By Patricia Francisco
There is nothing more flattering than being fought for by someone.
But in this case, there is. Especially when that someone is no other than Piolo Pascual.
During the press conference of the newest Kapamilya teleserye, "Since I Found You," lead star Arci Munoz shared how his leading man Piolo Pascual fought for her to be his on-screen partner.
"Actually, parang hindi pa nga 'to matutuloy dapat eh. I'm really thankful na he insisted na ako 'yung gusto niya makatrabaho. Magkausap kami na sabi niya, 'Oh. Mons, ayoko. Hindi ko gagawin. Gusto ko ikaw talaga,'" she shared.
She went on to add, "So, I'm really thankful kasi kung hindi niya ako pinaglaban, I wouldn't be doing this soap also. So I'm really happy and talagang thankful ako."
Piolo, meanwhile, was in awe of Arci's work in her previous serye "Magpahanggang Wakas" alongside Jericho Rosales and John Estrada.
"She's very committed. Napanood ko siya sa 'Magpahanggang Wakas,' magaling siya doon! So na-excite ako na makatrabaho siya," he mentioned.
He also addded that Arci usually takes only a single take to finish a scene!
"Magaling siya. Magaling si Mona... mas nacha-challenge ka. She is somebody younger and iba 'yung binibigay niya na excitement, 'yung energy," he said.
But the admiration of the two to each other doesn't stop there!
The "Can We Still Be Friends" actress also shared how "maalaga" Piolo is.
"Si Papa P kasi, well, he's naturally - in real life - very gentleman naman talaga siya eh. So he guides me all throughout. He stays in character pero once na nag-cut na si Direk, once na we're off-cam, he's the Piolo that I've met," Arci mentioned.
She also said that the actor paid for everything in their Amsterdam trip during Holy Week! Wow!
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"Sobra nga pong generous ni Papi, nilibre niya ako sa Amsterdam. Seryoso. From Paris po kasi may show kami sa Paris nung Holy Week, sabi niya, 'Tara! Amsterdam tayo.' Sabi ko, 'Sige, Papi. Sige' Tapos hindi ko alam binook na niya lahat from train pati food namin doon. As in nagulat ako talaga. Sabi niya, 'Pinaghirapan natin 'to, Mona.' Sabi niya, 'We really worked hard for this.' Kaya nakikita ko na kaya siya sobrang blessed, kasi nagshe-share siya ng blessings. Kaya love siya ng lahat eh. I love Papa P," she said.
Arci and Piolo will be playing the characters of Nathan and Dani respectively on "Since I Found You." Catch them alongside JC de Vera, Alessandra de Rossi, and Empoy Marquez on Primetime Bida starting April 16!