Filipino cager James Yap is seen in this photo with his rumored girlfriend.
Screenshot of Yap’s Instagram photograph

 MANILA, JUNE 24, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Dennis Maliwanag - The Internet is abuzz over a photograph that PBA superstar James Yap posted Wednesday on Instagram, fuelling rumors the blonde girl with him in the photo is his new girlfriend.

The post came in the wake of his estranged partner Kris Aquino’s remark, wondering where the 31-year-old cager was on Sunday. Aquino was apparently expecting Yap to fetch their child, James “Bimby” Yap Jr., so the two could celebrate Father’s Day together.

The link of the photo that Yap posted on Twitter was hashtagged #italy #niceview. It shows Yap, who is touring Europe, with a Caucasian woman embracing him from behind with seascape as a backdrop.

Yap and Aquino had a highly-publicized breakup in 2010, with the presidential sister accusing the San Mig Coffee ace guard of being a womanizer.

And after a bitter custody fight, a Makati trial court allowed Yap late last month to regularly visit his six-year-old son even as it warned him not to go anywhere near the popular TV host and actress–at least not within 100 meters.

James Yap enjoys Europe with Italian gf By Luigene Yanoria | Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 3:12 PM PHT

[The lawyer of James Yap has revealed that they have evidence that will reveal Kris Aquino wants to make it hard for the basketball star to visit his son, James Yap Jr. The revelation was made by Atty. Lorna Kapunan, Yap’s lawyer, in a statement that came after Aquino’s latest statement that she should not be made the “antagonist” in this issue.]

Looks like James Yap is having a good time while touring Europe.

Aside from flooding his Instagram account with breathtaking views of Western landmarks, the PBA cager’s last post on the photo-sharing site showed him and his Italian girlfriend enjoying the sight of a cliff wall in Italy.

James is currently on break from the hard court to enjoy his European trip with the girlfriend.

As reported by Philippine Star’s Ricky Lo, the still unidentified girl works for a big bank (not the daughter of a bank executive as earlier reported).

“Hindi siya maarte. She’s very simple. She’s supportive of James. She even goes with James when he has his car washed,” the Funfare source described the girl.


The San Mig Coffee superstar has been touring Italy for over two weeks now, possibly with his girlfriend as his tour guide no less. He has so far uploaded a photo of La Capannina, Conero, Colosseo and Basilica of Saint Francis Assisi in Italy. He was also pictured enjoying the sights of Venezia. The posting went on Thursday, this time of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Back in the Philippines, the basketball player missed his chance to celebrate Father’s Day with his junior Bimby. Kris Aquino said she tried to reach James last Sunday to grant him a visit to their son on that special occasion, but to no avail.

Last May 21, Judge Liza Marie Pecardal-Tecson of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 144 restored James Yap’s right to see Bimby after denying the permanent protection order sought by Kris Aquino against him in behalf of their son.

Still on Instagram, James, noticeably longing for his son, posted a light moment of him with Bimby three weeks ago—prompting his fans' hearts to melt in what could be a happy ending after estranged wife Kris Aquino filed a temporary protection order (TPO) that barred James from seeing his son.

Did James Yap defy protection order to be with son Bimby? By Luigene Yanoria | Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom – Tue, May 28, 2013 7:20 PM PHT

[James Yap with son Bimby. (Photo from James Yap's Instagram account)]

A few weeks ahead of Father's Day, PBA superstar James Yap posted Tuesday on Instagram a light moment of him with son James (nicknamed Bimby)--prompting his fans' hearts to melt in what could be a happy ending after estranged wife Kris Aquino filed a temporary protection order (TPO) that barred James from seeing his son.

But sorry to burst your bubble: It's actually an old photo, according to a source close to the San Mig Coffee point guard.

The photo captioned “Thank you Lord” was a pre-TPO moment, said the source. “James just wants to thank the Lord for his bonding moments before. And he knows for sure those moments are equally memorable to Bimby.”

The source didn't disclose where James is but shared that the basketball star is currently away from Manila for some personal time.

But wherever he is, James must be sorely missing his son who he hasn't seen for months now.

Last April, a seemingly longing father also took to the photo-sharing site to post a photo of him and his son wearing similar B-MEG Llamados jerseys along with his birthday greeting.

“I miss holding your hand, I miss giving u a hug. Kahit anong mangyari, lagi mo tatandaan na mahal na mahal ka ni papa! Happy birthday baby James!” he captioned.

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