The ‘Beast’ is the best for Vice Ganda

Tempo - - Sports - By JONAS TER­RADO

It seems that Calvin Abueva and Vice Ganda have taken their friend­ship to a whole new level.

Such was an in­di­ca­tion Fri­day night when the pop­u­lar Show­time host on so­cial me­dia ex­pressed his sup­port for Abueva, whose Phoenix Fuel Mas­ters ab­sorbed a heart­break­ing over­time loss to the Mer­alco Bolts in the PBA Gov­er­nors' Cup quar­ter­fi­nals Fri­day night.

“You’re the BEAST! And for me you’re the BEST!,” Vice Ganda tweeted af­ter watch­ing Abueva's game from the first row of the Smart Araneta Coli­seum.

Abueva had ear­lier taken off his red Phoenix jersey af­ter the game and handed it over to Vice Ganda, who re­sponded by giv­ing the star for­ward a kiss on the cheek.

Many have spec­u­lated as to whether the two have de­vel­oped a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship since pho­tos of them be­ing to­gether sur­faced on­line last Septem­ber.

While deny­ing that they are an item dur­ing a TV in­ter­view with Boy Abunda last week, Vice Ganda also bared that Abueva “makes me happy.”

“Hindi kasi siya nahi­hiya na makita ng mga tao na malapit kami sa isa't-isa dahil nanini­wala siya na walang mali,” Vice Ganda told Abunda.

Vice Ganda was ac­com­pa­nied by fel­low Show­time hosts Karylle and Ryan Bang when he watched Abueva play for the third time.

The three celebri­ties were vis­i­bly an­i­mated dur­ing the game, with Karylle even wear­ing a black Calvin Abueva shirt to show his sup­port.

At one point, the three wildly cel­e­brated Abueva's bas­ket that cut Mer­alco's lead to 102-100 in over­time. The Fuel Mas­ters, how­ever, fell short in the end.

Abueva strug­gled from the field, mak­ing just 4-of-18 shots for 10 points. That dis­ap­point­ment, how­ever, may have been eased with Vice Ganda's com­fort­ing words.

(Rio Delu­vio)

CHEEKTOCHEEK: Alaska’s Calvin Abueva (left) gets a pleas­ant com­fort af­ter the Phoenix Fuel Mas­ters lost to the Mer­alco Bolts in their rub­ber match on Fri­day.

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