Most Pinoy millennials think that traditional “panliligaw” is already out of style, but not for teen heartthrob Joshua Garcia, who believes that old-school courtship is still the best way to a woman’s heart.
“Sa panahon ngayon ‘yung traditional na panliligaw na ang hinahap ng babae kasi ngayon palaging text na lang. Wala nang effort na ginagawa. Kapag te-text sa’yo, nagkakilala kayo nang maayos so parang tingin niyo okay na ‘yun? Hindi talaga eh. Kailangan talaga ng friendship eh, kailangan ng effort,” he says.
The Kapamilya actor stresses the importance of friendship in creating a connection with the girl he likes and the essence of meeting the girl’s family in order to show respect to the ones who raised her.
“Friendship is the best foundation sa panliligaw and ‘yung pag-effort mo na pupunta ka sa bahay nila, importante ‘yun,” Joshua said.
Joshua admits that he is currently courting someone and he does feel kilig whenever they are together. Asked what is the most kilig moment he shared with her, the actor confesses, “ ‘Yung mga dates sa labas, ‘yung kumakain kami sa labas.”
The teen actor believes offering his time is the best gift he can give to the person he admires. “Iyon ‘yung kailangan ng babae eh, ‘yung oras,” he states.
According to Joshua, simple gestures are essential too when making a girl feel special. The teen actor suggests to bring her to her favorite restaurant, do a hobby together, or give her one of her favorite snacks, like Joshua once did to the girl he was courting with a Cornetto cone. “Simple lang pero sure na kikiligin siya”, Joshua says.
Recently, Joshua proved once again how sweet and endearing he is as a “manliligaw”. His Star Magic Ball proposal made headlines and went viral online.
“One week ko siyang pinaghandaan eh. Bumili ako ng mga kailangan, ‘yung mga placards, illustration board, ‘yung cartolina, lahat ng kailangan. Tapos tumawag ako sa Children’s Joy Foundation, sila ‘yung mga batang walang magulang na every Christmas kumakanta sa bahay namin. Nag-perform sila sa proposal ko,” he says.
All his efforts paid off when the girl said yes to his Star Magic Ball invitation. Joshua admits that seeing his date in her beautiful gown was the most kilig and unforgettable moment he had at the ball. “‘Yung sinundo ko siya sa room na first time ko siyang nakita sa gown niya at ang ganda niya, ‘yun ang pinaka-nakakakilig na moment,” he shares.
When asked about his advice for guys like him who want to court the girl they admire, he relayed, “Magbigay siya ng oras para ligawan siya. Ipakita mo sa babae na siya ’yung pinakamaganda sa buong mundo. Ang pinakaimportante iparamdam and ipakita mo sa kanya na mahal mo siya at gusto mo siya sa paraan na hindi lang puro salita.”
Truly, Joshua Garcia is proof that gentlemen still exist. For the teen actor, providing your time and giving your best effort are vital things in pursuing the girl your heart beats for.