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Ricci Rivero gets a ‘yes’ from Andrea Brillantes after UP clinches its 6th win vs FEU

By Hannah Mallorca Published Apr 10, 2022 9:37 am

It looks like Ricci Rivero is a champion on and off the court. 

After the UP Fighting Maroons scored an 83-76 victory over the FEU Tamaraws, the UP basketball player caught fans’ attention at the SM Mall of Asia Arena after he asked actress Andrea Brillantes to be his girlfriend. 

In a video uploaded by Facebook page nowhere to go but UP on Saturday, April 9, Rivero was seen holding the venue mic, saying, “Can I ask Blythe to be my girlfriend?”

Fans in the arena went into a frenzy as the video showed a shocked Brillantes looking at unidentified fans holding up two black t-shirts with a “YES” and “NO.” The actress then picked up a black t-shirt labeled “YES,” making their relationship official. 

Shortly after the game, Brillantes posted a series of photos of her wearing the black “YES” t-shirt while holding a bouquet of flowers. 

“First time kong manood ng UAAP di ko inaasahang mag kaka boyfriend pa ako. grabe naman yun Lord! 04.09.22,” Brillantes wrote, adding a sobbing and heart emoji.

Rivero also celebrated his basketball and relationship win on social media. “GOT TWO WINS TODAY! #UPFight || TAKEN,” he tweeted, including a heart and check emojis.

Of course, Rivero and Brillantes lit up social media as netizens shared their thoughts about the new couple. 

“Ricci Rivero just proposed to Andrea Brillantes to be his girlfriend and she said, ‘YES!’ HOW TO BE YOU, BLYTHE,” @aplus16d wrote.

Twitter user @h0ttits, on the other hand, called out Brillantes for causing “so much drama” between Kadenang Ginto costars Francine Diaz and Seth Fedelin. To recall, the teen stars were involved in a controversy after a photo of Fedelin with Diaz and her family made rounds on social media. 

Brillantes, who’s known to be Fedelin’s love team partner, then unfollowed Diaz on Instagram which made fans speculate about their friendship. Amid the speculations, the teen stars didn’t address the issue directly. 

@JJEONKVNT also called out Brillantes for playing the “victim card,” referring to the actress’ controversy.

Twitter user @krystiinnnnn, meanwhile, is “proud” of Rivero for “having the courage to man up and proudly introduce Andrea in public as his girlfriend.” 

Rivero and Brillantes have been rumored to be an item since March 2022, after photos of them seemingly on a night out circulated on social media. 

The UP Fighting Maroons currently ranks in second place in the UAAP Men’s Basketball division, with six wins and one loss.