I Do contestant Honey Avelino says that her younger brother Paulo Avelino has not yet introduced KC Concepcion to their family.
Honey admitted: "I haven’t met her [KC] personally pero I really want to get to know her more. If ever Paolo wants to be with her in the future, why not?”
The reality show contestant described the daughter of Sharon Cuneta as "pretty" and "mabait."
ON PAULO AVELINO. Honey described how it’s like living in the Avelino residence. She also revealed that Paulo was already mysterious even during his teenage years.
“Ever since we were young, reserved talaga siya.
“Kasi medyo independent kami growing up. I’ve got a strict dad, tapos yung mom ko kasi parang she wants us to learn life on our own, na parang hindi kami na-baby.
“If you want it, you get it, you learn how to do it.
“Hindi rin kami masyadong open. Parang yung iba [na family,] sobrang lahat [sinasabi,] kwentuhan ganun. Kami, no.
“Pero siyempre yung concern sa isa’t isa, yung care, andyan.
“But sa mga love life, hindi talaga.”
When Honey was asked about the relationship between Paulo Avelino and KC Concepcion, she carefully answered, “Friends daw sila.”
She explained, “Di ba, ang babae naman talaga, mas open mag-kwento. Ang lalaki mas reserved,” stating that Paulo doesn't talk much about his love life even with her.
Honey was one of the contestants of I Do who were interviewed by the media last October 8 at the Cocoon Hotel. She and her boyfriend Emil are among the Top 5 couples in this reality show hosted by Judy Ann Santos.
I DO VILLAGE. It took a while before the public found out that Honey is indeed related to the ABS-CBN actor. Honey pointed out that even the couples inside the village had no idea that they are actually siblings.
“I’d like to say naman na when we entered, at first, we auditioned. Nag-audition talaga kami.
“Unlike sa iba na invite. We were not invited. We joined the audition process, tapos ayun.
“Siguro, of course, I’m sure malaking factor din yung kapatid si Paulo [Avelino,] siyempre sikat. That helped us entering.
“Pero siyempre, while we were inside, hindi ko naman din [sinabi] siyempre ayoko na parang ma-judge na ‘Uy! Kapatid ni Paulo,’ with the other couples.
“I want them to know me for me, for us.
“So maski sila di nila nalaman, only after the show. Para at least naman, yung treatment, pantay, yung get to know me for me.”
Honey joined I Do with her boyfriend of six years, Emil Baustista.
“Sobrang happy, super happy to be a part of the top five.
“Nagulat din kami kasi all the couples are very tough competitors din. Sobrang ang strong ng mga bondings nila, and relationship nila.
“Kaya parang to be part of this top five, sobrang blessed, sobrang lucky, sobrang happy, lahat na.”
Being in a relationship for six years already and counting, Honey talked about their advantages as a couple and the downsides of knowing each other “too well.”
“Ang dami kasi naming nakita sa iba rin na pwede naming i-apply sa amin, like for example with Christian and Chelsea [who are only three months in their relationship but are already contemplating marriage] yung sweetness nila.
“Naku, yang honeymoon stage na 'yan, nakaka-miss.
“Kasi pag tumatagal, medyo sanay na kayo, parang buddies na lang.
“So it reminds us na parang, ‘Oh, wait, Emil, dapat meron tayong chemisty pa rin, and sweetness.’
“And for the others naman, yung communication kasi nila, that we were able to learn more or be more mature.
“Nakita n'yo naman very petty yung reasons ng mga away namin, and minsan dinadaan kasi namin sa pagiging sarcastic.
“So parang, [we learned] na there’s a way pala to properly address it ng hindi rin kayo nakakasakit or nagiging worst yung away after,” she elaborated.
The major difference between the couple is that Emil is the bunso of their family, while Honey is the panganay.
Honey pointed out that this might be the reason why they quarrel and the same reason why they got drawn to each other, because in a way, sometimes opposites do attract.
“Di ba, bunso si Emil, panganay ako. So sanay ako na independent, hina-handle lahat. Si Emil, dahil bunso nga 'yan, mahilig na bine-baby at laging inaalagan.
“Pero doon ko naman nakita sa village na, wow, si Emil pala kaya rin niya ako alagaan, na pag wala pala yung mga parents, wala lahat ng factors na yan, ano pala siya, lumalabas din pala yung pagkamatanda niya sa akin,” she explained.
After being together for a long time and after knowing each other’s quirks, did they ever plan to settle down?
“Before I Do kasi, we wanted to settle down. Ako, I wanted to settle down, I was only waiting for him.
“Yung only problem lang talaga is yung financial. So isa ring factor 'yan, na after I Do sana financially stable na.
