For the first time, Angel Locsin has admitted that she and film producer Neil Arce are in love with each other.
“Okey naman ang love life natin,” said Angel when asked about the blooming romance between her and Neil.
Have they spoken the words “I love you” to each other?
The 32-year-old Kapamilya actress answered, beaming, “Maraming beses na nag-'I love you.'”
To clarify her statement, Angel reiterated that she did say “I love you” to Neil, and that they feel the same way for each other.
But she also made it clear that they're not officially in a relationship yet, even after several months of exclusively dating.
The La Luna Sangre star first spoke about dating Neil back in April.
Her explanation was: “Tina-try namin yung parang kayo, pero hindi kayo, yung ganun.
“Magulo ba? Ako rin naguguluhan, e. Hindi ko rin ma-explain, e. Pero parang ganun.
“Pag lumalabas kami, hindi naman kami nagtatago.
“Siguro yung label na lang ang kulang.
“Pero hindi naman kami nagdi-date ng iba.
“It’s very nice.”
Angel spoke to entertainment reporters—including PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal)—after her solo presscon for her return to the ABS-CBN primetime series La Luna Sangre.
The media event was held at 9501 Restaurant inside ABS-CBN’s ELJ Building in Quezon City earlier today, September 7.
NO-LABEL RELATIONSHIP. Angel went on to say that she cannot consider Neil her “boyfriend” without him asking her to be his “girlfriend” first.
She explained, “Tinatanong yun, di ba? Tsaka o-oo ka dapat. E, wala kasing ganun.
“Kasi ang alam ko, kapag ka kayo, yung may ‘oo.’ May anniversary date, ganun.
“So, hindi ko puwedeng i-claim kasi baka sabihin asyumera naman ako.”
Have they talked about making their relationship official?
Angel immediately responded, “Napag-uusapan namin, pero siguro mas okey munang ganito.
“Kasi barkada kami, di ba? Eight years kaming barkada.
“So, alam namin yung pinagdaanan ng isa’t isa.”
Note that Angel’s two-year relationship with ex-boyfriend Luis Manzano ended in January 2016.
On that same month, Neil also got out from a four-year-relationship with TV-and-movie actress Bela Padilla.
LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP. For her part, Angel said that not putting a label to her and Neil's relationship doesn't mean they were traumatized by their past relationships.
The actress explained, “Siguro mas ingat lang, iniingatan lang namin ang isa’t isa.
“Kasi kapag nag-away kami, wala kaming ibang makakausap.
“Kasi kami yung magkausap kapag may mga problema kami sa love life dati, e.
“So, hindi kami puwedeng mag-away.”
According to Angel, what matters is that Neil makes her happy.
"He’s very honest, matalino, magaling mag-advice sa buhay.
"Kapag yung taong sumusuporta sa 'yo alam mong nandiyan, kampante ka, di ba? Mare-relax ka.
"Baka ganun lang din.
"Ayoko na masyado mag-elaborate kasi baka magalit ang mga lola natin kung anong pinaggagagawa namin.
"So, pasensiya na, eto lang, e."