Chillaxing with LA Revilla and Denden Lazaro

Barry Viloria on Jul 24, 2015 02:36 PM
Chillaxing with LA Revilla and Denden Lazaro
We're pretty much normie--we just support each other and hang out together, says Lady Eagles alumna Denden Lazaro about her relationship with PBA's LA Revilla. (Photos by Vyn Radovan)

One face every UAAP women’s volleyball fan will surely miss this coming season is Ateneo's Denden Lazaro, who just entered the ADMU School of Medicine and Public Health as a freshman. In her words, she’ll turn “cold turkey” to the sport she’s played since second grade. But the one thing that remains constant even after her collegiate career—one she sealed with a back-to-back championship as the Lady Eagles’ ever-reliable libero?

Her boyfriend of more than one year now, of course, former La Salle hoop star and now-PBA player LA Revilla.

Cheesy, right?

We recently cornered the power couple before they go back to their normal lives— and finally got into the details of how it all started and how it has progressed—despite the more-than-obvious, deeply overrated Ateneo-La Salle rivalry that looms over the league. We chatted with the athletic lovebirds, who seemed like just your normal, “chillax” couple.

How’d you meet again?
Denden: We met lang through mutual friends.

…Friends in the sports industry?
Denden: Yeah, sa sports! Tapos ‘yun, we started ng hang out hang out lang.
LA: I think that 2014?
Denden: 2013?
LA: No, 2013 kaya!

Where did you guys meet? Did you guys already liked each other from the start?
Denden: He would train with GlobalPort Batang Pier dati dun sa Ateneo, dun ko sya nakita.
LA: Um, alam ko lang sa volleyball sya (naglalaro). Nakikita ko lang siya sa court—naglalaro.
Denden: Mga January yun. Naging kami mga March.
LA: March what?
Denden: 22!

How do you bond as a couple?
Den: We eat! Ha ha!
LA: Everyone does!
Den: No, but then that’s our thing. We eat! We don’t pig out but we like trying different restaurants.

What are your favorite restaurants?
Den: Ano ba favorites natin?
LA: Akala ko Nancy’s, eh
Den: Ha ha! Nancy’s! Sa may Katipunan Extension. Carinderia lang.

Seriously?
Den: Oo nga, seryoso! Masarap kasi talaga yung pagkain dun, eh! Alam ko dun kasi malapit school ko dun. We like to go there. May barbeque—super mura!
LA: Tsaka lomi!
Den: Pero yung main thing nila barbeque talaga but everything else is good also.

Do you have a little more sosyal food destination? Ha ha!
Den: Wala, eh!
LA: Sa Kapitolyo!
Den: Kapitolyo? Hindi naman tayo madalas dun, eh.
LA: San pa ba, Greenhills?

Don’t you hang out at Taft?
Den: Hindi!
LA: Hindi!
Den: Never!

What else do you do together aside from eating out?
Den: Movies. Chill lang! As in chill lang. Kwentuhan lang. Minsan, nagkukulitan kami. Ito (points to LA), sya! Sya ung makulit, eh!

This question always arises. What do you think about the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry?
Den: Ha ha! We don’t think about it. Wala lang, like for us it’s okay. For me, it’s okay! We’re just kinda chill.
LA: We’re so over it. Siguro nung nasa La Salle pa ako. Pero nung wala na ko sa La Salle, wala na.
Den: Yeah, chillax lang!

What else don’t people know about you as a couple?
Denden: Yeah, we’re normie. Ha ha!
LA: Pag may game ako, andun sya.
Denden: Ayun, we support each other.
LA: Pag lalabas yung family nya, i-iinvite niya ako.

Have you met each other’s families?
Denden: I haven’t met his parents yet. They’re in Canada.

For Denden, name three things you like about LA.
Denden: Well, he’s very humble despite yung success niya. He’s very hardworking and I’d say lovable. But that’s cheesy! Pero lovable talaga! Ha ha!
LA: Lovable?
Denden: Lovable! No, he’s like sobrang kulit niya kahit minsan hindi ko trip, hindi ko trip, ano yun? hindi ko trip tumawa.
LA: Pag wala ka sa mood…
Denden: Wala ako sa mood minsan ‘pag naiinis ako galing training pero pinapatawa nya ko.

For LA, name three things you like about Denden.
LA: She’s selfless, I like her sincerity and her genuineness. When she says she’s gonna do it, she’s gonna do it. She’s very committed!

How about this—what are three things you dislike about each other?
Denden: Meron ba? Wala naman? Ha ha! Petty things—I hate na mas marami akong kumain sa kanya! Ha ha!
LA: Mas malakas siya sa akin!
Denden: Kasi nabubuhat kita? Ganun?
LA: Mas mabilis yung reflex niya kaysa sa akin. Hindi pa sya marunong mag-drive!

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