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Vice Ganda on being friends with Neil Etheridge: 'Nagagandahan talaga ako sa sarili ko!'

Vice Ganda is happy how Philippine Azkals' Neil Etheridge is friendly even to gays.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

6/18/2011 12:59 AM
Vice Ganda on being friends with Neil Etheridge: 'Nagagandahan talaga ako sa sarili ko!'


061811-vice-main.jpgVice Ganda has a new source of inspiration in Philippine Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge. When the Azkals dropped by Showtime last June 10, Vice admittedly became weak in the knees upon seeing the hunky athlete. But what many don’t know is that prior to that incident, Vice and Neil have been in communication and were starting to become good friends.

Ganda ko talaga! Si Phil (Younghusband) kay Angel Locsin tapos si Neil naman sa akin! Natapakan niyo na yata ‘yung hair ko diyan! Ha ha ha! Kapag pinaguusapan si Neil Etheridge nagagandahan talaga ako sa sarili ko! Siguro nabibwisit na sa akin ‘yung mga tao sa sobrang pagka-feelingera ko,” he told reporters during his contract signing with ABS-CBN for his show Gandang Gabi Vice.

Vice then shared how Twitter paved the way for him and Neil to get to know each other. “One day bago siya pumunta ng practice nakanood siya ng Showtime. E nasiyahan siya so nag-Tweet siya. Ako naman nag ‘thank you.’ Nag-Tweet uli siya. Di na ako nag-Tweet back kasi baka kapag hindi na siya sumagot masasaktan lang ako. Aasa lang ako. He he he!

What followed was a chance meeting that urged the comedian/TV host to harbor a deep crush on the Fil-British football player. “That night, sa party ni Rufa Mae (Quinto), dumating si Neil. Nakakaloka kasi ang kasama ko si Jon Avila. Nagyaya si Jon na umalis na at lumipat ng place. Sabi ko sandali lang tatapusin ko lang ‘yung iniinom ko. Pero ang totoo ayoko pang umalis kasi nandiyan si Neil. Ha ha ha!

Pero hindi ko siya tiningnan kasi baka hindi rin niya ako pansinin kasi hindi naman niya ako kilala. Maya-maya siya na ‘yung lumapit. Sabi niya, ‘Hey! We were just Tweeting this morning.’ Chumika siya sa akin. Ang bait niya.

Then during the Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony of ABS-CBN, Vice once again caught sight of Neil together with the rest of the Azkals who were tasked to recite the Panatang Makabayan for the said event. “Nakita ko agad si Neil. Katabi ko si Anne (Curtis), inaasar na niya ako. Sabi ko kay Anne dedma na, ‘wag na niya akong lokohin kasi baka hindi na niya ako maalala, mapahiya lang ako. Hindi talaga ako tumitingin sa kanya. Sabi ni Anne nakatingin daw sa akin. Ayoko maniwala. Pero nakita ko sa peripheral [vision] ko na nakatingin nga siya sa akin. Eeeeeee!”-

Not wanting to appear that he was attracted to Neil, Vice tried to avoid any encounter. “Nung tapos na ‘yung flag raising, tinutulak ko si Anne para makaalis na kami. Nahihiya ako na hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit. Binuksan ko ‘yung Tweeter ko, puro Neil Etheridge ang mention. Sabi nung iba, ‘Ang taray ni Vice tini-Tweet ni Neil!’ Pagtingin ko sa account niya, naka post nga na parang he saw me and he tried to get a hold of me but he was dragged away.”

Vice seized the opportunity and asked Neil to visit the Showtime studio. “Sabi ko tuloy, ‘I’m still here in ABS-CBN.’ Eeeee! ‘If you want you can drop by at the Showtime studio. The madlang people will be happy to see all of you.’ Tapos hiningi na niya ‘yung BBM ko. Pupunta raw siya sa Showtime kasama ‘yung ibang Azkals. Sinabi ko kay Anne siya ang sumagot para maganda ‘yung Ingles. Ha ha ha!

Vice confessed that he considers Neil as his newest crush at the moment, and that’s because he experienced how the athlete was friendly and accommodating to everyone, even to gays. “Ang bait niya. Dedma lang kung bading ka o ano man. Nakikipag friends siya kahit kanino. Totoong lalaki nga. Kaya kinikilig ako hang