Erich Gonzales has a lot of things to be happy about.
At her launch as the endorser of mySlim in Seda Vertis North earlier, March 21, she was smiling and giggling, looking inspired.
Is it because of love?
She said, “Masaya po tayo with every thing that’s going on, di ba? I mean maraming, may mga blessings na dumarating, trabaho po, busy tayo so walang dahilan para hindi maging masaya.
But she admitted to having a “consistent and persistent suitor.”
The first sighting on social media was in February 2018.
Erich related, “Okay, una po sa lahat, wala naman po tayong tinatago, di ba?
“Single po ako, he’s single also.
“And then, I think nag-start iyan kasi may nakita silang picture coz I went to Japan for my sister’s exhibit. Painter siya doon.
“And then, matagal na itong naka-block off dahil lagi kong sinasabing walang time and all but ito, thank you sa Blood Sisters kasi pinayagan nila for two days lang.
“And then, my sister invited him also so he followed.”
WHO IS THE GUY? Erich referred to him as “kapatid po siya ng boyfriend ni Clauie, ni Claudia Barretto.”
He didn't mention his name throughout the 11-minute interview, but a quick research revealed that he is Mateo Lorenzo.
When did they meet?
She was initially hesitant to answer the question, “Hindi sila sanay sa ganito. Yung family, dyuskolord!”
The actress continued, “We met last year po, last year pa. So matagal na kaming magkaibigan, mga early last year pa? So ‘yon.
“Even bago pa nag-ano, mga April? April last year.
“Magwa-one year na kaming mag-friends.”
Smiling, Erich added, “Malay natin, next year.”
What does he do?
“Meron po silang sarili nilang [business]…Sa kanila. I’m shy na. I don’t want.”
Mateo is one of the 12 children of business man Martin Ignacio Lorenzo.
His dad is currently the chairman and president of Teriyaki Boy Group Inc. and Dencio's Food Specialists Inc., vice president for operations of Del Monte Philippines, and has real-estate ventures.
His family is also into sugar-milling business.
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Erich's work is currently the primary reason she can’t commit yet.
But Erich has nothing but good words for Mateo.
“Yes, in fairness sa kanya, consistent and persistent siya.
“Hindi lang puro salita kundi sa gawa so we’ll see talaga.
“We don’t know naman, di ba. Kahit sabihin ko, ‘Gusto ko, siya na,’ but then, ayaw, hindi naman para talaga kami sa isa’t isa so ngayon, wala, we’re just enjoying each other’s company, and mas kinikilala pa namin yung isa’t isa.’
He’s also "nice talaga."
She elaborated, “Alam niyo yung sinasabing too good to be true? Di ba parang hindi ka maniniwala na gano’n pero may mga tao palang nag-e-exist na ganun.
“Too good but it’s true talaga.”