When TV host/showbiz news presenter Pia Guanio endorsed a whitening product called Pervil Magic Cream last October 6, she could not escape being grilled by her fellow entertainment reporters regarding her new endorsement and her love life as well.
The tables were turned on Pia at My Spoon restaurant in Quezon City, when she was pressed to spill the beans regarding her relationship with Vic Sotto.
“Oo [kami na], sa S-Files pa lang [inamin ko na],” she tells PEP that Friday night. “Hindi ko na mabilang [kung gaano katagal]… I just want to let you all know na wala kaming dine-deny. We’re both very happy.”
The tall stunner confirmed that she is part of the Enteng Kabisote 3 cast, but denied that her relationship with Vic is just for publicity. “He’s not one to do gimmicks e,” she retorted. “Neither am I… In fact, this relationship is so difficult for me to talk about, because it’s so sacred. All my relationships have been serious.”
When asked if she has endorsed the product to Vic, Pia had this to say: “Ang na-typan niya yung bag [referring to the Pervil paper bag with her picture on it], pero siyempre [siubukan] na rin niya yung contents [nung bag]. Kaya kapag pumuti si Vic Sotto, alam niyo na kung bakit!” she laughs.
In an exclusive interview aired on the GMA-7 showbiz talk show S-Files on October 8, the couple talked openly about their romance.
“Chismis? Hindi na uso chismis ngayon,” says Vic—a.k.a. ‘Bossing’—in his sarcastic comedic style. “Kung anong totoo, ‘yon ang totoo.”
“Oo naman [kami na],” clarifies Pia.
“Ever since naman, ewan ko kung bakit nagiging big deal,” he explains. “Dahil unang-una, ako mismo, wala naman akong dine-deny. Hindi na uso ang link link ngayon. ‘Pag ‘yon, ‘yon na!”
She adds: “ang pinagtataka nga naming, ba't nagtatanong pa sila [kung kami nga ba talaga]. Hindi ba obvious?”
In fact, the couple have been attending family gatherings together. “[Nung] birthday ni Tito Sen [former senator Tito Sotto] magkasama kami… [We’re together] all over the place! Kung saan saan kami napupulot,” Pia jokes.
When asked by talent manager and TV host Lolit Solis during the exclusive interview if Pia will be his “last partner," Vic replies: “Puwede.”
“It’s the same for me,” she seconds. “You always hope and pray na whoever you’re with is the last person you’re going to be with. Siyempre ayaw mo naman ng back to square one. Getting to know you na naman.”
Pia and the Sottos
When Pia revealed her special ties with Vic, many asked how she gets along with his family members.
In an interview with PEP last October 6 at the launching of her new endorsement, Pervil Magic Cream, Pia confides the terms of endearment used by the Sotto clan.
Oyo Boy, son of her comedian boyfriend, calls her ‘Ate Pia.’ Danica calls her ‘P.’ Of the two kids, who would she say she has a closer relationship with?
“[Ka]-close? I would say Danica,” she reveals. “Kasi si Danica nakikita ko sa taping ng Daddy-Di-Do-Du [Vic and Danica’s GMA-7 sitcom], which is also in Broadway [Centrum]. And lagi kaming lumalabas nung mga girls, mga Sotto girls. Kasi si Ciara very close to me, because I work with her and wala akong mga sisters e. So nananabik ako sa sisterhood.”
She also has good words for the kids’ mother, Dina.
“I’ve known her from before pa,” she says of Vic’s former wife. “In fact, nag-host kami together. Nag-host kami ng event together… And she’s such an intelligent, very sociable, very lively person.”
Moviegoers can see more of the couple when they star together in the third sequel of Enteng Kabisote. Vic added a special guest role for Pia in this year’s entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival.
Vic explains in the October 8 S-Files interview: "Parang guest role lang kasi [si Pia]. Nung nagka-casting kami kinakailangang... nangailangan kami ng guest na parang girlfriend noong araw na pagseselosan ni Faye [Enteng's wife in the movie]. E itong role na to pivotal e."
"Pivotal?" Pia is caught by the S Files camera as saying.
"Pivotal e," Vic goes on. "Dahil dito ‘yong pagsisimulan ng gulo-kung bakit ako napalayas. Napalayas ako dito sa istoryang ito."