It’s indeed every fan’s dream to not only see their idols up close and have photos taken with them, but to develop personal relationships with them as well. While this is seemingly impossible to many of us, there are fangirls and/or fanboys who are lucky enough to be able to make this dream come true, just like Vice Ganda who’s able to create a cordial connection with his ultimate idol and Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin star Maricel Soriano.
From being a mere avid fan of the Diamond Star, he has been considered by her as one of her beloved anak-anakan in the industry, who she supports and protects at all cost as if they are biologically connected.
On her birthday celebration in Magandang Buhay last year, the It’s Showtime host was one of the special guests invited to surprise her and to pay tribute to her colorful and prolific personal and professional life. He reminisced how their unexpected friendship began from his simple wish to have a picture with her during the filming of one of her ABS-CBN programs a few years ago, up to the present that they’re almost inseparable and treat each other as family.
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He also recalled another encounter with her, in which he refused to be introduced to her due to the overwhelming feeling that shrouded him.
“Nakita ko siya isang beses dito sa ABS din tapos ipapakilala ako sa kanya. Sabi ko, ‘Ayoko, hindi ko kaya’”, Vice animatedly narrated what happened at that moment. “Nakatitig lang ako sa kanya hanggang sa umalis siya tinitingnan ko lang siya, tapos sabi ko ‘Diyos ko, si Maricel Soriano nakita ko na’. Sabi ko talaga, ‘yon na ang rurok ng career ko no’ng nakita ko si Maricel Soriano.”
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Their friendship unmistakably grew deeper as the Unkabogable Star went on to share how his Nanay Maricel would willingly compromise in order to be present in his milestones and other important events in his life, such as his concerts and birthday celebrations. Besides, he revealed that the Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin actress is also there by his side whenever he’s sad or having a bad time by checking on him, endearingly calling him “bata”.
May other celebrities also find and experience an unconditional love like what Maricel and Vice Ganda have between them in this ever-exciting industry!