Barbie Forteza and Jak Roberto’s “exchange gift” moment last year amused netizens. Is there a repeat this Valentine’s Day?

As it turns out, the actress doesn’t want any material thing from her boyfriend.

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JAK ROBERTO and Barbie Forteza

“I just want a promise,” Barbie told Bulletin Entertainment. “I want him to promise na he will stay the way he is now forever. ‘Yung sana hindi magbago how he treats my family.”

The couple has been together for three years now. Barbie thinks the secret to their relationship is patience.

“Patience sa side niya!” she laughed.

Kidding aside, the actress said communication and trust make the romance work.

“Actually mas challenging now kasi hindi na kami magka-trabaho. Before, araw-araw magkasama kami,” she said, referring to their starrer “Meant To Beh.” “Now na may kanya-kanyang kaming work, we make sure na ina-update pa rin namin ang isa’t-isa.”

Barbie cleared there is no serious conversation about marriage between them yet.

“May mga priorities pa kami sa buhay naming, so work-work muna.”

‘Role model’

Barbie is touted GMA Network’s “Primetime Princess.”

The 22-year-old said she’s not pressured to live up to the title. Rather, it’s motivation to do better.

“It’s a good reminder na the network still loves me. If they believe na I deserved the title, sino ako para tumanggi? Naniniwala din naman ako na na-earn ko din siya through the years.”

The actress believes she now has responsibility to be a role model to newbies. That’s the reason she wants to maintain her wholesome image and reputation.

“So, no to pagpapa-sexy muna ‘di ba?”

New series

Barbie stars on the GMA TV adaptation of the hit 1984 movie by Regal Films, “Anak Ni Waray Vs. Anak Ni Biday.”

Despite being worlds apart in status and origin, young Amy (Max Collins) the Waray from Leyte and young Sussie (Lovi Poe) the Biday from Ilocos are the best of friends. Young Amy works for young Sussie’s rich Ilocano family based in Manila in exchange for the latter’s family funding her school expenses. Their inseparable bond is jeopardized when the young Joaquin (Jason Abalos) captures the hearts of both women. After finding out that they have fallen in love with the same man, young Amy and young Sussie’s lovely friendship is now in shambles and to make it worse – the two are bearing young Joaquin’s children.

Years passed, Amy’s (Snooky Serna) daughter Ginalyn (Barbie) grows up into a diligent and optimistic woman who juggles their Binagol business and her tour guide duties. Meanwhile, Sussie’s (Dina Bonnevie) prim and proper daughter Caitlyn (Kate Valdez) is a frustrated vlogger with dreams of making it big one day. Just as Amy and Sussie thought they have left their past behind, history repeats itself when their daughters cross paths and ironically become good friends.

Barbie took classes to learn the Waray dialect but what she mostly enjoyed was immersing in the culture.

“Tinuro sa amin how they live, kung papaano sila magtrabaho para sa family nila. Nakakatuwa kasi parehas na may strong personalities ang mga taga-Leyte at Ilocos.

“Ang sarap gampanan ng role ko kasi very empowering siya especially sa mga kababaihan. Kilala ang mga Waray na palaban at hindi papatalo.”

Directed by Mark Sicat dela Cruz, “Anak Ni Waray Vs. Anak Ni Biday” airs beginning Jan. 27 after “24 Oras” on GMA Telebabad.

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