Is John Lloyd Cruz really the one Angelica Panganiban referred to in her "hugot" statement about ex-boyfriends? This was the categorical question thrown to Angelica after the two-night sold-out concert of Moira dela Torre last weekend where the actress perform an act of spoken word piece.
Angelica Panganiban's surprise appearance at the concert of Moira dela Torre on Sunday was initially met with laughs and loud applause, but the audience quickly turned silent when the actress appeared increasingly serious with her soul-baring spoken word poetry. The "Banana Sundae" star took the stage at Kia Theatre in the middle of dela Torre's rendition of "You Are My Sunshine," as part of the second night of the singer's post-Valentine concert.
A video of the joint performance was uploaded online by showbiz journalist Allan Diones. "Bakit ba lagi akong iniiwan? Bakit lagi akong nasasaktan? (Why I am always left alone? Why I am always in pain?)" were Panganiban's first two sentences, both drawing cheers for the actress dubbed local showbiz's "Hugot Queen." But then it became clear that the "hugot" lines were not meant for amusement, but as part of Panganiban's spoken word performance about healing from a broken heart, finding hope, and moving on.
Angelica Panganiban dubbed as local cinema's "Queen of Hugot" for her string of heartbroken roles, appears to wear her heart on her sleeve in real life as much as her onscreen characters. In the latest episode of #AskAngelica, a YouTube series where the 31-year-old actress gives relationship advice, Panganiban fearlessly, and candidly, referenced her personal experience in addressing a list of questions.
One dilemma, in particular, reminded her of a situation she is privy to, but did not fully detail. From speaking in general terms, Panganiban shifted to alluding to her own situation, vaguely mentioning that her partner was stolen from her. "Tapos kung makapag-post kayo, akala niyo mga wala kayong sinaktan, (Then when you post it seems that you haven’t hurt anyone)" she said. "Kunyari masaya kayo, e 'di wow! Parang hindi ka inagawan.
Excuse me, ha! Inagaw mo lang 'yan sa 'kin! Tapos ikaw pa ang proud. Tigilan niyo 'yan. (As if you were happy, just wow! It seems you haven’t been stolen. Excuse me! You just snatch that one from me! And then you are still delighted of it. Just stop it!) " Panganiban sang a similar tune in the previous episode of #AskAngelica, where she hinted that a third party ruined a past relationship of hers. "Unang-una, hindi ako pinalitan. Pinilit, e. Pinilit sirain 'yung relasyon, kaya may galit, (First and foremost, I was not replaced. They forced it. The forced to ruined the relationship, that is why someone is angry)" she said at the time.
Angelica Panganiban isn't one to shy away from giving advice on relationship problems, even if they have similarities to her own past situation. In the latest episode of her YouTube series #AskAngelica, the actress was asked by guest co-host Donna Cariaga whether she would be willing to face the new partner of her ex-boyfriend, and how she would go about the meeting. "Hindi ko alam, baka masaktan ko 'yun!" When Cariaga said she would want to slap her ex-boyfriend's new partner, Panganiban agreed that it would feel satisfying, but followed up with a serious answer. Panganiban did not give further details as to how this applied in her personal life. The "Dalawang Mrs. Reyes" star, however, has made no secret of a recent heartbreak over a failed relationship -- a topic that frequently comes up in her interviews.
Cruz was briefly alluded to in Panganiban's latest YouTube episode, viewers observed, when the "three-month rule" was brought up by Cariaga. The "It's Showtime" comedienne was left speechless when Panganiban, apparently recalling a famous scene of Cruz, asked Cariaga to name specifically where she learned that "rule" from.
The "three-month rule," which says one can only start seeing someone new three months after a breakup, was a plot point in the iconic film "One More Chance." That movie starred Cruz as the broken-hearted Popoy, opposite Bea Alonzo's Basha. In another apparent hint at her past experience, Panganiban, in the video, comically dropped her cue cards when she read a fan's question about becoming pregnant. This, fans mused in the comments, was alluding to reports of Cruz supposedly expecting a child with his current girlfriend, actress Ellen Adarna.
Despite repeated hints at her heartbreak the video and in recent interviews, Panganiban appeared confident about having moved on, as she gave another fan advice about "breaking down" every time she sees her ex-boyfriend. "OK lang umiyak. I-embrace mo 'yan," Panganiban said. "Hindi masamang masaktan, hindi masamang maging malungkot o tamaan sa mga nakikita mo at nababalitan mo. Iiyak mo 'yan. Mapapagod din, mauubos din ang luha mo. Tapos doon mo maiisip, 'Ay, hindi na ako naiiyak.'"
"Ako nga minsan, kahit anong pilit ko -- 'Nakakalungkot naman -- hindi ako maiyak. Ibig sabihin, wala na, hindi na," she said.
Another question in the new episode, on the topic of regaining trust, also got a spirited reaction from Panganiban, who has been open about a recent heartbreak frequently brought up in her interviews.
"Never," she said, sternly, on whether to trust again someone who has already broken it. "Iyon ang sagot ko. Never talaga. Kasi, trust 'yan, e." What she said next, a pun on the word "trust," triggered laughter. "Iyon nga, e, hindi sila nag-trust. Kaya iyon ang kinalabasan. Bibili sila ngayon ng mga gamit pambata!" This advice tied to another answer of Panganiban to a dilemma on whether to get back together with an ex-partner. Her tip: "Magkatapawaran na lang kayo, pero 'yung bigyan mo pa siya ng chance, ano siya sinisuwerte? 'Yung chance, ibigay mo sa others."
Panganiban has been open about her heartbreak in her numerous interviews. While she wouldn't explicitly identify the ex-boyfriend in question, the actress hinted at circumstances surrounding the failed relationship. Among her candid revelations were the alleged involvement of a third party, and the ex-boyfriend supposedly not according her a formal breakup. Following her breakup with Cruz, Panganiban has been romantically linked anew with Aquino, her childhood sweetheart. Aquino, incidentally, was also involved in dela Torre's two-night concert as a guest. Panganiban is one of the co-producers of the singer's show, along with fellow Kapamilya stars Sam Milby and John Prats under Bright Bulb Productions.
Panganiban on the other hand said that the people have the freewill to judge or guess if who she was referring to in her lines but it is her right to outburst her pain because she was the one who’s been hurt. "Sorry ha pero hindi lang naman siya 'yung naging naka-relasyon ko. Puwede naman tayong mag-assume lahat... Sila na ang bahala dun. Nagsalita ako, sinabi ko ang gusto ko, freedom ko 'yun, freedom ng mga nasaktan at nagmahal 'yun," according to Angelica.
This is not the first time that the actress exposed her pain in her previous relationship using emotional lines. The hugot lines are close to the hurt of the actress because the lines started in her movie "That Thing Called Tadhana" that had been rumoured to have a sequel. And according to Angelica she is glad to have a part 2 of the movie."Alam mo 'yung tandem naming tatlo nila direk Tonette [Jadaone] at JM [de Guzman], para siyang nagkaroon na lang ng magic, sa harap at sa likod ng camera merong relationship," according to the actress.
Furthermore, the fans of the love team CarGel are very thrilled about the tandem. The tandem is composed of Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino, her ex-boyfriend. Now the big question that the fans are asking is there a possibility that they get back together? "Hindi ko alam, hindi ko alam...Pero oo, nag-dinner naman kami nung Valentine's Day, (I still didn’t know, I still didn’t know, but we had dinner last Valentines Day)" Panganiban admitted.