PEP EXCLUSIVE: Steven Silva admits "almost-one-year" relationship with StarStruck batchmate Diva Montelaba

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Ito ang sagot ni Steven Silva nang tanungin ng PEP kung nakikita na niya ang kanyang sarili na ikinakasal sa girlfriend niyang si Diva Montelaba:

“Oh, man! I really don’t think about marriage right now. Kasi, I’m only twenty-five. I think marriage is, maybe five years, six years from now. Parang gano’n. I really want to experience… Kasi if ever I got married, parang your life is like… how can I say it, paa


Inamin ni Steven Silva sa exclusive interview sa kanya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) na “almost one year” na ang relasyon nila ng StarStruck V batchmate niyang si Diva Montelaba.

Sa presscon ng Coffee Prince last week ay kinumusta namin sa kanya si Diva dahil madalas daw ang sighting sa kanila na magkahawak-kamay pa raw.

Sagot ni Steven, “Okay pa rin… I think we’re still doing good, steady pa rin.”

Pagkatapos nito ay diretsa naming tinanong ang StarStruck V Ultimate Male Survivor kung sila na ba ni Diva.

Umamin naman si Steven at sinabing, “You can say that. We have a good relationship going on now.

“I think almost mga one year na kami. We’re going pretty steady.

“We try to keep things going kasi it’s kinda hard sometime because sa schedules namin.

“Ngayon naman, I’m starting Coffee Prince; and si Diva naman has her show, kasali siya dun sa Aso Ni San Roque.

“So yung mga times na wala kaming schedules, I mean we can hang out.”



CULTURAL DIFFERENCES. Ang ama ni Steven ay Portuguese at ang kanyang ina naman ay Filipino-Chinese na tubong-Davao.

Pero si Steven ay ipinanganak at lumaki sa Amerika.

Si Diva naman ay isinilang at lumaki sa Cebu.

Bilang Amboy si Steven at si Diva ay probinsiyana, hindi ba sila nagkakaroon ng cultural differences?

“Actually meron, meron… marami, marami,” pag-amin ni Steven.

Tulad ng?

“A… the first thing siyempre is language, di ba?

“May mga times na nag-uusap kami, I mean… sabagay parehas kami na our first language is not Tagalog.

“Si Diva naman, Cebuana; ako English. So, dun kami nagko-connect.”

Pero nagkakaroon din daw sila ng miscommunication dahil dito.

“Yeah, sometimes,” sambit ni Steven.

“You know, my English is different from hers. Siyempre minsan my understanding is different from hers…

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“But I think we’ll try to work it out.

“Tsaka siyempre may mga bagay dito sa Pilipinas na I’m not used to.”

Paliwanag niya, “Sa States, I drive anywhere. But here, you know, I’m used like taking taxi or commuting…

“Ano pa ba? Siyempre yung isang difference nito, I’m not used to all the places here.

“Siyempre galing ako sa States, andun pa rin yung family ko, mga friends—that’s one difference na.

“Siyempre, si Diva rin, galing siya sa Cebu, so... di ba?”

Pero sabi rin ni Steven, “I think even with our differences, we can connect kasi parehas kami na we’re in a different situation dito sa Manila.

“Hindi siya tagarito, she’s not from Manila. I’m not from Manila.”

Isa pa raw sa hindi nila pinagkakasunduan ni Diva ay ang pareho nilang pagiging ma-pride.

“Kasi parehas kami na medyo hardheaded!” natatawang sabi ni Steven.

“If ever na nag-aaway kami, ganun. Parang parehas kami na ayaw bumaba nung pride. So, ayun.

“Kasi siya naman, if ever nagkakaroon kami ng problema, gusto niya mag-usap agad.

“Ako naman, gusto ko parang cool-off, di ba?

“Baka that’s one difference between us—I think that’s one main difference.”



IS DIVA THE ONE? Pero masaya ba siya sa relationship nila?

Sabi ni Steven, “Oo, I’m happy. I’m happy.

“So I think… even with our differences, we can still connect.

“So I think we really have something nice.”

Nice enough na puwedeng mapunta sa mas seryosong relasyon, tulad ng pagpapakasal?

“Oh, man! I really don’t think about marriage right now,” sagot ni Steven.

“Kasi, I’m only twenty-five. I think marriage is, maybe five years, six years from now. Parang gano’n.

“I really want to experience… Kasi if ever I got married, parang your life is like… how can I say it, paano sasabihin yun… parang it’s such a big change.”

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Pero nakikita ba niya ang kanyang sarili na kasama si Diva habambuhay?

“I think so, yeah. I think Diva could be that one.”

Sa palagay ba ni Steven ay hindi magiging problema ang mga differences nila ngayon kung sakaling sila nga ang magkatuluyan?

“You know what, I don’t think I can say that now. I don’t think I can answer that.

“Basta tingnan natin kung ano mangyayari sa future.

“Pero for now, I think yung mga problema namin, there’s nothing like super-super big.

"So, I think if that were to happen, ang laking issue nun, I think we would be okay.”



COFFEE PRINCE. Nagsimula nang umere ngayong linggo ang kinabibilangang primetime series ni Steven sa GMA-7, ang Coffee Prince.

Napanood na nga ang unang eksena ni Steven sa teleseryeng ito kagabi, October 11.

Gumaganap siya rito bilang si Bamboo, ang best friend ni Benjamin Alves na gumaganap naman bilang Errol.

Tinanong ng PEP si Steven kung masaya ba siya sa role niya dito sa Coffee Prince.

