James Yap and girlfriend Michela Cazzola celebrate San Mig Coffee's PBA Philippine Cup win on Wednesday night. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA -- Basketball superstar James Yap shared a sweet moment with his Italian girlfriend before a crowd of over 20,000 on Wednesday night, shortly after San Mig Coffee's PBA Philippine Cup win at the Araneta Coliseum.
The 32-year-old was seen celebrating the Mixers' 93-87 victory over Rain or Shine by kissing and hugging his girlfriend of over a year, Michela Cazzola, whom he approached in the audience area from the court.
Yap made a similar move last November, when San Mig Coffee clinched the PBA Governors' Cup title at the same venue. At the time, Yap had been evasive of discussing his relationship with Cazzola, who similarly kept a low profile amid public interest in their affair.
The couple has since become more open about their relationship, with Cazzola sharing she met Yap through a friend in 2011 but only began getting to know each other in August the following year.
Cazzola, who is a secretariat specialist at the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines, said in a February 11 interview that she is drawn to Yap because of his quiet demeanor.
"He's so normal. So easy to be with. So nice even if he's so quiet... think the main thing is that we are both quiet. We love to stay home. I could never stay with a boy who is out all the time. We are not the party-going type," she said at the time.
Yap was previously married to actress-host Kris Aquino, with whom he has a son. Their marriage was declared null in February 2012, following allegations of infidelity on Yap's part.