PNoy: 'Date' with Bianca a group dinner

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 25 2013 07:59 AM | Updated as of Apr 25 2013 11:42 PM

Composite photo of President Aquino and Bianca Manalo

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI -- President Benigno Aquino III clarified reports about his love life, saying the reported "date" with beauty queen-actress Bianca Manalo was actually a group dinner.

He added that it had happened "several months ago" and he is not even sure if it could be considered a "date."

"I met her. And we had a subsequent dinner with a lot of other people who were with us. I don't know if you consider that a date. Pero we were introduced and we had another dinner subsequently. That was several months ago," Aquino told reporters in an interview at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.

It looks like Aquino is not eyeing someone now as he said he would rather be with his cook if given the chance to go the beach.

Aquino has been musing on going to the beach for some relaxation since he was given a good view of the waters when he stayed in a hotel in Cebu.

"Naalala ko lang na katakot-takot 'yung promotion ko ng tourism ng Pilipinas everywhere I go 'di ba. Pero napansin ko lang, hindi ako nakaka-tour sa Pilipinas," he said.

"Sinong gusto kong isama doon? Siguro, 'yung totoo lang, baka 'yung tagaluto ko para may kakainin naman ako."

He said his ideal vacation would be a three-day quiet time, perhaps after the elections and the State of the Nation Address preparations without being "cornered" with pressing concerns.

But he said he doesn't mind not having someone to talk to while on vacation because he can always bring a good book with him.