Jericho Rosales downplays reported primetime showdown with Heart Evangelista

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Talking about hiscurrent mindset when it comes to love, actor-singer Jericho Rosales said: "I'velearned my mistakes and I think I'm more mature when it comes to relationshipsand when it comes to work. So I'm prioritizing the given opportunities."


Year 2009 is coming up roses for actor Jericho Rosales. Fresh from the success of the critically-acclaimed film Baler in therecently concluded 34th Metro Manila Film Festival, Jericho will nowbe seen in ABS-CBN's I Love Betty La Fea,where he will portray the character of Aldo.

Echo's participation in the franchised romantic comedy soap will not just pithim next to fellow Kapamilya actor John Lloyd Cruz, but also against ex-flame HeartEvangelista. A report recently came out saying that I Love Betty La Fea and Heart's own series in the rival network willshare the same timeslot, consequently pitting the two former lovers in theprimetime bracket.

"Betty La Fea is a Bea Alonzo show, Bea and John Lloydshow, and I'm one of the new characters na papasok dun sa Betty La Fea, and I hate putting pressure on myself. I think in Luna Mystika, Heart Evangelista has herown following and Betty La Fea hasher own following din. And for me, I'm just playing my character and I'm justworking," Echo told the entertainment press last night, January 15, duringa solo press conference prepared by the Kapamilya Network.

BUMPINGINTO HEART. Jericho confirmed that a chance meeting did occurbetween him and Heart recently.

"I didn't see herfamily, but siya lang," he clarified. They only managedto exchange a quick "hi and hello" before going their separate ways.

The two haven't seeneach other for quite a long time following their breakup last year, making theencounter uncomfortable presumably for both parties.

"Before, naisip ko na ‘yantalaga. Naisip ko na talaga one of these days magkakabunggo kami sa isa't isaand God would make that happen," he said.

Echo maintained that he'snot yet ready to enter a new relationship. But that doesn't mean he is still in love with the woman whom he loved ardently for three years.

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"No, it's not about theperson. Siyempre maraming bagay na na-establish around that relationship, so oneby one, naaayos na ‘yon. Siyempre nandun ‘yong work, family, even pets nandun, diba...surfing, nandiyan, friends from out of town, relationships, music... So ‘yonyung binubuo ko ulit. Para malaman ko ulit kung sino ako," explained the formermale lead star of the afternoon drama series Kahit Isang Saglit.

LOVELESSSTILL. Most of Jericho's past girlfriends came from show businessand the breakdown of his most recent relationship prompted others to wonder ifhe would rather have a non-showbiz steady from now on.

Explained Jericho, "Well,I cannot say because this is the world I live in, this is my world. And paanokung dito ko makilala ‘yong gusto kong babae, di ba? So, hindi na puwede kasishowbiz na siya? So there's nothing wrong kung ma-in love ka sa katrabaho mo."

What are the chances ofhim courting Bea?

"Allthings are possible naman I think. Basta work first."

Currently being linkedto a number of women—ex-flame Kristine Hermosa, KC Concepcion, Malaysianactress Carmen Soo, and Karylle—Jericho blushingly expressed admiration for all of them. He said though that he's more overwhelmed by the opportunity towork with them.

"I came from a breakupmyself. A three-year relationship, di ba, na intense? It wouldn't be fair kungmeron akong liligawan at this time, kasi baka rebound ‘yong mangyari. So for now, I'm really happy and it's just fulfilling to work with them."

Karylle's name is the most frequentlybrought up by the entertainment press.

Referring to thedaughter of Zsa Zsa Padilla and his present feelings, Jericho stated: "There's something about K. I think she's avery beautiful woman and she's got a good head on her shoulders, and talagangwhen she's around, meron siyang aura na okay.

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"And there's nothingwrong if kunwari I court anyone because I'm single. But just like I'vesaid, I'm not courting at the moment. So medyo relax lang muna."


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