MANILA -- A surprise birthday greeting from Miss Universe winner Catriona Gray has left Sam Milby giddy, so much that the actor told her in response: "Thank you and yes, you're very special."
The lighthearted moment happened during a Facebook Live streamed to celebrate Milby turning 36 on Friday, co-hosted by his friends John Prats and comedian Pooh.
The session featured several recorded birthday greetings, with the likes of Moira Dela Torre, Yam Concepcion, Say Alonzo, pitching in with their own messages. And while those had Milby smiling, the one that had him grinning from ear to ear was from Gray.
The Miss Universe 2018 winner told him: "Hey, Sam! Happy, happy birthday. I hope that you have an amazing year ahead. More birthdays. More happiness. You are loved by so, so many."
Milby was visibly taken aback, and when initially asked for a message for Gray he couldn't think of anything.
It took him a couple of minutes to gather himself from his excitement, and eventually said: "Basta am kilig sa message, super kilig sa message. Hindi ko in-expect talaga na mag-message."
"Thank you. Yes, you are very special. Very special."
It was last year when rumors romantically linking Gray and Milby began, via photos of them together.
The former has already clarified this, saying thats she and Milby are just friends who go to the same church and are under the same management, Cornerstone.