LIZA SOBERANO & ENRIQUE GIL
Enrique Gil believes that he met his current onscreen love-team partner Liza Soberano for a reason.
“If I didn’t meet Liza, life would have been different for me,” says the 25-year-old heartthrob. “My career, in fact, would have been different. I might have taken a different path. But when she came along, we clicked. And she’s an amazing person to be with. And ano, we just fell in love. Everything happens for a reason, and whatever happens to my career, to my life, all from God ’yon, dahil nakaplano lahat ng ’yan.”
For her part, Liza, the comely 19-year-old actress, can’t imagine how her career and her life would have turned out if she hadn’t crossed paths with Enrique.
“Actually, hindi ko alam what would happen kung wala akong ka-love-team,” she says. “Sa generation kasi ngayon, patok ang love team. But I think I would still be the same. I would still work very hard for each and every project that I would get. Pero hindi ko talaga ma-imagine na walang ka-love-team.”
Before she can say another word, we ask her again. This time, we rephrase the question: “Do you love him?”
Liza opens her mouth to say something but stops herself. Her lips then curl into a smile—a sweet, innocent smile. Like that of a child who is about to spill a secret.
An awkward silence falls into the room. Even the hairstylist, who is busy preparing his paraphernalia beside Liza, stops and waits for her to answer.
Is she uncomfortable? Does she want to laugh out loud? Is she upset? We can hardly tell.
Looking down at the makeup kit neatly laid out on the table in front of her, Liza takes a deep breath and then smiles again. This time, her smile conveys something more recognizable: happiness.
“Yes, I do,” she says as she looks up and gazes into the mirror. Upon seeing her own reflection, her eyes light up.
The lucky recipient of this confident young woman’s love is no less than Enrique Gil, her onscreen love-team partner. She calls the Kapamilya actor her “big ball of sunshine,” the one who can make her laugh, the one who annoys her with his endless antics, the one who makes her feel safe, content, and, most important of all, happy.
But how and when did it all start? When did their reel love become real love?
THE BEGINNING OF LIZQUEN
The “Liz” in LizQuen is Hope Elizabeth Soberano, who goes by the screen name Liza Soberano. Born on January 4, 1998, in Santa Clara, California, U.S.A., to a Filipino father, John Castillo Soberano, and an American mother, Jacqulyn Elizabeth Hanley, Liza was a shy girl growing up.
“I never saw myself being in front of the limelight and performing for people,” she says, smiling. Instead, the young Liza dreamed of becoming someone who could make a difference in the world. “My first job preference was to be a nurse. And then, eventually, I wanted to go in the army, ’cause my grandpa was a veteran of the navy. And then, eventually, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. And then, dito po ako bumagsak, pero I’m enjoying this.”
Dito, as everyone knows by now, is showbiz.
Liza’s life took a sudden turn when her parents parted ways—a rather bittersweet event that led to the then 10-year-old daughter moving to the Philippines with her father. Liza, however, never lost the zest to dream and to live.
She remembers the time she was enthralled by the life of models. “I was always fascinated with models no’ng bata po ako. I would always watch America’s Next Top Model and everything, ’cause natutuwa po ako sa kanila. But I wouldn’t say it was a dream of mine.”
Life, however, has a funny and mysterious way of leading people to their destiny. Liza was 13 when she was discovered by a talent scout on Facebook. At the time, she had already done a few TV and print ads.
Liza’s present- day manager, Ogie Diaz, reveals in his YES! interview that he was not the one who discovered Liza: “Siyempre, hindi ko naman aakuin ’yong credit. Credit goes to Dudu Unay. Siya ’yong discoverer ni Liza. Siya ’yong nagdala sa akin kay Liza. Si Dudu Unay ay parang raketera din, may mga talents din siya, nagdadala ng mga artista sa mga probinsiya. Inilapit niya sa akin si Liza.”
Ogie remembers that before Liza became his ward, the girl was connected with GMA-7, the rival of Liza’s current home network, ABS- CBN. “Nakapirma siya no’n sa GMA ng one year. Sabi ko, saglit. ’Tapos no’n, when I saw the agreement, nakita ko na ‘you have 30 days grace period to back out.’ Oh, so, mga one week pa lang siya no’n [with GMA], nagpa-release na.”
The talent manager then took Liza to the other camp. At the time, the young girl went by the name Hope Soberano, using her first name. (It was Malou Santos, the chief operating officer of Star Creatives, a division of ABS- CBN, who would later give Hope Elizabeth Soberano the screen name Liza Soberano, using part of the young girl’s second name.)
