Sa labindalawang nominasyon na natanggap ng pelikulang Thelma sa 28th PMPC Star Awards for Movies, apat ang napanalunan nito sa ginanap na gabi ng parangal sa Meralco Theater kagabi, Marso 14.
Kabilang dito ang tropeyo para Best Digital Film Director na iginawad sa direktor ng pelikula na si Paul Soriano.
Sa panayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at ilang miyembro ng press kay Paul matapos ang programa, sinabi nitong malaki ang pasasalamat niya sa nobyang aktres na si Toni Gonzaga.
"You know, she’s one of the main reasons why I’m holding these trophies also tonight," aniya.
"She may not be a part of Thelma in the credits, but she was a big part of, at least, me making the film."
Naging supportive daw si Toni sa kanya simula nang umpisahan niya ang pelikula taong 2009.
"She knows the demands of a director so she knows the right things to say and I appreciate that about her.
"She’s very encouraging. She knows when to hug me, when to be there, so I’m very thankful for that."
FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING. May limang taon na rin ang itinagal ng relasyon nina Paul at Toni.
Napag-isipan na ba ni Paul na alukin ng kasal ang nobya?
"Well, sabi ni Toni when she’s 30 [she can get married].
"She’s 28 now, so in two years. I can wait two years. Next thing you know it’s Christmas, next thing you know it’s two years.
"I have a lot of time to prepare, a lot of time to save money, and make sure that when I do ask her, she’s ready, I’m ready," sagot ni Paul.
Handa na ba siyang pakasalan si Toni?
"I’m ready, I’m ready now. I think personally, emotionally, I’m ready.
"But it takes two to be ready, ’di ba? And she said two years, so listen muna ako."
Ayon kay Paul, kapag dumating araw na mapagdesisyunan na nilang magpakasal ay ipauubaya niya raw kay Toni ang paghahanda at pagdedesisyon sa magiging tema ng kasal.
"I’ll leave it up to her. She can choose the date, I’ll just show up. Siya ang bahala."
Hindi tuloy naiwasan itanong ng isang reporter kung "ander de saya" ba siya kay Toni.
"No, I think it’s the both of us [making mutual decisions]. There’s a lot of things in the relationship that we haven’t done yet.
"So when we do get married, in the future and at the right time, there are a lot of things to look forward to with Toni and everything will be like the first time again."
Pahabol na tanong ng reporter: "Do you always say ’Yes’ to Toni?"
"With Toni it’s hard to say no, you know," sagot ni Paul.
"But yes, I do say yes a lot to her. Why not, though? She deserves it."
Dominante ba si Toni bilang girlfriend?
"No naman, no naman. She respects. She knows her territory, she knows what to ask, what to say, what to do, you know, that’s what’s great about her."
ANSWERING THE CHEATING CHATTER. Hindi naman pinalampas ni Paul ang pagkakataon upang linawin ang mga intrigang naglalabasan tungkol sa diumano’y pambababae niya.
Isang larawan ang kumalat kamakailan sa Internet na nagpapakitang may kasamang ibang babae ang direktor.
"Yeah, I heard about that...You know, it’s unfortunate that there are people out there who are unprofessional and they wanna steal your joy and happiness.
"I just don’t understand why there are people like that who like to write about lies, you know, they like to do that.
"I encourage them na lang to just write about the truth because the truth doesn’t hurt, you know.
"But like me and Toni, we’ve been together five years so we’ve been through our share of intrigues and stuff.
"We just know how to turn away and just focus on the positive."
Napag-uusapan ba nila ni Toni ang mga ganitong intriga tungkol sa kanya?
"We talked about it, actually, because someone brought it up.
"And she knows the truth, I know the truth, and I think our relationship is very secure.
"We have not broken each other’s trust so there’s no reason to fear. We’re both very secure, and there really is no reason to do that [cheat].
"You know, it’s uncalled for, so we will not let that person come in between us, we will not let that person steal our joy."
Faithful ba si Paul bilang nobyo kay Toni?
Sa limang taon na itinagal ng relasyon nila ni Toni ay nasanay na si Paul sa mga intriga. Ito rin, aniya, ang tumulong na magpatibay sa kanila.
"I guess that counts for something. We’re not comparing ourselves to other couples, but we’ve been through our share of problems.
"It’s not easy to have a relationship in showbiz, but we’ve stuck through it and I hope, you know, the five years is evidence that it’s for keeps...at least for me.
"You know, really, I wouldn’t have invested five years of my life. These are the best years of my life and it’s not something I would just throw away for one night.
"I’m not gonna let one night of cheap happiness ruin a lifetime of joy and happiness.
"So I stay strong and it’s also my faith in God, you know. He keeps me aligned. He helps me when it comes down to those kinds of temptations.
"And when I look at Toni, I forget everything and I just focus on her. It’s true."
IDEAL COUPLE. Dahil sa ipinapakitang katatagan ng magkasintahan, may ilang fans ang tumitingala sa kanila bilang "ideal couple."
Hindi ba sila nape-pressure sa mataas na expectations sa kanila ng publiko?
"Well, of course, for the people out there who [look up to us], thank you. I’m glad that you say that about us."
Ayon kay Paul, komunikasyon ang isa sa mga sikreto nila Toni.
"We really love each other and we really are there for each other so whatever it is, we communicate a lot, we talk a lot.
"And she makes extreme efforts, I mean with her schedule, she makes extreme efforts to be there for me...and same with me.
"I think that’s what makes the relationship work. Of course with God in the center, God first, that would be great."
Nakakaramdam ba sila ng pressure mula sa mga taong patuloy na naghihintay sa balita ng kanilang kasal?
"I guess it’s a good kind of pressure because it means that people are cheering for us.
"Better to hear that than to hear negative stuff, you know. And [besides] it’s something I want so it’s good to hear that, and I pray that it really goes that way."