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Maris Racal's Birthday Post For Rico Blanco Sparks *Relationship* Rumors

The two artists have collaborated several times over the years!
PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/mariesteller

Yesterday, March 17, 2021, famed musician Rico Blanco celebrated his 48th birthday, and one of the celebs who greeted him was ABS-CBN actress-singer Maris Racal. On Instagram, the 23-year-old star posted a black-and-white photo of Rico taken from behind and a video of them jamming to Aqualung's "Brighter Than Sunshine," while sitting on a couch and exchanging sweet smiles to each other. "hi rico. happy birthday," Maris simply wrote in the caption. Rico then replied with, "hahaha love youu!!! [flamingo emojis]"which made netizens speculate if there was anything going on with them.

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Even Maris' celeb followers also commented on the post. Referring to the video, Direk Tonet Jadaone said she expected a "kiss sa dulo," while Bianca Gonzalez shared that they were "cute" together! Jane Oineza, Awra Briguela, Chie Filomeno, and more stars replied with heart emojis, as well.

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If this ~pairing~ seems to come out of nowhere, well, the two actually have been collaborators for a few years now. Maris first posted about Rico in December 2018 when she called him her "idol."

They also had a songwriting session in February 2019:

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In April 2019, Maris released the song "Abot Langit" with its music and lyrics written both by Maris and Rico. Check out the official music video (which Rico made a cameo in) and a "Ricovered" version below:

And in September 2020, they released their most recent collab "Not For Me":

Both stars have been linked to a few celebs through the years: Rico with KC Concepcion in the mid-2000s, and Maris with Inigo Pascual in 2017.