Is bossa nova sensation Sitti Navarro in love with a foreigner?
"Cookie po ‘yun," she laughs heartily when Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) asked her about the song she wrote, "A Song for Penny Brown," which is included in her new album Sitti: My Bossa Nova, under Warner Music Philippines.
"I was actually in Boracay when I wrote that song," said Sitti as she regained her wits. "'Yun nga hindi ko akalain na makakasulat ako ng kanta. Nagkataon lang na may isang melody na pumipitik sa utak and nasabayan ko naman ng lyrics."
So, "Who is Penny Brown?" we asked again.
‘Actually cookie s'ya," she laughs again. "Favorite ko ‘yan kaya ‘yan na lang ang naisip ko na i-title kasi wala akong maisip na mai-title," added Sitti with her distinct sweet smile.
For someone who sings songs in a genre considered romantic and undeniably passionate, having a cookie brand name for an inspiration instead of an actual person sounds a bit funny.
"Love life? Wala e," she confessed softly. "Dating-dating lang."
Sitti said that she remains unattached despite a throng of male fans who openly admitted not just liking her style of music but having a huge crush on her as well.
The rumor linking her to actor Victor Neri and with Ysabella co-star and fellow singer Aiza Seguerra is not true she replied instantly.
"Nanood si Victor ng gig sa Metrobar tapos nagustuhan niya siguro 'yung music kaya nakatingin lang siya ng ganun. Pero ‘yun lang."
How about with Aiza Seguerra?
"Sila pa din ni Chen. They're very much together," she said, referring to Aiza's steady long-time girlfriend.
Both Aiza and Sitti are part of ABS-CBN's teleserye Ysabella, and the reason Sitti thinks they're being matched is because most of the scenes require them to be together as they portray band mates.
"Si Aiza talaga ‘yung lagi kong nakakasama sa taping kasi halos lahat ng sequences kami ang magkasama kasi yung role ko parang close friend n'ya ako."
Sitti would rather go for someone who is outside showbiz circles. She's more attracted to low profile guys or as those who are, "boys next door" type. "Low profile. Hindi showbiz. Ayoko ng showbiz (guy) parang ang gulo-gulo kasi."
She now enjoys acting, most especially hosting, and hopes to pursue it further given the right opportunity. Sitti and Asia Agcaoili used to host the Pinoy Big Brother segment on Studio 23.
Sitti fondly describes her stint as PBB host: "Enjoy kasi ‘yung magiging family mo yung crew, 'tsaka 'yung mga katrabaho mo. Si Asia, close na kami. In a way, hindi siya parang seryosong hosting. We're just having fun."