Jerome Ponce “proud” of Mika Reyes for national pool call-up
"Parang nanalo rin kasi ako ng best actor." -- Jerome Ponce on Mika Reyes' 2016 Miss Volleyball distinction
Life has been pretty good for Mika Reyes, especially the past few months.
Aside from being named Miss Volleyball 2016 by the Philippine Sportswriters Association, she was also recently called up to get a chance to represent the Philippines alongside 24 of the country's best and brightest volleybelles to make up the national women's team pool.
Oh, and she has a pretty sweet thing going on with Kapamilya star Jerome Ponce, who's nothing but proud of the former DLSU Lady Spikers’ achievements.
"Siyempre I'm very proud dahil hindi lahat nabibigyan ‘nun,” Ponce told ABS-CBN Sports.
Now a full-fledged power couple, "MiRome" lit up the PSA Awards Night last February when Reyes was recognized. Ponce shared that he too, felt like a winner that night.
"Parang nanalo rin kasi ako ng best actor. Magkasama kami ‘nun tapos masaya ako dahil isipin mo, sa dinami-rami ng mahilig maglaro sa kanila, siya yung napili," said Ponce, who rose to fame when he starred as Luke in the hit series ‘Be Careful of my Heart’.
And about Reyes’ call-up, Ponce revealed that his five-foot eleven-inch middle blocker girlfriend didn’t want to jinx her chances by talking about it too much. What they did talk about, though, was how they’d be apart for an extended period of time.
“I wished her good luck,” Ponce said, “[Tinanong ko siya] Saan ba yan? Sabi niya ‘Ganito, malayong lugar.’ Nalungkot lang ako kunwa-kunwari ganun, siyempre lalayo siya."
Looking back, Ponce reminisced how they first saw each other in ASAP, and eventually got to know each other through the persistence of a mutual friend.
“Nagkakilala kami through a mutual friend. Close sa'kin ‘yung friend na ‘yun tapos close din pala sa kanya. Then out of nowhere pinakilala kami sa isa’t-isa na formally, kasi first time kami nagkita is ASAP,” said Ponce, who then said that Reyes’ sympathy and understanding is what he loves most about her.
“Yung pag-aadjust niya at pagiging understanding kasi mahirap akong i-understand [pero] naiintindihan niya [ako],” he said.