Casting pa lang, masasabi nang interesting ang ikalawang presentation ng Your Song Presents: Feb-Ibig. After real-life couple Angelica Panganiban and Derek Ramsay, pinagsama-sama naman ngayon ng ABS-CBN sa isang episode—na ipalalabas ngayong Linggo, February 8—ang dating magkasintahan na sina Gab Valenciano at Nikki Gil. Pero kasama rin nila ang bagong girlfriend ni Gab na si Rachelle Ann Go at ang boyfriend naman ngayon ni Nikki na si Billy Crawford.
First time ni Gab na umarte on television. May nagawa na raw siyang acting job before, pero sa isang Christian indie film.
"Siyempre, it's a different discipline kapag TV. Yung nagawa kong indie film is about rebound. It wasn't really big. It wasn't really launched as an indie film. Parang it's more on targeting schools in the provinces.
"Acting was not really something I wanted to do. Yung Rebound naman kasi had a good intention and purpose. So, siyempre, I couldn't refuse naman something like that, that could actually do good for people," saad ni Gab sa panayam sa kanya ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment portal) sa taping ng Your Song episode nila kagabi, February 3.
Pero nandito siya ngayon sa Your Song?
"Siguro kasi, Billy, Nikki, and Rachelle...I'm very comfortable around them. Especially Rachelle," banggit ng anak ni Gary Valenciano tungkol sa kasintahan.
WORKING WITH HIS EX. Kumportable rin daw si Gab na katrabaho si Nikki kahit na naging ex-girlfriend niya ito. And now, they are together in a show na kasama ang present girlfriend niyang si Rachelle at ang present boyfriend ni Nikki na si Billy naman.
"Actually kasi, it's been three years," sabi ni Gab. "As we all know, siyempre, di ba, medyo yung breakup namin [ni Nikki] hindi maganda? Pero God meant things. And so, for the longest time, hindi kami talaga comfortable around each other. Pero now, we can actually see us talking."
Paano na-break yung ice sa pagitan nila ni Nikki?
"Time and the fact that we both not naman found somebody. But now that we both have someone, that can really help us and we're working together pa. And it's a big boost pagdating sa ganoon," sabi ni Gab.
Walang ilangan now that he sees Billy and Nikki together, and Nikki seeing him with Rachelle?
"No!" mabilis na sagot ni Gab. "Kasi, I see that they are happy and I see that even in ASAP. I see that their friendship and characters compliment each other."
Kuwento ni Gab, around six months ago nang mag-text siya kay Nikki at sinabing he wanted to end whatever discomfort they had with each other.
"We were able to fix things naman and now, you know, we can talk about anything."
Ito ay bago pa raw maging sina Billy at Nikki.
"Actually, nagulat pa nga ako because yung time na yun, Billy wasn't really counted as ABS-CBN artist pa. Then, when I saw them together, I saw them always laughing, naano ako... 'A, okey,'" kuwento niya.
What about him and Billy, in-approach ba siya nito?
"No, maybe because it happened after a year, maybe he would have. But it's been three years, so kumbaga, that's already enough time for everybody to move on within my consent. Even a year after kahit walang consent, okey lang, kasi tapos na, it's done," sabi ni Gab.
COMMITTED TO EACH OTHER. Ano na ang estado ng relationship nila ni Rachelle ngayon?
"Rachelle and I have really, really gotten close. We're very committed with one another. Kasi, when you say kami na or whatever, it's so easy for people to say that. But you can actually say you're committed to another individual. Committed in a sense that she's the only girl in my life right now."
Mahirap bang sabihin sa kanya na mag-boyfriend o mag-girlfriend na sila?
"It's hard because I haven't really talked to the parents," sagot ng binata. "I really haven't really... Siyempre, the mom and dad, they are really okay naman with my presence there. But I haven't really talked to them officially about everything, so I can't really say boyfriend and girlfriend."
Ganoon din ba siya with his past girlfriends?
"I really have to make sure that the family is okay with it."
Bakit hindi pa niya kinakausap ang parents ni Rachelle, to think na palagi naman siya sa bahay ng mga ito?
"Yeah, but I'm still waiting for the right time. Nakakausap ko naman sila, but I'm still gaining the confidence to actually talk to them one by one. The talk is actually to prepare lang the parents, I don't know na formally. Pero for me kasi, even if other people do not do that nowadays, for me, it's very important to have that balance with the family. You know, I can keep going out with Rachelle but deep inside pala, sa parents, they have some concerns, like, 'Maybe you should bring her earlier.'"
Around September or October last year daw sila nagsimulang mag-date ni Rachelle.
"The day that we told each other that we really, really, felt for each other was first week of November. I just said na parang, 'Let's not kid ourselves, we know what we have and it's gotten really serious and I want you to know, ikaw lang...just you.' And she told me, 'The same way, that's how I feel also,'" kuwento ni Gab.
Sa isang interview, sinabi ni Rachelle ang katagang "ang sarap ma-in-love." Ano ang masasabi ni Gab dito?
"Actually, medyo speechless nga siya... I didn't expect her to be like that. Yun nga, before, siya yung nagsasabi na, 'Gab, ano ha, blah, blah, blah, let's just keep it low.' Pero ngayon, parang she's not afraid to let it out."
Dugtong niya, "Kahit ngayon sa taping, kahit off-cam, she's still in character pa rin. Even me... Actually, I'm a more of 24/7 sweet tooth on her.
SERIOUSLY IN LOVE. We told Gab na ang impression sa kanya ng marami, tuwing may karelasyon siya ay palagi siyang seryoso. Tulad na lang noong sila pa ni Nikki at yung non-showbiz girlfriend niyang Nikki rin ang pangalan.
"Yeah, people have a very huge misunderstanding na babaero ako because siyempre, in the past four years, I had three girlfriends. Pero that's not the case. For me kasi, when I found someone special for me, I don't think twice. I go for it. And if she's not the one, then that's not my fault. But I'm very serious with the girl. I will do my best to make it work. I will do my best for us to end up together."
Parang kapag may girlfriend, siya na talaga?
"Yes, yun ang gusto ko, e. But with Rachelle, our relationship is of a different aura. She's the first girl of her kind that I dated. She's the first girl that I dated who works so hard! Who's from nobody to somebody. The way she thinks, the way she speaks. The way she is to me. The way she takes care of me. Nobody has really, as in nobody has really treated me the way she has.
"And, of course, at that time kasi, Nikki and I are very young. I get jealous. Now, I don't get jealous anymore. Even if I see her [Rachelle] talking with other guys, even with her ex. Even when they are singing, go ahead," pahayag ni Gab.
Nakalagay sa status ng Facebook accounts nina Gab at Rachelle na "engaged" na sila. Posible kayang totoo yun kung kaya't binigyan niya si Rachelle ng singsing noong nakaraang concert nito sa Music Museum?
"That whole engaged thing kasi, we were talking about it. 'What are we gonna put sa status?' Wala lang, pang-trip lang. But it seems, it comes out... Well, Facebook yun, it's personal," paliwanag ni Gab.
Pero na-realize din niya at hindi itinuloy ang sinasabi dahil imposibleng maging personal ang kahit na anong online account.
"Well, on her page. On my page kasi, I don't have naman a lot of press friends. I mean, wala namang may gusto sa akin," nangingiti pa niyang sabi."
Would he say that Rachelle is the type of woman he will marry?
"Solid yes!" ang walang kagatol-gatol na sagot niya.