LOOK: Sam, GF make first red carpet appearance

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 22 2016 10:43 PM

MANILA - "It's nice to have a date this year after such a long time," Sam Milby said as he looked positively triumphant walking down the red carpet of the Star Magic Ball 2016 with his Filipino-British girlfriend, model Mari Jasmine. 

The pair looked absolutely smitten with each other as they posed for photographers. Milby wore a rather simple tuxedo by Francis Libiran, which matched Jasmine's black, one-shoulder gown. 

The two have been dating for a while, but this marks their first public appearance as a couple. Milby said he prefers to keep his new relationship -- his first since his breakup with Anne Curtis -- private out of respect for his girlfriend. 

In an earlier interview, Milby said that he feels lucky because Jasmine understands the nature of his job and they are both willing to do anything to make their relationship work.

"There will always be 'yung mga away. There's no perfect relationship. It's just knowing how to fight for the relationship and for the love, just being mature," he said.

A portion of the proceeds from the 10th Star Magic Ball will be donated to Lingkod Kapamilya for the benefit of the victims of Typhoon Lawin.

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