During the press visit to Walang Hanggan’s shoot of Daniel and Katerina’s wedding, actress Melissa Ricks expressed her excitement over the extravagant flower arrangement and romantic feel inside San Agustin Church. “Sobrang excited ako sa set. Nung nakita ko, oh my gosh, ‘di ba pwedeng sumabay na lang sa set? Para makatipid pwede! Hahaha. Sobrang ganda ng set, as in. Dream wedding talaga,” she exclaimed in an interview with Push.com.ph and other entertainment reporters, Monday, October 8.
Playing the role of Johanna Montenegro, Melissa worked closely with celebrity A-listers like Richard Gomez, Helen Gamboa, Susan Roces, and Dawn Zulueta whom she has grown fond of. “Of all the shows na sinalihan ko, ito yung masasabi ko na pinaka-close ko yung mga artista. They’re really big stars, mga beterano beterana, but very down to earth. Isipin mo halos 11 months kaming magkakasama, now patapos na. Hindi natin alam kung makakasama ko sila ulit or makikita ko ba sila ulit, but I am grateful na napasama ako sa cast ng Walang Hanggan.”
In the meantime, Melissa cheerfully revealed that she’s up for a vacation in U.S. and Singapore with her boyfriend Paul Jake Castillo. It will be her reward to herself after all her work for the past year. “Oo, kasama ko siya sa parehong trip. First time ko to go out of the country with a boyfriend. End of November yung States, end of December yung Singapore. Wala pa kaming definite itinerary kasi may Walang Hanggan tour sa States from November 30 to December 3. So hinihintay ko kung saan ang unang venue, kung SanFo or L.A. or Hawaii para makabili na ako ng ticket.”
Melissa plans to visit her mom and brother who are currently based in the States. At the same time, she and Paul Jake will be accompanied by his mom. Asked how she feels that she gained the approval of her boyfriend’s parents, she simply replied, “Mamasyal kami, bonding lang. Nahihiya ako kasi they’re based in Cebu and hindi ko naman nakakausap masyado yung mama niya. But they’re all very nice to me. Wedding pa ng sister niya, na-invite ako, so I’m sure it’ll be fun.”
When the local press teased her that she and Paul Jake might be planning to wed in secret, Melissa replied, “Hindi, grabe, kakasimula lang namin. Huwag natin pagusapan baka maudlot. Hahaha! Siyempre not anytime soon. Pupunta kami ng Las Vegas, pero hindi kami ikakasal dun.” She added though that she wouldn’t be in a relationship with Paul Jake if she doesn’t see herself getting married to him in the future.
Paul Jake seems to be a good influence on Melissa since she is also developing a keen interest in business aside from the fact that she always looks happy and in love. “Malapit na magbukas yung lechon business niya. Masarap, bumili kayo (laughs)! Kapag may naisip siya tawag kaagad siya sa akin. Marami siyang ideas kaya ako naisip ko rin na parang maganda magtayo ng negosyo. So tinatanong ko siya kung anong magandang pwedeng itayo. Siyempre for the future ‘di ba,” she stated.