MANILA, Philippines – After being recently linked to actors Gerald Anderson and Diether Ocampo and rocker Rico Blanco, another name is now being attached to single-again actress Shaina Magdayao: actor Piolo Pascual.
In a report on “The Buzz” on Sunday, Magdayao and Pascual were said to be enjoying each other’s company during the recent trip to Singapore of the ABS-CBN Sunday musical show, “ASAP 2012.”
| Singer Nikki Gil, actor Piolo Pascual and actress Shaina Magdayao. Photo from Magdayao's Instagram account
Magdayao even posted pictures of her and Pascual on her Instagram account, even describing the actor as a “handsome date.”
“Yes pag si Piolo, dinner lang, date na agad,” Magdayao said in one of her posts.
The photos also showed Pascual and Magdayao with real-life couple Nikki Gil and Billy Crawford.
Quoting a “reliable” source, “The Buzz” report said many have noticed that Magdayao and Pascual being extra close and sweet to each other and were even seen holding hands during the Singapore trip.
But Crawford, in an interview on “The Buzz,” denied that the Magdayao and Pascual were holding hands.
“Wala naman akong nakitang naka-holding hands ‘yung dalawa,” Crawford said, confirming that he and Gil were with Pascual and Magdayao in Singapore. “So kung sino man ang nagiimbento ng mga kaganapan doon, ako katabi ko sila mismo, walang holding hands.”
| Actor Piolo Pascual. Photo from Magdayao's Instagram account
Crawford also said he believes Pascual was just being a “gentleman.”
“Si PJ (Pascual’s nickname), gentleman lang naman talaga ;yan kahit ano ang mangyari. He’s also taking care of Shaina, inaalalayan din. Kami actually magkakasama most of the time,” he said.
But asked if Pascual is courting the young actress, Crawford said he doesn’t know. “Hindi ko alam kung may namumuo bas a kanila, hindi ko alam,” he said.
“I wouldn’t know anything that far. Wala pa naman sinasabi si PJ sa akin tungkol diyan, same with Shaina. Shaina is very close to Nikki kasi. I’m really not fully aware. But siguro when the time comes, I think bagay silang dalawa. ‘Yun lang ang masasabi ko bilang kaibigan nila. They’re both single, why not? If they want to date, if they want to go out, if they want to share things, then go ahead," he added.
| Actor Piolo Pascual and actress Shaina Magdayao. Photo from Magdayao's Instagram account
“It’s a beautiful story when two single people meet each other and they actually have some sparks rising,” he continued. “Good luck na lang sa kanila dalawa. But I think more than anything, ayaw nilang maiwanan ‘yung pagkakaibigan nila sa isa’t isa. ‘Yon ang importantte, they’re good friends.”
For her part, Magdayao in a statement to the entertainment blog, darlasauler.com, echoed Crawford’s comment that Pascual is just being a gentleman.
“Papa P has always been a gentleman naman to me and everyone. Kahit sino pa ang tanungin ninyo. Isang mabait na tao. We’re friends,” she said.
Magdayao recently broke up with actor John Lloyd Cruz, while Pascual ended his relationship with actress-host KC Concepcion.