Dingdong Avanzado and wife Jessa Zaragoza, with their daughter Jayda, arrived from the U.S. before dawn yesterday, May 31. The couple looked more than ready to face the controversies surrounding them and comedienne Rufa Mae Quinto.
StarTalk greeted the couple at the NAIA terminal and asked them if they have given closure to the issue. Dingdong replied, "Yes, definitely isa ‘yan sa mga nais namin na masara. At maka-move on na rin, sabi nga niya [Rufa Mae], di ba? Pero isara natin nang tama.
"Sa parte na magsasalita ako, I think I'll leave to God if He would allow that opportunity. Pero honestly, I'm also prepared kung kinakailangan kong magsalita."
Jessa also has a plan ready just in case she meets Rufa Mae in person. She said, "Kung magkikita kami, willing ako anytime, anywhere, na makipag- usap sa kanya."
Now that they're here, is closure the only purpose of their visit?
"We came back kasi we needed to settle some unfinished business," Dingdong said. "So it's a vacation, pero marami kaming kailangan tapusin bago kami bumalik doon [U.S.], e."
Jessa added, "Unang-una, siyempre si Dingdong gusto niya dito i-celebrate yung 40th birthday niya sa July 7. ‘Tapos ako naman, I have to finish my album na hopefully ma-release by September. Siyempre birthday din ni Jayda sa June 1, five years old na siya. At isa pa, magkaka-load ulit kami sa celebrity golf tournament sa Guam."
RUMORS, RUMORS. Even before the celebrity couple arrived in the Philippines, rumors started to brew that they're selling their house in the U.S. in order to stay put in the Philippines. In fact, they reportedly conducted a garage sale there recently.
"That's not true," Jessa denied. "Siyempre babalik pa kami sa Amerika. Kasi unang-una, ginawa namin ito at naging Greencard holder kami. Hindi naman ita-take din yung risk na mawala yung pinaghirapan namin, di ba?"
CLOSURE WITH RUFA MAE. Rufa Mae's tell-all interview with YES! magazine started the issue with her and couple. Is Jessa finally ready to face and speak with her old friend?
"Alam mo honestly, ako, kung magkikita man kami, willing ako anytime, anywhere na makipag-usap sa kanya. Kasi wala naman akong itinatago at nagsasabi ako ng totoo. Ready ako sa kung ano man. Walang problema sa akin yun," said Jessa.
Dingdong added, "Sa akin, wala din problema yun kung magkita kami. Maliit ang mundo ng showbiz. Pero hindi naman kami nakikipag-away sa kanya, e. In fact, di ba, dapat tapos na ito last year pa?"
The exchange between and Jessa and Rufa Mae escalated while Dingdong did not saying his piece. For the first time, he expressed his opinion to StarTalk on the matter.
"Actually yung galit, hindi galit, e. Siyempre naiinis ka, di ba? Pero alam mo ang conception kasi ng tao, e, showbiz. Everything's about conception, e. And kami, tahimik ang buhay namin sa Amerika, although we're still doing shows. Pero in the sense na yung private life namin, we wanted it talaga to be low key. "
In a tone of frustration, Dingdong continued, "Nabuksan ulit, napasok ulit. Parang I want to sweep everything under the rug after you said something...'tapos sasabihin mo na ganoon na lang yun, kalimutan na lang. Nakikita namin yung statements niya [Rufa Mae], yung mga pahayag niya, pahayag ng ibang tao, mga opinion...masakit. Masakit kasi they don't know what the truth was, what the truth is, what really happened.
"You know, I guess sa akin lang, e, lumabas lang yung katotohanan. Let's put to rest kung ano man ang iniisp ni ganito, ni ganyan. Let's just stick to the facts... After that, we can all hopefully move on."
Does part of moving on include fixing the relationship between the couple and Rufa Mae?
"I can't really say," Dingdong admitted. "Pero siyempre, walang may gusto ng kaaway. Kaya nagulat kami na kailangan gumawa pa siya ng ganito na hindi man lang naisip yung repercussions sa mga nasabi niya. I mean, kahit sabihin pa niya na karapatan niya yun and all. Pero I'm sure even the people around her would know and understand that there was no need for her to say those things. But now that she has, and she says her right, well it's also our right then, to also respond."