Why Heart won't campaign for Chiz

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 09 2013 08:01 PM | Updated as of Jan 10 2013 04:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero prefers his girlfriend Heart Evangelista to have no part in his re-election campaign leading up to the May midterm elections.

Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero and Heart Evangelista. Photo
courtesy of the actress' Twitter page

"Napag-usapan namin na sa darating na kampanya -- maliban na lang kung magkatugmaan ang aming schedule, at imbitado rin siya sa lugar na pupuntahan ko -- doon lamang kami magkakasama," the 43-year-old lawmaker told reporters at the sidelines of a press conference held Wednesday by a food manufacturing brand he endorses.

"Dahil mas pipilin namin na magkahiwalay pa rin ang mundo namin. Kumbaga, wala akong balak mag-artista, hindi ako marunong umarte, at gayun din siya sa larangan ng pulitika, wala siyang balak pumasok," he said.

Over the months since the couple publicly acknowledged their relationship in October, Escudero has nonetheless made several "discoveries" about Evangelista's "world."

A former Kapamilya star, Evangelista became popular for her role as Missy in the teen-oriented series "G-mik" in 2000. She has since appeared in some 10 films and in dozens of TV shows.

"Magkaiba kami ng mundo eh. Nasa showbiz siya, nasa larangan ako ng pulitika at paninilbihan sa pamahalaan. Marami akong natututunan sa showbiz, pati 'yung mga iba't ibang trabaho sa paggawa ng pelikula," he said.

Escudero's acquaintance with the entertainment industry extends beyond filmmaking, noting the public interest in his personal life since being involved with the 27-year-old actress.

"Parang mas magulo at mas maraming tanong kaysa sa mundong kinabibilangan ko. Pangalawa, mas personal ang maaaring maging tanong at pinanghihimasukan, kumpara pa rin sa mundo ko, na kadalasan trabaho lamang," he said.

The lawmaker nonetheless credits their respective backgrounds as fuel to their conversations, which he considers as one of the aspects of their compatibility.

"We're both open, honest, and we both like to talk a lot. Nagkakasundo kami sa pag-uusap, sa maraming bagay. At dahil magkaiba nga ang mundo namin, dun siguro nag-uugat 'yung napakaraming bagay na pwede naming matutunan sa isa't isa," he said.