita."

Although they saw each other several times on the Sunday musical-variety show ASAP, Richard said they never had the chance to talk to each other. But they reconnected last August during the Star Magic Ball.

"After ng Star Magic Ball, nagkita kami, 'Hi. How are you? Kumusta ka na?'" related Richard. "This year, nagyayaan ulit kami, we text a lot and we have very long conversations, whether coffee or something. So we really get along."

Now, the ASAP Sessionista performer goes out on dates with Maricar, sometimes with their common friends, including his manager Erik Raymundo.

What did he like about Maricar?

"Honestly, I just find her... I mean, she's really too beautiful for me, physically. But even inside her, she's a good person if you really know her," Richard answered with a smile.

He added, "She's very private. Parang sabi nga niya, 'Oo nga, 'no? Parang you went through my wall.' Noong narinig ko 'yon, parang sabi ko, 'Thank you.'

"Then, we talk about so many things na she's afraid of. I think that really made her click for me, na I can find somebody na super-duper crush ko, at the same time, we can talk really about anything under the sun.

"For me, she's the most beautiful woman I've ever met and I think she just continues to bloom as I get to know her."