At the Kapamilya network, Ogie pulled a few strings. He made a call to Carlina dela Merced, one of the production managers of Dreamscape Entertainment Television, ABS- CBN’s TV production unit. At the time, Dreamscape was putting together Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo, the 2012 daytime drama series topbilled by Jake Cuenca, Shaina Magdayao, and Bangs Garcia. Carlina agreed to cast Liza—who was still using the screen name Hope Soberano—as Claire Raymundo, the sister of Jake’s character Paulino Raymundo.
Ogie remembers being impressed with Hope’s work ethic, even though she was then a fledgling actress. “Pinag-workshop ko siya ng dalawang beses,” he recalls. “Si Liza kasi, pag hindi siya kuntento sa acting, hihirit pa ’yan sa akin: ‘Puwede pang isa? Puwede akong mag-voice-lessons? Puwede akong mag-guitar-lessons?’”
As Hope’s manager, Ogie took the newbie’s little requests as a sign of her dedication to her job. “’Binibigay ko, kasi gusto ko ’yong mga gano’ng attitude ng bata. Siya kasi, alam niya kung ano ang gusto niya. At talagang mararamdaman mo ’yong passion niya. Kaya ’binibigay ko kahit may gastos ’yon. Okey lang sa akin. Siyempre, gawain naman natin bilang manager, responsibilidad natin.”
But what made an impression on Ogie was the deference that Hope would give to her fellow actors. He recounts stories told to him by Gloria Diaz, whom Ogie refers to as Tita Glo. The former Miss Universe was also in the cast of Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo.
“’Kinukuwento nga ni Tita Glo, ‘Alam mo, nakakatuwa ’yang si Hope. Hindi mareklamo ang batang ’yan. Pag inaantok ’yan, sasandal lang sa tent, makakatulog na. Wala kasi siyang upuan. Kaya bibilhan ko siya ng upuan.’ The next taping day nga, meron na siyang upuan.”
Gloria also told the talent manager: “Alam mo, Og, she properly introduced herself to me. Og, bihira ang gano’n. ‘Hello po, tita. Ako po si Hope Soberano. Bago lang po ako. Nice meeting you po.’ Natuwa
“Do you like him?” With her pretty brown eyes, Liza Soberano looks at the voice recorder and, without missing a beat, says, “I do. I think that he is…”
si Tita Glo sa kanya. At hanggang ngayon, bitbit ni Tita Glo ’yon.”
The following year, when Hope already went by the screen name Liza, Ogie also got a call from Arlene Muhlach, Liza’s co-star in the 2013 movie Must Be… Love. “Og, alaga mo pala ’tong si Liza Soberano,” Arlene said.
Ogie recalls the rest of his conversation with Arlene: “Ako naman, ‘Bakit, mare, may ginawa bang mali?’ Sabi niya, ‘Hindi. Nakakaaliw, nakakatuwa naman itong batang ’to. Talagang she went out of her way to go to my tent to introduce herself formally.’”
It’s for this reason that Ogie never ran out of patience when teaching his young ward about the importance of professionalism, humility, respect, and “pakikisama” in showbiz.
“Kaya ayaw na ayaw niya ’yong paglaki ng ulo, kasi madami akong ’kinukuwento sa kanya na mga example ng mga artistang lumaki ang ulo na may narating pero umikli lang ang career. Nawala sila because of paglaki ng ulo. So lagi kong ipinaaalala kay Liza ’yan.”
It was not only Ogie who saw Liza’s potential. Joni Lyn Castillo—Liza’s aunt, who practically stood as her second mom when Liza lived for a time in Asingan, Pangasinan, and then later on in a rented house in Project 8, Quezon City—gave up her job so that she could be with Liza and take her wherever the young actress needed to be.
“Si Tita Joni, ’yong pinsan ng dad niya, ang talagang tumayong nanay niya,” Ogie explains. “Ginive-up ni Tita Joni lahat ng trabaho niya, kasi ang lakas ng paniwala niya na si Liza could make it big. Lalo na ’yong bata, kasi masyadong pursigido. Ang tiyaga-tiyaga no’ng bata.”
Over time, Liza proved to be worth her salt. She soon earned the nod of ABS- CBN executives, who gave her a chance to be included in the cast of Must Be… Love, the 2013 Star Cinema romantic movie and the launching pad of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, the love team that would later be known as KathNiel.
