Gretchen Barretto had one of the best surprises at her birthday party on March 6,
The actress was finally reunited with her BFF, Frontrow President/actor RS Francisco, during her 48th birthday celebration at their home in North Forbes Park, Makati City.
In a video posted on her Instagram account, Gretchen was seen giving RS a tight hug after not seeing each other for months.
She wrote on the caption: "My love @rsfrancisco888 surprised me on my birthday [emojis] it was such a joy to see Rs after what seems to be so long."
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with RS on Sunday, March 25, after the contract signing of rap/hip-hop group Ex-Battallion as his company's latest endorsers. The event was held at Ai Sarap Express in Quezon City.
During the interview, RS detailed how he surprised Gretchen on her birthday party and narrated, "I haven't seen her kasi nga I've been busy nga. I've been busy dito sa Frontrow events, and I haven't seen her for three months.
"And every time she invites me, umaga, and lunch. E, she knows na tulog ako ng umaga and lunch. Parati nagyayaya ng lunch, e, ako parating nagigising ako ng 3, 4, or 5 p.m.
"So [sabi ko sa kanya], 'Honey, I just woke up.' Parating ganun. So one time, natunugan ko, birthday party niya sa Forbes house niya.
"Hindi ako nakapag-confirm 'cause I was so busy. It wasn't an intentional surprise.
"Nakalimutan ko lang mag-[RSVP] pero nasa group chat namin... sinabi ni Gretchen, 'O come to the house, ganyan-ganyan.'
"Hindi na ako nakapagsabi na I'll be there so wala lang, it escaped my mind.
"Pagkita niya sa akin, 'Oh my god!' Ayan 'tapos biglang yakap na siya and all.
"Talagang parang she wanted to cry na, 'I really missed you!'"
In a separate Instagram video recorded during the party, each of Gretchen's friends were giving their birthday wishes for her.
Towards the end of the video, RS shared his birthday wish for Gretchen and quipped, 'Less sex!'"
During the interview with PEP.ph, RS clarified that he was just joking.
He explained, "Joke ko lang yun kasi ganito, yung wish ng mga tao sa kanya, 'More pearls, more riches, more ganyan.'
"So sabi ko, 'Less sex!' So nagulat talaga siya, sabi niya, 'No, no! God forbid!' Talagang nagulat siya."
When asked what his real wish is for his BFF, RS answered, "Well, actually, my real wish talaga is for her to stay as true as she now, and still don't change.
"Kasi ang dami sa kanyang nangyayaring maganda like yung sa Okada, 'tapos meron siyang magagandang business."
RS added that his long-time wish for Gretchen is that people would see the real her.
The Bhoy Intsik actor said, "Parati ko sinasabi sa kanya, 'Alam mo Gretchen, makita ka ng tao na walang camera, na walang press, walang ano... makita nila kung ano nakikita ko ngayon so they'll know the real Gretchen.'
"Sabi niya, 'E, wala, e.' Gumaganun lang siya. Alam naman niya na she's under scrutiny all the time."
RS continued, "Yun ang parati kong sinasabi sa Facebook na I wish people saw what I see when we're together, kami lang dalawa."
RS and Gretchen recently met again for bonding session.
He told PEP.ph, "Kagabi I was in their house kaming dalawa lang nag-uusap, magka-holding hands kami na nagkukuwentuhan lang, parang mag-jowa."
The actor/entrepreneur showed what it is like to have Gretchen as a friend off the camera.
RS narrated, "Sobrang wala siyang hangin, na after namin kumain sa Greenbelt, nagyaya siya mag-grocery.
"Sabi niya, 'Ayoko sumakay sa car ko, gusto ko sa car mo.' 'Masikip...' 'Okay lang yun, siksikan tayo.'
"Sumakay pa siya sa akin, walang back-up, walang body guard, walang security. That's how much she trusts me, talagang ano kami.
"'Tapos inin-structan ko na lang yung sa car niya na back-up kami kasi si Gretchen 'yan, so naka-back up sila pero dito lang siya nakasakay 'tapos kuwento lang siya nang kung anu-ano."