MANILA—It is now confirmed that Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo, 25, and Kapuso actor Jeric Gonzales, 29, are in a relationship.
Rabiya made their relationship public based on the photos with Jeric she posted on her Instagram like their sweet moments in Bohol while overlooking the Chocolate Hills.
In another photo, they seem to be on island hopping as they were wearing life vests with the sea on the background.
Happiness was seen on Rabiya’s face particularly on a video where she was on a piggyback ride on Jeric while they were going down the stairs.
In her caption, Rabiya wrote with heart emojis: “Live. LOVE. Laugh. Thank you, Eric.”
Jeric sealed it with “I love you” message for Rabiya.
Jeric’s reply in the comment section: “Let’s be happy together. I love you.”
After three hours, Jeric for his part posted on his Instagram other pictures of him and Rabiya. One of those photos was also taken at the Chocolate Hills view deck.
Another picture was supposedly taken inside the car. “To more memories with you @rabiyamateo I love you,” Jeric stated on his IG post.
Rabiya’s fellow beauty queens got thrilled
Rabiya’s fellow beauty queens were thrilled to read her posts and with the news that she is happy with her lovelife.
First to greet was Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez as she said: “Kilig naman.”
Miss Universe Thailand 2020 Amanda Obdam also commented with heart emojis.
Along with these are the thrilled reactions from Rabiya’s fans who have been guessing her relationship with Jeric.
Other actors like Jerald Napoles, Edgar Allan Guzman, Yasmien Kurdi, and singer Garrett Bolden sent their messages to Jeric.
There had been talks since December 2021 among netizens that Rabiya and Jeric were observed to be having fondness with each other. They spotted the two while having a stroll at the Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and was also spotted at a beach they just did not seem to remember.
Rabiya and Jeric were together in a project, in an episode of Wish Ko Lang, the Kapuso weekly drama anthology, last November 2021.
That opened the door for them to be closed to each other. But apart from that project, there were no other jobs together that followed since each of them has been busy with their respective assignments from the Kapuso network.
But on February 8, 2022, Rabiya already hinted that a beautiful relationship between her and Jeric has been starting to blossom. And when she guested on PEP Live, Rabiya admitted that she was happy in the matters of the heart.
“Alam mo, basta masaya ako. Yun na lang muna.
“Kasi ayaw ko naman magsalita na too early pa. What they don’t know they can’t ruin. There is power in privacy.
“Yun ang na-learn ko sa mga nangyari sa akin in the past. Especially I was very open with my relationship status,” Rabiya said.
To recall, it was publicly known that when Rabiya joined the Miss Universe Philippines, she admitted that she had a long-time non-showbiz boyfriend by the name of Neil Salvacion.
But after her stint as Miss Universe, in May 2021, news broke out that Rabiya’s seven-year relationship with Neil has ended.
“Ayoko na mangyari yun kasi marami rin nasasaktan.
Marami ring opinion na hindi naman talaga totoo. I don’t wanna put myself on that stress level ulit,” Rabiya said in the same interview.
But when some netizens peeked on PEP Live and shrieked: “#JrevealonFeb14,” Rabiya suddenly screamed when she was asked about “J” in her life. Although she did not directly mentioned the whole name of who they call “J,” it was clear that they refer to Jeric Gonzales because the two have been often linked to each other since December 2021.
“Hoy, grabe! Oh my god. Iinom lang ako ng tubig!” Rabiya laughingly uttered.
“Dito ako palagi napapahamak. I cannot lie. Hindi pa ako showbiz sumagot,” she said.
But she hinted that it was a getting-to-know stage for her and “J” and that was the reason why she did not go ahead of the situation.
“Siguro yun din yung peace of mind na gusto ko ibigay kung sino man siya. Kasi kinikilala pa lang din,” she admitted while composing herself.
“Naku po! Stop ko na siguro yun. Hanggang dun na lang.”(ecd/mtvn)