Add Filipino international star Billy Crawford into Human apparel's growing list of celebrity endorsers. Yesterday, July 31, at the Activity Center of the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City, Billy was officially launched by the Ben Chan-owned retail clothing line as its latest image model.
"Actually, never ko talagang ini-expect," smiled Billy to the entertainment press after the event. "Nakakakita lang ako [dati] ng mga billboards and then nung tinawagan ako, nagulat na lang ako. So, it's a pleasure na nandito ako, 'tsaka ang masarap dito, hindi lang ako nagmu-model-model dahil hindi naman talaga ako model, e, pero kinuha nila ako as a performer. And now that I'm representing Human, sobrang excited ako."
After a quick catwalk strut, Billy went on to perform a few numbers, accompanied by back-up dancers. This time though, he ditched the usual baggy pants he usually wears onstage and was wearing a semi-loose pair of jeans. It wasn't "skinny" but the fact that he wasn't in over-sized trousers was a fresh sight that evening.
HEY, NIKKI. Rumor has it that Billy is playing sweet music with Pinoy Dream Academy Uberture co-host and fellow singer Nikki Gil.
"We're hanging out," confessed Billy. "Mabait siya, alam mo, halos araw-araw ko naman sila lahat kasama kasi sa PDA nga nagkakasama kami and mabait talaga siya [Nikki], sobrang mabait.
Hanging out, however, doesn't mean that they are dating romantically. Billy stressed that they simply enjoy each other's company like normal friends. As for his love life, the former child star maintained that he's very much single and would rather work than enter a relationship this early.
"Kailangang magtrabaho," Billy pointed out. "Limited lang ‘yong time ko dito [sa Pilipinas], so siyempre magtatrabaho ako."
Completing his three-month stay here in the country, Billy will be leaving on September 17 to resume his music career in Europe. Given a choice, he would love to still accept project here in the Philippines while attending to his overseas commitments. But that would be impossible, given the distance.
"If there are opportunities na maiiwasan ko lang ng konti sa France or sa Europe, pero medyo mahirap kasi nandoon ako, actually normally pag-alis ko six months ako doon 'tapos babalik ako sa U.S. So, I just leave everything to the Lord. Siya na lang bahala kung ano'ng gagawin ko."
Leading a jet-setting lifestyle also makes it hard for Billy to focus on having a girlfriend.
"Well, I said if I'll find someone and we're compatible and okay lang kami, hopefully they understand din ‘yong ginagawa ko for me to leave and I have to leave. Pero sa dami ng blessings na ibinibigay sa ‘kin dito sa Pilipinas ngayon, I'm very proud and happy to be here."
His contract with ABS-CBN is good for only three months. Asked by PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) if negotiations for a possible renewal are in the works, Billy replied, "Not yet."
As for his strained relationship with mentor German Moreno, Billy mentioned sadly that they have yet to talk and settle the issue.
Fixing his gaze on the television cameras, Billy said sincerely, "Kuya Germs kung nanonood man kayo, puwede pong mag-usap na lang po tayo. Mas maganda 'yon na lang."