Gerald Anderson and Maja Salvador say that they are each other’s favorite Christmas gifts.
As part of the Kapamilya Christmas series Gift of Life
which starts airing on Monday, December 22, Gerald Anderson and Maja Salvador faced the media for the first time as a couple during the show’s press conference held last December 16 inside ABS-CBN. The once controversial couple gamely answered questions about their relationship and how they got convinced to finally work together onscreen.
“Medyo nahirapan sila ng konti (laughs). Pero it’s a nice story so more than anything yun yung nagpa-convince sa amin. Sa trailer pa lang makikita niyo na maganda yung kuwento, very inspiring yung story. Yung title pa lang parang it’s a gift para sa mga fans and the audience na makikita na first time kami magsasama. As much as sinabi namin dati na ayaw namin, you know it’s the season of giving. It’s Christmas so ito yung regalo namin para sa lahat,” Gerald explained.
Unlike Gerald who admitted he found it easy to work with his girlfriend of more than year, Maja said she found it awkward on their first day on the Gift of Life set. “Ako ang sobrang kinakabahan kasi nga hindi ko alam eh, parang hindi ko alam kung paano siya tratuhin bilang co-actor kasi iba naman yung pagta-trato ko sa kanya bilang ka-partner,” she admitted.
But the 26-year-old actress said she also enjoyed being a proud girlfriend while watching him do his scenes. “Ako lagi pumapalakpak (laughs). Kasi may mga eksena siya na pinapanuod mo lang sa TV and then sa harapan mo mismo ginagawa. Kasi siya sa pinakamagaling na actor dito sa industriya natin kaya I’m very happy na naka-trabaho ko na din siya. Siyempre ang liit lang ng mundo ng show business ‘di ba? Magkakatrabaho at magkakatrabaho din kami. Kahit anong gawin namin, hindi kami makakatakas sa mundong ito,” she added.
Maja said she discovered something new about Gerald while doing their Kapamilya Christmas Special episode. “Ang pagkakaparehas namin ay pareho namin mahal ang trabaho namin. Pag nasa set, ang napansin ko lang, parang parehas kami ng atake na hindi paulit-ulit inaaral yung eksena. Kasi mas natural yun eh. Parang go with the flow, kung anong mararamdaman mo. So parang natuwa ako nung nagkatrabaho kami kasi may pagka-ganun rin pala siya,” she said.
The Gift of Life
actor said he feels much more open to talk about his relationship now that time has passed. “As much as ayokong magsalita
, over the years I’ve been with very, very amazing, special people but because of nagiging
high-profile, yung trabaho ko
pressure it really gets to you and mahirap siya.
And I think mas okay kami ngayon. Kahit anong gusto niyo sabihin sa amin, kung maganda man yun o hindi, wala na yun
” he said.
When asked if this was the start of doing more projects together, he admitted it depends on how comfortable Maja feels about it. “Nasa kanya na yun (laughs). Me as the man in our situation, siyempre gusto kong protektahan kung anong meron kami. Hindi biro yung pinagdaanan namin together. It was hard enough behind the camera tapos ilalagay ko pa siya sa harap ng camera. But I find it a blessing, ang dami kong natutunan sa kanya. Ang dami kong natutunan in general sa kuwento namin. Basta kung maganda yung kuwento, why not?”
Although they admit they will be together for Christmas, Gerald said he and Maja would rather not announce their holiday plans. “I’m just going to keep it personal muna tapos I’m sure malalaman niyo din yan sa Instagram, sa Twitter, pero sa ngayon, I’ll just keep it simple and private na lang. Pero sorry hindi ko sinagot pero yun yung totoo. Yun muna,” he explained.
More than material gifts, the Kapamilya couple admitted that they are each other’s favorite gifts. “Oo naman, automatic naman siguro yun. Siyempre naman. More than a gift, it’s a blessing. More than the boyfriend girlfriend relationship mas mahalaga sa akin yung pagkatao ni Maja eh, kung paano siya. Siya yung tipong pag tinawagan mo siya, kahit busy siya or kung ano man yung ginagawa niya, she’ll cross oceans for you, she’ll climb mountains for you on the spot. Alam naman natin lahat na love can come and go in a second pero mas tini-treasure ko yung pagkatao niya, yung personality niya. Kung paano niya minamahal yung pamilya niya at yung mga taong close sa akin,” he shared.
Maja said Gerald makes the effort to be the best boyfriend as well. “Ako siyempre yung love niya everyday ang best gift. Parang everyday niya pinaparamdam kung gaano ako ka-special and yun hindi siya nagsasawa iparamdam kung gaano niya ako kamahal,” she said.