December 22, 2006, a female PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) source was at Sonia's Garden in Tagaytay when she and her companions spotted KC Concepcion with a foreign-looking guy. She quickly assumed that the guy must be one of KC's Frenchman friends who had come to visit the country.
But a closer look finally identified KC's male friend as Lino Cayetano—son of the late Senator Rene Cayetano, brother of Senator Pia Cayetano, director of the defunct Little Big Star and Anghel na Walang Langit, and a crossover talent from GMA-7 to ABS-CBN. Lino's lean, fragile mestizo looks can make him pass for a foreigner.
KC and Lino were said to have been seen together in Manila and Boracay.
On January 31, 2007, Dolly Anne Carvajal—entertainment columnist and daughter of the late Inday Badiday—wrote in her Philippine Daily Inquirer column "Dollywood" that a certain "Kace Cayetano" e-mailed her about KC and Lino vacationing in Hong Kong.
"Before KC flew back to Paris, she and Lino spent a few weeks in HK, according to the e-mail sender," she said in her column.
A picture of KC and Lino, allegedly taken in Hong Kong, accompanied the piece.
On February 3, PEP was able to interview Sharon Cuneta about the issues surrounding her daughter, KC, and Lino.
The Megastar clarified, "Ang sasabihin ko lang, di totoo yung weeks... KC was not even here for three... Kasama niya kami sa Hong Kong... Saka please lang, nakikiusap ako, huwag na nating pag-usapan yung KC-Lino issue, pati yung Hong Kong. Nakakairita saka hindi na dapat."
On February 12, Dolly Anne wrote in her column Lino's official statement—sent to her through text message—answering the controversy and clarifying details.
Lino's message followed as: "I just want to clear up some things regarding your article. KC and her entire family went to Hong Kong before she flew to Paris. On their last day there, I surprised her and spent half a day with KC and her friends from HK Disneyland. Then she left for Paris na.
"We didn't spend a week there and we didn't do anything behind her family's back. We are genuinely still in the process of getting to know each other as well as getting to know each other's family and friends. I think that the most important aspect of starting a relationship is building the proper foundation..."
MEGA HURT. In a PEP interview on March 2, Sharon revealed that she is hurt by what Dolly Anne has written about KC.
She explained, "Ang sasabihin ko, masamang-masama ang loob ko because I really expected... Because her [Doll Anne's] mother [the late Inday Badiday] and I had a very, very special relationship and I'm very close to her first cousin Carra. I also respected Tita Letty Magsanoc [Inday's sister]. I would have hoped for a little protection from Dolly Anne pagdating sa miyembro ng pamilya ko, lalo't mali ang isinulat at saan nanggaling ito?"
An interview quoted Dolly Anne supposedly saying "a friend is a friend, but a scoop is a scoop."
The Megastar reacted, "Magsabi ka lamang ng totoo. Hindi ‘yong kung di mo gustong protektahan ang anak ko, parang ... Because I've heard na sinabi niya sa TV na she's my friend, but with that stupid 'scoop'? So how can you call yourself my friend, di ba? In that case, return to your friend what you are supposed to. Dati, nagkakaintindihan tayo...
"I understand that people are interested in who you're going out, pero para mag-imbento ka na parang nag-meet pa lang tayo ‘tapos ang tsismis, nagtanan na tayo, parang pangit, di ba? And she's [KC's] not like that."
HELLO DOLLY. PEP gets talk-time with the now controversial Dolly Anne Carvajal at the press con for Lani Misalucha's concert yesterday, March 7.
Dolly begins, "She has every right naman to feel that way as a mom, but really I meant no harm. Sa mga isinulat ko, never kong inilagay na nag-honeymoon or nag-spend ng weeks. Mali lang siguro pagkaka-headline na they spent time together kasi ang expression ng ‘spend time' could mean a lot of things."
