GRACE LEE: P-NOY COURTS 'LIKE ANY NORMAL GUY'/ FELLOW DJs HAPPY FOR LEE

MANILA, FEBRUARY 4, 2012 (BULLETIN) By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ - Following President Noynoy Aquino’s admission that they are dating, TV and radio personality Grace Lee has become more open in disclosing some details about their burgeoning bond.

Despite holding the highest post in the country, PNoy’s courtship style remains “normal,” according to the Philippines-based Korean.

“I don’t know about calling everyday, I don’t wanna divulge too much details, pero yes very normal, like any normal guy,” Grace said in an interview on “24 Oras,” Feb. 2.

She has also received “a couple of chocolates and flowers” from the chief executive.

“He’s just very sweet,” Grace added.

Although she’s been part of the entertainment industry for some years now, Grace is still surprised by the outpour of attention she’s receiving. Reporters and photographers of international wire agencies, such as Agence-France Presse, were seen tailing her on Thursday, “24 Oras” stated.

It took a while for the GMA-7 showbiz reporter to speak up about PNoy because she “wanted this to be more private.”

“We’re still at the stage of getting to know each other. And I didn’t want so many people having so much to say about what’s going on between us... I don’t think I’m gonna waste my time, spending hours of my day trying to know a man if I was not interested at all,” she related.

She may have evaded the question about PNoy’s chances on winning her heart, but Grace generously attached positive adjectives to him. At one point, she said, “He is a wonderful person…”

Grace did not reveal when she and PNoy began dating. It can be recalled though that their paths first crossed path July last year at the inauguration of Korea Electric Power Corp. power plant in Cebu. She hosted the said event.

The 29-year-old DJ had a closer, longer encounter with the president before Christmas through an interview they did for her radio program. According to “24 Oras,” their conversation ranged from serious topics like his visions for the country, to lighter ones such as his taste in music.

“He’s brilliant, he is the most intelligent man I’ve met in my life,” Grace enthused.

She appreciates that PNoy admitted that they are “seeing each other.”

"He’s such a gentleman. When he acknowledged it, I think that was out of respect for me because he doesn’t need this… but he did and that tells you a lot about what kind of man he is.

“He’s such an inspiring character,” Grace said in a separate interview with “TV Patrol,” adding, “To be liked by a man who leads a country is very flattering.”

While things are looking up for the two, Grace, as well as her family, are “worried… on the public attention.”

“I just didn’t think it was gonna happen this fast,” she said.

She also got concerned about their racial difference. Nevertheless, “it’s the reason why I fell in love with the Philippines in the first place, so accepting and so understanding.”

Grace merely laughed off speculations that PNoy has already proposed to her.

“We are starting so sana everyone would give us time and space to get to know each other more,” she said.

Reporter Mario Dumaual then told Grace, “love knows no age gap or age differences.”

“At least whatever we have right now will serve as an inspiration to a lot of people out there. But aside from that, I would like to believe so as well,” she said with a smile.

For PNoy’s 52nd birthday on Feb. 8, Grace said, “What can you give the President, right? It’s so difficult. But I’m brewing something up. Surprise na lang.”

“You can give your love,” Mario teased her.

Laughing, she responded, “Oo nga eh, puwede rin.”

Her manager, Arnold Vegafria, deemed that the recent turn of events marks a big change for Grace.

“But the most important dapat, guard your heart,” he pointed out on “24 Oras.”

Fellow DJs happy for Grace Lee By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ February 3, 2012, 12:16pm

[PHOTO - Radio couple Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Atayde (Photo by ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ)]

MANILA, Philippines – Grace Lee’s friends are nothing short of happy for the TV and radio host’s blooming personal life, as she's the current apple of the eye of no less than President Noynoy Aquino.

It may have been “a little too late” when Aaron “Josh Strike” Atayde, her fellow DJ on Magic 89.9, learned about the chief executive’s admission on Feb. 1 that he's “seeing” Grace. Nevertheless, he told Bulletin Entertainment and select members of the press at the Close Up Pyropalooza media launch, “As long as she’s happy, as a friend I’m happy for her.”

His sweetheart, Magic DJ Jessica Mendoza, admitted that she was surprised over what may well be the current talk of the town.

“I don’t see Grace a lot so I don’t really know what’s going through her head right now. But whatever’s going on, as long as she’s happy, okay na kami [dun],” she added.

The couple, however, begged off to give their “approval rating” on PNoy.

“He’s the president! You do know I cannot say anything about that!” Aaron exclaimed.

“Hindi ko naman siya kilala as a person... If Grace is happy… [it's] okay, whoever it is,” Jessica, meanwhile, said.

Both DJs also fully support Grace amid the media frenzy on her and the president.

“Our station encourages us to encourage each other. They’re very much into getting us out there. They let us use Magic as stepping stone, but of course we always acknowledge where we’re from, and again, the quality of our work, hindi [dapat] nagsa-suffer,” said Jessica.

Happy Valentine’s, indeed

With the Day of Hearts less than two weeks away, Aaron hopes that it will be a sweet, joyous time not only for Grace and PNoy but for everyone as well. He likewise advised couples to seize the moment—but with caution.

“Don’t think too much of it like ‘oh, I wanna spend the rest of my life with you…’ Just have fun in the moment… Don’t look too far ahead. Enjoy each other’s company and make sure that everyday is kinda like Valentine’s Day na rin…” he said.

As for the members of single’s club, Aaron said, “There’s nothing wrong with being single on Valentine’s Day. Just because it’s about love doesn’t mean it has to be about love romantically.”

Jessica and Aaron hosted the Pyropalooza launch on Feb. 2. The said event—which puts together the toothpaste company’s traditional Lovapalooza extravaganza and the annual Pyromusical festival that showcases grand fireworks displays from various countries including the Philippines—will kick off on Feb. 11 at the SM Mall of Asia.

Aside from exhibitions from South Korea and Malta, the opening event will also feature performances by singer-songwriter Zia Quizon, YouTube sensation JAMICH, rock acts Never The Strangers and Indios, and “American Idol” Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta.

The Pyromusical will run every Saturday until March 17.


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