MANILA - Actress Cristine Reyes is impressed with the guts of Kevin Alas in going out his way to befriend her, but said she doubts whether the Gilas Pilipinas cager has intentions of courting her.
The 25-year-old Kapamilya star was asked on her personal ties with Alas on Wednesday, shortly after a press conference for her new product endorsement.
Referring to Alas' persistence in meeting her, Reyes said, "Siguro ano po, gustung-gusto niya lang talaga na maging magkaibigan kami."
"Gano'n siya ka-eager. And natutuwa ako sa kanya, kasi ang-cute lang tingnan na merong gano'ng klaseng tao. Actually, cute siya tignan e!"
Asked when she finally agreed to meet the basketball player, Reyes recalled that they happened to be at the same party recently and were introduced by comedian Vice Ganda, a common friend.
"Ano 'yun, actually, biglaan lang 'yun, e," she said. "Nasa isang party ako tapos nando'n din siya. Sakto, nandoon si Vice Ganda, kaibigan siya ni Vice, so pinakilala sa akin ni Vice."
Since then, Reyes said she has met Alas twice, but clarified that neither instance was a date where it was just the two of them.
On whether she thinks Alas is courting her, the "Reputasyon" star said she cannot speak for the former Letran player, adding that his gestures so far do not seem to be romantic.
"Medyo ina-avoid ko 'yung tanong na, 'Nanligaw ba siya?' Kasi hindi ko alam," Reyes said. "Hindi ko po sinasabi kung nanligaw na siya sa akin or what, kasi kung nanliligaw ang isang tao dapat, 'diba, ano... may effort, nagpapadala ng flowers, ganyan. Wala namang gano'n. So feeling ko, purely friendship."
When asked what qualities of Alas she finds attractive, Reyes had a quick answer, which drew laughs from reporters at the event.
"Napaka ano... Ang lakas ng loob niya. Hinangaan ko talaga 'yon. Wala nang gagawa ng gano'n, 'diba? Ang lakas ng loob niya. Cute siya," she said. "I mean, malakas ang loob niya dahil hindi naman lahat nag-a-attempt na para makilala ang isang tao na basta-basta... Bilib ako doon sa kanya."
Quizzed on Alas' chances of becoming her boyfriend, a laughing Reyes answered, "Merong chance sa lahat ng tao sa buhay!"
Reyes' last relationship was with actor Derek Ramsay, which only lasted for a month until October last year. Before Ramsay, she was in a relationship with actors Dennis Trillo and Rayver Cruz at different times.
For now, Reyes said she intends to focus on her career, especially with her horror movie, "The Gifted," nearing its release date, and a new TV series in the pipeline.