The closeness of two multi-talented artists namely Sino Ang Maysala? Mea Culpa star Bela Padilla and ASAP’ Natin ‘To’s regular performer Maris Racal is unmistakable, as they even call each other “twin sisters.”
During the Holy Week break in 2018, Bela and Maris went to Siargao with model Lauren Reid, sister of James Reid, for an environmental campaign. These three gorgeous ladies took part in the coastal clean-up that was organized by local groups including Siargao Environmental Awareness (SEA) Movement, Sun Crew Siargao, Bayud Botique Resort, and Gwapitos Apparel. Aside from being part of a great cause, Bela and Maris enjoyed the beautiful beaches in Siargao and shared in their respective Instagram accounts some breathtaking snaps of them wearing their bikinis while having fun under the sun.
This, however, was met with some scrutiny online because both bared some skin in their photos—with a comment labeling Bela as a “bad influence.”
In an article on ABS-CBN News, Bela responded:
"I would like to think I am a positive influence to whoever I'm with and I didn't seek her out. Siya ang lagi namang nagyayaya. I don't know where that came from. Ang mabibigay ko naman lagi advise kay Maris sa trabaho or sa buhay niya kapag kailangan niya. Hindi ako nanghihimasok,"
Maris, meanwhile, defended Bela in her interview on Tonight With Boy Abunda.
“I’m actually very thankful na nakilala ko siya kasi very nice siya na babae… very independent, very brave and sobrang sarap niyang kausap… and lagi niyang shine-share ‘yong mga magagandang natututunan niya about the craft, which is I admire about her. Napaka-malalim niyang tao, sobrang magaling siyang magsulat.”
In the tricky world of showbiz, Bela and Maris are really fortunate to find true friendship in each other! Check out some of their most precious sissy moments in this gallery!