Bachelor uses billboard to ask Erich Gonzales for coffee date

By: - Entertainment Correspondent
/ 05:51 PM July 03, 2017

Image: Screen grab of Xian Gaza’s Instagram post

It started with a bit of word play: “I can’t even espresso how much I like you a latte.”

Then came the plea: “Will you… drink coffee with me?”


Very recently, a young businessman named Xian Gaza sent the Instagram community buzzing with his jaw-dropping coffee invite to actress Erich Gonzales. Jaw-dropping because it was done quite extravagantly, via billboard at the corner of Recto Avenue and Morayta, in the city of Manila.

“They say it’s first time in Philippine history. I say: That’s how special you are to me. @erichgg , will you drink coffee with me?” he said in a recent Instagram post showing a photo of the coffee invite billboard.

His post showed a man in a hoodie and cap, looking up at the billboard towering over the busy streets, his back turned—as if the man was hopelessly waiting for something. Meanwhile, the guy depicted on the billboard is faceless.

In another post, @xiangaza shared a similar post in video version, showing cars moving and people crossing the streets. Both his posts carried the hashtags #PleaseSayYesErich and #CoffeeWithErich.


To everyone’s surprise, the flashy gesture turns out to have resulted from a previous encounter of Gaza and Gonzales, Gaza revealed in an open letter to the actress via Instagram.

He started off by apologizing to the actress for posting his message publicly. He said he sought for ways to course his message in private but he could not seem to get through. He wrote that his gesture is done with an “ardent hope that this shall reach you at the soonest possible time.”

He then went on to recount an incident when he was nursing a broken heart and stated his plans of traveling to help himself recover, among others. Then, he chanced upon the actress with friends in a movie theater. In the letter, he reminded the actress of this encounter and how she was generous enough to grant him a selfie.

The young bachelor then proceeded to stating that the actress since then has never left his mind, and that he has flown “to numerous locations, taking that ‘Uptown Mall Cinema Moment’ with [him].”

He hopes to meet her again just as he sincerely thanked her for making him happy: “I really hope to meet you soon, Ms. Gancayco. And above all else, thank you very much for unknowingly making me smile and inspiring me in each passing day for the last half year. –Xian S. Gaza”

Erich Gonzales’ real name is Erika Chryselle Gonzales Gancayco.

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Erich Gonzales, As much as I want to send this heartfelt message to you privately, which I have been trying and doing so for the past month, I really can’t find a way. For this, please accept my sincerest apology in advance for doing this publicly with an ardent hope that this shall reach you at the soonest possible time. To start, let me indulge in a brief moment of remembering. Last January 5, I was so down and demotivated with life while nursing a broken heart. So I have decided to take a much-needed walk towards SM Aura's chapel, crying while praying, desperately asking for some Divine strength and guidance then went down and decided to book a flight to Hong Kong immediately the next day to unwind and breathe some air. Afterwards, I jumped off to Uptown Mall Cinema to watch the last full show of "Assassin's Creed” and much to my surprise you were seated right there in front of me along with some other four. After the movie, I mustered all courage I had up my sleeve in order to approach you and took this very selfie so that I may remember that magical moment. You, being kind, happily obliged. At that moment, you had left a massive imprint on my heart. You left me mesmerized. I don't wanna portray sainthood nor pretend to be one in your eyes. Yes, I'm a typical bachelor who tries to meet and mingle with some girls but there are two factors why nothing shall really work out that time. First, I'm on my 'moving on' stage and second is without your knowledge, you really touched a portion of my heart that even myself can't describe nor put it into words. Half of 2017 had passed now and I made 29 flights to numerous locations taking that "Uptown Mall Cinema Moment" with me, and so with you who never left my mind.

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While some fans were impressed by the young businessman’s gesture and desire to personally know the actress, some were also bothered by it, calling the move obsessive.

Image: Screen grab of Xian Gaza’s Instagram post

Taking from his Instagram profile description, Gaza is the CEO of Guanxiqian Group. The young businessman has also admitted that he already has a child.

Gonzales has not yet commented publicly to Gaza’s posts on Instagram. Inquirer.net has also sought comments from Gonzales, but the actress is yet to reply as of this writing. JB


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