Last September 7, Mark Herras admitted to Showbiz Central's"Central Jury" that he fell in love with his StarStruck batchmateKatrina Halili.
In fact, he confessed, "Sorry, hindi niya alamito, ngayon ko lang sasabihin at ngayon lang niya malalaman...si Katrina[Halili]. Hindi niya alam na na-in love ako sa kanya, dahil hindi naman nagingpormal na ligawan ko siya, at hindi niya alam na love ko siya.
"Happy lang ako noon na nakakasama ko siya sa mga lakadnamin ng barkada [StarStruck first batch] at nang mag-celebrate siya ngbirthday, nandoon ako with our friends. Friends na lang kami talaga ngayon niKatrina."
Katrina has just arrived froma three-week U.S. tour. Yesterday,September 14, entertainment reporters asked for her reaction to Mark's revelation, during the opening of the new branch of Flawless Moments in Greenhills,San Juan City.
The sexy young actress laughed. "Hindi nagingkami ni Mark. Si Mark kasi, siya 'yongbest friend ko na lalaki. As in, siyalang talaga, siya 'yong best friend ko na lalaki sa showbiz."
She then described the time when Mark possibly fell for her,which was after her breakup with a former boyfriend. "Siyempre, kaka-break ko lang noon,brokenhearted, at lagi niya akong kino-comfort, lagi akong nagsusumbong sa kanya,lagi kaming magkasama.
"Parang 'yon nga, di ba sinabi niya na hindi ko raw alam nananliligaw siya. Dumating din naman sapoint na parang, sige, puwede. Peroparang na-realize ko na for me, hindi siya–"
Katrina cut herself short and just said thatit was really impossible for her and Mark to have a romantic relationship. She described Mark as, "Parangkapatid lang, barkada, best friend, ganun lang talaga ang turing ko sakanya. Pero love ko siya, super-love kosi Mark as a friend."
ON OCTOARTS PROJECTS. Last July, Katrina Halili signed a multi-picture contract withOctoArts Films. Upon signing, analleged conflict erupted between her OctoArts Films contract and her previouscontract with Regal Entertainment, which had produced her launching movie in 2006titled Gigil.
In fact, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) reported that Regal matriarchLily Monteverde said she might have to sue Katrina for contractviolation. In a separateinterview, however, Katrina said that her dad and her legal counsel were trying to fixthe problem. (Click here to readrelated article)
For her part, Katrina told the media that she plansto personally talk with Mother Lily Monteverde. Sheadded that if she needs to do another movie for Regal, she's still willing todo it.
She reiterated, "Sa totoo lang, hindi pa kami nag-uusap niMother Lily. Sa tingin konaman, walang magiging problema. Mag-uusap naman po kami ni Mother at willing naman po akong gawin 'yongmovie sa Regal. Hindi naman akoexclusive sa OctoArts, e."
WORKING WITH JENNYLYN AGAIN. In connection with her OctoArtsFilms contract, Katrina will start taping her first project with the outfit, One Night Only.
Katrina was surprised to know that her fellow StarStruck finalistis joining her on this movie. She saidthat this would be a good opportunity to bond with Jennylyn again, after shegave birth to her son Alex Jazz.
"Ayan, magba-bonding na kami ulit kasi hindi na kaminagkikita ni Jennylyn," said Katrina.
She then related that she's always willing to help her StarStruckbatchmate, who has been through rough times lately.
"Si Jen kasi parang kapatid ko na 'yan, e," saidKatrina. "Parang noong time na 'yon,may problem siya, nagkikita kami, nag-uusap kami. Sabi ko, ‘Nandito lang ako kung ano ang problema mo.'
"Siyemprenalulungkot naman ako na may times na nagsasabi siya, ‘Pasyalan mo naman ako,nalulungkot ako.' Hindi ako makapunta kasi sobrang busy din. Ayun, kung may maitutulong naman ako."