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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 14, 2021



BELA PADILLA is now more open about her Swiss boyfriend named Norman Ben Bay. 

She has posted their photos in her social media account. They met each other when she shot the movie “Meet Me in St. Gallen” on location in Switzerland four years ago.

“Pero one year pa lang kami officially on,” she says. “Friends muna kami. Never kaming nawalan ng communication all throughout those four years. 

"Pero hindi ko agad binigyan ng chance na maging kami, kasi sobrang layo niya. Ang gastos kung magkikita kami palagi. Pero dahil sa pandemic, ayun, napag-isipan naming i-try this year.”

She doesn’t find it difficult to try having an LDR or long distance relationship.

“We do facetime palagi. Busy rin siya but as of now, work from home muna siya. Para din kayong hindi LDR kasi parang you do things together. 

"Gano’n lang ‘yung routine namin. Pero very boring couple kasi kami, so masaya na kami sa gano’n. 

"Hindi naghahanap ng excitement. Kaya siguro nagwo-work ‘yung LDR namin.”

They may come from different cultures but it’s not a problem for them. 

“Ang orientation ko naman kasi, hindi siya sobrang Pinoy, as I have a British father. Parang mas Western ako mag-isip so bagay sa akin ‘yung foreigner BF. 

"Yun ang mas nagwo-work for me. Kasi ‘yung first boyfriend ko was super through and through Pinoy. ‘Yung tipong bago ka lumabas ng bahay, you’ll send him your picture so he’d see kung gaano kaiksi ‘yung suot mo. 

"Too much for me ‘yon, hindi ko kaya ‘yon. Nasa Pilipinas tayo, sobrang init guys. Tapos, panay ang tanong: ‘Kumain ka na ba?’ maya’t maya. 

"Hindi kailangang laging nagtatanong. Kaya nagwo-work siguro sa akin ‘yung relationship ko ngayon, kasi ang usapan namin ngayon mas serious, pero mas low key, minsan tanga lang ‘yung pinag-uusapan namin but it’s working.”

Bela is just one of several actresses with a foreigner BF. 

Glaiza de Castro is engaged to an Irish boyfriend. Lovi Poe has a long distance relationship with a British guy based in Los. Angeles. 

Pia Wurtzbach also has a British boyfriend. Rhian Ramos just broke up with her Israeli BF. 

Those who are married to foreigners include Ina Raymundo (her hubby is Ukrainian), Pokwang (American), Jewel Mische (American), Lotlot de Leon (Lebanese), Rachelle Ann Go (British), Bangs Garcia (also British) and Beth Tamayo (American.)