"Hindi naman tense, but it's serious, quiet, very calm. You know, just clearing up issues." This was how Ruffa Gutierrez described the atmosphere of her recent meeting with fellow ABS-CBN star Shaina Magdayao.
The former beauty queen said that the meeting was set up by Star Magic heads Johnny Manahan and Mariole Alberto to clear the "nasty text messages" issue that allegedly caused the misunderstanding between her and the younger sister of Vina Morales. (CLICK HERE to read the background of this story.)
"They were Good Samaritans and they said na, 'Bago lumala ang mga lumalabas sa diyaryo, it's better siguro na magharap-harap kayo. Para you can really talk and you can see kung sino talaga ang nagpapadala ng mga nasty messages.' Hindi lang pala ako ang nakakatanggap. Nakakatanggap din pala siya [Shaina]," said Ruffa in an interview after the exclusive grand opening of Century Properties's Azure showroom at the Pacific Star Building in Makati City earlier today, March 2.
Ruffa related that Shaina was initially hesitant to see her. "In the beginning, I heard that she's afraid. Sabi ko, 'I won't bite naman,'" she said.
When everyone felt at ease with each other, Ruffa said, "We really had a nice, calm talk. Marami kaming bagay na napag-usapan. Maraming naliwanagan. But siguro 'yong details, hindi na lang siguro ako magsasalita about what really went on in that room. Kasi, siyempre, private na 'yon. Ang importante, walang problema, and there's no reason for us to have any conflict or whatsoever. Like I said, I'm fabulously single."
Although Ruffa chose not to go into the details of that meeting, she stated its purpose: "To make it clear na hindi sa amin nanggagaling 'yong mga messages na pinapadala sa kanya. At hindi rin sa kanila nanggagaling ang mga ipinapadala sa amin. So, I guess there was a third party involved na who's trying to create intriga."
NO ILL FEELINGS. As she mentioned on The Buzz last Sunday, February 28, Ruffa gave assurance that she doesn't have any bad feelings towards Shaina.
She explained, "Ako naman, e... Vina is my kumare. I've known her since That's Entertainment days pa lang, magkaibigan na kami ni Vina. And Shaina is her little sister. So kumbaga, you know, kahit hindi kami close ni Shaina ng ganun, siyempre nandoon na 'yong comfortable ka. You know, 'yong feelings mo for the family. So, I'm just glad na natapos na.
"Ang naging malinaw ay may gumagawa lang ng intriga sa amin. May gumagawa ng text messages na talagang very nasty, very explicit na... You know, we just have to be aware that in this industry, in this world talaga, there are people who wanna hurt others, others to feel bad, and create some intrigues."
Apparently, Ruffa wants to forget about the issue and move on. She told the media, "It doesn't really matter if I thought initially it came from her. Ang importante, I found out in the end that it wasn't her. 'Yon 'yong maganda, 'yong result, di ba? So, ayun, tapos na, wala naman talagang issue, e."
ON TRANSFERRING TO TV5. Ruffa couldn't confirm reports that she'd soon be leaving ABS-CBN to move to the revitalized TV5.
Ruffa simply stated, "Well, they'll still be able to watch me on The Buzz. Regarding offers from different stations, siguro in due time malalaman n'yo rin ang desisyon ko tungkol doon. Ayaw ko munang magsalita tungkol doon. Like I said, in due time."
When asked if the intrigues that she recently faced had something to do with this rumor, Ruffa replied, "I'm already used to intrigues. I'm already in the business since I was 13. So, for me, these silly intrigues are nothing. I already experienced real life and real problems. So, para sa akin, these are so petty talaga. You know, for me, I'm just happy. I'm very content with my life."
In a separate interview, Ruffa's mother and talent manager Annabelle Rama neither confirmed nor denied her daughter's supposed transfer to TV5.
Annabelle's short statement to the media was: "Wala pang kontratang pinag-uusapan. Pero maganda ang offer nila. Offer na hindi kaya ng iba."
She mentioned that Ruffa may hold a press conference with regards to this issue on March 5.
CLICK HERE to view the video wherein Ruffa described her meeting with Shaina, which was initiated by Mr. Johnny Manahan and Mariole Alberto of Star Magic.