Marian Rivera said she witnessed the blooming romance between fellow Kapuso stars Barbie Forteza and Jak Roberto.
Marian and Barbie are both mainstays of the GMA-7 Sunday variety show Sunday PinaSaya, while the rumored couple worked together in the now-defunct Kapuso primetime series Meant To Be.
Speaking to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Marian described how Jak was able to pull off his surprise for Barbie’s 20th birthday last July 31.
As it happened, Barbie loves personalized roses from Marian's flower shop Flora Vida.
The Kapuso actress recalled, “Ang bait talaga ni Jak.
"At nag-effort talaga si Jak na, ‘Ate Yan, kailangan ko ng flowers kay Barbie. Tulungan mo ako.’
"So, kinikilig ako sa kanilang dalawa."
Did she give Barbie any love advice?
Marian answered, smiling, “Si Barbie, sabi ko, i-enjoy lang niya yung buhay niya.
“Ang importante, kailangan… ang hirap… patay ako kay Barbie!
“Basta i-enjoy niya lang.”
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PEP spoke to Marian after the presscon proper for her endorsement Hana Shampoo, which was held at Makati Diamond Residences, earlier today, August 15.
But the 33-year-old actress refused to confirm speculations that Barbie and Jak are already in a relationship.
She simply remarked, “Hindi, malay mo nanliligaw talaga yung tao, nililigawan niya si Barbie.
“Tsaka nakita ko, ang sweet sweet ni Jak sa parents ni Barbie. At yun ang mahalaga.”
ATE MARIAN. Marian further said that she treats Barbie like a younger sister.
“Actually, sa totoo lang, ate naman ako ng lahat sa Sunday PinaSaya.
“At alam nila na kahit sino diyan, lalapit sa akin na, ‘Ate Yan, ganito; Ate Yan, ganyan.’
"Talagang yung kamay ko bukas para sa lahat maging ate ako."
It was in the July 30 episode of Sunday PinaSaya when Marian first hinted at Barbie’s source of “inspiration.”
Then their co-hosts Jose Manalo, Ai-Ai delas Alas, and Alden Richards followed suit in teasing Barbie about the current state of her love life.
Barbie later revealed, in her own Instagram posts, that Jak conspired with her mom, sister, and Marian in preparing a surprise for her birthday.