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Have you heard? Carlo Aquino just made things Insta-official with his rumored girlfriend!

The actor, who recently turned 34, took to his Instagram Stories to share a sweet selfie with Trina Candaza as he thanked her for her mystery birthday gift. For her part, the model also just upped her first public picture together with the Isa Pa, With Feelings star to greet him on his special day.

Photo from Carlo Aquino (@jose_liwanag)

Photo from Trina Candaza (@trinacandaza)

Currently, the two are still in Baguio City where Carlo has chosen to spend the special week along with a couple of their close friends.

Photos from Vernice Soyangco (@vernsoyangco)

After months-long speculations surrounding their real score, did the two just confirm their relationship to the public? Perhaps. Only time will tell, but in the meantime, here’s a handy refresher on the rumored couple’s quite controversial yet kilig dating history! 


JANUARY

In mid-January, Carlo set the online world abuzz after several photos of him together with Trina began to circulate online.

The first was a paparazzi shot of him riding a jet ski with a woman—later identified to be none other than Trina—while on a vacation together in La Union, according to various reports. The other was a blurred snapshot of them appearing to be on a date. 

Photo from ABS-CBN News

Another set of photos pieced together by dedicated fans of CarGel (Carlo’s love team with former girlfriend and Exes Baggage co-star Angelica Panganiban) reveals the two hanging out at a spa in Taguig, where “car show model” Trina is said to be residing. The said pictures were reportedly taken on January 15, right after Carlo’s shoot for an episode of Kapamilya teleserye Playhouse starring Angelica.

Photos from ABS-CBN News

The two were also allegedly spotted on a date just three days earlier in Rockwell, Makati.

Photo from ABS-CBN News

Meanwhile, amid the online bashing she had received from dismayed CarGel followers, Trina took to her social media account to express her love and gratitude for the support she gets from her family and friends. 

“I just felt the love of the people around me, thank you, I really appreciate everything. It just makes me feel better everyday knowing that I’m being surrounded with good people too,” she said. 

Photo from Philippine News


FEBRUARY

In early February, Carlo finally confirmed that photos which had circulated of him and Trina were real—“oo, totoo”, he said—as he finally broke his silence over the controversy involving him and Angelica, citing they lacked communication amid romantic expectations from their fans. 

He went on to clarify that he and the actress did not reach a point where they were close to rekindling their relationship, as followers would have certainly wanted.

When asked if he was offended that pictures of him with Trina surfaced online, he told ABS-CBN News: “Anong gagawin natin? Opinyon nila ‘yon, e ‘di tatanggapin ko na lang kung ano ‘yung mga sinasabi nila sa akin.”

Photo from Carlo Aquino (@jose_liwanag)


JUNE

Not much was heard of the rumored couple until June when Carlo appealed to his bashers to lay off of Trina and other people who are close to him.

In a cryptic post via his Instagram Stories, he wrote: “Walang ibang may kasalanan kung hindi ako. Sorry sa lahat ng ginawa ko. Kung magagalit kayo, sa akin kayo magalit. Hindi sa ibang tao. Hindi kay Trina. ...Dahil ako ang nagdesisyon. Huwag niyo na po i-damay ang ibang tao dahil wala silang kasalanan. Lahat ng galit ninyo tatanggapin ko pero huwag niyo na lang ipasa sa ibang tao dahil wala silang ginawa.”

Photo from Ako si Unica (@iammaldeeta)

Though there was no specific mention of Angelica, fans could not help but assume that the message was intended for fans of the actress, who remain dismayed at Carlo following their controversial falling out. 


AUGUST 

Following months-long silence over his supposed relationship with Trina, Carlo, for the first time in August, went on the record to say that he’s “happy” with whatever it is they have right now.

When asked whether he and his rumored girlfriend no longer feel the need to hide from bashers, he answered, “Hindi naman. Tsaka para kasingkahit naman anong gawin mo, merongKahit nga wala kang gawin, eh, may bash, may hate. So, bakit mo iisipin ‘yung ibang tao kung masaya ka?”