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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago Suggested Chiz Escudero To Heart Evangelista

Being a Philippine senator has a lot of perks, one of them being dating recommendations from fellow senators to celebrities they know. That is true, at least, for Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

Heart Evangelista, the recently embattled sweetheart of Escudero, revealed in the September 2013 issue of StarStudio magazine that it was Defensor-Santiago, her mentor and friend, who recommended she go out on a date with Escudero.

The rest, as they say, is history.

The 28-year-old actress said, “Binigyan niya ako ng mahabang listahan ng boys. Si Chiz 'yung una sa list, hindi na ako umabot sa number two.”

“Senator Miriam didn't want me to settle down and have a boyfriend. She wanted me to date lang. She would tell me, 'You know... you should treat men like furniture. Just replace them.' Of course she would say it jokingly lang,” she added.

Evangelista recalled she did not think much about forming a romantic relationship with Escudero at first as she thought she just found a good friend.

“I really thought na friendship lang ang meron kami. I thought I found a friend. He wasn't really showing any hints. I've been seeing him almost everyday,” Evangelista, who is 15 years younger than Escudero, said.

“I was also very attracted to him, but it got to a point in my life that I wasn't ready for anything. I was enjoying being single, going out with some friends,” she added.

Evangelista has just come from a breakup then with Japanese-Brazilian model Daniel Matsunaga. Evangelista thought that she only found a good friend until one time Escudero talked to her about where the two of them are headed.

“He was shy until one time he just told me, 'You know this is like a dream. Why are you giving me the time of day?' I didn't expect anything from it until he told me it's like a dream, 'You're so beautiful, chu-chu.' Ganyan. Two or three months after, naging kami na,” Evangelista narrated.

Escudero and Evangelista, who officially became a couple on July 31 last year, have had a turbulent first year together.

Evangelista’s parents have been very vocal in the past about their disapproval of Escudero but the actress chose to stick it out with the senator.

She even left her family’s shared home which worsened their rift but lately, she revealed she has mended her relationship with her father.

However, Evangelista, it seems, is not regretting this decision.


“It's like being with him for 10 years. It's good that the trial happened early para tapos na 'yung hard part,” she said.

“It's good kasi you get to experience and test each other earlier. You go through hard stuff, you learn about each other na,” she added.

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