Last September 7, Mark Herras admitted to Showbiz Central's "Central Jury" that he fell in love with his StarStruck batchmate Katrina Halili.
In fact, he confessed, "Sorry, hindi niya alam ito, ngayon ko lang sasabihin at ngayon lang niya malalaman...si Katrina [Halili]. Hindi niya alam na na-in love ako sa kanya, dahil hindi naman naging pormal na ligawan ko siya, at hindi niya alam na love ko siya.
"Happy lang ako noon na nakakasama ko siya sa mga lakad namin ng barkada [StarStruck first batch] at nang mag-celebrate siya ng birthday, nandoon ako with our friends. Friends na lang kami talaga ngayon ni Katrina."
Katrina has just arrived from a three-week U.S. tour. Yesterday, September 14, entertainment reporters asked for her reaction to Mark's revelation, during the opening of the new branch of Flawless Moments in Greenhills, San Juan City.
The sexy young actress laughed. "Hindi naging kami ni Mark. Si Mark kasi, siya 'yong best friend ko na lalaki. As in, siya lang talaga, siya 'yong best friend ko na lalaki sa showbiz."
She then described the time when Mark possibly fell for her, which was after her breakup with a former boyfriend. "Siyempre, kaka-break ko lang noon, brokenhearted, at lagi niya akong kino-comfort, lagi akong nagsusumbong sa kanya, lagi kaming magkasama.
"Parang 'yon nga, di ba sinabi niya na hindi ko raw alam na nanliligaw siya. Dumating din naman sa point na parang, sige, puwede. Pero parang na-realize ko na for me, hindi siya–"
Katrina cut herself short and just said that it was really impossible for her and Mark to have a romantic relationship. She described Mark as, "Parang kapatid lang, barkada, best friend, ganun lang talaga ang turing ko sa kanya. Pero love ko siya, super-love ko si Mark as a friend."
ON OCTOARTS PROJECTS. Last July, Katrina Halili signed a multi-picture contract with OctoArts Films. Upon signing, an alleged conflict erupted between her OctoArts Films contract and her previous contract with Regal Entertainment, which had produced her launching movie in 2006 titled Gigil.
In fact, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) reported that Regal matriarch Lily Monteverde said she might have to sue Katrina for contract violation. In a separate interview, however, Katrina said that her dad and her legal counsel were trying to fix the problem. (Click here to read related article)
For her part, Katrina told the media that she plans to personally talk with Mother Lily Monteverde. She added that if she needs to do another movie for Regal, she's still willing to do it.
She reiterated, "Sa totoo lang, hindi pa kami nag-uusap ni Mother Lily. Sa tingin ko naman, walang magiging problema. Mag-uusap naman po kami ni Mother at willing naman po akong gawin 'yong movie sa Regal. Hindi naman ako exclusive sa OctoArts, e."
WORKING WITH JENNYLYN AGAIN. In connection with her OctoArts Films contract, Katrina will start taping her first project with the outfit, One Night Only.
Katrina was surprised to know that her fellow StarStruck finalist is joining her on this movie. She said that this would be a good opportunity to bond with Jennylyn again, after she gave birth to her son Alex Jazz.
"Ayan, magba-bonding na kami ulit kasi hindi na kami nagkikita ni Jennylyn," said Katrina.
She then related that she's always willing to help her StarStruck batchmate, who has been through rough times lately.
"Si Jen kasi parang kapatid ko na 'yan, e," said Katrina. "Parang noong time na 'yon, may problem siya, nagkikita kami, nag-uusap kami. Sabi ko, ‘Nandito lang ako kung ano ang problema mo.'
"Siyempre nalulungkot naman ako na may times na nagsasabi siya, ‘Pasyalan mo naman ako, nalulungkot ako.' Hindi ako makapunta kasi sobrang busy din. Ayun, kung may maitutulong naman ako."