Kris Aquino piqued fans' interest last night, Aug. 10, when she shared a cryptic birthday message to a supposed special someone.
In the simple text photo, the Queen of All Talk shared that she thought twice before making a post as it would once again open up speculation about her love life.
"BUT he really did come when my grief was unbearable," she countered. "He continues to give me unselfish support & comfort; he’s been around for all my ups and downs, health woes, and tears- plus bimb likes him. The post comes two months after the death of her brother and former president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III.
"Most of all he makes me feel taken care of, secure, and SAFE. So he is deserving of this birthday greeting that all of you are now seeing (care bears na kung anong iisipin ninyo) BECAUSE for me he is #special," Kris concluded.
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The comments section has since been ablaze with support for the host/actress, alongside a scattering of speculations for the mystery man.
Most of her fans shared that they had to do quick Google searches for Aug. 10 celebrity birthdays, while some name-dropped her new co-host, Willie Revillame or former mayor Herbert Bautista. Revillame's birthday is on Jan. 27, while Herbert's is on May 12.
Aquino's former alleged flame, atty. Gideon Peña, also commented on the post. He celebrates his birthday in June.
But while many were trying to play detective, the mystery person unceremoniously revealed himself in the comments section. This happened after a netizen commented on the post, “Ghorl @krisaquino Kung gusto mo talaga na private ang buhay mo. Wag kana mag post ng Ganito narcissistic ka din e. Kawawa naman ang dating DILG secretary sayo be fair. Please abolish you’re social media account. Please lang day! Baka malasin pa.”
Kris Aquino initially fended off the netizen by responding, “Why? Did I name names? ikaw ang nag greet by name and nag assume agad… and bakit mo ko didiktahan to 'abolish' my social media account? Siguro if like you I had 3 posts & 8 followers madaling gawin yun but when you have 4.8 million on IG and 4.5 million on FB you just don’t do that because you respect the relationship you’ve built with the people who have come to love and trust you.”
“If you are afraid about my political ambitions, that’s why you called me narcissistic- that’s really not my problem. Mas mamalasin tayo kung puro ka negahan like your attitude instead of positivity and #lovelovelove. We live in a democracy and wala akong masamang pi-nost,” Aquino ended her comment.
But the netizen did not let up and commented again, “Madame hindi po ito tungkol sa politics. Ang sabi ko lang kung gusto mo ng private life Bakit need mo pa mag-post ng ganito. Puwede mo naman i-greet na lng siya in private. Puro ka hanash ano yan parang Shopee may hint. Ang narcissistic mo kaya. Ano yun gusto mo pag-usapan ka lagi duh! Kung tatakbo ka tumakbo ka. Kung hindi eh di hindi. Daming hanash bagay sayo sa bahay na lng.”
As the exchange heated up, the mystery man then entered the fray, naming himself as Mel Senen Sarmiento.
“@mynameisaxell hiniram ko yung phone ni Kris - ewan ko kung nakatrabaho kita sa DILG sa laki ng department mahirap maalalala ang lahat. Wag naman masamain kung nag greet nga sa ‘kin, ba’t naman napunta na sa malas? Eh napasaya nga nya ko- kung tutuusin napaka swerte ko. Kung nag sama nga tayo sa department na minahal ko, konting respeto naman sa min ni Kris. - Mel Senen Sarmiento,” the comment using Aquino’s account stated.
Sarmiento was secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government from Sept. 11, 2015 to June 30, 2016, which was during the administration of Kris’s brother, the late president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
He was also a congressman of Samar’s first district from 2010 to 2015, and mayor of Calbayog, Samar from 2001 to 2010.
Photos from Kris Aquino's Instagram and IMDb