Kapuso actor Gil Cuerva had a fun bonding session with lucky fans last Thursday, August 17, in celebration of his 22nd birthday.
Around 15 fans from three of Gil's fan clubs—GilFriends, Gil Believers, and Gil Lovers—gathered at the event organized by GMA Artist Center held in Bengal Brew / Wolf & Bear pet cafe, Cubao.
An avid pet lover himself, Gil said he personally requested to have a birthday celebration with his fans, and wished that cats and dogs would be part of it as well.
The former My Love From The Star actor will officially turn 22 this Monday, August 21.
"Well, as everybody knows, I'm a pet lover.
"I love dogs, I love cats... even other pets.
"I'm an animal lover," Gil told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and GMA News in an interview held at the party.
He continued, "I think this is a great venue to show that passion, to show that love for pets, for dogs and cats, specifically."
It was also his way of expressing his gratitude for his fans' unwavering support since he entered the showbiz industry.
He said, "Grabe yung suporta nila, grabe for them to take the time to come over here and celebrate my birthday with me.
"Sobrang na-appreciate ko yun and I'm very thankful na meron akong ganung klaseng fans."
The Kapuso talent admitted that he still feels overwhelmed to have so many fans after his stint at the network's adaptation of the hit Korean drama series My Love From the Star.
He added, "Actually, sobrang overwhelming...
"To have this much fans for a short amount of time, sobrang nao-overwhelm ako.
"Parang nagmu-multiply nang nagmu-multiply lang sila, so I'm just very overwhelmed but very thankful for all the support."
His fans brought personalized cupcakes as their gift for his birthday.
Here are some of Gil's fans who got invited to his party.
The birthday boy enjoyed meeting some of the dogs—namely Nymeria and Ghost—at the pet cafe.
This black poodle instantly reminded the Kapuso actor of his own pet Duchess.
BIRTHDAY WISH. For his birthday wish, Gil hoped "to have a great and fruitful career and meet beautiful people along the way."
Gil's primetime drama ended last week, but the fans have been requesting for him to have a new project.
The Kapuso talent said he's willing to work again with Jennylyn or any of the network's leading ladies.
He said, "I'm fine with working with anyone, I'd be happy to work with anyone actually.
"Whether that would be Jennylyn or ibang leading lady, I'm completely fine.
"The more important thing is, as a leading man, to make them feel loved and beautiful at all times."
Does he have any dream role?
"...For the next project, siguro I'll stick first to being a leading man, the romantic guy.
"I'll sort of fit into that mold muna and then take things from there."