Paulo Avelino fondly recalled his time with Jesi Corcuera while they were still part of GMA-7’s artista search StarStruck.
It will be recalled that Paulo was paired with the openly lesbian Jesi when they joined StarStruck: The Next Level in 2006.
This 2016, Jesi joined ABS-CBN’s reality show Pinoy Big Brother where he is now known as the Transman of the House ng Cavite.
What was his reaction upon finding out that Jesi is now a transman?
“Gwapo!” exclaimed Paulo upon seeing a photo of Jesi flashed onscreen.
“I actually just found out a few weeks ago,” Paulo admitted during his guest appearance on Tonight With Boy Abunda. “Siya yung isa sa mga naka-partner sa akin.”
What can Paulo say about Jesi back then?
“I found her so pretty, para siyang si Halle Berry. Ang ganda.
“According to her, first kiss niya raw ako—off [camera] and on.”
(Read: Ex-StarStruck contestant Jesi Corcuera joins PBB Lucky 7 as transman)
In The Unmarried Wife, Paulo had the chance to work with Angelica Panganiban and Dingdong Dantes, who was the host of StarStruck when Paulo joined the talent search.
“Working with Ange [Angelica], she’s very fun to work with because she’s very bubbly. Sometimes, she would be quiet on the set. Pero nandun lagi yung part ng pagktao niya na gusto niyang pasiyahin lahat ng tao sa paligid niya.”
As for Dingdong, Paulo said, “Si Dong, isa sa mga iniidolo ko…not just because of his body of work but also because he’s a genuinely kind, great guy.”