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Friday, December 17, 2010

Toni and Mariel now on speaking terms

Singer-actress Toni Gonzaga confirmed that communication lines have opened between her and former co-host Mariel Rodriguez.

In an interview with "Showbiz News Ngayon" (SNN), Gonzaga shared that she and Rodriguez are on speaking terms again 3 months after their rift was revealed.

Gonzaga said they started communicating after Rodriguez congratulated her for the success of her movie "My Amnesia Girl" with John Lloyd Cruz as her leading man.

"She texted me first. Actually it was a number, then she said that it was her. Siyempre nagulat naman ako na [she texted] after a long time of no communication. Siyempre nawala siya, tapos bumalik siya.

"Oo, shocked talaga ako. 'Yon ang mga bagay, 'yong magagandang surprise for me na gumawa pa siya ng way na bumati, siyempre na-a-appreciate ko," she said.

Gonzaga admitted that she misses the old times with Rodriguez especially since they were close and went through a lot of things together. Both of them hosted "E-live" and "Pinoy Big Brother."

"Ang tagal na din naming magkakasama ever since na mag-ABS kami. Kami na halos talaga, from the highs and the lows, from being single and double, talagang lahat kami ang magkakasama. I guess if you really had that kind of bonding, kapag nawala ay hahanapin din natin 'yon kahit paano," Gonzaga said.

The actress said that despite their rift, she's now willing to let bygones be bygones.

"Ako naman ay hindi nagtatanim ng sama ng loob. Ang lagi ko ngang sinasabi, 'Our heart is like a fertile soil.' So kung magtatanim ako ng galit ay magkakaroon ako ng puno ng hatred in my heart. Papangit ang aura natin. Hindi tayo ngingiti. Mas maganda 'yong lagi kang nakangiti. So ang tinatanim ko lang ay good memories and good vibes para it's a tree of happiness and positivity."

Meanwhile, in a text message sent to SNN, Rodriguez stressed that she will keep loving Gonzaga as a friend.

"Always loved Toni. Will always love her," Rodriguez texted.

Gonzaga had accused Rodriguez of badmouthing her, an allegation the latter vehemently denied.

Report has it that the feud between the two started when Rodriguez's hubby, action star Robin Padilla, cancelled his supposed movie with Gonzaga.

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