Gretchen Ho and Robi Domingo marked their second year as a couple last March 15, and their relationship in all appearances is growing stronger
The two kept their celebration low-key, preferring to spend quality time together and doing the things they love the most.
Gretchen said, “We watched the UAAP finals and then after that, we went to Le Jardin, a French fine dining restaurant in Taguig.
“'Tapos we had coffee sa Luna so, simple lang. We spent time, ganun, quality time.”
How do they usually spend their time together?
The former Ateneo Blue Eagles volleyball player answered, “We watch movies and then, we eat out. We enjoy going around, trying new restaurants.
“We travel also when there’s time and then… at home, we watch Walking Dead.
“Game of Thrones 'tapos Walking Dead, basta… ganun kami, medyo home buddy kami.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press interviewed Gretchen at the My Nestea Beach launch in Holiday Inn & Suites, Makati City, on Tuesday, March 24.
PRIORITIES. Robi is Gretchen's first boyfriend, as she was focused on her studies and sport in high school and in college.
She remarked, “I feel happy about it because I felt like I prioritized the right things before getting into a relationship.
“I studied first, I focused on volleyball. So I felt like I was already ready to get into a relationship.
“And I felt like he came at the right time. Masaya naman.
"Masaya ako kasi yun nga, napagtuunan ko yung sarili ko bago ko siya na-meet.
“So parang mas may self-respect and pagmamahal sa sarili kasi important yun, 'di ba, when you’re in a relationship.”
This is also Gretchen’s advice for the young people, “I feel like high school, college, it’s the time to get to know yourself better.
“It’s the time to explore. It’s the time to join organizations, to be active in your school, focus on your studies, and try to get into sports.
“And when you’re in a relationship, sometimes, if not often, those things get affected.”
The 24-year-old athlete warned, “When you have problems parang distracted ka, hindi ka makaaral.
“Or parang inuuna mo yung emotional problems mo bago yung dapat mung gawin.
“Dahil hindi ka pa ganun ka-mature to handle those things, dahil bago lang siya sayo, hindi ko ina-advice na magkaroon ng relationship ng ano…
“Pero yun nga, kasi hindi mo maiiwasan e. If you’re guided by the right people, by your parents, by the people around you…
“If you’re guided well, okay naman, as long as you feel mature enough to get into a relationship.”
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP. Like many couples, Gretchen admits she and Robi have had their share of misunderstanding.
She explained, “We just want to keep it private. Yung mga pinag-aawayan naming, yung mga tampo namin sa isa’t isa.
“Hindi naman maiiwasan yun sa isang relationship pero ayaw naming siyempre ipagsabi sa ibang tao dahil it’s our issue.
“We don’t want people getting in the way of what we have between us.”
How do they resolve their issues?
“We talk about it. We’re very brutally honest with each other.
“Whatever we think, whatever we feel, we tell it to each other and we found na it’s really the best way to solve problems.”
Gretchen sees the problems that crop up now and then in their relationship help them get to know each other fully well.
And knowing each other better helps strengthen their relationship.
As she put it, “We’re growing as a couple, we’re happy that things are not always smooth-sailing, because feel ko yung mga away namin, mas nakikilala naming ang isa’t isa, mas lumalalim yung relationship namin.
“So masaya ako dun na kahit may problema kami, naaayos naming at the end of the day.”