Ang pagkakalink ni Benjamin Alves sa 2012 Miss Universe 1st runner-up na si Janine Togonon ang isa sa mga naging paksa sa panayam sa kanya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kamakailan.
Hindi naman itinanggi ni Benjamin ang naging kuneksyon nila ni Janine noong nandito pa ito sa Pilipinas at meron pa rin daw silang komunikasyon sa isa’t-isa.
Sambit ni Benjamin, “She’s doing well in the States, e. But we’re still in contact.”
Hindi pa raw nakakapunta ng States si Benjamin pero kung sakali man, kahit hindi niya priority ang dalawin si Janine, nais rin niya itong makita at kumustahin ng personal.
"I’m gonna visit the States not specifically looking for her.
"Pero kung magkakaroon ng pagkakataon to see her there, of course, I’ll make time.
"She’s a good friend.”
Nakausap si Benjamin ng PEP nong Martes nang hapon, September 9, sa presscon ng 10 Celebrity Centerfolds ng Cosmo Bachelor Bash September issue, na ginanap sa Luxent Hotel.
Kabilang si Benjamin sa apat na showbiz hunks na dumalo sa presscon kasama ang kapwa Kapuso artist na si Pancho Magno, James Reid at ang ABS CBN 2 primetime drama actor na si Paulo Avelino na siyang cover model.
ALL THE WOMEN. Minsan pang itinanggi ni Benjamin na naging malapit sila sa isa’t-isa ni Jennylyn Mercado. Ito ay bunga lang raw ng mga speculations ng iba.
Paliwanag pa ng Kapuso hunk, “When you guys ask me about Janine and Pia [Wurstbach, Bb. Pilipinas runner-up], I don’t deny.
"So why would I deny Jen if it were true.”
Kina Janine at Pia, sino sa dalawa yung totoong nagkaoon ito nang atensyon?
“I’ll say it’s Janine, we went on date. I said it last year pa, e.
"With Pia we go out on dates so...”
Isa pa na-link kay Benjamin ay si Rachelle Ann Go na ngayo’y gumawa ng pangalan sa London dahil sa ipinapamalas niyang husay sa Miss Saigon.
Bulalas ni Benjamin, “Matagal na yun, e. Wala.
“I think with Jen because we’re in the same triathlon team.
"Si Shane [Rachelle Ann] we go to the same church, we have the same friends.
"Kasi sa showbiz, when you’re both single, they start to link you.
“I can’t do anything about that.
"I don’t like not hang out with my friends because of that.
"Then again, when I’m asked, I always say the truth.”
EXPLANATION. Mukhang sa mga na-link at nai-date ni Benjamin wala isa man kina Janine at Pia ang natuloy na niligawan niya ng husto?
Agad namang nag-rason ang morenong aktor, “The thing is I’m just starting with my career.
"It’s kinda hard… I wanna invest [time] kasi in a girl, you know?
"You wanna invest a lot.
“I can’t do that when I’m still trying to find my place in showbiz.
"When I’m settled, in due time naman, e.
“I guess it sounds bad… I don’t wanna say I’m trying it out with people.
"Parang it seems like I’m exploiting them or using them.
"Pero you can have many friends, for one.
"That’s where you usually find good relationships
"The kind of relationship I want.
“Problema lang kasi when you become friends in showbiz, nali-link ka agad bigla.”
Ang pagkaka-link nito ba kaagad sa isang babae ang nakakapag-papigil sa kanya na isulong ang anumang romantic interest nito?
Saad niya, “No, no. I mean, if I have interest in pursuing her, I would.
"What people say won’t affect how I wanna pursue the girl, if I want to.
“It just doesn’t work out.
"And that’s okay when you’re single and looking for somebody, it just happens.
"You can’t say I have to make this work with this person. Hindi naman, e.
“You have no obligations with anybody.
"As long as you keep her honor, you keep pursuing her with good intentions. Hindi naman mawawala.”
SAME PATTERN? Halos hindi nagkakalayo sina Benjamin at Piolo Pascual sa kanilang disposition sa lovelife. Ayaw munang manligaw ni Piolo dahil gusto nitong unahin ang trabaho. Ganito rin daw ang pananaw ni Benjamin.
“We just probably have the same belief, I’m not so sure.
"Pero it seems it’s a right one. I haven’t gotten anybody mad at me.
“I don’t wanna pattern it after anybody.
"I just wanna make sure that I’m honoring the person and I have a good intention.
“If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work… as long as we’re still friends after.”
Tungkol naman kay Piolo, hindi na raw nakaka-bond ni Benjamin ang kanyang nasabing Tito sa sports.
“Last year we were able to work out and run practically every day.
"But not lately because he’s movie took off. Since then I haven’t seen him.
“I have my job too to focus on as well. Bising-busy.
"That’s okey. It’s better to be busy better than... you know.”
COSMO BASH. Samantala, mas confident raw na rarampa si Benjamin sa magaganap na Cosmo Bachelor Bash ’di gaya nong nakaraang taon na nahihiya pa raw siya.
Paliwanag pa niya, “I felt bad for them because they had a hard time with me.
“I haven’t seen all the centerfolds… they made me pull down my pants.
"If you guys see the picture, my ass is showing basically… sideways.
“That’s the most revealing I’ll get.
"But who knows? When I go to the bash and the adrenalin is there...
“All I know, when I come out I have my clothes on and probably end up with less clothes.
"I just hope I’m covered at least.”