Macky Mathay confirms he and Sunshine Cruz are dating

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Macky Mathay confirms he and Sunshine Cruz are dating
Macky also talks about the viral photo of him and Sunshine holding hands

MANILA, Philippines – After rumors and a report linking him with Sunshine Cruz, Macky Mathay, the half-brother of actress Ara Mina, said that he and Sunshine are dating. 

In an interview with Pep, Macky said that he and Sunshine started seeing each other  sometime in September. He also said that it all began when he sent a direct message via Instagram.

“Well, actually, it’s as simple as I sent her a direct message on Instagram. Ganun kasimple. (It was that simple) 

Totoo yun. (That’s true) I sent her a direct message sa Instagram, saying ‘Hi.’

“And then after, I sent her my ‘Hi’ message, dinugtungan ko kaagad ng (I followed it up with a ) second message,” he said, adding he mentioned he was Ara’s brother.

Macky said that it was perfect timing because Sunshine was with Ara in Brunei when she got the message. 

Macky also talked about the photo of him and Sunshine holding hands that went viral. 

“We were on our way to watch a movie

Hindi namin na-notice na meron palang guy that was taking [a picture]… (We did not notice that there was a guy taking [a picture]…)

“I guess, pag titingnan mo yung picture, talagang mukhang selfie, di ba? (I guess, if you look at it, you think it was a selfie right?)

Siguro nahiyang magpa-picture kasi nasa kalagitnaan nga ng pagtawid,” he said. (I guess he was shy to have a photo taken because we were in the middle of crossing.)

In the same interview, Macky said it was him who first said I love you to Sunshine.

Sinabi ko sa kanya (I told her ) that ‘I love you.’

Sabi ko (I said), ‘Before I finally said I love you, matagal kong pinag-isipan. Kasi since matagal ka nang hindi nagka-relationship, baka hindi ka pa handa. (I really thought about it. Because since you have not been in a relationship for a long time, you might not be ready.)

“’I don’t want to rush you into anything,’ sabi ko, ‘Kasi nararamdaman ko naman para sa ‘yo ay makakapaghintay naman.’ (I told her what I’m feeling for you, I can wait.)

Sabi ko (I said), ‘I can wait, I can wait.’”

Macky said that he and Sunshine have become comfortable with each other even before getting together formally.

Sinasabi ko kay Sunshine, ‘Everything happens so fast between the two of us, but the thing is, I love you. And puwede namang araw-araw kitang ligawan pa rin.’

(I told Sunshine, ‘Everything happens so fast between the two of us, but the thing is, I love you. And I could always court you everyday.’)

Para at least, ‘di ba, ang dami-daming tao na – at saka, iyon nga, matanda na kami na ang dami nang pinagdaanan sa buhay, the two of us, [na baka] hindi na uli makahanap ng mamahalin. So, bakit pipigilan mo pa yung nararamdaman mo?” he said. 

(So at least ‘there are so many people- and we are already mature people that we’ve been through so much in our lives, the two of us, that we at some point, we may not find anyone else to love. So why should you hold back on what you’re feeling?)

On Instagram, Macky posted a collage made by some of Sunshine’s followers.


This photo collage is very much appreciated, thank you @teamsunshinecruz #mySunshine #7924 #999

A photo posted by Ismael Mathay IV (@mackymathay) on


Before dating Macky, Sunshine was married to actor Cesar Montano with whom she has 3 children. They are currently fixing their annulment.

Macky meanwhile is separated from wife Camille Farinas, daughter of  Ilocos Norte representative Rodolfo Farinas. –


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