“That’s why meron kaming ultimatum, bago mag-30, dalawang years pa 'yan. So at least we have time to save up.
“Kasi ang dami rin namin na-realize, na hindi pala pag-wedding tapos na ang problema mo, start pa lang pala 'yan sa lahat ng gagastusin mo pa.
“Kaya kung manolo, very good kasi equipped ka na.
“Kasi, imagine, meron ka nang P1 million, meron kang grand wedding, house and lot, ready ka na mag-start ng family. Yun. Sana mangyari.
“Kung di man, ayun, we have a business naman. So we’re hoping to be more focused, more responsible, para at least ma-hit naman namin yung mga goals namin.”
ON ENTERING SHOWBIZ. With Paulo becoming an award-winning actor, did Honey ever think about joining showbiz?
“I think gusto niya [Emil] kung mabigyan ng opportunity. Naku, 'yan pa, sobrang bagay niya sa showbiz kasi kenkoy 'yan, makulit, magaling kumanta,” Honey gushed.
When asked whether it would be okay if her boyfriend gets to act opposite leading ladies, Honey said with a laugh, “Kung may partner man, basta gusto niya.”
Honey admitted that she is also willing to enter show business if given a chance, “Okay, okay naman. Maganda nga sana kung pareho [kami,] better option, para at least hanggang dulo magkasama.”
In a previous report from ABS-CBN News, outgoing and cheerful Honey Avelino revealed that she actually dreams of becoming a television host or reporter. Aside from talk shows or news segments, would she also be willing do dramas or go sexy someday?
“Sexy, hindi ko 'ata kaya,” Honey straightforwardly said.
“Drama, siguro pag ma-pagaralan, pag may workshops, pag gumaling.
“Kasi si Paulo ang galing niya. We had workshops recently, doon ko nalaman na ang iksi-iksi [ng script] ang hirap, tapos kailangan mo i-project yung todo iyak, kaya ang laki ng respect ko sa kapatid ko.
“Kasi when when we watch [Paulo’s teleserye] kasi pag kilala mo di mo maseryoso, e. Pero when I tried it na, when I placed myself in his shoes during the workshop, iba, iba pala talaga, ang hirap,” Honey explained.
While staying inside the I Do village, viewers witnessed her fights with Emil, their sweet moments, and all the ups and downs that they went through, including the big revelation about Honey’s blood relation with the 26-year-old actor.
The 28-year-old businesswoman wasn’t spared from netizens' prying eyes. However, she also revealed that their comments haven’t affected her significantly.
“May mga nag-ti-tweet din. Minsan may nagko-comment like yung away namin, ganyan.
“Okay pa naman yung mga nababasa ko. Siyempre, there was a time na pinalabas yung magkapatid kami [ni Paulo Avelino.] Ang daming nag-comment na, ‘O, talaga, magkapatid yan? Di sila magkamukha.’
“Sabi ko, 'Oh well, ganyan talaga.'”
For his part, Paulo gave advice to Honey, knowing how tough the industry can be.
“For him, of course, nag-advice rin siya. Kasi he’s been through a lot.
"He said, 'Honey, do you really want it? Kasi if you want it, you have to be sure.'
“Kasi sa ngayon okay 'yan, afterwards, kailangan gustuhin mo kasi marami yan, hindi lang 'yan basta-basta all happy-happy.
“Siyempre, people with judge you, lalo na reality show, di ba, syempre iba-iba opinions ng tao, kung ayaw mo or gusto mo, hindi mo mapigilan 'yan.
“So, if you want it, then all good, kasi di ba it comes with what you’re entering, e.”
“Yun nga, madalas niyang sabihin,” Honey recalled.
Still, Honey confessed that the reason why she joined I Do was because she’s with the love of her life.
She narrated, “Ako naman, kaya lang ako nag-push through kasi I’m with Emil and it makes it easier na dalawa kami na andito na parang, wow, at least di ako nagso-solo going through this.”
PROUD SISTER. Honey was vocal in describing the traits that she admited in her younger brother Paulo.
“For me, siguro, yung pagiging not open niya, kasi that’s what keeps him more mysterious, e, and people want him more.
“But aside from that, yung talent, kasi kahit di siya mag-open, yung galing niya talaga.
“Sabi ko nga, e, when I’m watching his shows, kahit nung bata pa siya, once he wants something, once he does something, talagang binibigay niya lahat.
“At talagang nakikita ko talaga 'yan while he’s acting, lahat lahat pinagaaralan, di siya pupunta doon nang di siya prepared. At doon ako talaga bilib sa kapatid ko,” Honey concluded.