During the press conference of Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano’s latest album, With Love, yesterday at the Mesa Restaurant in Quezon City, Gabriel “Gab”Valenciano finally opens up about his relationship with the actress Isabel Oli.
“Well, you know what? I guess you can say that [we're official], kasi I am committed to her. And I’m sure, siyempre, kapag committed yung isang tao, siyempre yung isang tao committed din. So, I guess you can say it’s pretty much official. Yeah,” the young singer-dancer gladly revealed.
Moreover, he feels proud of what he and Isabel have right now. “I think amongst all the guys she dated or amongst all the girls that I dated, I think we can both say that this is the most sincere and most genuine relationship that I’ve been in. I’m so excited to go through this adventure kasi alam mo na. Siyempre may times na you fail but you know how to fix yourself up. Hindi na parang dati na bagsak ka lang nang bagsak tapos bahala na, break na kayo. Now let’s work this out, if ‘yung strength mo ay weakness ko then you will help me. If ‘yung weakness mo strength ko, then I’ll help you,” he said.
When he was asked why he prefers to speak up rather than keep their relationship a secret, he replied, “I think, for me, it’s not something to be ashamed of. She’s gotten to a point when she doesn’t really need to worry about who she’s dating. Ako, I never really cared about who I’m dating. If I feel something, sasabihin ko.”
Furthermore, Gab shared how he and Isabel met.
“This one was actually [dahil] sa work, kasi artista siya at mga kaibigan niya ay artista din. Dati ko pa siya crush, e. Kaya nga ang sabi ko parati, ‘love at first billboard.’ Kasi nung first billboard niya, sobrang nung nakita ko yun, in my mind, [I admired her na]. Kasi nung time na yun, I was only 17 or 18. [It was her] Sugo days, di ba? So it was a phase na ganun lang, crush ko lang. And then finally I met her, and hindi lang pala siya beautiful face. She was really a beautiful person inside and out.”
As for the qualities he liked in Isabel, he stated, “The qualities na nagustuhan ko sa kanya is her simplicity. Di ba, people say mga Cebuana, e, simple lang? Well, with her the theory is right. It’s her simplicity that really got me kasi iba, e. Talagang pag nakita mo siya sa TV, iba talaga pag [kaharap mo] na.”
SOURCES: PEP and ABS-CBN NEWS