Malacanang lacks an “official line” on its Chief’s lovelife because, according to Presidential Communications Office Undersecretary Manolo Quezon, the “matter” is “too personal.” The Media, as it is inclined to do, of course does not agree. So armed with a small text input field with the word “Google” splashed in colour above it on my browser, doing a stocktake of how the Philippines’ top bachelor President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has so far scored in the dating scene was a walk in the park…
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16 May 2011 – Bunny Calica: Spotted with the President at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati during a reunion concert by the Filipino band the Hotdog. According to “media reports” she is a Boeing executive’s daughter and a teacher “working with Korean students.” A tweet issued by former Presidential squeeze Shalani Soledad shortly after the reported “date” which read “Jealousy is normal. What you have to do is to make it into your positive motivation, so it won’t destroy you” has been interpretted to have been made in reference to Calica.
29 Nov 2010 – Len Lopez: Spotted with Aquino on a “date” (and reportedly another three times). According to “sources” she is employed by Deutche Bank, a 1992 graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, and high school graduate of St Scholastica’s College in Bacolod. Reportedly a member of the Lopez clan. The dating was “confirmed” on 20 Dec 2010 by Presidential sister Kris Aquino herself.
11 Nov 2010 – Liz Uy: Reported to have been “dating in various places,” the “celebrity stylist” and former girlfriend of a certain John Lloyd Cruz got a big laugh out of the rumours which included one about an 11th October 2010 wedding that even then Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon â€œRickyâ€ Carandang supposedly had no knowledge of.
13 Oct 2010 – Barbie Palagos: Reportedly spotted on a “date” with Aquino at Nuvo Restaurant and Wine Bar in Greenbelt, 9 October 2010. According to some reports, the woman with Aquino in the restaurant “answered to the name ‘Barbie Palagos’.” A Davao woman going by the name “Barbie Palagos” was also found on Facebook and in it lists her political views as “Yellow.” There have also been some reports that it was really a certain “Barby Paragas” who was actually seen with Aquino and not Palagos as was orginally rumoured.
07 Oct 2010 – Patricia Ann Roque: At the time, reportedly Aquino’s “new crush” was rumoured to be the reason behind the Presidential split with former flame Valenzuela councilor Shalani Soledad (now in bed — in a strictly business sense — with former Wowowee front man Willie Revillame). Aquino later denied allegations of any romantic ties with the former “child superstar,” Eat Bulaga child Beauty Queen, and now TV5 “journalist.”
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And before all of the above and Shalani Soledad, there was reportedly Bernadette Sembrano and Korina Sanchez among others. What a guy. As the modern-day philosopher Mel Brooks say: It’s good to be the king.
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