MANILA, Philippines—As if her boyfriend, blockbuster king John Lloyd Cruz, is not enough, actress Angelica Panganiban openly declares her desire for aging heartthrob Piolo Pascual, a report from INQUIRER Bandera said Wednesday.
In her INQUIRER Bandera column, “Bullsheet”, veteran entertainment scribe Reggee Bonoan wrote: “Kung walang John Lloyd Cruz sa buhay ngayon ni Angelica Panganiban ay iisipin naming may ‘something’ sa pagitan nila ni Piolo Pascual dahil wala silang ginawa sa buong presscon ng ‘Apoy sa Dagat’ kahapon kundi maglandian (If there’s no John Lloyd Cruz now in Angelica Panganiban’s life, we would think there’s ‘something’ going on between her and Piolo Pascual. At the presscon yesterday (Tuesday) of ‘Apoy sa Dagat’ they do nothing but flirt with each other).”
“Apoy sa Dagat” is a new TV drama series being promoted by their home network, ABS-CBN.
During the said presscon, Bonoan reported Pascual always whisper something to Panganiban, who defended him, saying “he’s like my conscience, always whispering (words of wisdom) to my ears.”
Panganiban was quoted as saying she and Pascual have become so close it came to a point when Pascual would tell her when he would—for lack of a better term—fart.
“We were preparing in the set, I’d tell her, I’m about to fart and she’d tell me, ‘wow we’re so close’.” Pascual reportedly recounted to the media.
Bonoan wrote Panganiban would tell Pascual: “Have some manners, Papa P, even with my own dyowa (boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz), I haven’t heard him break wind or smell his fart.” Papa P is Pascual’s more popular show-biz nickname.
Only then would Pascual, she recounted, would be cautious of his manners.
Pascual reportedly explained: “I’ve known Angelica for the longest time and she has no hang-ups in life. Through the years, we’ve built our trust, our mutual respect for each other. We’re very much comfortable with each other. I like her humor.
“When we were doing ‘Every Breath You Take,’ she brings out the funny side of me, who is the shy-type side if there are many people around. But if Angelica is with me, nagiging walanghiya ako (I show no shame).”
“Every Breath You Take” is a film they starred in a couple of years ago under ABS-CBN’s sister company, Star Cinema.
Panganiban was also quoted as saying everytime she’s doing a love scene with Pascual, she can’t help but have malice, to the extent of doing those scenes as realistic as possible.
Pascual reportedly reacted: “It’s something personal for us. Yes I admit, I have malice too when it comes to [doing steamy scenes] with her. But that’s just between the two of us. We’re keeping it to ourselves.”
Bonoan also wrote Panganiban went on to the extent of telling the soap opera directors FM Reyes and Nick Olante that it’s alright with her if they give her difficult scenes—cry, crawl on the floor—as long as at the end of the day, there’s a kissing scene with Pascual.
The report, however, didn’t get the reaction of Cruz.
For more of Bonoan’s “Bullsheet” column, INQUIRER Bandera is available in your nearest favourite newsstand.