SPOTTED: Vicki Belo with ‘substitute’ BF

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Vicki Belo and Edward Mendez attend a cocktail party together

STEPPING OUT. Celebri-doc Vicki Belo and budding actor hunky Edward Mendez attended a cocktail party together on the evening of July 23.

MANILA, Philippines – Doctor-to-the-stars Vicki Belo, 56, was spotted with young hunky Edward Mendez at a cocktail party at the Makati Shangri-la Manila.

“He’s my substitute [boyfriend],” Belo joked when asked about her young arm candy at the party of local carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on July 23.

“No, he’s my friend. We have dinner and talk a lot,” she explained.

The young model-turned actor and fitness consultant, has repeatedly denied that he was behind Belo’s break-up with long-time-boyfriend Hayden Kho.

Mendez told ABS-CBN in May that his relationship with Belo is purely “platonic.” He admitted that the doctor is “girlfriend material” but said he wouldn’t risk their friendship for a romantic relationship.

The two said they met nearly a decade ago when the then teenage Mendez became a client in Belo’s beauty clinic.

For her part, Belo maintains that she is single after calling it quits with Kho nearly 5 months ago.

“Lovelife? Nothing so far, just recovering my heart,” said the celebri-doc. –

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