Has Rich Asuncion entertained a suitor much older than her?
She was asked that question at the grand presscon for The Millionaire’s Wife, which tackles May-December affair, on March 8.
The StarStruck alumna recounted, “May isa lang, yung parang nakilala ko lang sa birthday party ng kapitbahay ko.
“’Tapos biglang the day after, biglang nag-iwan ng kotse!
“Iniwan sa guard. Sabi, 'Ma'am, may iniwan po na kotse si sir,' ganyan.
“’Tapos siyempre, hindi ko naman…‘Uy, ibalik mo 'yan sa kanya!’
“Hindi ko ginamit, noh! Kahit nagta-taxi pa ako dati, ayokong tanggapin, kasi nga…”
At that time, Rich knew that no guy in his right mind would give an expensive gift without asking for anything in return.
Didn’t the guy send her any text message or call her?
She replied, “Hindi. Wala, walang ganun.
“’Tapos, may nagpapadala ng mga fudam [food], siyempre, ayokong kainin, baka may ano...
“May mga bulaklak, ganun.”
So she returned the car?
“Ay, hindi ko talaga ginamit, hindi!”.
Did the guard return the car?
“Ah, bahala sila, basta.”
This happened sometime in 2008, a year after she won as First Princess in StarStruck: The Next Level.
She was then a newbie in showbiz.
The following year, she finished first runner-up at the Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
Did she have similar experience when she became a beauty queen?
“A, wala iyon, promise!
“Iyon lang talaga yung naaalala ko, yung nag-iwan ng kotse.”
She was not even tempted to accept the car?
“Dyusko, ako pa ba? E, galing ako sa mababa, di ba?”
GMA-7 CONTRACT. Her three-year contract withe Kapuso network will technically end this year.
Rich interjected, “'Tapos, meron kasing automatic renewal for another three.
“So ayun, meron pa akong three years pa."
She will be celebrating her 10th year in showbiz next year.
If there's one advice she can give the latest batch of StarStruck, what would it be?
“Aside sa pagiging dapat magaling kang umarte, dapat talaga mabait ka.
“Basta magpakabait ka lang, huwag kang maging pasaway.
“Huwag kang male-late.”
How about the StarStruck graduates who left GMA?
“A, sana makahanap sila ng better place.
“Kung alam or kung feeling nila hindi sila naggo-grow dito, sana mag-grow sila kung saan sila ngayon.
“At iyon, sana maging happy sila sa desisyon nila.”
Two of Rich's batchmates are presently working with other networks: Paulo Avelino is with ABS-CBN, while Mart Escudero is with TV5.