MANILA -- Actress Judy Ann Santos made an appeal to give Sarah Geronimo and rumored boyfriend Matteo Guidicelli all the time and privacy they need.
Santos considers the young singer-actress her showbiz sister after they became close while doing the 2010 movie "Hating Kapatid."
In an interview on Tuesday at the PEP List awards, Santos said she believes Geronimo is in the "right path."
"In fairness sa dalawa, wala ka namang tulak-kabigin. They respect each other. At the same time, si Matt respects her parents so much. Ganoon din si Sarah," said Santos, whose husband Ryan Agoncillo posted a photo on Instagram showing them with Geronimo and Guidicelli.
"I believe that we have to respect whatever privacy they want because 'yun lang naman ang gusto ng dalawang tao," she added.
"Kung someday ano man ang mangyari sa kanilang dalawa, eh di let them be. They deserve it at huwag masyadong i-pressure kasi kapag may pressure mas lalong walang nagiging magandang bunga," Santos added.
"Kung paano 'yung respeto ng mga tao sa amin nila Ryan before, hintayin natin. Matatanda na naman sila. I'm sure time will come sila mismo sasabihin nila ang dapat sabihin," she said.
Asked if she believes that Geronimo is happy with Guidecelli, Santos replied: "Sa sobrang honest ng bata makikita mo sa mata niya kung masaya siya o malungkot. So I guess there's really no reason to explain kung masaya siya o hindi kasi I'm sure nakikita niyo sa kanya kung masaya siya o hindi."
"Basta masaya siya at i-respeto ang dapat i-respeto and Matt is a good person. I can see he is really a good person at maganda ang pagpapalaki sa kanya ng mga magulang. Kung ano ang gusto nilang mangayari, time will come. Kung ano ang mangyayari ay mangyayari. Hintayin na lang natin."
Being older, Santos said she has talked to Geronimo many times and has been consistent in advising the singer to value her happiness.
"Basta ako I'm happy she's at the right path. Just pray -- pray for guidance and pray na everything will fall into place. Basta happy siya. What is important is that she's happy kasi kapag happy siya, all of us will be happy," Santos said.