That same year, Liza landed a supporting role in the movie melodrama She’s the One, another Star Cinema offering, featuring Dingdong Dantes and Bea Alonzo. It was through this movie that she would cross paths with the boy who would influence the course of her showbiz career: Enrique Gil, the other half of what would eventually become the commercially successful LizQuen tandem.
Enrique Mari Gil, nicknamed Quen, the son of Enrique Amadeo Gil III and
YES! first witnessed the off-cam sweetness of LizQuen when we visited them on the set of Forevermore in Pandacan, Manila, sometime in February 2015.
Aside from conducting joint interviews, we also interviewed Liza and Quen separately that day. It was during Liza’s interview that Quen, who has always been a prankster, snuck up on Liza and listened to her every answer intently.
And in case you haven’t noticed, that was the time Quen wore his hair long, which allowed him to sport the “man-bun” quite handsomely. At that time, the “man-bun”— where the man’s long hair is pulled back and tied into a coil at the back of his head—was the trendy hairstyle. Barbara Anne Bacay Gil, was born on March 30, 1992, in Cebu, but grew up in Manila.
Much like his onscreen partner, Quen didn’t grow up fantasizing about starring in movies, performing before an audience, or appearing on television. Like Liza, he was timid.
In the April 2014 issue of YES! Magazine, Barbara Gil said of her son Quen: “Mahiyain talaga siya. I couldn’t get him to do anything in front of the camera. He would entertain mga maids, mga friends niya, whenever we were on a road trip. He would make everybody laugh. He could do voices of Shrek and all that. But when we would ask him to do it again for us, for me and my husband, ayaw talaga. Maski ano pa’ng gawin mo, I tell you, ayaw talaga.”
Quen was so shy that he turned down offers to do commercials for print and TV. “A lot of people wanted to take him na for commercials,” Barbara recalled. “Pero wala, e. Mahiyain.”
It was only after graduating from high school that Quen began to come out of his shell. Suddenly, he agreed to do a commercial for a fast-food chain.
“One of those small bit roles,” Barbara said in her 2014 interview. “He told me that he wanted to do it. I asked him, ‘Are you sure?’ Kasi nga mahiyain siya.”
That commercial led to Quen signing up with the talent agency Stages Talents Group and then, later, with Star Magic, ABS- CBN’s talent-management arm. His first real acting gig was his supporting role in Pieta, the daytime Kapamilya soap that ran from October 2008 to May 2009.
Since then, Quen has enjoyed a steady stream of TV projects, big and small: George and Cecil (2009), Rosalka (2010), Maynila (2010), Good Vibes (2011), Mula sa Puso (2011), Budoy (20112012), and Princess and I (2012-2013), among others.
There are many pivotal projects in Quen’s showbiz career, but perhaps the life-changing one came in the form of a Star Cinema movie titled She’s the One (2013). Why? Because that’s where he first met Liza Soberano.
She’s the One, directed by Mae Cruz, had Dingdong Dantes and Bea Alonzo in the lead roles, but a report posted on the ABS- CBN Social Media Newsroom (abscbnpr.com, October 16, 2013) announced that “making this movie a potentially bigger audience draw is the addition of a second new screen tandem”—namely, Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano. In the report, Enrique was tagged “The Next Ultimate Leading
Man” and Liza was described as an “emerging ‘It Girl.’” And, well, the two, in their major supporting roles, portrayed good friends who become a couple by the end of the movie.
LOVE: FROM REEL TO REAL
The thing about Liza and Quen’s love story, however, is that it has no definite beginning.
If you attempt to trace where and how it began, you could start here: on the set of Forevermore, their hugely successful Kapamilya primetime series that ran from October 2014 to May 2015.
Forevermore was Liza and Quen’s first big break as a love team. In the series, directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, Liza plays Agnes Calay, a simple provincial lass who dreams of a better life for her family. Enrique plays Alexander “Xander” Grande III, the son of hotel tycoon. Their lives intertwine when Xander, while engaging in a form of extreme parachuting sport known as base jumping, accidentally falls into the strawberry farm of the Calay family.
It was during the sleepless tapings in different location shoots that Quen and Liza got to know each other better. And before they knew it, they had developed feelings for each other.
Quen has always been vocal about his attraction to Liza. In another issue of YES! (April 2015), he was quoted as saying: “Every day magkakasama, so nalalaman ko na ’yong buong pagkatao niya, buhay niya, everything. ’Tapos, napansin ko na lang, pag wala siya sa location, palagi ko na siyang hinahanaphanap. ‘Anong oras sila pupunta dito?’ Sabi ko, ‘Parang gusto ko na ata ito.’”
