After going public with her relationship with non-showbiz boyfriend Gregg Homan last year, Angelica Panganiban has kept a relatively low profile on her romance with her beau. The kapamilya star announced her pregnancy last March when she posted a photo of a sonogram. Last May 24, they launched their own YouTube channel called The Homans and shared for the first time how their love story began.
“First time namin. Obviously, wala kaming vlog. Hindi kami mahilig sa mga ganito. Sobrang private ng buhay namin. Lalong lalo na nung na-meet ko si Gregg kasi hindi naman siya taga-showbiz. Mahiyain siya. Akala niya mahiyain siya pero makulit talaga yan,” Angelica said.
Angelica said it was during her lock-in taping for her teleserye in 2021 that they finally got to know each other while she was in Subic, Zambales through their mutual friend Cherry Pie Picache.
“Nagkakilala kami habang ginagawa ko yung teleseryeng Walang Hanggang Paalam. Unang una pa lang, supposedly mag-mi-meet kami December ng 2018. Hindi lang kami natuloy dahil nasa New Zealand siya tapos parang hindi siya interesado sa akin.
“Nagkaroon kami ng chance nung 2020 dahil yung location ng Walang Hanggang Paalam ay dito mismo sa Subic kung saan taga-dito talaga si Gregg. Si Cherry Pie (Picache) yung may kakilala sa kanya and kilala sa akin na nangungulit na, ‘Sige na, game na. Mag-meet na kayong dalawa.’
“Nung una, ayoko talaga. Kasi, hindi naman jaded pero parang tamad na ako sa mga dating dating, parang hindi na ako interesado. Masaya naman na ako na single eh. Para lang matahimik lang noon si Ms. Pie, pumayag na ako na makipag-meet sa kanya. Dun nag-start yun,” she recalled.
Gregg defended himself for not meeting up with Angelica initially and shared his first real meeting with her at the Lighthouse resort in Subic where the taping was located.
“That’s not true. I just felt like I didn’t have anything in common with an actress. I felt like I didn’t know what I would talk about. I was more nervous than anything else (laughs). But I’ve heard your name. I’ve seen you in magazines. Particularly sexy magazines (laughs).
“When I saw you for the first time, you made me try taping food which I pretended to really like. It was pancit and really, really soggy lumpia and I said how good it tasted. And you told me how you were struggling to get decent food in Subic. So that was my in, asking her what type of food she liked.
“When I found out a couple of days later, I sent some food over to the hotel for the whole crew. I knew at one point she would have to thank me and I would get her number. Makulit na ako na makulit. So eventually nagwagi yung kakulitan ko (laughs),” he admitted.
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Early on in their relationship, Angelica and Gregg revealed they were already planning to have a baby while spending their first Christmas together in 2020. The topic first came up while they were on a drive back to Manila according to Angelica,
“Sobrang happy natin nun. Pinag-usapan na natin na kapag going strong lang talaga yung relationship natin, try natin magkaroon ng baby. Feeling ko dun ko naramdaman na worth it ang lahat kasi wala akong naramdamang takot nung pinag-uusapan namin about building a family together. Parehas namin siyang gusto. Mas hindi kami sa marriage, mas hindi yun ang pinag-uusapan namin.”
When her period first got delayed, Angelica recalled not wanting to believe she was actually pregnant until she took a test which confirmed the results.
“Feeling ko mas nakatulong yun na hindi na ako stressed about it. Parehas kaming hindi stressed. Dati kasi pag fertile ako pauuwiin ko talaga siya ng bahay (laughs). Kaya ko nalaman.
“Dahil din papasok ako ng work, gusto ko ma-check na yung box na yun na nag-pregnancy test na ako para ma-rule out ko yung pregnancy. So siyempre talaga namang kinagulat ko na buntis ako.
“Talagang halo-halo emotions. Parang kahit ano palang sabihin niyo na ready ka, pinag-pray mo, ang tagal niyong sinubukan, pagdating na dumating na yung dalawang lines, manginginig pala talaga yung katawan mo. Hindi mo alam kung talaga bang ready ka,” she shared.
As with almost all pregnancies, Angelica admitted that her weird craving or “pinaglilihian” was her partner.
“Si Gregg ang pinaglilihian ko. Sobrang arte ko ngayon! Hindi pa ako naging ganito ka-arte buong buhay ko. Aalis lang siya papunta sa work which is seven minutes away dito kung saan kami nakatira, umiiyak ako lagi. As in ang sakit sakit sa akin pag hindi ko siya nakikita. Nagdidilig lang siya ng halaman sa labas, na-sa-sad ako. Yung bakit ang layo mo? I think si Gregg talaga yung pinaglilihian ko,” she revealed.
She also shared that her friends like Glaiza de Castro, Ketchup Eusebio, and John Prats will be on the list of her baby’s godparents.
Before ending the vlog, Angelica answered a fan’s question about whether she is saying goodbye to showbiz after giving birth.
“Kung ninamnam ko nga yung pagsusuka ko, siyempre nanamnamin ko yung pagiging ina ko di ba? I-enjoy ko naman muna. 30 years din naman ako sa industriya, parang ang dami ko ng naiambag.
“Siguro ngayon na hinihingi na nung life yung mag-focus naman ako sa aking family dahil sobrang blessed ko na magkaroon ako ng tinatawag na pamilya ngayon di ba. Gusto ko dun ako mag-foucs. Gusto kong ibigay ang lahat ng oras ko dun.
“Kasi si Gregg babalik din ng work. Tututukan ko muna yung baby. Pero pag kaya ko na ha, hindi ng bata ah, pag kaya ko ng iwan siya, siguro babalik na ako ng work,” she explained.