Composite photo of President Aquino and Bianca Manalo]

, APRIL 29, 2013
(ABS-CBN) Did President Benigno Aquino III go on a date with beauty queen-turned-actress Bianca Manalo?

In an interview with “The Buzz” aired on Sunday, Manalo played down the rumors, as she stressed that the country's bachelor President is not pursuing her.

However, the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2009 winner did not deny that she indeed had dinner with Aquino.

“Na-meet ko po si Mr. President. Wala naman pong ligawan but nakipag-dinner po kami with him. My sister was with me,” she said.

Aquino’s last reported relationship was with Korean TV personality Grace Lee early last year. However, they have stopped "seeing each other" in May 2012.

Manalo, on the other hand, was previously linked with model Carlo Gonzales after a picture of the two made the rounds on the Internet late last year.

Prior to that, Manalo’s last relationship was with actor John Prats. They broke up in June 2012.

Bianca had dinner twice with PNoy ABS-CBN News.

Bianca Manalo

MANILA — Is Bianca Manalo the bachelor president’s new arm candy?

The host-turned-actress vehemently denied President Benigno Aquino III a.k.a. PNoy was pursuing her although she admitted they had “casual dinner” twice — but with her sister and other friends.

Manalo, a former beauty queen, added that she was surprised the dinners made the news just recently, when both took place last December and January.

“We kept it as a secret because we respect the privacy of the president,” she said, according to ABS-CBN News. — SG

Daniel Matsunaga to Kris: 'Thank you for coming into my life' Posted at 01/24/2013 6:50 PM | Updated as of 01/24/2013 6:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Daniel Matsunaga credits Kris Aquino for the latest strides he's made in his career.

Daniel Matsunaga. File photo

The 24-year-old model, whose frequent appearance in local ad campaigns since 2009 paved the way for his showbiz career, considers Aquino as a blessing coming off his recent successes.

"Kris gave me a huge opportunity, she's really mabait, she's really nice to me, and I really appreciate it. God really uses people... especially in my life here right now, that's why I'm really thankful," Matsunaga told reporters at the sidelines of a press conference held Wednesday night for his latest endorsement.

Matsunaga recently appeared in the blockbuster comedy film "Sisterakas" starring Aquino, Vice Ganda and Ai Ai delas Alas. An entry to the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival, "Sisterakas" went on to become the highest grossing local film of all time.

The Brazilian-Japanese model also co-hosted Aquino's morning talk show "Kris TV" for a brief period.

"I really appreciate everything she has done for me and my careeer and everything that's happening right now, to my life," Matsunaga said.

"I'm really thankful for her for [coming] into my life, [for being] part of my life. Thank you, Kris. You're sobrang mabait, and you're such an example for so many," he said.

When asked on reports romantically linking him to Aquino, Matsunaga said rumors only circulated because they appeared in "Sisterakas" together. "That did not come from me," he said.

Matsunaga's last relationship was with actress Heart Evangelista. The two broke up in April last year. The former Kapamilya teen star is now in a relationship with Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero.

For his part, however, Matsunaga said he prefers to wait for the right person, at the right time. "For me, in God's time there will always be a perfect girl that will come into my life, and I'm waiting for that time," he said.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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