For Piolo, Diether, respect key to lasting friendship

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Posted at Feb 05 2013 04:12 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2013 12:12 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Actors Piolo Pascual and Diether Ocampo both agreed that the key to a lasting friendship is having mutual respect for each other.

Actor Piolo Pascual

In an interview with “Showbiz Inside Report” aired on Saturday, both actors said they never thought their friendship would come a long way.

Both are members of the first “ASAP” boy group The Hunks along with Jericho Rosales, Carlos Agassi and Bernard Palanca.

According to Pascual, he considers Ocampo as one of his brothers in show business.

“Si Diet napakatahimik na tao. Sa maraming taon na magkasama kami, kaya niyang i-keep sa sarili niya, diretso siyang kausap. Bilang isa sa mga kuya namin sa Star Magic, maganda 'yung example na pinapakita niya sa kabataan,” he said.

Ocampo, for his part, admires Pascual’s headstrong personality through tough times.

“May sarili ring mundo ‘to eh. Pero ‘yun 'yung part na nadi-discover ninyo na may similarities kayo, may common interests kayo... PJ, I can also say the same thing, marami rin siyang pinagdaanan, pero I admire him na he was able to rise above the challenges sa buhay niya,” he said.

Asked what they would do if The Hunks members fall in love with the same girl, Pascual said: “Masyadong maliit ‘yung mundo natin sa showbiz ‘di ba?”

Actor Diether Ocampo

“Siguro respeto lang sa isa’t isa, ganoon talaga. Kapag may mga ganyan, as much as possible, hindi pinag-uusapan,” he added.

As for Ocampo, he said: “No, those are things na better left unsaid. May mga bagay na parang… like he said, may mutual respect kami sa isa’t isa, may mga bagay na parang… ah okay, kung mas masaya siya doon…”

According to “Showbiz Inside Report,” Pascual was once romantically linked to actress Rica Peralejo, who was once with Palanca.

Ocampo, on the other hand, entered into a relationship with actress Kristine Hermosa, who was Rosales’ previous girlfriend.

Pascual and Ocampo are currently promoting their upcoming series "Apoy Sa Dagat." Also starring Angelica Panganiban, the primetime series will hit the TV screens starting February 11.