MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles®) – Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words. But then, at other times, it means nothing.
Philippine social media was abuzz with rumors that a youthful member of President NoyNoy Aquino’s cabinet took advantage of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday night to propose to presidential sister Kris Aquino.
The rumors all began with a photo posted on Facebook, showing Joel Villanueva, director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), down on his knees and seemingly begging the actress and television host to marry him.
Aquino was quick to deny the rumors, but admitted she felt a little kilig (to tremble in a flirtatious way) by the photo. After all, Villanueva used to be a basketball player like her ex-husband James Yap.
TESDA is the government agency tasked to manage and supervise technical education and skills development in the Philippines. It was created by virtue of Republic Act 7796, otherwise known as the “Technical Education and Skills Development Act of 1994”.
Villanueva was appointed by the president in 2010. The director general position carries with it a cabinet rank.
Aquino is known to be a celebrity who can’t keep her personal life and romantic encounters under wraps. She has previously gone public with her relationship to a married politician who was also a former professional basketball player, Joey Marquez. Aquino accused Marquez of domestic violence and giving her a sexually-transmitted disease.
She has also been romantically linked to Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, a former child actor. No, he was not a basketball player.
We are often told that pictures don’t lie. That’s absolutely not true. With or without Photoshop.