|Pop star princess Sarah Geronimo and actress Kim Chiu after the finals night of Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs. Photo from Kimi Yap's official Instagram account
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Filipino netizens were abuzz after photos of actresses Kim Chiu and Sarah Geronimo hugging each other made the rounds on social networking sites Twitter and Instagram late Sunday.
Geronimo and Chiu were both at the SM Mall of Asia Arena for the finals night of Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs. Chiu was one of the hosts of the show, while Geronimo was among the judges of the songwriting tilt.
Among those who first posted the pictures was Chiu’s stylist Kimi Yap.
Citing her own source, “KrisTV” headwriter Darla Sauler said Geronimo greeted and embraced Chiu when they unexpectedly crossed paths backstage.
Before the competition started, @ABSCBNdotcom tweeted that Chiu and Geronimo shared the same dressing room.
"Ang gaan sa pakiramdam. ‘Yun, unexpected," Chiu later told Sauler in an interview when asked how she felt after her brief moment with the Pop Star Princess.
While they have yet to work in a project together, Chiu told Sauler that she is extremely happy that she and Geronimo hugged each other that both of them became teary-eyed.
Meanwhile, Geronimo told ABS-CBN News on Monday that she really wanted to give Chiu a hug since the news about actor Gerald Anderson and actress Maja Salvador broke out.
“Kasi sabi ko, kailangan ni Kim ‘yun, ng yakap, at kailangan ko din ‘yun. (laughs). Hindi, ‘yun naman eh... Basta gusto ko lang talaga siya yakapin,” she said.
“Nagkita kami pagkarating ko [sa dressing room]. Nauna kasi ako tapos sumunod na siya. Tapos parang bebeso lang siya, eh tumayo ako kasi gusto ko siya talaga i-hug. Syempre medyo ano, teary-eyed [ako]. Tinatanong niyo pa [kung bakit],” she added.
Geronimo, however, refused to divulge what she and Chiu talked about during the short encounter. The singer also said she is hoping that Chiu appreciated her simple hug.
“Meron po [kaming exchange of words]. Secret na [kung ano]. Sana [na-appreciate niya yung hug ko]. Pero 'yung friendship kailangan may time talaga ‘yan para mapatunayan na totoo. Hindi lang dahil hinihingi ng sitwasyon o dahil nagkataon lang,” she said.
Filipino netizens were delighted to finally see the two together, as this was their first time to see Geronimo and Chiu – both linked to Anderson in the past -- in a picture.