Jericho Rosales is back on the tellie, starring in ABS-CBN's Pangarap na Bituin, together with Sarah Geronimo, Rica Peralejo, and Maja Salvador. This teleserye is his first regular series since taking a break from acting to pursue his interest in music.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with the hunk actor last night, August 23, at the presscon of the said show.
Like Echo, his girlfriend Heart Evangelista hasn't been seen much on television lately. The last project she did with ABS-CBN was Hiram na Mukha. How is she?
"[She's] very beautiful and healthy," answered Echo. "Mayroon kasi siyang advocacy, ‘yong sa mga pets niya pati ‘yong sa mga kids. She's doing a soap, hindi ko lang puwedeng sabihin pa kung ano ‘yon. And mayroon din siyang project na naka-line-up after that soap."
Also, Echo said that Heart is busy with her upcoming album.
"She'd busy now. Siya ‘yong nagpo-produce doon sa bagong album niya. Medyo busy rin preparing for a lot of things."
HEART'S PARENTS. Echo and Heart have been together for almost three years now, but they still haven't gotten the approval of Heart's parents.
"Actually, magiging honest ako. Very medyo distant ang relationship namin ngayon. I cannot say na we're not in speaking terms. I can't say anything like that kasi hindi ko naman puwedeng idikta ang saloobin nila, e. Basta ang alam ko lang, masaya na ‘yong vibes. Masaya na ‘yong atmosphere, di ba? Si Heart, malaya, maligaya, parang ganoon. Nagpapasalamat na ako na malaking improvement na nangyari."
He added, "Ako gusto ko i-honor ang parents niya. Gusto ko silang i-honor through taking care of Heart. Gusto kong inaalagaan ko si Heart. Hindi ko maalis ‘yong magulang, siyempre protective ‘yan. Hindi puwedeng dapuan ng kahit anong langaw o lamok si Heart. Vina-value ko ‘yong pag-aalaga nila kay Heart kaya ganoon na lang din ‘yong pag-aalaga ko sa kanya.
"Mayroon naman akong kapayapaan sa loob ko na nakikita naman siguro nila na hindi ako nagloloko, nagtatarantado, o kahit ano, di ba? Ang sinasabi lang sa akin ni Heart, ‘Continue to love them and be patient.' Kasi ganyan talaga ang mga magulang. Mapagmahal, di ba? Lalo na't Pilipino tayong lahat, di ba? Tradisyon."
The 27-year-old actor disclosed, "[Si Heart] na ‘yong pinakamatagal kong relationship sa buong buhay ko... I have the girl of my dreams... I'm bold enough to say na siya na ‘yong gusto ko. Wala na akong ibang gusto."
Echo revealed that the last time he saw Heart's parents was during the first year of their relationship. He hasn't seen them since.
Though this may be the case, he still hasn't lost hope that they would give their nod in the future, especially since he is planning to marry their daughter someday.
"Bawat tao kasi is entitled to his freedom. I will continue to honor her parents kung mangyayari man iyan. I will be blessed kung sakaling hingin ko iyong blessing na iyon na gawing formal. You know, sanctified by the Lord ‘yong aming pagsasama. It will be a blessing, di ba, na walang mangyayaring masama. Ano ba naman ‘yong iwi-wish ng parents sa anak ‘yong mahanap niya ang tamang guy para sa kanya," he explained.He ended with a joke, "I'm not saying na okay ako, pero okay na okay ako!"