FIRST READ ON PEP: KC Concepcion appreciates Richard Gutierrez's sweet Valentine's Day gesture

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KC Concepcion confirmed the news that Richard Gutierrez had flowers delivered on her doorstep. As for the type of flower, KC simply enthused, "I love all the different flowers. But I like imported long stemmed flowers, especially ‘pag marami," she laughed.


Fresh from the success of her TV acting debut via Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) last February 15, KC Concepcion admits that she's excited with the thought of finally appearing in a movie—provided the project is good and worth doing.

"It was really fulfilling," said KC about her MMK experience. The press cornered KC earlier today, February 28, at the Mega Trade Hall 1 of the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City at the launching of Sony's Cyber-Shot Camera, which KC is endorsing.

Just as she did before accepting MMK's offer, KC and the people behind her career are meticulously examining all the necessary details of her film projects.

"Iba-iba po talaga ‘yong mga factors na kinu-consider namin, and we're just looking for the best," said KC. She paused, then added, "Because there's only one 'first', so we're looking for the best na maibibigay sa mga naghihintay, sa audience, kasi priority naman po talaga namin ‘yong audience."

When it comes to guidance, especially in dealing with the ropes of show business, KC need not look far.

"She always reminds me na kung may isang taong kailangan kong hingan ng advice, siya ‘yon," confided KC, refering to her mom Sharon Cuneta.

"Because dito na siya lumaki. Dito na siya nagka-boyfriend, nagka-asawa, nagka-anak... lahat ng first niya. So, I think she's very supportive and very excited on things to come."

SOUVENIRS AND RICHARD. Being an avid fan of photography, KC enthused about how delighted she was when Sony asked her to endorse its latest state-of-the art camera.

And since she's fond of snapping pictures of close friends and loved ones, reporters asked if she saved a photo of young actor Richard Gutierrez in her trusted camera.

"Wala na po sa camera, trinansfer ko na," she said to the amusement of the reporters.

Kidding aside, KC continued, "Marami po kami rito sa camera na ‘to. It's not just one person and hindi naman po normal kung wala akong pictures ng mga kaibigan ko."

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Ever since her reported breakup with director Lino Cayetano, KC was linked to the dashing Kamandag lead star. For those who are curious about her relationship with Richard, KC insists that everything is still pretty much platonic.

"Magkaibigan po ‘yong families namin. Si Tita Annabelle [Rama, Richard's mom], nakikita ko po ‘yan all the time sa bahay ni Tita Helen [Gamboa-Sotto]," said KC.

FLOWER FESTIVAL. Last February 14, KC personally wrote a sweet letter to her mom, asking the Megastar to be her date for the special occasion.

"Sinulatan ko ng card, Valentine card, ‘yong mom ko, na kung puwedeng siya ‘yong maging Valentine ko for Valentine's Day," she revealed.

It was a complete reversal of roles according to the pretty endorser. "Because noong bata ako, single pa siya, ako lagi ang sinusulatan niya ng Happy Valentine's, so na-miss ko ‘yon," said KC.

The day turned out to be even more special for both mother and daughter. KC confessed that prior to Valentine's Day, she and her mom were not getting along fine, like they used to.

"Actually, naiyak nga ako," KC wistfully recalled. "Nakahawak ako sa binti niya dahil parang may love quarrel kami 'tapos nagkabati kami on Valentine's Day. So all night kaming magkasama having dinner and I gave her flowers. I gave her tulips."

Not to be left behind, KC also received lots of flowers that day. And one of those came from...who else but Richard Gutierrez.

"I'm thankful to those na hindi ako nakalimutan," she smiled, obviously trying to downplay Richard's sweet gesture. "So, kung meron man akong flowers na natanggap kay Richard, I thank him for that. And I also thank the others that remembered me, to be fair, in fairness meron naman ding nakaalala sa akin."

Fortunately, and despite having to compete with a number of flower senders, the one sent by Richard managed to catch KC's warm approval.

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"In fairness nung Valentine's, favorite flowers ko ‘yong pinadala niya, ha," gushed KC.

And what did she receive from ex-beau Lino Cayetano?

"Text," KC replied briefly.

Pressed on her opinion on the news that Lino gave TV host Bianca Gonzales a bunch of flowers, KC jokingly retorted: "Alam ba ni Bianca na may text akong nakuha from Lino?"

Turning serious this time, KC defended Lino and his intentions by saying, "Mabait naman si Lino, so I'm sure, you know, mabait siya sa mga loved ones niya."


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