Rodjun Cruz feels lucky that his girlfriend Dianne Medina makes an effort to join him in his athletic pursuits.
Such was the case when she came along for the Merrell Capra Challenge 2015 held recently at Track 30th, Bonifacio Global City.
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with the couple during the event, the actor said, “Kapag wala siyang work, sasama talaga siya sa amin, sa team namin.”
Rodjun was referring to their mountaineering group SAS Mountaineers.
SPICING UP THE RELATIONSHIP. Yup, the couple recently got into mountaineering.
Dianne told PEP the reason why she got encouraged to join the first climb.
She said, “Honestly, kaya lang ako sumama kasi we've been together for eight years now, so more of parang ako, 'Ano ba ang puwedeng gawin to spice up the relationship?'
“Kasi ang dami na naming nagawa together.
“Honestly, tamad talaga ako sa ganito, lalo na workout, si Rodjun yung talagang masipag.
“So sabi ko, baka puwedeng magandang hobby 'to na yung hiking, yung parang magiging iba sa relationship namin, parang quality time, mag-bond kami lalo.
“So yun, kaya pinipilit ko talagang sumama, 'tapos kahit hindi ko kaya, kinakaya ko talaga.
"So ngayon, looking forward na ako sa Mt. Pulag namin.”
Mt. Pulag, which has entry points in Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya, is the third highest mountain in the Philippines. Its highest peak is 2,922 meters above sea level.
To prepare for this climb, Dianne said, “Bago mag-Pulag marami munang bundok para maka-warm up kami kasi medyo mahirap talaga."
TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL. We asked Rodjun what he plans next for their relationship.
He smiled mischievously and said, “Araw-araw, nagle-level up, pero ngayon muna, focus pa kami sa work and bata pa naman kami, ine-enjoy namin yung isa't isa.”
Dianne quickly interjected when she hears that “bata pa sila” by exclaiming, “Bata? Excuse me lang, I'm now 28!”
Rodjun, 27, reacted when we prodded him out of Dianne's earshot to take it to the next level.
“Darating 'yan, hindi ko puwedeng sabihin kasi gusto ko ma-surprise siya.
“Siguro mga ilang bundok muna akyatin namin, yung pinakamagandang bundok, baka puwede, 'di natin alam!” he teased.
ACTING STINTS. For now, he is looking forward to whatever project his home network has lined up for him.
He proudly admitted, “Ako kasi, very thankful ako sa GMA na grabe yung shows na binibigay nila, yung tiwala na binibigay nila sa akin.
“Actually, halos lahat nagawa ko na, e. Nagbakla na ako, nagprobinsiyano na ako, halos lahat na actually.
“Ako, 'pag trabaho kasi, ang dami kong gustong gawin, halos lahat nagawa ko na pero kung ano yung ipagkaloob sa akin ng GMA, kahit ano, gagawin ko.”
But should he be given a chance to play a dream role, Rodjun confessed, “Ako kasi mahilig talaga ako sa action talaga, so kung kunwari mayroon silang show na action, love story, barilan, stunts, fight scenes...”
For leading actresses he wants to work with, Rodjun said, “Halos lahat ng girls ng GMA nakatrabaho ko na, so sila Max Collins, Kris Bernal... oo, kissing scene!
“Yung last namin ni Max sa Magpakailanman, smack lang. Ako kahit sino, may passion ako sa lahat, e!”
We asked Rodjun if Dianne doesn't mind his work-related kissing scenes, and he said, “Oo naman, very supportive naman si Dianne, okay talaga, kahit sino!”