Jimuel Pacquiao has been vocal about his goal to be an Olympian boxer and has already begun taking steps to prepare for it. How does girlfriend Heaven Peralejo feel about this? “Kinakabahan po talaga ako, pero nakikita ko naman kung paano siya mag-train,” aniya. Witnessing Jimuel’s dedication and daily preparation has lessened the worry somehow. “As natanggap niya ‘yung career ko, na-uunderstand namin ang isa’t isa.”
Since the two are officially a couple, does it mean Heaven won’t be in a love team? “Hindi naman walang love team, okay lang naman. Gusto ko din syempre ‘yung makakaganda sa career ko,” said Heaven. However, she also wants to be seen as an actress independent of one. “Gusto ko din mapakita ‘yung versatility ko as an actress. Hindi ko naman kailangan mag-stay with a love team para maipakita kung ano ‘yung kaya kong gawin.”
Jimuel has no qualms about his girlfriend being half of a love team. “Well, it’s part of the job,” he said. In the same way that he’s thankful for Heaven’s support and understanding of his career, he also chooses to extend the same for her chosen path.
On having kissing scenes, Jimuel doesn’t have anything to worry about. Heaven herself was quick to say, “Ako naman ‘yung hindi papayag! Ako na mismo ‘yung magsasabi ng no.”
Heaven Peralejo was all smiles when she attended the launch party of Belo Thermage FLX. “I’m so excited,” she said. More than the excitement of the event, what made the evening even more special is the fact that the Kapamilya actress was attending it with her boyfriend, Jimuel Pacquiao. “It’s our first time!”
The two just became a couple this year, but only after Jimuel courting Heaven for an entire year. So what made Heaven say yes? “Sanay na kasi ako na maging constant siya sa life ko for a year. Then he went to the US, for two or three weeks,” she shared. “Tapos na-miss ko siya, though nag-uusap pa rin naman kami noong time na ‘yun. Sabi ko, baka ‘yun na ‘yun! Doon mo kasi mare-realize kung gaano ka-importante ‘yung isang tao o bagay kapag nawala tapos na-miss mo. Tapos ‘yun, iba na talaga.
“First time ko kasi magkaroon ng boyfriend. Ganoon din sa kanya. It’s our first together,” shared Heaven. Along with the ups, the young couple have already experienced their share of downs. “Siyempre merong mga pagbabago. Naayos din naman namin agad. Mature din naman kami as individuals. So what we do, pag-uusapan namin ‘yung problem ng maayos, then okay na.”
Both being relationship newbies, they welcome the guidance that their elders give them. “We have a pastor who guides us. Siya and ‘yung wife niya ang nag-gaguide sa amin.” More importantly, they both have their parents’ blessings. “Our families are very supportive of us, too. Sinasabi nga nila na dapat si God ang center ng relationship namin.”
Asked what he loved about Heaven, Jimuel shared: “She’s very supportive and pinapa-feel niya sa akin na special talaga ako.” On her end, Heaven describes her boyfriend as someone who is “Super protective, super loving, super caring.” She can’t even think of Jimuel’s sweetest gesture, because he takes care of her on a daily basis. “Lagi naman kasi. Ah, ganito nalang: kunwari nagccrave ako for something. Hindi ako nagpapabili. Wala lang, magt-tweet lang ako. Biglang nandiyan na, magugulat nalang ako!
So is Heaven sweet towards Jimuel too? “Sweet,” he said, “pero mas sweet ako!”