John Lloyd Cruz said he and girlfriend Angelica Panganiban went to Thailand to celebrate their first year anniversary as a couple. “Masayang masaya kami. Masaya kasi kasama rin yung mga taong close sa amin. Sabi niya nga, 'Kasama natin yung mga tao na naging nstrumental and significant sa isang taon natin.' So napakasaya, punong puno ng kabusugan (laughs),” he admitted.
Lloydy (John Lloyd’s nickname) said there was no special reason why they chose to go to Bangkok except for their appreciation of the food there. “Hindi naman siya ganun ka-significant sa relationship namin. Pareho namin gusto ang Bangkok. Pareho kaming mahilig sa Thai food. Kasi when we travel, talagang part ng itinerary ang pagkain,” he shared during the Greenwich Pizza Thins launch held last July 16 at R Space in Makati city.
The talented actor who recently celebrated his 30th birthday with a big party arranged by Angel (Angelica’s nickname) admitted she really tried her best to make the event unforgettable for him. “Hindi pala biro mag-mount ng party lalo na kapag 30 na yung bibigyan mo ng party tapos ang daming invited. Because di ba it's the big 30 so it's hard to have an intimate celebration kasi sa pamilya at kaibigan mo pa lang ang dami ng invited. Simple lang naman ang wish ko nun eh. Kasi parang a couple of nights before our celebration, we were watching Charice sa YouTube. Sabi ko, 'Grabe ang galing niyang kumanta.' Parang nagpaparinig lang ako (laughs). Tinutotoo niya tapos yung dream ko to have inflatables sa party ko. It was a childhood dream. And lahat ng mga kaibigan ko and basically the most important people in my life nagsama-sama almost, kasi marami ring hindi nakarating. So ayun, yun lang naman ang mga hinihiling ko eh,” he admitted.
Lloydy said Angel's efforts touched him a lot, but it does not mean he would love her more or less depending on what she does for him. “Well hindi naman dahil dun, sabi ko nga sa kanya kahit wala naman yun, ganun pa rin naman ang pagmamahal ko dun. Hindi naman magbabago yun dahil lang sa isang celebration. Talagang malaking ginhawa na meron kang maaasahan na ganun,” he said.
Although Angel has been very vocal abut how helpful her boyfriend has been to her becoming a more mature person, Lloydy downplayed his role in these changes. “Akala lang niya yun. At the very least siguro nagiging instrument lang ako. Because puwedeng magkaron ng effect sa ‘yo ang isang tao pero kung hindi ka mag-de-decide sa isang bagay especially kung personality or ugali mo yung pinag-uusapan, hindi mababago yun,” he explained.
Although he has always tried to keep a low profile when it comes to his relationships, Lloydy admitted that things are going very well in their one-year relationship. “Sa totoo lang, ang hirap talaga pag-usapan ang relationship kasi it's supposed to be very personal. All I can say is after a year, lahat ng mga pagsasama, lahat ng mga pinagdaanan namin talagang naging stronger kami as a team, mas kilala namin ang isa't isa ngayon and mas nag-e-enjoy kami and mas may freedom, mas may tiwala. Every day parang is a new discovery. Parang marriage ano? Hala (laughs). Lahat maganda eh. I wouldn’t say that it's perfect pero lahat maganda and masaya kami,” said the longtime Greenwich endorser.