Rica Peralejo has stated that, to the point of mentioning engagement, she was once romantically involved with Piolo Pascual, but they were never an official couple.
In her Q&A vlog, published on Friday, the former actress, 39, opened up about her past relationship with Pascual, 44.
It was confirmed that Parelajo and Pascual had a brewing relationship in 2006, the same year they co-starred in the “Sa Piling Mo” ABS-CBN drama series.
Neither of them went on record at the time to confirm speculation about their purported relationship. Today, 15 years later, Peralejo has actually put the record straight, via her vlog.
Peralejo replied to questions submitted by followers via social media, answering whether she and Pascual were ever officially together.
“Hindi ito pa-safe, ha — yes and no,” she said. “Yes, in the sense na ang deep naming dalawa with each other. But we never put a label on ourselves. Never namin binigay iyon sa isa’t isa.”
“Hindi rin kami umamin sa public about dating or liking each other. I’m not sure kung umamin siya. Meron ba? Ako, I don’t recall saying — kasi I’ve been asked by several reporters about it — ‘Oo, kami.’”
Peralejo, who was 24 at the time, never got a good definition of whether, considering their impression, her relationship with Pascual was to be drawn to each other.
“But, you know, I did that also with Bernard,” she clarified, mentioning her past boyfriend, actor Bernard Palanca. “Ganoon naman pag may somebody ka na you want to be serious with. Sometimes, you can’t help but move forward with your thoughts na parang, ‘When that day comes…’ and all.”
“I’m not going to say that I was the only one na ganoon sa buhay niya,” Peralejo added.
Peralejo noted, despite their romance not advancing, that Pascual was instrumental in strengthening her faith. As an annotation in her vlog, she wrote that Pascual “was in fact the first to invite me to church.”
The church is the Victory Christian Fellowship, where Peralejo met Pastor Joseph Bonifacio, her would-be husband.
After two years as a couple, Perealejo and Bonifacio got married in 2010, and now have two kids together: Philip, 6, and Manu, 2.
In 2019, Pascual was last affiliated with fellow Star Magic artist Shaina Magdayao, but since then, the latter has declined to have romantic relations with the singer.