SAM MILBY was not expecting that he and John Prats would be friends for ten long years.
They were thrown in each other’s company when the both became mainstays for ABS-CBN’s musical-variety show ASAP.
They did not become the best of friends immediately because Sam was jealous of John who was then quite close to Toni Gonzaga.
Paglilinaw naman ni Sam, hindi naman daw niya hate si John, na-threaten lang daw siya.
Kuwelang hirit pa ni Sam, maliit lang daw si John pero pogi rin.
Anyway, naging leading lady ni Sam si Toni sa mga pelikulang You Are The One (2006), You Got Me! (2007), at My Big Love (2008).
That time, bihira raw magpansinan ang dalawa.
Noong nagkasama raw sila sa ASAP, they would be sitting next to each other, pero ‘di sila close friends.
Pero naging close raw sila at the end of 2009, noong pareho silang may pinagdaanan.
Nag-confess sina John at Sam sa Facebook Live show ng Cornerstone Entertainment na CSTV Presents: Lunch With The Stars noong Biyernes, May 22.
Before that incident by the end 2009, nagkaroon raw ng grupo kung saan kasama raw sa grupo ang “ex-girlfriend” ni John na si Shaina Magdayao at “ex-girlfriend” ni Sam na si Anne Curtis.
Hanggang sa noon ngang December 2009, John and Shaina parted ways after two years of intimacy.
Si Sam raw ang naging shoulder to cry on ni John.
Hindi kasi inaasahang magkaroon sila ng heart-to-heart talk minsang nasa isang birthday party sila.
Kuwento ni John, “‘Yun ang first time na lumapit si Sam sa akin.
Sobrang heartbroken at down na down raw noon si John.
The following month, it was Sam’s turn to experience heartbreak.
“So, ro’n kami naging close,” admitted John.
“Every day we’re together. Sabay kami nag-move on.”
November 2008 raw nang i-announce ni Anne ang kanilang break-up ni Sam pero “on and off” ang relasyon ng dalawa for the next four years.
Pagbabalik-tanaw ni John, mas “consistent” raw ang kanilang pagkakaibigan ni Sam kaysa love life niya noon.
Ang dami raw nangyari sa kanyang buhay, si Sam for the longest time, single pa rin.
January 2013, he and Isabel Oli became on to the point that they got married last May 16, 2015.
Pero on the side, matibay pa rin ang samahan nila ni Sam.
John fondly remembers that it was Sam who was with him at the hospital while waiting for Isabel to give birth last April 2016.
Mula 12 midnight hanggang 11 am, he would sleep at the waiting area, you would have the impression that he was the father.
Sa kabilang banda, saksi naman si John sa pagiging single ni Sam sa matagal na panahon.
Anyhow, wini-wish raw ni John na matagpuan ni Sam ang kanyang “The One.”
At this juncture, humirit si Sam at nagsabing he’s hoping to be like John because he happens to be his idol.
Sumagot naman si John na wala na raw tatalo pa sa kabaitan ni Sam.
Anyway, kinompirma ni Sam last Saturday, May 23 in connection with his 36th birthday, that he and Catriona are already on.
And with that, ito po ang Kuya Pete ninyo na nagsasabing, Christopher, my son, I love you very, very much, my love for you goes beyond eternity.
Adios. Mabalos. I always need you, Nhong!
ni Pete Ampoloquio, Jr.