Efren Peñaflorida is courting Angel Locsin; She just wants to be friends for now

Looks like CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida has found the leading lady of his dreams in actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin. Peñaflorida is said to be courting her and has even talked to Locsin's father about it, reports PEP.ph.

"Pumunta siya sa bahay. Mas una niyang kinausap 'yung dad ko kesa sa akin… Nahihiya ako. Ano ba 'yan, nawawala ako! Ang init ng pisngi ko," Locsin told TV host Boy Abunda in The Buzz on January 3.

Peñaflorida posted this photo of him and Locsin on his Facebook account with the caption,
Peñaflorida posted this photo of himself and Locsin on his Facebook account with the caption, "God answered me after 5 long years of praying to meet her and be her FRIEND!"

"Sinabi ko sa kanya na medyo natatakot akong sabihin sa kanya kasi siyempre siya 'yung nakikitang hope ng bansa natin eh. Para sa akin kasi, ang mas kailangan natin ngayon sa Pilipinas 'yung hope. Dahil magulo nga ang buhay ko dahil nasa showbiz ako, ayokong 'yung hope na maibibigay niya sa mga tao, maapektuhan ng dahil sa akin.

"Sinabi ko sa kanya kung ready na ba siya na... Ay, nahihiya ako! Kung ready na ba siya na harapin 'yung mga 'yun. Sinabi ko na, well ako kasi gusto ko friendship muna," Locsin added.

In his Facebook album, Peñaflorida wrote
In his Facebook album, Peñaflorida wrote "Ikapitong Langit (Seventh Heaven) as the location.

On the same day as The Buzz interview, Peñaflorida posted on his Facebook account, "For more than five years I have been praying FOR her. This year I am now praying WITH her! It is worth all the wait. TRULABW8S! [True love waits!] Thank you Lord!!!! ;)"

Locsin, who launched Shop and Share online auction with actress and friend Anne Curtis to help the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, said they have been friends on Facebook even before Peñaflorida won the CNN Hero of the Year award for teaching underprivileged children through kariton classrooms. "'Yung mga cause na ginagawa niya, sinusuportahan ko. Naniniwala ako sa mga gusto niyang gawin."

According to Locsin, they met on the plane she boarded to New York where she attended the 37th International Emmy Awards on November 23 in which she was nominated Best Actress for Lobo.

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