She explains, "Siguro na-misinterpret lang ‘yong pagkakasulat ko, but kahit sino namang magbasa noon, wala namang malice. Kasi ang masama siguro kung hindi pumunta si Lino sa Hong Kong, or Lino and KC are not dating. Pero siya [Sharon] na rin mismo ang umamin na totoo naman, so hindi ko rin makita ‘yong logic sa sinasabi na mali ‘yong sinulat ko, puro kasinungalingan.
"Siguro hindi lang kumpleto ‘yong detalye, but ‘yong follow-up story naman, I even quoted Lino's text sa akin. Niliwanag ko na it wasn't just Lino and KC. The family was with them. Siguro na-overlook ko lang ‘yon na ganoon. Hindi ako nakikipag-away kay Sharon, and I'd rather keep quiet about it kasi hindi ko naman ire-retract ‘yong sinulat ko. Although, I made a few corrections after para lang masama ‘yong detalye na gusto niyang [Sharon] masama."
She remarks, "To say na talagang mali ‘yong sinulat ko, I think ano naman ‘yon... Sana she'll also show some respect for my job kung hindi lang ‘yong friendship or ‘yong pinagsamahan, kasi maliit lang naman ‘yong mundo ng showbiz, so sana we can co-exist na lang peacefully."
FROM FRIEND TO FAN. Sharon was interviewed saying that she considers Inday Badiday as her friend, but not Dolly Anne.
"Well, that's sad kasi naka-frame pa nga ‘yong cards niya sa akin. Ganoon ko trineasure kasi growing up... ‘Yong eldest ko si Bianchi, idol siya so kada birthday nung anak ko, nandoon siya," says Dolly.
She continues, "But may dumating na pagkakataon na ganoon, e, na may picture na hindi naman bold picture or picture na medyo in a compromising position si KC, so parang I took the liberty na lang of printing it na... Philippine Daily Inquirer naman, pina-print naman.
"When we looked at it face value, wala naman masama doon sa picture, but siyempre iba ‘yong sensibilities ni Mega and lahat naman siguro tayo may ganoon. Siguro ‘yong sa kaniya, sobra na ‘yon... I'm still her fan. Kung ayaw niya ng friend, fan na lang ako."
INDAY BADIDAY. Dolly admits that she is hurt because her deceased mother, Inday Badiday, is being dragged in the issue.
"That's why nga I'm sad kasi I know naman how close they are. Pero if my Mom were alive, I don't think she'll be happy naman with all this is happening dahil maganda naman pagpapalaki sa akin ng Mommy ko. I wouldn't do anything to harm people intentionally," she explains.
She adds, "Parang the job just calls for it and nakakalungkot lang na pati si Mommy nananahimik na... Pati ‘yong kung ano man mga naitulong or kung ano mang pinagsamahan, hindi naman kailangan ungkatin pa ‘yon. Let's just stick to the issue. Let's just stick to the facts."
MESSAGE FOR SHARON. "Siguro in memory of my Mom, sana matapos na ito, ‘wag na humaba. ‘Wag nang bigyan ng ibang kulay kasi really kung rerebyuhin niya ‘yong mga sinulat ko na, without being that emotional, wala talaga ako makitang masama sa isinulat ko. I will always say sorry when I know I'm wrong. When I know naman I'm right, I'll stick to my guns," comments Dolly.
A CHANCE FOR PEACE? Dolly wrote in her column, dated February 28, that she is "grateful to Sha for all the help she selflessly extended during my Ma's ICU days and my darkest hours."
Since Sharon's fiery statement came out, Dolly says she hasn't contacted the Megastar yet.
She explains, "Kasi mainit siya, e. Mahirap naman kasi salubingin and Megastar ‘yon, e. It's her prerogative na ganoon, parang she makes me feel so worthless. Parang ibalik mo ‘yong dapat mong ibalik, e...
"In due time, hindi ko man kayang ibalik, e, good karma naman always kapag tumulong ka sa tao. It's so sad na parang 'pag nagbigay ka naman wholeheartedly, dapat hindi mo na sinusumbat."She ends, "Siguro ano lang niya ‘yon, outburst, so I accept all her words and all her accusations. Hindi naman ako makikipag-away."