MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III and his girlfriend, radio and television host Grace Lee, went on a date and watched a concert by a Brazilian jazz legend in Manila on Tuesday.
|Grace Lee and President Aquino
Aquino and Lee were seated at the lower box section of the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao during the concert of international singer Sergio Mendes.
The couple were accompanied by presidential sisters Ballsy Cruz, Viel Dee and Pinky Abellada, and other family members.
Transportation Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, whose clan owns the concert venue, was also at the Big Dome to welcome the president.
Roxas and his wife, "TV Patrol" anchor Korina Sanchez, also watched the concert.
Despite the presence of numerous security details, Aquino, Lee and their company were reportedly not given special treatment during the concert.
Other personalities who watched the concert were former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada and wife Loi, actress Gretchen Barretto and husband Antonio Cojuangco, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.
Aquino and Lee, who made their first public appearance together in February, have been the subject of sight-huntings on the rare occassion that they go out in public.
Most recently, the couple was also the subject of a rumored sighting at a mall in Greenhills, which actor Edu Manzano later apologized for spreading.
Reports also earlier claimed that Aquino and Lee have split up, which Palace sources have denied.