Marian Rivera’s Ex-boyfriend is Ariella Arida’s Current Suitor?

The Philippines’ representative to Miss Universe, Ariella Arida, thanked her suitor for coming to her defense regarding her supposedly ‘offensive’ statement against Latinas in pageants.

During a press conference held Tuesday for the launch of sports broadcaster Dyan Castillejo’s new fitness website, Arida spoke about her ties with actor Ervic Vijarde.

The 24-year-old Alaminos-born beauty became linked to Vijarde, who was formerly in an eight-year relationship with actress Marian Rivera until 2009, after he admitted in an interview that he is courting Arida.

He said he started wooing the beauty queen even before she won the Miss Universe-Philippines title last April.

Arida still denies that she and Vijarde are now officially a couple.

However, she confirms that he continues to court her.

Citing her packed schedule leading up to the pageant’s coronation night, Arida said she and Vijarde have not been able to communicate as frequently as when she was in the Philippines.

Even though they have not talked for a while, Arida said she felt Vijarde’s support when he took to social media recently to defend her against controversial radio personality Mo Twister.

Meanwhile, the New York-based DJ, whose real name is Mohan Gumatay, criticized Arida for her on-camera quip about Latinas and their English-speaking skills.

Referring to Vijarde’s own word war with Gumatay following the DJ’s tirade against Arida, the beauty queen just thanked him.

Referring to Vijarde’s aborted plans of flying to Moscow to watch her in the finals, Arida added, that she feels that he is very supportive to her.