MANILA, Philippines -- Who really is the new crush of actress-host Kris Aquino?
|Direk Lino, Kris Aquino and Chef JP Anglo
The guessing game suddenly got a bit muddled after the Aquino gave some confusing signals on her morning show "KrisTV" on Wednesday -- by having both director Lino Cayetano and chef JP Anglo on the show, just two days after the two men appeared last Monday.
The guessing game officially began last Thursday when Aquino shared to her Twitter followers that there is someone who is making her blush these days.
Then on Sunday, during a live interview on "The Buzz," Aquino excitedly told good friend Boy Abunda, "Tatlo ang nagpapakilig sa akin." She then teased viewers by saying one of them will be her guest on "KrisTV" the following day.
On Monday, Aquino's morning show featured Cayetano and Anglo, as well as guest co-host Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero, who is currently in a relationship with actress Heart Evangelista, and Chef Dino Dizon, who admitted on the show that he has a girlfriend.
Based on Monday's episode, it seemed like Anglo was it.
The Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef was obviously distracted as he fumbled while making an omelette. He also gave Aquino flowers and a letter, which the host refused to read aloud.
On Wednesday, the focus turned to Cayetano, who demonstrated his barista skills.
Talking to the director, Aquino said, "Oh my God, we are the same. I love coffee."
Guest co-host, comedian Melai Cantiveros, couldn't help but blurt out, "Parang walang nakikinig sa sinasabi ko. Akala ko nag-date na kayo diyan ni Direk."
Aquino then blushed at the comment.
"Hala, patay! Nag-blush si Ms. Kris," Cantiveros said, as the teasing continued.
But Aquino also gamely contributed with lines such as "Pero Direk, sabi ni Bianca (Gonzales, a former girlfriend of Cayetano), bagay daw tayo. Sabi ni Bianca sa akin, 'I approve, Ate.' Sabi ko, 'Wow' o hindi ba?"
"Kaya niyo siya ginest ulit?" guest co-host Jason Francisco asked her, then quoting the lyrics of the romantic duet, "I Finally Found Someone." "Ms. Kris hindi ba may kasabihan, 'It started out with coffee?'"
Cayetano first guested on "KrisTV" late last year with siblings senators Pia and Alan Peter.
"Ikaw ba ang nagsabi na bagay kami?" Aquino asked Francisco.
"Ako ang nagsabi, tapos ayaw mo noon, paano ka pa eh," he answered.
"Kasi nga hindi ba close friend ko si Bianca, close friend ko si Liz (Uy), dalawang naging girlfriend niya. Hindi ba it's awkward, Direk?"
"Paano ba sasagutin 'yan? Sa akin hindi naman siguro. Ako kasi maganda ang relationship ko with my ex so para na silang friends ko," Cayetano said.
"Oh my God nag-text si Bianca sa akin. 'We have so much advise to give you.' Nakakaloka si Bianca, I love her," Aquino said.
"Sa kadaldalan ko ikukuwento ko rin. Alam mo direk pati si KC (Concepcion) noong na-chismis tayo tinext ako, 'it's true?' Lahat sila concerned direk, nagtatanong talaga kung true," she added.
Cayetano even brought a special yellow coffee cup for Aquino.
While Aquino's followers showed their approval of Anglo after Monday's episode, many were even more thrilled about Cayetano on Wednesday.
"Super GWAPO mo Direk! Love na kita. Napapangiti ako whenever i see you - kilig ever!" wrote Twitter user Blair Batac.
"Wow! Mukhang kinikilig si Ms. Kris kay Direk Lino," noted Twitter user Tricia de Leon.
"Ms. Kris, ang pretty pretty mo sa episode mo ngayon. Bagay nga kayo ni Direk. Batang bata ang aura mo," said Twitter user Ruselle Adorable.
The comments didn't fail to get the attention of Aquino. "My mentions is flooded with many versions of this. hehe," she said in a tweet to Cayetano.
The next gap
But in the next gap, Anglo joined the picture, as he demonstrated how to prepare cream of mushroom soup, which Aquino said she wanted to learn.
Once again, Francisco took the opportunity to rib Aquino.
"Ikaw Chef, may girlfriend ka na?" he asked Anglo, who said he doesn't have one.
"Ms. Kris, mamili ka na dalawa," Francisco said.
"Madami kang knowledge (sa cooking) Ms. Kris, madami kang alam. Dapat may ka-share ka sa knowledge mong 'yan," he added.
"Alam mo Ms. Kris, mamili ka na Ms. Kris -- for your future," Cantiveros said.
Aquino also announced that she will be a guest judge on "MasterChef Pinoy Edition" next month.
The last word?
But just when Cayetano seemed to be enjoying the advantage, Aquino opened up the topic about the director's previous relationships.
"Direk, obviously along the way you've made mistakes sa relationships. Kasi kung wala, dapat married na kayo. So what have you learned?" she asked.
"Dati ayaw kong magbago ...kung ayaw mo sa akin. eh 'di huwag. Pero ngayon na-realize ko, if you want to be with someone you have to change also," he said.
"Agree kami diyan. A relationship needs compromise. Ilusyon 'yung akala niyo ay nagkilala kayo perfect na lahat," Aquino commented. "In fairness kay Direk Lino, noong time na nililigawan niya si Liz, he made an effort to get to know 'yung friends ni Liz. So ganoon ka talaga?"
"You need to get to know 'yung mga kaibigan niya para makilala mo din siya ng lubusan. Kasi ang mga taong 'yon matagal na siyang kilala, 'yun lang," he answered.
And just when the teasing was about to start again, Aquino said, "Alam mo direk, ito advise lang. Nakikialam sa buhay ng may buhay. Sabi lang kasi noong lahat ng mga friends ko who are in politics the worst time to start entertaining a relationship or getting to know someone is during a campaign because ang master mo ay 'yung constituents. Ang girls naman, normal naman na magde-demand ng konting panahon, hindi ba? So kapag na-elect doon na lang."
"Thank you sa advise," Cayetano curtly said.
On Twitter, after the episode, Aquino said the same thing: "CUTE ng reactions pero 'wag na ...Direk Lino is on the campaign trail, he needs to focus on his Taguig constituents."
As they say in showbiz, abangan ang susunod na kabanata.