In the middle of the "tampuhan" issue between talent manager Annabelle Rama and GMA-7 Senior Vice President for Entertainment Media Wilma Galvante, Ruffa Gutierrez still believes that everything will be settled when the right time comes.
After the press conference of I Love Betty La Fea last night, August 28, at the ABS-CBN compound, Ruffa shared her thoughts about the said tampuhan, which began after GMA-7 gave a special birthday celebration to Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera last August 27. This was also the first day of KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez's movie For the First Time under Star Cinema, ABS-CBN's film company.
Annabelle considered this as "sabotahe," while Wilma simply explained that it was the only available date presented to them by the Araneta Coliseum management. (Click here to read related article)
For Ruffa, she thinks that this issue came out because of the stress that everybody felt before the showing of For the First Time.
"You know, there were so many intriga, a lot of people were trying to put Richard and KC down. I mean, it was a very stressful time, especially hindi pa halos tapos 'yong pelikula."
Now that it's already shown in theaters, Ruffa suggested that everybody should just be happy with the moviegoers' feedback.
She said, "Now na kumita na 'yong pelikula, talagang pinakita ng mga fans ni Richard and KC ang kanilang full-force sa pelikula. I think let's just all be positive na lang.
"You know, kung may tampuhan mang naganap, it's not because my mom or my brother are threatened by anybody. It's just the fact na sana kung may gawin silang project, magsuportahan na lang, di ba? Pinatunayan naman nila na kahit na may tapatan isyu, talagang tinangkilik pa rin ng mga fans and pelikula."
Ruffa added, "Right now, let's just be magnanimous in victory. Let's be humble, let's be gracious. And dapat magpasalamat tayo na talagang kumikita 'yong pelikula. Ang kung may tampuhan man, I'm sure maaayos din 'yon."
And to those who continue to sow intrigue, Ruffa appealed, "Nakikiusap din ako sa lahat ng mga intrigero—panay tawag, panay text kay Mommy—let's just leave her alone right now because she's so busy. Iniikot niya lahat ng mga sinehan at mga simbahan para magpasalamat."
KC-RICHARD LOVE TEAM. Although the movie has proved that there's good chemistry between Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion, many are still wondering if this reel partnership is already a real deal.
Before the media could squeeze out information from Ruffa, she said, "Wala rin silang sinasabi sa akin. Parang sa inyo, nanghuhula lang din ako kung ano ba talaga—sila na ba o hindi? Kasi ayaw ko silang i-pressure. Kasi, ang mga tao, kapag pine-pressure sila, the more na naiinis sila."
Ruffa advised, "Let's just leave the bagets alone para ma-develop ang friendship."
Meanwhile, Ruffa clarified that KC being the daughter of Megastar Sharon Cuneta is not the reason her family loves the young actress so much.
"Despite her being the daughter of Sharon—pinapanood namin, hinahangaan ng tao—si KC is so down-to-earth. When I first met her, talagang siya ang nagsisilbi sa akin ng mga Coke, ng mga peanuts, you know. She's like that to me, she's even like that to my alalay, she's like that to everyone. So, alam mong hindi fake, alam mong hindi plastic.
"Ang importante sa akin, talagang namana niya kay Shawie [Sharon's popular name in showbiz] ang pagiging magalang, sa lahat ng tao ma-PR siya. So, for me, importante sa akin 'yong ganun, mabait at maganda ang ugali."
NO TO LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP. During the conversation, Ruffa said she was surprised to know that her friend Joyce Jimenez has already married her Filipino-American boyfriend Paul Eli Egbalic.
"Actually, hindi ko nga alam na ikakasal siya," Ruffa related to the media. "I just found out lately na lang na ikinasal na pala si Joyce. I'd like to congratulate her and sana ang marriage niya hindi maging katulad ng marriage ko. Sana forever and ever, amen, di ba?"
Upon hearing from a reporter that Joyce plans to return to the Philippines, leaving her husband in Los Angeles, Ruffa gave her unsolicited advise addressed not only to Joyce, but also to those who want to have a long- distance relationship.
"Ang masasabi ko lang sa mga couples who have a long-distance relationship, it's always nice that you're in the same house and you're in the same country. Long-distance relationship, in the beginning, is very exciting. But at the end of the day, kapag mag-asawa na kayo, importante talaga na nasa iisang bansa kayo."
With this, the media was prompted to ask an update about her and Turkish husband Yilmaz Bektas.
"Quiet na kami and thank, God," replied Ruffa. "Kung mayroon mang hindi pinagkakasunduan namin or kung mayroon kaming communication, I'd rather keep it to ourselves. You know, I think it's better."
Lastly, she said, "I think, for Yilmaz and I, it's best to fix things privately. Kasi, kapag maraming masyadong publicity, nagagalit siya, e. Gusto niya ng tahimik lang ,so I wanna give in to his wish. It's also good for me also kasi that's the process of moving on.
"I think Yilmaz and I are both mature and if there's anything na dapat pag-usapan, whatever it is, basta for the best interest of our kids, I think that's what we should follow."