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Bela Padilla mistaken for Bea Alonzo after anniversary post for Swiss-Italian boyfriend

By NICK GARCIA Published Feb 26, 2024 9:57 am

Bela Padilla on Instagram wrote an anniversary post for her Swiss-Italian long-distance boyfriend, Norman Ben Bay, but a netizen criticized her, apparently mistaking her for Bea Alonzo.

Padllla on Feb. 22 shared photos of her and Bay, describing him as the person “who supports my mission to finish Hogwarts Legacy on the PlayStation and will happily take over the stages that are too scary for me.”

“Happy anniversary,” she said, “and I miss you!”

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A post shared by Bela Padilla (@bela)

But out of nowhere, a netizen questioned the anniversary post.

“Bakit anniversary? Ano yung kay Dominic?” the user said, pertaining to Dominic Roque, Alonzo’s former partner. “Kaloka nakakawalang respeto sa self.”

Padilla responded with “???,” while other netizens had a field day with the supposed hilarious moment.

Another netizen noted how an “AFAM,” or the slang for a foreigner boyfriend, suits “Bea” better.

“Hindi mo deserve si dom,” the netizen added, much to the amusement of others even as they also corrected the netizen. Padilla didn’t reply.

In his own post, Bay said his past four years with Padilla were “filled with love, laughter and adventure.”

Though they’ve been far apart due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said they “always had a bond that could withstand distance and time and we are proving it to each other.”

“Incredibly excited for our (life) together,” he added.

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A post shared by Norman Ben (@nocir)

Padilla and Bay first met in 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland during a filming for a movie. They became friends and maintained communication even when she had to return to the Philippines.

Padilla hard launched Bay in 2020, meeting with him a few times and going to different countries with him.

Alonzo and Roque, meanwhile, confirmed their breakup in a joint Instagram post on Feb. 11. Days ago, veteran host Boy Abunda announced their split after public speculation about it had spread online.