Inamin ng blogger at online entrepreneur na si Tricia Centenera ang pagkakaroon niya ng bagong pag-ibig.
Si Tricia ang dating asawa ni Gab Valenciano.
Pagbabalita niya, "My love life is great.
"I have a wonderful boyfriend, we’ve been dating since the end of last year.
"He’s a Filipino. He is a real-estate developer and a lawyer. He’s non-showbiz."
Sa pagpapatuloy ng kuwento ni Tricia, inamin nitong mas matanda sa kanya ang bago niyang kasintahan.
Aniya, "My boyfriend now, he’s 51 years old. He’s very secured, he’s very matured.
"He was married 15 years, and they separated seven years ago and they’re friends. He has a 13-year old daughter. I’ve met his daughter many, many times."
Taong 2014 nang ginanap ang civil wedding nina Tricia at Gab sa U.S.
Nang sumunod na taon, nagkaroon sila ng dalawang wedding celebrations, isa sa Tagaytay at isa sa Boracay.
Ngunit makalipas ang higit sa isang taon, naghiwalay ang dalawa.
Pag-alala ni Tricia, "Gab and I got divorced...we separated July 29, 2016, two years ago.
"I was single for quite a while. I was living in a dark deep of depression, and just trying to think to myself, 'What went wrong?' you know, and I didn’t know what happened.
"It’s just a case of two good people just doing things a little bit too quickly and not really going through the steps of what a relationship, steps you need to go through, right?"
Sa kabila nito, nanatili naman daw ang magandang ugnayan ni Tricia sa mga magulang ni Gab na sina Gary at Angeli Valenciano, gayundin sa iba pang kapamilya ng dating asawa.
Ani Tricia, "Even though it was heartbreaking at that time, I still managed to keep a very good relationship with my in-laws, Mama Angeli and Papa Gary, Sam Valenciano, Kiana, Paolo Valenciano."
Sina Kiana at Paolo ay mga kapatid ni Gab, samantalang si Sam ay asawa ni Paolo.
Kuwento pa ni Tricia, "Sam and Paolo were just in my house on a weekend for some drinks.
"Until now... Mama Angeli rang me as soon as Papa Gary went into the hospital with his double bypass [heart surgery].
"They rang me, 'Could you please come,' and of course I rang Gab right away. Gab is my neighbor."
Sabay raw na nagtungo sina Gab at Tricia sa ospital upang puntahan si Gary.
Ekslusibong nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Tricia sa media at bloggers' launch ng Air Asia Freedom Flyer Programme, kung saan siya ang host, noong May 31, na ginanap sa Anahaw Resto, Manila House Private Members Club, Net Park Bldg., Bonifacio Global City.
BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH GAB. Sa ngayon daw ay maayos na ang ugnayan nila ni Gab.
"I see him every week. He always calls me and says, ‘Hey Tris, can I now see the dogs?’
"'Yes, you take them for a walk today.'
"We have managed to become friends."
Ayon pa kay Tricia, naging maayos ang samahan nila ni Gab nang matutunan niyang tanggapin ang kabiguan sa marriage nilang dalawa.
Paliwanag niya, “I think It was just a matter of going through the steps of grieving, accepting that these things happened to me.
"And [done] by somebody who I thought was supposed to protect me and be there for me for the rest of my life, and one person who shouldn’t have turned on me, turned on me.
"So, it wasn’t a matter of I was so upset looking back that I lost Gab, it was that I failed at something. Because I’m not used to failing.
"So, when I kinda wrapped my head around that, I realized I don’t miss him.
"I just I failed at something that, you know, that I wasn’t prepared to fail at."
Sa huli, may mabuti rin daw na naidulot ang kanilang paghihiwalay.
Ani Tricia, “But now, it was one of the best things that could have ever happened because he’s such in a better place now and I’m in such a better place now.
"We worked together. We’ve got... I still call upon him, 'I need you to film something for me because I have a project.'
“I won’t say we’re best friends. We’re good friends, we’re very amicable. My boyfriend now is totally fine with it.”
Nag-extend pa raw ng invitation si Gab kay Tricia at sa bagong boyfriend nito.
Ito ay matapos ipakilala ni Tricia sa kanyang kasintahan ang pinsan ni Gab na si RJ dela Fuente, isang singer, upang makalaro nito sa isang tennis tournament. Ang akala raw ng boyfriend ni Tricia ay pinsan niya ito.
"I called [RJ] my cousin... so, they were playing and of course you know my boyfriend was saying, ‘You know Tris, they’re cousins.
"What would I say to him? I said, 'Wait RJ is my cousin-in-law, or ex-cousin in law.'
"I don’t really use ex, ex-mom-in-law, I don’t really use exes, only ex-husband."
Madali naman daw itong naintindihan ng kanyang boyfriend.
"And then he was like, 'Okay fine and if you're fine with the family.'"
Nang magkaroon ng gig si RJ ay inaya raw nito sina Tricia. Nagpadala rin ng message si Gab sa kanya.
"Gab also message me, 'Hey, you and your partner are going to RJ’s gig? You know I’d like to extend an invitation and ask you guys if you can join us because I'd really love to get to know your boyfriend.'"
Patuloy ni Tricia tungkol sa estado nila ni Gab ngayon, "I don’t like to feel like there’s any bad feelings or any malice or anything at all.
"Gab called me for love advice. One time when he called me, he was in a supermarket, probably two weeks ago."
ON MARRIAGE AND HAVING BABIES. Tanong ng PEP kay Tricia, naniniwala pa ba siya sa marriage? Nais pa ba niyang magpakasal ulit?
Nangingiti nitong sagot, “I believe that a strong relationship with a solid foundation is more important than walking down the aisle, putting a ring on your finger. I have spoken to my pastors about this many times.
"Actually, I also spoke to my in-laws as well, in their house in January, [with] Mama Angeli and Papa Gary.
"'You know, I know you know, I’m in a relationship.'
"And everybody keeps asking me, 'When are you gonna get married?'
"I know that I love this man. I know that I wanna spend the rest of my life with him, but I don’t feel the need to walk down the aisle with him right now, for me to prove that to him."
Patuloy pa ni Tricia, "We’ve been dating for like seven months. So, it’s just like, but in saying that of course in the same breath you know, my in-laws and my parents and my pastors [said], 'You’re of age to have children.
"And I said, 'One thing that you need to know is yes, I’m a strong Christian woman but if I decide to have a child out of wedlock that’s clearly a conscious decision that I will make with my partner.'
"'Definitely, not by any accident happening.
"'But I need you as my in-laws, as my partners, to be okay with this decision that I’m making.'
"It doesn’t mean that I’m a bad person, it doesn’t mean that I love Jesus any less.
"It just means that I’ve gone through challenges, and the trauma that I have gone through with my previous marriage."
Dahil daw sa mga naranasan ni Tricia sa nakaraan kaya nag-iba ang ilan sa kanyang mga prayoridad.
"So, doing the whole no sex before marriage, get married, then have a baby...that order maybe not in my future.
"Of course there’s key people in my life, important people in life that I would make myself accountable to—Mama Angeli, Papa Gary, my parents first and foremost, my two pastors who actually married Gab and I.”
"Even Gab was saying to me, 'When are you guys gonna have a baby? Can I be ninong?'
"I was like, 'Definitely not.'
"And he knows, and he was the one who brought that up because there’s a big elephant in the room.
"I’m turning 37 this year, and Gab is turning 30 actually, on June 11. There was a seven-year age gap between us.
"He brought that up, 'When do you and your partner plan on having a baby?
"And I said, 'In God’s perfect timing it will happen.'"