In the same report, Quen admitted that his leading lady already knew about his true feelings for her. “Well, sinabi ko sa kanya na gusto ko siya. At alam niya ’yon. At alam ko naman, sinabi niya sa akin na parang, ‘Oh, yeah, I like you, too. Crush kita.’ Pero sabi niya, she’s only seventeen. So sabi nila [the people around them], ‘Wait, wait muna, hindi pa puwede.’”
At the time, when Liza was just 17 years old, Quen was 23. Knowing that she was too young to be involved in any romantic relationship, Quen kept his distance.
Liza preferred to keep things between her and Quen that way. She had her sights set on many goals. A romantic relationship at the time would only have been an unecessary distraction.
“I need to focus on that and also sa pag-arte, to make myself better and to ready myself as a young woman,” she said in the April 2015 interview with YES! “I don’t want to rush getting into a relationship na hindi ko man lang ma-handle, kasi if I wanna be in a relationship para ma-try ko lang, ayoko naman ng gano’n lang.”
But Liza later revealed to YES! that if she were to have a boyfriend and her age were not an issue, Quen would most likely be the guy that she would choose. “If there’s anyone that I want to be in a relationship with,” she said, “it’s somebody that I know and somebody I can trust. Out of all the guys I know, I trust him [Quen] the most.”
Their feelings for each other didn’t change over the years.
In his May 2017 interview with YES!, Quen confesses that he’s hopelessly in love with Liza. “Yeah, I’m super in love,” he says, barely containing a laugh. “Sure, you get crazy about it also, you get hopeless sometimes. But that’s why she’s Hope [referring to Liza’s real name], I am never hopeless. That’s how I feel. I mean, that’s how you feel when you’re in love.”
He admits that this is the first time he has felt a love this real and strong. “Yeah, that’s why I know it is love. I mean, you can compare it to your exes before. I am not saying you didn’t love your exes, but somehow, true love is deeper than just saying ‘I love you,’ or ‘I love you, too’ to each other. It’s deeper than that.
Quen, who has previously disclosed that he had three “puppy-love relationships” before Liza, goes on: “Like now, if you’re thinking about your ex, do you still miss her, care about her, or nag-aalala ka pa ba sa mga ex mo? No, di ba? You loved her, but you weren’t in love like that kind of love. It’s a different kind of love.”
He pauses for a second, before saying, “This is the real love.”
The fair-skinned actor goes so far as to say that when he thinks about the future, he can see Liza in the picture. “Yeah. It’s her. And I tell her that naman. And it’s the first time I tell that to any girl, so I guess she’s the one.”
Would Quen want to spend the rest of his life with Liza?
“Yes, yes, yes, of course. That’s one hundred percent sure.”
Quen goes on the record to say that he and Liza are in a “relationship with no labels.”
He says that at this point, given the way they treat each other, a “boyfriend-girlfriend label” is no longer necessary. “Yeah, it’s just a label. Just waiting for her to turn 21. When she’s 21, ‘Yeah, tayo na.’ But right now, parang tayo na rin, e.
Sure, you can’t say na ‘Yeah, we’re boyfriend-girlfriend,’ but how we are to each other is no different. I don’t think of it as a big deal.”
And people around them know that they are “exclusive” to each other.
“Yeah, people see it naman,” Quen says. “They see that I care for her, she cares for me. She’s special to me, I’m special to her. And that special-ness is only between the both of us. People see it. Everybody sees it.”
This means that Liza is taken and that no other guy can ask her out on dates or take her out to dinner or the movies. “I don’t think so,” Quen points out, chuckling. “I mean it’s clear enough. I think when people see her, they know that she wants nobody else but me. Right? Halata. Siguro naman halata. O, hindi ba?”
With a smile that is both intriguing and infectious, Quen adds, “Halata naman siguro na in love kami sa isa’t isa, di ba?”
Later, on a different occasion, we seek confirmation from Liza about this “relationship with no labels.” Without hesitating, she agrees with what Quen has shared with us: “Yeah, we treat each other kind of in that manner, pero I don’t know, I don’t know. Not everything… We don’t do everything that people in a normal relationship will do yet, but we’ll get there, as soon as we get the approval of my lolo, my daddy, and of course, we’re just waiting for the right time.”
Even without the labels, Liza treats Quen the way a girl would treat her guy.
“It’s true,” she says. “I feel like napaparamdam ko naman ’yon sa kanya. And I always make sure that he feels different from everybody else. I don’t wanna treat him the way I treat everybody else. There should be a fine line that makes him different from everybody else, just so that he feels special.”
