MANILA - A speechless Coleen Garcia only smiled when "It's Showtime" co-host Billy Crawford, who has admitted courting her, referred to her as "special" during the noontime program's live episode on Wednesday.
During the opening of the ABS-CBN show, co-host Vice Ganda teased Crawford about whether he will be dating a friend on Valentine's Day.
Initially at a loss for words, Crawford quipped, referring to Garcia, "Special 'to, kaya nga nanliligaw, e... First time ko manligaw sa Valentine's ah!"
Crawford tried to carry on with his spiels, but his co-hosts repeatedly interrupted to tease him and Garcia by singing a shampoo ad jingle.
Asked by Vice Ganda if she thinks she will be happy on Valentine's Day, a laughing Garcia said, "Oo naman!"
Coming off his separation from actress-singer Nikki Gil in July 2013, Crawford and Garcia had to repeatedly deny being an item, which was rumored to be the cause of the breakup.
A photo of them together in the United States later surfaced -- a matter addressed by Crawford in his "Buzz ng Bayan" interview last month.
Crawford admitted that he is courting Garcia, but emphasized that she was "definitely not part of my past relationship at all."
The two continue to regularly co-host "It's Showtime," notably with little hint of their off-screen relationship.