After nonstop rumors linking Piolo Pascual to former Sa Piling Mo co-star Rica Peralejo, the hunky actor finally admits that he is indeed courting her. As it turned out, Piolo realized that the woman who will make him fall in love again, after four years of being loveless, is just around the corner.
The heartthrob made this revelation at the launching of the Hotdog tribute album Hotsilog at Virgin Café in Quezon City last October 11. "Actually, I never expected, I never anticipated, and I wasn't waiting [for] this thing to happen," says Piolo about falling for Rica.
Can he say that his heart is not lying this time?
"Totoo ‘yan," he swears. "I can say that it's a deep relationship, a real relationship like what I have with Claudine [Barretto] and Juday [Judy Ann Santos]. Parang mayroon itong... It might develop into something else."
Some people are saying that he's just using Rica to prove that he's not gay, what is his reaction to this?
"It's unfair kapag ginawa ko 'yan. Siguro ‘di naman makatao ‘pag manggagamit ka ng tao just to pretend or to prove something else," defends Piolo.
"Lalabas at lalabas ang katotohanan, hintayin na lang natin. My feelings are true, of course. Why will I pretend as it is in the business na marami ang nagpapaniwala sa kung ano ang napapanood nila sa TV? They cannot separate the truth and what they see on TV."
He goes on: "Yung totoo sa akin, kung ano talaga ako, 'yon ang pinalalabas ko. I mean, I do a lot of characters, a lot of things in TV. I think I owe it to myself to be real when I'm not in front of the camera."