“So far, okay naman siya… I think it could be better,” sagot niya.

Ang akala raw nung una ni Steven ay isa siya sa mga barista na makakatrabaho ni Kris Bernal sa coffee shop na pagmamay-ari ni Aljur Abrenica; partikular na ang role na napunta kay Fabio Ide.

“I thought at first ako yung Japanese, pero si Fabio naman… sabagay si Fabio naman half-Japanese, puwede din.

“Pero masaya din ako kasi fan din ako ng original series. Maganda siya.

“Malaki ang potential ng show na ito. It can be a big hit.”

Muli naming tinanong si Steven kung masaya siya sa mga role na ibinibigay sa kanya ng kanyang home network, o ayos lang ito basta may trabaho?

“Hindi, ang feeling ko lang, sana, after ng Coffee Prince, sana bibigyan naman ako ng isang leading role. Di ba?

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“Pero I’m happy because I’m not gonna bite the hand that feeds me.

“Siyempre, ang napansin ko lately, medyo sunud-sunod yung mga shows ko.

“I was there in Together Forever and after, I was told I was going to be part of Coffee Prince. Regular pa rin ako sa Party Pilipinas.

“I’m happy, pero sana naman, you know, I’m still hoping na I can be a leading man again.”

Naging leading man ni Kris Bernal si Steven sa afternoon soap na Koreana noong 2010. Nakasama nila rito si Rocco Nacino.

Umabot na ba sa point ng kanyang career na ikukunsidera niya ang offer ng ibang networks?

“Wala naman," sabi ni Steven.

"Kasi ngayon naman dito sa GMA, napansin ko, parang my shows are starting to become regular.

“Kasi, if you would ask me like last year, nung natapos yung Time of My Life, siguro naghintay ako ng five to six months for a show…

“If you ask me then, na may offer or something, baka na-consider ko.

“Kasi yung time na ‘yon, sobrang nahirapan kami, e. You know, you have to have work to stay living.

“So, nung time na ‘yon, sobrang nahirapan ako.

“Right now, medyo maganda yung takbo ng career ko ngayon, so I’m happy.

“Sa tingin ko, etong Coffee Prince, baka it’s a stepping stone to more future shows.”

Sabi pa ni Steven, nagtatrabaho naman siya nang husto tuwing may proyektong ibinibigay sa kanya.

“Yes, I really am. Siyempre sa lahat ng shows that I’m given, I do my best… I really do my best.”



INVESTMENTS. Tatlong taon na si Steven sa showbiz. Sa loob pa ng panahong iyong ay may mga investments na siya o properties?

“Ngayon, wala naman sa properties.

“Ang ginawa ko, so far, sa Davao, may mga investments like sa livestock… mga small things.

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"Saka meron kaming mga loan businesses dun sa Davao, pero small time naman.

“Parang just to invest money that I have, instead of… para hindi naman siya nag-i-stay dun sa bangko.”

May natira pa ba sa panalo niya sa StarStruck?

“Meron pa rin. Ang ginawa ko sa earnings ko sa StarStruck, I bought a car, yung iba nasa bank. Sa Davao, mga small-time investments.”



BENCH UNIVERSE. Last month ay isa si Steven sa mga rumpampa sa Bench Universe, ang two-night denim and underwear fashion show ng Bench na ginanap sa SM MOA Arena.

Ito ang ikalawang pagkakataon na rumampa si Steven para sa sikat na local clothing brand; ang una ay noong 2010.

Kumusta ang ikalawang pagrampa niya sa Bench fashion show?

“Ang saya, sobrang saya!” bulalas niya.

“And it’s funny kasi pagkatapos ng show, I was checking the pictures online…

“Kasi ang daming nagsabi sa akin, parang marami nakapansin na parang gumanda raw yung katawan ko.

“And I was hoping that’s what they will say.

“Kasi bago yung Bench show nag-start, nagda-diet ako, like two weeks, three weeks…

“Tapos after 2010, my first show sa Bench, I was going to the gym para ma-mature yung katawan ko.

“And I think, parang medyo mission accomplished. Ang daming nagsabi na maganda daw yung katawan ko.

“I was really happy, really happy. Parang sinulit yung ginawa ko sa gym, sa diet…”

Ang batchmate ni Steven sa StarStruck na si Enzo Pineda ay nag-underwear nang rumampa this year.

Si Steven ba ay puwede na ring maging kasing-daring ni Enzo?

“Puwede, puwede naman…

“Actually sa show na ‘yon, ipinakita ko yung underwear ko, e.

“Kahit naka-pants ako, ang gimik ko do’n, I wore my pants down a little bit so they can see my underwear.

“Pero next time, if my body is ready and I feel ready, kaya naman, puwede, puwede…”

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Sa palagay ba ni Steven ay kailangan niyang magpaka-daring para mas umangat ang career niya?

“Hindi naman, hindi naman… I don’t think so.

“I mean, ginawa ko ‘yon para may napansin na, ‘Ay, si Steven, iba yung hitsura niya… may na-mature sa katawan niya,’ parang ganun.

“I think ang daming nakapansin... actually, ang daming nag-comment sa akin.

“Kasi I remember, after the first show [2010], parang, you know, parang wala lang. ‘Ay, nandun ka pala sa Bench... Who’s that?’

“Pero this time, ang daming lumapit sa akin… parang a lot of people noticed that there’s something different this time.

“So there’s no reason…

"Sa mga next shows, I can do something else like that.”

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