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Diether Ocampo denies receiving a P5M watch from Kris Aquino

Diether Ocampo says he requested a different birthday gift from Kris Aquino.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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7/22/2011 9:35 AM
Diether Ocampo denies receiving a P5M watch from Kris Aquino


072211-diet_main.jpgAfter turning 35 last July 19, Tuesday, Diether Ocampo said he could not ask for any better gift than to be part of a worthwhile project like his current series Guns and Roses. Diet says he celebrated his day with a very low-key dinner with his loved ones and his celebrity friends whom he dubbed as the “Monchsters” because they all share the same Star Magic handler Monch Novales. “I spent it with my family. We had dinner with the Monchsters, sila Bea (Alonzo), Shaina (Magdayao), Enchong  (Dee), si Tita Monch. Tapos with my best friend and my brother din. Small dinner lang,” he shared during a media set visit for Guns and Roses last July 20 in Sta. Mesa.

Because of their growing closeness, Diet said that Kris Aquino was one of the first to greet him through text on his birthday. But the talented actor vehemently denied rumors that Kris Aquino gave him a luxury watch reportedly worth over P5M as a birthday present. “Hindi, hindi. Hindi ko nga alam kung saan nanggaling yung isyung ganun eh. Hindi totoo yun. Matalik na magkaibigan lang kami. The gift of friendship is more than any material gift na puwede ibigay ng isang matalik na kaibigan na tulad ni Kris. Siya yung nahihingan ko ng payo, minsan nahihingahan ko rin ng mga pinagdadaanan ko. Malaking bagay yung maturity level kasi kapag babae na yung nagbibigay ng payo eh, kaa pinapahalagahan ko yun eh. And ganun din siya sa akin. Like may mga opinion din ako bilang lalake na sinasabi ko, ‘K, hindi ganun yun. Ang point of view ng lalake iba eh. So baka hindi mo lang naiintindihan.’ So nagpapalitan kami ng ganun,” he said.

But despite their close friendship, Diet said that when it comes to matters of the heart, he and Kris have yet to really open up to each other. “Hindi namin napapag-usapan yung mga personal na bagay na ganun. Mas marami siyang mga karanasan na masasabi kong naging malaking hamon para sa kanya. Para malagasan niya yun kumbaga, mataas talaga ang respeto ko sa kanya,” he explained,

Desite persistent rumors linking them to each other, Diet said it was just a coincidence that both of them just happen to be single at the same times in their life. “Nagkataon nga lang na naging single siya, single din ako. Sabi ko, nung una kaming nagkita parang single din kami pareho tapos naging busy siya at busy din ako, na-involve siya sa iba, na-involve din ako, tapos bumalik na naman dun (laughs). Nakakatuwa na hindi nawala yung pagkakaibigan namin,” he shared.

Instead of a material gift, Diet admitted that he asked Kris for something else, a school for his hometown in Bacoor, Cavite. “May hiniling ko sa kanya, tinanong niya ako. Nung tinanong niya ako, sabi ko wala na akong mahihiling pa kundi ito. Kasi nabalitaan ko na nag-donate siya ng dalawang school sa Ormoc, kila Lucy (Torres) at kay Goma (Richard Gomez). So sabi ko hindi naman siguro masamang humiling din na makapagpagawa tayo ng training facility or maliit na school para dun sa mga juvenile delinquents, yung mga out-of-school youth, ganyan. Kasi sila yung mga hindi nabibigyan ng opportunity. Eh siya naman yung tipo ng kaibigan na siya na mismo yung nagtanong eh. Para magpahiwatig siya ng ganun, I’m pretty sure alam niya rin naman na para sa magandang kapakanan yun. Kasi ang maganda sa aming dalawa, we join forces pagdating sa mga kawang gawa. Kasi maraming hindi nakakaalam, madami rin siyang ginagawang mga kawang gawa eh,” he explained.

Diet also admitted that it’s not hard to fall in love with someone like Kris. “What you see is isang side niya bilang public figure