For the first time ever, Bea Alonzo and Dominic Roque sat down as a couple to talk about their charming romance. The two have been quite lowkey since they confirmed their relationship in August 2021, after months of dating speculations that started in 2020.
In her recent vlog, the actress said that while they both knew that they were developing feelings for each other early on, it took her a while to commit to it and share it to the public—and her close friends, even. “Napapagod na akong magkamali sa harap ng publiko, so parang paulit-ulit akong nakikita ng mga tao na naiinlove tapos nagbbreak, tapos masakit din na nababash ka na ‘Maybe there’s something wrong with you kaya walang nagwowork na relationship,’ parang ikaw pa yung nabe-blame,” she explained.
For that reason, she really took her time to get to know Roque—“and make sure na kaya kong tayaan ‘tong relasyon na ‘to hanggang kahit masaktan ako or kahit na humantong siya sa forever. At least, ngayon, sure ako, hun.”
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How did their love story start? Roque had a huge crush on Alonzo even before they met in 2016 through their common friend, comedian Vice Ganda. They’ve become good friends since—nothing more, nothing less. Years later, actor Ian Veneracion randomly brought up Roque’s name in a quick catch-up chat with Alonzo. “Si Papa Ian yung nagsasabi na parang, ‘I think magwowork kung si Dom nalang yung i-date mo. At that time, naisip ko, ‘Huh? Saan nanggaling?’ Bini-build up niya talaga,” she recalled, adding that they later talked about the possibility of Roque courting her one day.
It wasn’t until Nov. 2019, however, that they had their very first “casual date” over some good food and wine. From there, their love story only kept progressing. Alonzo got candid about their first kiss, admitting that she was the one who initiated it. “Inumaga kami, hinatid niya ako sa bahay. Ang sakit ng paa ko noon kasi nagheels ako buong araw, tapos kinuha niya yung paa ko tapos minasahe niya yung paa ko,” she said. “Nakatayo na kami nun, tapos kiniss ko siya. Nung una pa, yung kiss niya, parang ‘nagkamali yata ako, ba’t ko siya kiniss?’ Tapos nagpull back ako, tapos kiniss na niya ako ng totoong kiss kasi parang natawa ako.”
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Roque, however, said “I love you” first, in the middle of a good-natured banter. “Playful siya na situation. Sabi ko, ‘Uy, baka mamaya, nainlove ka na sa akin ha.’ Nagbabatuhan kami ng ganun. Sabi mo (Roque), ‘Oo nga, I love you nga.’”
Through their travels, they’ve been able to get to know each other better. Their fair share of disagreements and quarrels happened during their trip to the United States. “Makikilala niyo ang isa’t isa talaga kung meron talaga kayong mga maliliit na quarrels, diba, that you are able to surpass,” she said. Speaking to Roque, “Dun naman kita mas minahal after.”
The celebrity couple marked their first anniversary late last month. How are they keeping their relationship strong and happy? “We are united in wanting to make it work all the time, even though may mga obstacles, even though we are facing hard times, or sometimes, we don’t understand each other at all,” said Alonzo. “Basta, pareho tayong united sa idea that we are going to make it work no matter what.”
When asked how they would describe their love story, Alonzo said, “I hope it’s for keeps.” Roque, for his part, gave an equally sweet response: “I hope it’s forever.”
Know more about their love story in Alonzo’s latest YouTube video here: