Angelica, John Lloyd became a couple in July

Posted at 12/17/2012 5:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines – For the first time, actress Angelica Panganiban admitted that she has been in a relationship with actor John Lloyd Cruz for five months now.

During her guesting on “KrisTV” on Monday, Panganiban happily shared that she and Cruz officially became a couple last July.

Asked what made them decide to be open about their romance now, Panganiban said: “Actually siya talaga 'yung mas vocal, mas open. So sabi ko for a change, try natin. Feeling ko noon, baka naman puwede kong ipagdamot ito, hayaan lang muna ako i-enjoy. So ngayon na na-enjoy ko na, oh sige sali na kayo. Sabi nga nila, happiness is best when shared.”

Panganiban said she did not hesitate to let Cruz into her life because she is sure from the start that she likes him. “Hindi na ako nagpakipot. Bakit ako magpapakipot, alam ko namang gusto ko siya?” she said.

Actress Angelica Panganiban and actor John Lloyd Cruz

Meanwhile, the actress shared how lucky she feels to have Cruz as her partner.

“Sobrang bait. Noong anniversary nga namin sa ‘Banana Split,’ may pakain siya sa amin, may flowers siya sa aming lahat. Ganoon siya. Mahal niya lahat ng mahal ko,” she said.

“Okay siyang makisama lalo na sa pamilya ko, sila mama and 'yung lola ko. Sobrang favorite siya ng lola ko grabe. Kasi may dementia 'yung lola ko. Kapag nakikita niya ako, hahanapin niya agad si John Lloyd. So nung blessing nung bahay, buong araw niyang hinahanap sa akin,” she added.

Panganiban said another thing that she likes about their relationship is that they never fight with each other.

“Ang away namin, pikunan lang kasi mahilig 'yun mang-amoy ng kili-kili. Siyempre minsan naman tama na, naiinis na ako. Kalabit ng kalabit hanggang sa umiyak ako sa pikon. Ganoon lang kami mag-away,” she said.

Rumors that something romantic is blossoming between Cruz and Panganiban started after the two returned to the Philippines from Vietnam in April to shoot their scenes for the Star Magic movie "24/7 in Love."

But it was only last August 12 when Panganiban posted a collage photo on Instagram where she went public for the first time in hinting that there is something happening between her and Cruz.

Panganiban and Cruz's first public appearance together was at the Star Magic Ball last September 1, where they were even seen leaving the event hand in hand.

However, it was only last October when Cruz publicly announced that he is indeed in a relationship with Panganiban.