MANILA — Following her breakup with fellow actor Gerald Anderson, Bea Alonzo has said she is focused on healing and “moving forward,” but that hasn’t stopped rumors romantically linking her with other personalities.
Among them are political scion Jake Ejercito and actor Dominic Roque, whose respective photos with Alonzo triggered speculation surrounding their ties with the actress.
Ejercito was spotted at Alonzo’s birthday party in October. At the time, the son of former President Joseph Estrada even shared an Instagram video of him in a staring contest with Alonzo, where he yielded almost instantly.
Roque, meanwhile, spent some time with Alonzo in Tokyo, Japan in early November. He shared a photo of him with Alonzo and another companion at a restaurant, while the actress tagged Roque in as her photographer in her own Instagram posts.
Roque was also among the guests at Alonzo’s birthday bash weeks prior.
The two men were brought up in Alonzo’s joint interview with her “Unbreakable” co-star Angelica Panganiban in the November 26 episode of “Tonight With Boy Abunda.”
Asked whether Ejercito has asked for her number, Alonzo answered, “No.”
“He just messaged me on Instagram. We don’t communicate constantly,” she added, when asked whether he is courting her.
Referring to Roque, Alonzo only had this to say: “He’s a good friend of mine.”
Alonzo, 32, only recently became single. Her three-year relationship with Anderson ended controversially in July, with Alonzo revealing that the actor “just started not talking to me.”
In her interview on Wednesday, Alonzo said she is not looking to enter a new relationship any time soon.
“Sa ngayon kasi, parang sinasabi ng universe na, ‘Uy, mag-work ka muna, maging busy ka muna.’ Kasi hindi ko rin siya hinahanap, honestly,” she said.
Without directly mentioning Anderson, Alonzo was also asked whether she has forgiven the “last person” who broke her heart.
Alonzo answered: “Kung tatanungin mo ako kung kailan, hindi ko siya kayang sagutin. It’s part of the process, it’s part of my healing process.
“Of course, kahit hindi hingin, I have to. Forgiving yourself and forgiving someone is about freeing yourself from all the baggage, from all the pain that you have gone through, and just moving forward.”
Going into any potential relationship, Alonzo said she has learned to be more “careful,” as opposed to being “cynical,” after her recent heartbreak.
Sharing a line from the script of “Unbreakable” which didn’t make it to the film’s final cut, Alonzo said: “Kapag galing ka sa isang breakup, hindi mo lang ibinabaon ‘yung relasyon ninyong dalawa, pero binabaon mo ‘yung that version of yourself kasama ng relasyon na ‘yun, that version of yourself who loved purely at nagmahal nang walang kapalit.
“Somehow, gusto mo ulit buhayin ‘yon through your healing. Gusto mong hanapin ulit sa sarili mo kung paano ka magtitiwala ulit, at magmamahal nang buong-buo nang walang pag-aalinlangan. Siguro, ‘pag naabot mo ulit ‘yung pagkakataon na ‘yun, that’s the only time you can fall in love again.”
Her failed relationship, Alonzo said, has allowed for some healthy introspection.
“Ang dami kong na-discover sa sarili ko na hindi ko alam noon, na hindi pala ako dependent. Akala ko ‘yung happiness ko will depend on someone else. Okay naman pala ako, and I’m not saying this just so I can say I’m okay,” she said.