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SINGER-actor Michael Pangilinan has admitted that he is currently in a relationship with singer Garie Concepcion, daughter of veteran actor Gabby Concepcion by Grace Ibuna.
“Ayoko ng paliguy-ligoy pa. Yes! Tito Boy,” said Pangilinan, when asked about the status of his relationship with Garie, during an interview on “Tonight with Boy Abunda” on ABS-CBN.
“Tagal din naming nagligawan. Sobrang bait po nila Garie and Grace (Ibuna) sa akin. Mapapamahal ka lalo sa kanila dahil hindi ka nila tinitignan kung sino ako. Sino ba naman ako?” asked Pangilinan.
Despite admission about having a baby and sex-video scandal, the Ibunas and the Concepcions did not look down on him, Pangilinan said.
Abunda said that Grace is a good person who treats people equally.
“Yun po ang pinakanagustuhan ko, kaya nasabi ko sa sarili ko, itong pamilyang ito mayaman sila pero hindi mo masasabing hindi sila namamansin,” Pangilinan said.” “Sobrang thankful po ako sa kanila dahil tinaggap nila ako.”
“Kung may ayaw sa akin dahil hindi ako perfect, eh okay lang. Ang pagkakaroon ng isang pagmamahalan or isang kabiyak ng puso, hindi naman kapag sinabi mo ‘yan wala ka nang pakialam sa iba,” Pangilinan added.
Pangilinan, 20, popularized the gay-themed love song “Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako.” The movie inspired by the same song will hit the theaters on June 8.
Aside from Pangilinan, also starring in the same film were Edgar Allan Guzman, Joross Gamboa with special participation of Nora Aunor.
Abunda recalled the first time he saw Pangilinan who at that time interpreted the song for “Himig Handog” 2014 songwriting contest.
“You were so stiff,” laughed Abunda, who served as one of the judges for the same contest. “Pero kung ikukumpara natin ‘yung Michael nuon at Michael ngayon, ang layo na. I’m so proud of what you’ve become.”
Pangilinan also said that he was surprised at the reception of the song which did not receive any awards in the contest. His song lost to “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako” by KZ Tandingan.
“Maganda naman ’yung mensahe ng kanta. Pero hindi ko inakalang ganun pala s’ya tatanggapin ng LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual) community. Sobrang blessed and honored po ako dahil ako ang napiling kumanta nito. Hindi ko akalaing magiging ganito ang impact ng song sa career ko,” he added.
“Nagpapasalamat ako dahil ’yung LGBT community tinanggap nila ’yung kanta, hindi para makasama sa kanila kundi para makatulong kung meron man silang problemang ganun,” Pangilinan said.