In her recent interview with YES! Rufa Mae Quinto dropped names that, in one way or the other, were romantically linked to her in the past. Last week, the sexy comedienne found her name on the grapevine again after she was spotted beside First Gentleman Mike Arroyo in a plane bound for Hong Kong.
As expected, rumormongers quickly surmised that something was going on between the two well-known personalities.
"It's true. Totoo po na nakasabay ko po siya sa flight papuntang Hong Kong. Magkatabi po kami, tabing-tabi," confirmed Rufa Mae yesterday, February 24, to Showbiz Central co-host John "Sweet" Lapus.
Rufa Mae quickly explained that everything was purely coincidental. Both of them did not know that they'd be sitting together throughout the flight.
"Nagkataon lang na nagkatabi kami. Hindi naman ako ang nagbu-booking," she smiled.
"Hindi ba, ‘pag nagtse-check-in ka? Hindi ko naman alam kung saan ako iuupo or something. Pero ‘wag naman po sana nating bigyan ng malisya dahil Hong Kong lang naman po ‘yon. Kaya ko naman magbayad ng first class, twenty-two thousand."
OFF FOR A HOLIDAY. By coincidence, Rufa Mae and Mr. Arroyo left the country to take a much needed respite. But while the President's husband was off to escape further controversy brought about by the ZTE scandal, Rufa Mae simply wanted to unwind and recharge her batteries.
"Pumunta po ko doon para magpahinga dahil nagsu-shooting po ako ng Manay Po," she stated.
Rufa Mae stressed with a laugh, "To relax ha, kaya nag-first class naman ako. Sa kaka-first class ko, ‘yan tuloy ang napapala ko!"
John Lapus asked if she and the First Gentleman exchanged pleasantries during the short trip.
"Sabi niya, 'Hija, ano nga ulit pangalan mo?'" recalled Rufa Mae, who revealed that she was wearing shades, concealing her identity.
Mike Arroyo's face lighted up the moment Rufa Mae took off her dark glasses. "Tinanggal ko ‘yong shades ko. So, sabi ko, 'Hindi si Rufa Mae po'. Sabi niya sa akin ay ‘Oo, kilala kita,'" he said pleasantly.
Rufa Mae appealed to rumormongers: "Huwag na nating bigyan ng malisya kasi, una sa lahat, kung may malisya ‘yon hindi naman kami magsasabay."