PEP's revelation on the Cesar Montano-Sunshine Cruz separation issue drew a lot of speculation in tabloids and talk shows as to what the real reason was.
Rumor has it that a Brazilian model named Mariana del Rio caught Cesar's eye last September. The mystery that is Mariana was believed to be a minor at 16, though her Friendster account showed the corned-beef model as 19 years old already.
VICTOR BASA. Mariana's rumored ex-boyfriend and former Pinoy Big Brother celebrity housemate Victor Basa shared his thoughts to Entertainment Live yesterday, January 5, about being dragged into the issue. Victor's name came up when the best friend of Mariana, Carla de Mesa, spoke to PEP to defend the Brazilian model. Carla mentioned that Victor was Mariana's ex-boyfriend.
"We were just friends talaga," said Victor. "We just hung out. Sweet girl. She's cool. Yung samahan namin, medyo short-lived kasi siyempre flying models, medyo transit ang dating. But I felt like she was happy to be a part of my life; I was happy to be a part of hers. Kung in love man siya, that's her thing."
ALFIE & ANGELA. Since Cesar and Sunshine are still unavailable for comment on TV, Entertainment Live decided to get the comments of the people close to the couple: Sunshine's manager Alfie Lorenzo and Cesar's eldest daughter, Angela.
Angela said, "No comment ako regarding diyan. Mas maganda kung sila po mismo ang sumagot sa kung ano pong issue regarding them."
Alfie explained, "Sabi ko [kay Sunshine], huwag muna magsalita. Kasi sabi ko na even when they're tense, sabi ko na, ‘Baka bukas kalabitin o kilitiin ka lang ni Cesar, e, magsasama na naman kayo.'
"Give him time," Alfie related about his conversation with Sunshine. "Baka naman makapag-isip siya na hiwalay muna kayo to mend his ways at kung ano man ugali na ayaw mo sa kanya. Sabi ko nga, ‘Nakapagtiis ka na ng eight years, so what's another eight years, di ba?'"
News has it that Cesar told Sunshine that buti nga at pinakasalan siya kahit dati pa siyang bold star." Sunshine, who felt bad, told Alfie about this comment.
"Sabi ko, natural lang naman ‘yon," said the talent manager. "Nag-aaway talaga ang mag-asawa. Hindi naman good traits ang ilalabas, di ba? Siyempre, mag-iisip ka ng masama para manalo ka sa awayan, di ba? Sabi ko nga na hayaan niya [Sunshine] muna yun, tiisin niya muna dahil ‘ika ko, e, in love ka."
Alfie also revealed that Sunshine still isn't ready to come home to Cesar to fix things up. It is not true that Sunshine and her kids are still staying at her mother's house.
"Nahiya na siya sa nanay niya, na nai-stress pati yung nanay niya na biyuda pa naman," Alfie said. "I think nakakuha na siya ng titirhan niya at kahapon, nagsa-shopping na sila ng nanay niya ng gamit doon. Kasi yung pinasok niyang bahay was bare, so naghahanap siya ng kama, et cetera."
Alfie expressed hope that things would be much better for Cesar and Sunshine by the fact that the actor is already making an effort to talk to his wife.
"Nagte-text lang," said Alfie. "Yung tine-text niya, binabasa ko naman since finorward sa akin ni Sunshine. E, nanunuyo naman si Cesar. Sabi ko na give him another break. I'm hoping na magkakabati sila alang-alang sa mga bata."