Liza admits that she knows that a lot of people, most especially from the press, can hardly wait for the two of them to announce that they’re officially in a relationship.
“Probably because it gives them some sort of assurance?” she says. “Parang when you say that someone is your boyfriend or your girlfriend, it’s kind of, like, you’re claiming, you’re owning them, and you’re assured that no one else can get near or approach them in that sort of manner. So siguro, that’s why people like to label things.”
Unlike Quen, Liza has never been in a relationship. Yes, she’s had crushes, but
she has never emotionally invested in a guy. For many young girls who have never fallen in love or who have never had their hearts broken before, this is a scary thing. But not for Liza. The young actress knows that getting hurt is part of falling in love. And she’s ready for it.
“I don’t think love should be a scary thing,” she says in a soft voice. “And I don’t think people should be afraid of trying new things. Siguro, ang kinakatakutan lang natin is parang that change in your life, parang the shock. Pero, you know, you should never be afraid of trying new things.
“And siguro, it’s normal. It’s normal to fall in love and to get hurt, so you should expect it already. But you know, you wouldn’t know what it feels like to get hurt if you don’t love somebody that much, and to love is, like, one of the best feelings in the world.”
If Quen and Liza truly love each other, why still maintain a “no labels” kind of relationship? Is she afraid that once they admit that they are in a relationship, the mystery of the LizQuen tandem will fizzle out?
“I actually never thought about it that way, na parang may mystery ang love team,” Liza replies. “But siguro also, para hindi rin maging bad influence. Okay, not naman bad influence. I’m not saying it’s bad influence to have a relationship at this age.
“But of course, there’s a lot of younger children looking up to us, and we want to show them that love can wait and there’s a right time for everything. We want them to know that and we want to show them that.
“And I wanna show to younger girls that before you have a boyfriend, you should really make sure that guy is the right one for you. Hindi lang ’yong mag‑boyfriend ka lang dahil gusto mong mag‑boyfriend.”
Everybody seems to be happy for Liza and Quen—or at least, everyone who matters to the two stars.
Ogie Diaz, who has been keeping an eye on his beautiful ward, is fine with Quen as Liza’s boyfriend. “Alam mo, wala akong alam na nanliligaw kay Liza kundi si Quen.”
The talent manager is confident that Liza will not let herself get into something that would compromise
everything she has worked so hard to achieve.
“Kahit si Liza isang half-Filipina, half-American, talagang nararamdaman ko na conservative pa rin siya. At wala naman din akong nabalitaang malandi si Liza o ano. Siyempre, hindi ko naman alam kung silang dalawa na. Hindi ko alam kung nagbabangayan ba kayo, kung nagba-Bible-study ba kayo or something, sila na ’yon. Pero ’yong pagka-conservative, talagang lutang kay Liza. Sobra siyang ano, ’yong family values niya.”
If indeed Liza and Quen are in a relationship, Ogie would not mind at all.
“Kung sila ay exclusively dating, wala namang problema. Kung sila man, wala rin namang problema sa akin, dahil mas masha-shock ako kung ang maging jowa pala ni Liza ay ibang actor na hindi ko naman nakita’t nababalitaan, ’tapos biglang sila na pala.
“Si Quen naman ay okey sa akin, mabait naman. Kasi una ko namang nakilala si Quen, hindi naman si Liza. So, kilala ko na si Quen.
“Ang importante ay nai-prove na ni Liza ’yong kanyang worth as an actress, na ‘O, at least hindi mo pinrioritize ’yong love life over your career.’ Talagang ang priority niya, career. So, siguro naman, deserve ng bata na maging masaya puso niya, di ba? So, ibigay na natin sa kanya ’yon.”
Ogie has seen Quen’s positive effect on Liza. For instance: “She admires Quen pagdating sa pagse-save ng money. So meron siyang mga inspirasyon na nakuha niya kay Quen.”
Liza’s long-time road manager, Maquie Raquiza, and her guardian, Tita Joni Castillo, are also fine with having Quen around.
Quen is “masayahin, parang cool sa kanya lahat ng bagay,” Maquie says. “Hindi siya problematic. ’Tsaka ang maganda kay Quen, nagso-sorry siya kapag nale-late siya. Ayoko kasi ng late. Mabait sila. Between sa kanila ni Hopie [Liza’s pet name], si Hopie ang parang nanay. Si Quen, parang bata.”
