Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador— also known by their uni-name ElNella— were first paired as a love team in the 2016 ABS-CBN drama Born for You. More than a year later, the onscreen lovebirds seem to have extended their affection offscreen.
Those who witnessed their closeness in Boracay in January 2018, during the prewedding party and the wedding reception of Elmo’s Ate Maxene Magalona, say that ElNella looked like a real item already. Not only were they inseparable there, but Elmo’s hand rarely left Janella’s, and Janella was evidently at home with the Magalonas.
Two weeks after that event, however, during the press conference for their Valentine movie My Fairy Tail Love Story, Janella told the entertainment press that Elmo has yet to receive her “matamis na oo.”
Janella told blogger Allan Diones, who also took the photos here:
“Nando’n pa rin naman kami sa we’re friends. We’re very open with each other sa nararamdaman namin. And halata naman, kung ano’ng nakikita n’yo, ’yon din naman, we make each other happy. Nakikita n’yo rin naman na masaya kami…
“I just want to get to know him talaga more, and I think we need more time talaga para mas makilala ang isa’t isa at para mag-grow pa ’yong friendship namin, ’yong relationship namin. Para, if ever in the future we decide nga to get together, e, di, ayun na. It’s the perfect time for us.”
We think it’s more of a what-you-seeis-what-you-get thingy. At the wedding reception for Maxene Magalona and Robbie Mananquil, Elmo and Janella performed “Cold Summer Nights,” the hit single by Elmo and Maxene’s dad, Francis Magalona. It was part of the Magalona family’s tribute to their late father that night.
After the number, Elmo planted a kiss on Janella’s right cheek, and Janella happily accepted the kiss.