Gerald Anderson revealed that his knees felt weak when he heard Sarah Geronimo call him "babe" recently.
The two stars went on a yacht date for the pilot episode of Sarah G Live that aired last Sunday, February 26.
During their videoke session, Sarah was leafing through a songbook when she suddenly blurted out, "Hanap lang ako, babe."
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Members of the press had the chance to interview Gerald regarding this incident during the farewell presscon of Budoy held earlier today, February 28, at the 9501 restaurant located at the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City.
Gerald said with a laugh, "Napanood n’yo naman na nagulat rin ako!
"Sa totoo lang, hindi ko po alam kung bakit nangyari yun. But siyempre, nakita n’yo na nagulat ako.
"Pero at the same time, kinilig rin ako. Nanghina ang tuhod ko nun.
"Siyempre, isang Sarah Geronimo at biglang tinawag kang ’babe,’ Wow!"
NOT IN A RELATIONSHIP. Despite their many sweet moments caught on camera—such as holding hands and clips showing Sarah feeding Gerald—the actor says that he is not in a relationship with the Popstar Princess.
Gerald said with a smile, "As much as gusto kong sabihin na kami [ni Sarah], we’re friends and hindi po ako nagsisinungaling sa inyo.
"She does inspire me and I’m just really happy na nakilala ko siya in a different level.
"But hindi po kami, hindi kami.
"Masaya ako kung anong status namin ngayon."
However, their body language seems to say otherwise.
"Maybe there’s something... but sa ngayon, friends po talaga kami," Gerald insisted.
RESPECT. When asked if he is courting Sarah, Gerald declared: "Malinaw na gusto ko siya and like I said, inspirasyon ko siya. Just thinking about her puts a smile on my face."
The lead actor of Budoy pointed out that he is aware that Sarah is at a stage when she is not yet ready to be in a relationship.
"Pero at the same time, nirerespeto ko ang pamilya niya kung ano ang stand nila.
"Kumbaga, si Sarah ay nandun pa sa stage na hindi pa ready, na hindi pa puwedeng magkaroon ng boyfriend or ng karelasyon.
"We just have to respect that, respetuhin na lang natin.
"At ngayon palang, yung friendship na nakukuha ko, e, panalo na ako."
Is Gerald willing to wait for Sarah?
"Mahabang proseso ’yan," he said.
"Kailangan makilala namin ang isa’t isa on a different level. Yung makapag-bonding kami.
"You can never know someone hangga’t hindi mo siya nakikilala."
Gerald then described the qualities that he likes most about Sarah.
"I find her very beautiful. Totoo ’yan. That’s from my heart...
"Kahit hindi kami, nakita ko kahit papaano, masaya naman siya ’pag magkasama kami.
"Nagkaroon ako ng isa pang relasyon, isa pang friend who’s really amazing and really beautiful and outstanding at masarap kasama.
"’Wag na nating lagyan ng label."
He later added: "Yung pagkatao niya. She’s a beautiful person inside and out.
"Ang ganda na nga niya pero mas maganda pa ang ugali niya.
"Masarap siyang kasama. Totoong tao."
POST-BIRTHDAY PARTY. On his actual birthday on March 7, Gerald is scheduled to have his last taping day for Budoy.
He mentioned that he will have a post-birthday celebration on March 11 with the cast and crew of the ABS-CBN primetime show.
Does he have plans of inviting Sarah to this post-birthday celebration?
"Kung libre siya, of course!" said Gerald with a wide smile.