Liza’s Tita Joni couldn’t agree more. “Mabait si Quen,” Tita Joni says. “Unanguna, love niya ang family niya. ’ Yon ang importante, e. Kumbaga, pag may malasakit at love ka sa family, siyempre magagawa mo ’yan sa next ano mo. Mahilig siya sa bata. ’Tapos, magalang din siya sa mga lola, ’no?”
Quen’s family, according to Liza, has been warm to her: “His family is very welcoming. Tita Bambi, she’s really nice to me. Basta, they’re really a good family, and you can tell that they’re okay. I can’t explain it, ’cause it’s different from my family. I grew up with my parents separated already, so hindi talaga naging normal ’yong family ko. Pero sila, normal naman, except, of course, minus the father, because his father passed away. But you can still feel that they’re all on good terms.”
With a giggle, she adds, “Plus, he’s a big mama’s boy.”
We’re putting this out there: They don’t want to put a label on their relationship yet, but Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil are brave enough to admit they are madly, deeply, hopelessly, in love!
“If that’s what they think, yeah!” Quen says. “Basta kami, kapag kami na, kami pa una mag-a-announce sa Instagram. Wala nang presscon... walang gano’n.”
Liza then cracks a loaded joke that should put all the talk to rest: “Malalaman n’yo na lang kung kasalan na. Malalaman n’yo na lang, mag-wo-walk na po ako [ sa aisle]. Joke lang.”
“That’s why I’m investing a lot so we don’t have to work anymore in the future. Ayoko na lahat ng oras ko nasa work ko that I’d lose time with my family. I want to spend time with my family. I want to invest in a business so that I can be at home while my business is ongoing. That’s it.” — Enrique
“Big ball of sunshine” is Liza’s pet name for Quen. She chose that cute moniker because she finds him bubbly and jolly. “He’s able to light up a room,” she explains. “For some reason, when he goes inside a room, parang he commands attention. It’s like everybody looks at him and he brings joy to everybody. That’s why I call him ‘big ball of sunshine.’”
“Monkey,” on the other hand, is Quen’s pet name for Liza. “Kasi, when I was a kid, favorite stuffed toy ko was Abu, ’yong monkey ni Aladdin,” he explains. “Hanggang sa tumanda ako, kasama ko siya. ’Tapos, nakuwento niya [ Liza] sa akin na meron din daw siyang stuffed toy na monkey. Parehas kasi kaming merong gano’n.”
“Big ball of sunshine” and “Monkey” have already exchanged “I love you’s” on social media. When Quen turned 25 last March 30, Liza posted a birthday message for him on her Instagram with those three magic words.
Liza clarifies: “Para sa akin, ang ‘love you,’ hindi naman para sa magkasintahan lang. Puwede namang for anybody, like my friends. I love them.”
And what did Quen feel when he read those words?
“Siyempre, it felt good. Iba rin kasi when you say ‘I love you’ to somebody. It’s a big word. It’s also good to say ‘I love you’ kahit sa barkada ko. ‘I love you, bro.’ Hindi mo kasi alam kung ano mangyayari pag‑alis niya. Malay mo, last time na kayong magkikita, sana sinabi mo man lang.
“Well, she’s been there for me, the closest amongst everybody. I’ve been through a lot. So, it means a lot to me. I’ve be there for her too, throughout everything na pinaghirapan niya, mga problema niya.”
Not many people know that Liza has her own insecurities to deal with, Quen says. “Minsan, she feels that she’s not pretty. People think that she’s super. But she’s a normal person. She doesn’t feel pretty, even if it’s not true, no. Just like other girls, there are some days na she’d go ‘I feel ugly today,’ parang gano’n. Iniisip ko tuloy, ‘Seryoso, galing ’yan sa ’yo?’ And that’s what people don’t know about Liza. She’s also a normal person.”
Enrique proudly says that he has changed a lot since he joined show business some 10 years ago. He’s no longer the wide-eyed boy who would just let the people around him dictate how he should handle his personal affairs. He now has his own voice and identity.
“Now I understand more how showbiz works, the ins and outs of showbiz. Now you know how to make choices, and you have a voice for yourself. Dati, feeling ko, parang whatever they say, you do na lang.”
Enrique takes pride in the fact that he can now make decisions on his own, something that he never got to do in his younger years. “Habang tumatagal, you know that you can also handle your own career. Kasi dati, ang alam ko, kung ano’ng sasabihin nila, you just go with the flow lang. Through the years, I noticed na you can also choose the path you want, alam mo ’yon?”