Diether Ocampo says he got more than what he wished for with girlfriend Rima Ostwani.
"Sana, kasi ano pa ba ang mahihiling ko? Napakabait na, masarap kausap, mature, may puso din sa bata," he said about Rima.
Diether was accompanied by his girlfriend in the charity event of KIDS Foundation held last Saturday, July 18, in Bulaon, San Fernando, Pampanga. They distributed food to almost 1,500 kids as part of the actor's pre-birthday celebration this year.
Diether said that it also helped that he stopped looking for someone and just let fate lead him to the right girl.
The long wait was worth it for the actor because he has Rima, whom he considers almost perfect for him.
"Parang sinabi ko, 'Lord, bigyan mo naman ako ng ganito-ganito.' Parang ang ibinigay niya sa akin, sobra-sobra.' Kaya minsan, kailangang ipagpasa-Diyos mo na lang talaga," he related.
Diether admitted that in less than a year, he has learned a lot of things from his 23-year-old girlfriend.
"Ang natutunan ko, you have to recognize the blessing," he said. "Minsan kasi dumadaan na, hindi mo pa alam. Nasa harapan mo na, hindi mo pa alam. Minsan kasi, hingi tayo nang hingi, nasa harap mo na pala hindi mo pa alam. Kaya dapat tayo, we should be more sensitive and we should recognize na sa everyday life ang daming blessings.
"Sa kanya ko na-realize na ang material things ay hindi ganun kahalaga. It's how you understand each other. 'Yong atensyon, 'yong panahon, at 'yong panahon na kayang ibigay, walang katumbas, e, 'yong genuine happiness na mararamdaman mo. Kahit na pinakamahal na bagay, hindi niya kayang tumbasan. 'Yon ang maganda na na-realize namin. You have to find someone siguro na makakapagbigay ng kaligayahan."
Since he is very open about his affection for Rima, is Diether thinking of settling down with her?
"We plan things, kasi bata pa, e," he answered. "I've gained so much already because of the experiences na pinagdaanan ko sa buhay. Kaya sabi ko sa sarili ko, 'You enjoy. Ako, I had the time of my life. Talagang na-enjoy ko ang buhay ko, na-appreciate ko. Nagkamali ako, I learned from it, I moved on and experience more in this world. Dapat ganun din ang attitude mo, you look forward. Kaya huwag nating madaliin,' sabi ko."
ON EX-WIFE KRISTINE HERMOSA. Diether was also asked about his relationship with former wife Kristine Hermosa. He said that they have both moved on with their lives after the nullification of their marriage.
"Okay naman kami n'on, e, wala naman kaming problema. Kasi, pamilya kami sa Star Magic, imposible namang hindi kami magkikita."
From the time they were together, Diether said that he and Kristine had become more mature.
"Alam mo, dumating na ako sa punto na ibang level na kami, e. 'Yong pagkakaibigan namin, nandiyan 'yan, hindi na mawawala 'yan. Parang 'yong mutual respect namin sa isa't isa ay okay.
"Ang sarap kasi ngayon na ang na-experience namin, naikukuwento namin. We enjoyed it. Kung mayroon mang hindi napagkasunduan, hindi nag-work, at least, nagtapos kami nang maayos. Parang history na 'yon, we moved on. Kapag nag-move on ka, you don't look back."
Diether said that in a failed relationship, a former couple should not lose their respect for each other.
"Dapat may respeto pa rin, 'yon ang mahalaga. Parang dapat walang maging isyu, dapat lahat maayos," he advised.