From blog sites to soccer moms’Viber groups, the supposed sighting of “perfect on screen couple” and noted actors John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo in the exclusive island resort of Balesin has been ablaze since Wednesday, sending fans of the 14-year-old blockbuster movie tandem into sheer excitement.
“Finally!” typed a thirty-something mom of three in her all-girls’ Viber group, though sadly adding she felt bad for Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo, John Lloyd and Bea’s erstwhile significant others.
“But kilig ako for Popoy and Basha!” she typed just as quickly, and obviously with glee. Popoy and Basha are the pair’s iconic roles in the box-office record-breakers One More Chance in 2007, and its sequel, A Second Chance, which was just released in November 2015.
Another mom agreed, and with her very own contribution to the uber showbiz Viber session revealed she saw Angelica in a coffee shop of a posh mall last weekend “not looking too happy” as she drank her coffee and smoked her cigarette all by her lonesome.
Given all the excitement—and bits of commiseration—could it be true that the most awaited reel-to-real life coupling in Philippine showbiz has finally happened?
Let’s take a look back at the events that led to John Lloyd and Bea’s supposed Balesin Island sighting.
On January 14, DJ Mo Twister tweeted that a TV reporter disclosed over his podcast Good Times with Mo that John Lloyd and Bea are indeed a item, and that “an overlapping” had taken place in their respective relationships with Angelica and Zanjoe.
While all four celebrities kept quiet about the rumour—with the two men very much in the news at the time as John Lloyd went to Congress for a Metro Manila Film Festival Probe, and Zanjoe’s promos for his new teleserye, Tubig at Langis on ABS-CBN—it was only the latter part of the month that admission and confirmations were finally made on the alleged break-ups.
On January 20, Zanjoe admitted to host Boy Abunda on his late night ABS-CBN talk show that he and Bea had ended their five-year relationship. The actor refused to further details on why they parted ways.
Four days later, Ogie Diaz in a report on ABS-CBN online said he had a reliable source that confirmed John Lloyd and Angelica’s break up, complete with an actual date on January 16.
In no time, netizens began tweeting sightings of the on-screen couple finally together in real life, first dining in a Tagaytay restaurant, and now in Balesin, as collated by www.adobotalk.ph on January 30 and February 3, respectively. Another blogsite www.allaboutjuan.info also reported similar posts from social network users.
On Thursday morning, DZBB radio anchor Arnold Clavio joined in the gossip fest as he told listeners he was looking a photo of John Lloyd and Bea in matching hats at the exclusive resort as sent by his source.
Clavio even related the same source as saying that while “the girl” was more discreet in giving away that she and her leading man are indeed an item, the two celebrities will in fact make an official announcement on their status very soon.
If life has indeed imitated art, then all that is left is to wish these two talented actors the best of luck in making everything real—finally.