MANILA – Angelica Panganiban categorically stated that she is no longer friends with her former boyfriend Carlo Aquino.
The “Playhouse” actress made this remark in an interview with PEP and other entertainment reporters on Tuesday after the thanksgiving press conference for the daytime series, which will end this month.
It came weeks after Aquino spoke about their apparent falling out amid romantic expectations from fans.
Contrary to Aquino’s claim, Panganiban said she is no longer on speaking terms with the actor.
“Matagal na rin. Basta matagal na rin [kaming nawalan ng communication],” she said.
Aquino and Panganiban stirred speculations of a rekindled romance with their openly affectionate behavior following their onscreen reunion in 2018 for “Exes Baggage.”
Due to their movie’s success, Aquino eventually joined “Playhouse” where he played Harold, who fell in love with Panganiban’s character Patty.
However, Panganiban courted headlines in early January when she declared her intention to distance herself from Aquino, saying negativity from fans affected their relationship.
The rant appeared to have been triggered by one follower who censured Panganiban over her cryptic posts about love that supposedly made Aquino vulnerable to judgment.
A week later, the actress spoke of being hurt after having loved again. She went on to ask followers on Twitter to help her move on from a past boyfriend who also happens to be a “Playhouse” co-star — both descriptions that fit Aquino.
At the time, rumors of Aquino dating another woman had just surfaced, following viral photos of him apparently on vacation with the model.
When asked if she thinks they would ever work again after everything that happened, Panganiban said: “Hindi na muna siguro. Siguro panahon makakapagsabi. Kung buhay pa siguro ako nun.”
She also answered the question whether she felt Aquino led her on, or if she actually hoped for them to be back together.
“Yun ang sabi niya—umasa daw ako. So…” she said.
However, she begged off from commenting that Aquino, who enjoyed a notable career resurgence in 2018, supposedly just used her.
“Mahirap 'yan sagutin. Kailangan pang ipa-analyze. Hindi ko pa kayang sagutin sa ngayon," she said.
On whether a third party caused their falling out, Panganiban said: “Ayaw kong sagutin. Hindi makakatulong sa iba.”