Considering various factors, it is truly a struggle to find a friend you can always count on. Having someone you truly consider a real friend in showbiz is quite rare yet rewarding. Indeed, Erich Gonzales and MJ Cayabyab shared this kind of friendship and continue to strengthen it through the years.
Their friendship started in 2016 on the hit daytime teleserye Be My Lady. Erich played the main role Pinang while MJ acted as her best friend Nurse Narciso or “Nars”. The connection they portrayed on screen was sustained even behind the cameras.
As seen in this gallery, these two besties are certainly inseparable. From pictures at work to snaps while adventures during their free time, Erich and MJ make sure that they immortalize the moment by posing for a selfie. Not only do they both look good, but their smiles are also contagious. They exude such good vibes when we see them together.
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In a guesting they had on Magandang Buhay, MJ cooked Erich’s favorite adobong pusit while sharing stories about their friendship. MJ, who is also a music artist, admitted that he was initially scared upon seeing and working with Erich for the first time, but the La Vida Lena lead star was the one who made the first move to make him comfortable, “[Nung] Nakita ko siya sa photoshoot namin for Be My Lady, parang na-starstruck ako tapos kinabahan ako tapos siya ‘yung nag-effort talaga na parang ‘Hold me. We have to look like we’re really friends.’ Siya ‘yung nag-effort…” MJ mentioned.
Erich then said she really treasures the companionship she has with MJ, “Sabi ko sa kaniya hindi lang ako pang-taping friend, ha. Lifetime na ‘to.” she assured.
When asked what she thinks is the reason behind their solid friendship, Erich said it is because they are both optimists. “Gano’n din siya, instead of dwelling sa mga negative or hindi magagandang bagay, positive siya.”
They also played the “What’s In The Box challenge,” wherein they would relate the box’s content to their friendship. Erich first got a mending heart emoji, which MJ said symbolized the many times he was there for Erich, especially during her most trying moments. Erich then took out a toy tow truck from the box and MJ narrated how Erich helped him pay a hefty sum for a towing service when his car broke down in the middle of nowhere, “Nasira ‘yung sasakyan ko. Nagbayad ako ng 30,000 na tow, sabi niya ‘Sige go, go, I’ll give you money.””
Friendship goals, indeed.