Erich Gonzales declines coffee date with Xian Gaza

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Erich Gonzales has declined to meet Xian Gaza, the businessman who asked her out for coffee via a billboard advertisement in Morayta.

In an interview with ABS-CBN, Erich said she consulted her family and friends about her decision.

"To be honest, regarding that issue, noong una, just like you guys, na-surprise ako. Natuwa naman ako sa effort. [But] as things unfolded, lumabas 'yung mga exposé about him. Ako naman kasi personally, lahat naman ng supporters ko naa-appreciate ko lahat ng ginagawa nila, malaking bagay o maliit man 'yan," she said.

(To be honest, regarding that issue, at first, just like you guys, I was surprised. I felt flattered by his effort. [But] as things unfolded, the exposés about him came out. You know, I appreciate everything that my supporters do for me, whether big or small.)

By exposés, the actress was referring to claims that several people had been scammed by Xian.

Erich also said that after she saw Xian posting lengthy messages on social media, she became uncomfortable and decided not to meet him. She added that a guy doesn't have to be over the top to get her attention.

When asked if she's ready to date again, following her breakup with Daniel Matsunaga, Erich said: "May mga nagpaparamdam po pero wala muna. Ten years pa. Let's just focus muna sa sarili, sa mga bagay na importante, sa pamilya."

(There are some guys hinting they like me, but I won't entertain them for now. Maybe in 10 years. I want to focus on myself first, on important matters like my family.)

Earlier this month, a photo of the billboard circulated online, where Xian asked Erich: "I can't even espresso how much I like you a latte. Will you drink coffee with me?"

They say it's first time in Philippine history. I say: That's how special you are to me. @erichgg , will you drink coffee with me? #PleaseSayYesErich #CoffeeWithErich A post shared by XIAN S. GAZA (@xiangaza) on Jul 1, 2017 at 3:05am PDT

Some netizens found the billboard romantic and cute, but others said it was creepy and put Erich on the spot. (READ: Real talk: That billboard date proposal is creepy AF)

Xian earlier claimed he was the chief executive officer of the Guanxiqian Group based in Hong Kong, but was later accused of scamming several people, including the mom of actress Ella Cruz. He has since defended himself and also rejected the accusation that he is a stalker. (READ: Billboard suitor Xian Gaza: CEO or scammer?)

"Ang tanging hangad ko lang po ay kape with Erich (All I want is coffee with Erich) with no hidden personal agenda at all... I just wanna show her how much I like her and using this billboard effort to possibly create an initial friendship with her over coffee," he had said. – Rappler.com