Last weekend, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) posted on its Twitter account that Arthur Solinap was spotted with SexBomb dancer Rochelle Pangilinan at the TriNoma mall in Quezon City.
That was not the first time the two were seen going out together. Nor do they deny dating whenever they're asked about it. (Click here to read related article.)
At the media conference for GMA-7's new primetime teleserye Ikaw Sana—topbilled by Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras, and Pauleen Luna—Arthur admitted that it has been a while since he started dating the leader of the all-female dance group.
According to him, this began when he co-starred with Rochelle in Daisy Siete's 15th season offering "Isla Chikita."
"Noong naging close kami at nag-usap about personal life, first season [ko] sa Daisy Siete. Since nung nag-start na nagkasama kami, talagang lumalabas kami hanggang ngayon. Nagde-date kami. 'Yon nga lang ang mahirap, kasi ayaw niya ng karelasyon. Pero nirerespeto ko 'yon," Arthur said.
Arthur admits that from the first moment, he was already attracted to Rochelle. However, he couldn't give an exact trait of Rochelle that caught his attention.
He explained, "Actually, hindi ko rin alam. Tinatanong nga nila, 'Bakit mo gusto si Rochelle?' Hindi ko nga alam, e. Di ba, ang character niya makikay? Ayaw ko 'yon... Kasi ang gusto ko sa babae, tahimik lang. Pero gusto ko siya, kasi opposite ng gusto ko sa babae, siya. Kaya nagugustuhan ko siya, 'yon ang weird doon. Kasi, gusto ko dati mestisa o chinita. E, siya, di ba, morena siya? Kaya nga ako nagugulat kung bakit ako naa-attract sa kanya."
Has he tried courting Rochelle?
"Noong una, [nanliligaw ako]," Arthur admitted. "Pero ini-stop ko na rin kasi mas maganda na rin ang magkaibigan lang. Kasi, ang pangit ng nanliligaw ka, e, sabi na niya na, 'Gusto muna kitang maging kaibigan. Doon kita makikilala.'"
The actor said that Rochelle has already told him she's not interested in a romantic relationship right now. Arthur accepted this and just made himself feel contented with their "exclusively dating" status.
"Kapag nakausap mo siya, priority talaga niya ang family niya at saka ang work niya. At saka alam ko rin ang pinagdaanan niya kaya ayaw kong sirain 'yon. Parang siya pa rin ang breadwinner sa family. 'Kapag nakipagrelasyon ako, third priority ko lang 'yon,' sabi niya. So, baka naman masira lang kami doon. Siyempre, ayaw ko naman ng ganun. Kasi ako kapag nakipagrelasyon ako, gusto ko sa akin ang atensiyon, and time, e, di niya kayang ibigay 'yon. 'Yon ang sabi niya sa akin, 'Basta ako, hindi ko priority ang lovelife for now.'"
However, he is also honest in saying that this situation would be hard, especially if he has deeply fallen in love with Rochelle. "Mahirap kasi paano kung na-fall nga naman? Siyempre, gusto mo rin magkaroon ng karelasyon," he said.
He also noted that being together in a show was also a factor in developing the relationship he has with Rochelle.
"Mahirap, kasi siyempre mahuhulog ka rin. Katulad noong nag-start ng after Christmas, 'tapos nawala na naman, hindi kami nagkasama sa show. Nag-Marimar ako noon kaya hindi kami nagkikita. 'Tapos bumabalik. Kaya hindi naggo-grow masyado kasi hindi natutuloy ang date namin, ngayon na lang kasi magksama kami. Iba pa rin ang nagkikita kayo," explained Arthur.
Arthur used to be part of the Abztract Dancers, where his cousin Dingdong Dantes was also a member. After his stint on the youth variety show That's Entertainment, Arthur stopped appearing in public and concentrated on his studies. He returned to the industry through Dingdong, and so, his first project was Encantadia (2005), where Dingdong played a major role.