Shaina Magdayao dismissed the rumor that she and Piolo Pascual are an item.
The Juan Dela Cruz actress, who will be seen in the upcoming ABS-CBN primetime soap You’re My Home early next year, made it clear that she and the heartthrob actor are just good friends.
Shaina cited an article and a photo spread that came out on PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal). In the photos, the mutual affection of the On The Job actors was in full display as they held hands after an October 8 ABS-CBN event.
Shaina said Piolo was merely assisting her.
In an interview this afternoon, October 17, at the story conference of You’re My Home, the 24-year-old actress remarked, “Hawak lang naman ng kamay yun!
“At saka gentleman talaga si Papa P. Inaalalayan naman niya talaga ako.
“At that time siguro, nung pini-piktyuran kami, inaalalayan niya ako. Lagi naman yun ganun.”
Prior to the October 8 sighting, Piolo and Shaina’s intriguing exit at the Star Magic Ball last September 8 sparked the rumors that the two are seeing each other.
The two Star Magic talents walked the carpet separately, but Piolo and Shaina, as made evident by reports and photos from the event, left the ball together.
“Magkaibigan kami, really. He is a good friend.
"He’s always been a good friend,” Shaina told reporters today when asked to comment on the issue.
She admitted to going out on group dates with Piolo whenever they find a common free time, but work has made it impossible to spend time with anyone. She is finishing the last scenes of Juan Dela Cruz, which concludes on October 25.
“Wala pong halong biro, pero wala talaga,” Shaina stressed.
PIOLO IS BUSY. Shaina does not deny that she and Piolo have gotten to know each other better after filming On The Job, where she played the wife of Piolo’s character.
Working together, said the 24-year-old actress, allowed them the opportunity to develop their friendship.
“Hindi naman nawala yun.
“Pero yun nga po, we’re both very busy. I’m happy na pareho kaming may trabaho.
“He’s doing a movie with Toni [Gonzaga], di ba?
“Exciting rin yung mga nangyayari sa kanya bago magtapos ang taon na ito,” Shaina gleefully relayed.
The actress, interjecting that Piolo has “a good heart,” said the actor has a full plate at the moment, which would make pursuing her impossible.
LOVE WILL WAIT. Asked if she means to keep Piolo in the “friend zone,” Shaina pointed out that they are in the friend zone.
To round up her thoughts on the said matter, the actress stated, “I just want to be transparent with all of you.
“I think this is the first time na ipinagdadasal ko na, ‘Lord, wag muna sana.’
“Hindi naman natin mapipigilan kung tumibok ang aking puso, na ma-in love na naman tayo, which is such a wonderful thing, di ba?
“Pero ipinagdadasal ko ngayon, sana huwag naman muna.”
For the first time in her life, Shaina said that she is starting to believe that love can wait.
“It will wait, di ba? Pero kasi ngayon, sobrang daming opportunities na dumadating sa akin.”
True enough, as Shaina bids Juan Dela Cruz goodbye, the actress will begin working on You’re My Home, which is slated to air in the first quarter of 2014.
In December, Shaina will join the cast of Pagpag in promoting the movie, an entry in the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival.
“Sobrang daming trabaho na hindi ko ini-expect…
“Kaya gusto ko muna i-value yun, gusto ko muna pangalagaan yun," the actress finally said.