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Is romance brewing between Kris Aquino and Atty. Gideon Peña?

/ 12:40 PM July 02, 2018

Image: Instagram/@krisaquino; @the.mightywarrior

Queen of All Media Kris Aquino was not kidding when she promised last June 21 that it’s now “No more Mayor” for her, referring to Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista who she once called her “favorite ex.”

This word of honor was given to Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations, on Twitter when Locsin seemingly scoffed at the thought of Aquino settling for Bautista.

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“But Herbert? Really?” Locsin said then.

These days, it looks as if Aquino has dusted her past romance off her, and is now moving forward with her life, with the same optimism and hope for whatever may come her way. For one, her fans did not miss her playful exchange with the dashing lawyer and law professor, Atty. Gideon Peña, both on and off social media.

Peña took to his Instagram last June 28 where he shared a photo of him posing in front of an ivy-covered wall, and a screenshot of his own tweet that said, “Bakit hindi na [lang] tayo?” (Why can’t it be just the two of us?)

It was Aquino’s reply that brought many of her fans to kilig mode, as she commented, “Atty G — if this is for me, wait lang please — I’m shooting for @samsungph now… but if it’s not — she’s a very lucky girl. (Sorry ha, the original Twitter posts were already sent to me by several people & this now popped up on my phone. Change of setup so I got to check IG).”

Peña replied, “@krisaquino it’s just a shout into the void. The things I really mean are sent in private. P.S. Check your Viber.”

Sana sa susunod na paglingon ay nariyan ka.

A post shared by Gideon V. Peña (@the.mightywarrior) on

Meanwhile, in Aquino’s Instagram post made that same day, she shared a generic quote that said, “Don’t rush into love, because even in fairytales, the happy ending takes place on the last page.”

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Peña commented on this post of hers with a quote too, this time by literary critic Barbara Johnson. It said, “True love doesn’t have a happy ending because true love never ends.”

It didn’t take long for Aquino to reply to Peña’s comment, but this time, she chose to quote the lyrics of Randy Crawford’s “One Hello”.

“@the.mightywarrior mahirap maki argue sa lawyer (it’s hard to argue with a lawyer)… but to quote lyrics of ONE HELLO: ‘If you’re not afraid of what love brings, then endings are beginnings of beautiful things…'” Aquino wrote. “I’m still taking my time w/ that #OneHello because I don’t want a repeat of Adele’s version of #Hello…”

Just in case… ♥️♥️♥️

A post shared by kris aquino (@krisaquino) on

Is the language of love now manifested in quoting love songs and kissing emoji? It seems palpable, what with the convenience that social media brings, but to label whatever Peña and Aquino have now as “romance” this early might seem preemptive.

In a free for all question-and-answer moment that Aquino held on her Instagram account yesterday, July 1, she clarified to a netizen (@kaiserinsheeb) the score between her and Peña, when the former asked if they were together.

“@kasierinsheeb NO in a romantic sense BUT we are really FRIENDS,” clarified Aquino.

I’m ready. (THANK YOU for spending part of your 1st of July w/ me. #lovelovelove #gratitude #camaraderie 💝💝💝)

A post shared by kris aquino (@krisaquino) on

But for those who’ve followed the timeline of Aquino and Peña’s exchange on social media, it was back in June 10 when Aquino and Peña seemingly showed a romantic interest in each other. It was here where Aquino revealed that the handsome young lawyer may have a crush on her .

“Happy birthday @gideonpena. I know you went home to be w/ your Mom & siblings. Kung naging +10 ang age mo this birthday instead of just +1 — pasok na sana,” Aquino tweeted. (If your age had been plus ten on your birthday instead of just plus one, it would have been a fit.)

Peña thanked her for her greeting, with Aquino following her initial tweet with another. Aquino wrote, “So you mean when you said to mutual friends crush mo ko (I’m your crush) — not true?”

And in two more follow-up tweets, Aquino wrote, “Follow up: I’m inviting you for a post birthday coffee meet up. Pero (But) not in QC, okay?” Aquino said, seemingly throwing shade at Bautista.

She added, “Atty birthday boy — na mention ko lang QC, na quiet ka na. Sayang naman ang tapang ng Bicolano.” (Attorney birthday boy, I just mentioned QC and you already went quiet. Whatever happened to Bicolano courage?)

Peña replied, asking her when she is free for the said coffee meet up. “When are you free?”

“Independence Day of course,” Aquino tweeted back.

Hindi nakipaglaban ang ating mga ninuno laban sa mga banyaga para lamang tayo ay humindi kung kelan mayroon na tayong kalayaan,” Peña replied. “See you!” (Our ancestors did not fight against invaders just to say no now that we have freedom. See you!)

The meet up eventually happened, and Aquino and her production team shared their chai tea date on her YouTube account where she and Peña had a one-on-one sit-down.

The video of their chai tea date posted on June 11 may be viewed below. JB

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