Rising actress-musician Maris Racal, 23, and OPM superstar Rico Blanco, 48, are confirmed to be in a relationship! If you're surprised by their unique pairing, you need to know that they've had a ~connection~ going back to 2017. To know more about the newest showbiz couple, here's Maris and Rico's relationship timeline:
A timeline of Maris Racal and Rico Blanco's relationship
August 2017: Maris tweets about Rico.
ICYDK, Maris happens to be a huge fan of Rico, which explains her tweet from 2017. "Hay Rico Blanco when will I hear you sing live," she wrote.
Director Alco Guerrero posted a tweet on September 22, 2017, Maris' 20th birthday, and wrote, "#HappyBirthdayMarisRacal from a guy whose songs you always sing—Mr. Rico Blanco!" Along with the tweet was a video greeting from Rico himself. "Hey, Maris. Happy, happy birthday. Hope you have a good one," he said.
Maris replied to the tweet and said, "Can he sing 'Your Universe' for me????"
On March 17, 2018, Rico turned 45 years old. Maris greeted him via a tweet and said, "Happy Birthday @ricoblanco!! Ps. Would u sing 'Balisong' on my wedding day?"
Rico quote tweeted his reply and acknowledged her request, "thank you! 'balisong' AND 'your universe.'"
In what can be assumed to be their first meeting, Maris posted on Instagram commemorating the occasion. "abot langit ang ngiti :))))))))))))) (i hope u dont see this huhu super idol kita)," she wrote.
February 2019: Maris posts about a songwriting session with Rico.
In Maris' Instagram video, we see Rico playing the piano while Maris sings a song she wrote in her notebook.
Writing about their collaboration on Instagram, Rico described "Abot Langit" as "this gorgeous pop nugget I've had the pleasure of composing alongside the talented @mariesteller who came up w the main idea, hooks, and a charming naughty/nice vocal perfect for our little nod to the Japanese #citypop vibe we both dig. I played all the instruments/programming, and arranged/produced/engineered/mixed/mastered as well." Rico owns the record label Balcony Entertainment which Maris is currently a part of.
Maris' dream of seeing Rico live finally happened. Even better, she also got to see IV Of Spades perform as well. Writing on Instagram, she said, "pwede na ba ako sumali kahit taga tono lang ng gitara sa gilid. Huhuhu galing niyo."
September 2020: They release their second collaboration "Not For Me."
On Rico's 48th birthday, Maris 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!!!"—which made netizens speculate if there was anything going on with them.
In an interview with RX 93.1 FM Radio, Maris shared that working with Rico was her dream collaboration ("amazing is an understatement") and that he pushes her to become a better musician, "Whenever I'm in the studio with him, siguro if I type everything na sinasabi niya, I would get three books out of every studio session. Kasi ganon'n kadami yung words of wisdom niya in terms of music."
In a virtual press conference for her upcoming Maalaala Mo Kaya stint, Maris admitted to being in a relationship with Rico. "Kami po ni Rico. I think basing sa post na ginawa ko, I think it's very obvious," she said referencing her viral birthday post. "Sa music naman po, nagkataon lang na medyo pareho kaming dalawa. That's why mabilis naming nakuha ang writing ng isa't isa. Before kasi nag-meet kami through that and then nagkaintindihan na."