On Monday, May 31, the actress posted a photo of a cake with the message, "Age is just a number."
"Kami po ni Rico. I think basing sa post na ginawa ko, I think it's very obvious."
While a lot of fans got kilig when they went official, other netizens expressed their criticism due to Maris and Rico's age difference.
"Nakakaloka...I'm not excited...She's so young for him," reacted another.
Other users came to the defense of the celebrity couple, expressing their support and encouragement.
"Congrats, Maris. Age doesn't matter naman; sana all matapang ipangalandakan ang someone nila," said one netizen.
"Parehas naman kayo single kaya go, go, go, congrats," tweeted another.
Maris and Rico first sparked dating rumors in March 2021 when Maris posted a special birthday greeting for Rico on his 48th birthday, which included a tender moment between the two as Maris sang while Rico played Aqualung's "Brighter Than Sunshine."
Fans were quick to dig up posts of the two from as early as 2018 when Maris called Rico her "idol," and in 2019 when they collaborated on Maris' song "Abot Langit."