Max Collins and Pancho Magno have been together for seven years: four years as boyfriend and girlfriend, and three years as a married couple.
In those seven years, Max admits they have had their fair share of arguments and disagreements.
“Oo, oo naman, sa tagal din,” she tells PEP Exclusives with a laugh.
“Well, I don’t know. I’m not speaking for other people.”
One thing they try to avoid is turning an argument into a shouting match.
Pancho has an advice: “We tried to argue. Pero kung mag-argue man, parang fight towards peace. Kumbaga ang goal namin, maging maayos.”
Have they ever threatened each other with separation?
“Hindi pa, hindi pa naman,” Max replies with a smile.
Pancho throws in, “And if you’ll think naman, parang lahat naman ganun. Parang walang perfect marriage.
"Iyon talaga, makapag-usap kami, maayos namin. Lalo na ngayong meron ng baby. It’s a different level for us.
“Marami pa siguradong arguments in the future, so nasa aming dalawa kung paano namin iha-handle.”
Max and Pancho reveal they are opposites, and this is usually the root cause of their misunderstandings and arguments.
Max explains, “Marami kaming differences. Maybe, iba lang ang perspective namin sa maraming bagay. Doon kami nagka-clash. Doon dumarating ang misunderstanding.”
Pancho says they even argued about where Max would give birth: at home or in the hospital.
But Max believes it's normal for a couple to argue and disagree.
She says, “At the end of the day, wala namang relationship na perfect. Tina-try lang namin ang best namin."
The couple tied the knot on December 11, 2014, and welcomed their son Skye Anakin on July 7, 2020.
SAVING UP FOR THE FUTURE
Meanwhile, when the Kapuso actress was still pregnant, she intended to continue working for as long as she possibly could.
But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Max now finds herself jobless.
She says, “Actually, that’s one thing that I want to say, never did I think na magkakaroon ng time na mawawalan ako ng trabaho. As in, I never thought that would be possible until now.
“I mean, kasi iyong personality ko, I’ll find a way talaga to have small roles. Kahit papaano, I thought I’ll be able to have small roles and guestings. I never thought na darating ang araw na, as in, wala talaga, hindi ako magkaka-work.”
Max admits their finances have been affected by the crisis.
But she acknowledges that they are still luckier than others who find themselves in the same situation.
"We're just blessed na financially, kaya pa namin, as of now.
"So, we have a roof over our heads. Nakakakain kami nang maayos. We're just really blessed."
Pancho says that once their budget permits, they plan to start saving again so they can put up a small business.
He reveals, "Ako kasi, ayokong isipin iyong negative with what's happening.
"Pero kasi, iyong pag-deliver lang niya kay Skye, para sa akin, parang blessed ka na, sobra pa.
"And when it comes to resources namin, yeah, kailangan naming mag-save. Hindi natin alam, e. Lalo na kay Skye, habang tumatanda siya, mas dumarami ang needs niya, 'di ba?
"Sana dumating na iyong time na mawala na iyong pandemic."
Pancho's most recent project was GMA Telebabad short series I Can See You, together with Alden Richards and Jasmine Curtis-Smith.
His next series is First Yaya, which will premiere this year.