It took one Instagram photo of actress Bea Alonzo Alonzo and Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and her caption, “Hi Mama! Nakilala ko na ang paborito mo!” to give birth to social media’s newest “ship.”
Netizens were instantly giddy and shipped — a slang that describes a fan’s desire for two people to be in a romantic relationship — the two when they apparently met for the first time over the weekend.
They even took the liberty of suggesting what nickname to give the love team with #BeVico and #BeyVico on top of the list.
Alonzo and Sotto, however, met for a meaningful purpose. The former led her co-founded charity, “I Am Hope” in turning over relief bags and disinfectants for the frontliners of Pasig.
“In line with Father’s Day, we intend to celebrate the fathers who choose to serve the community by cleaning the streets and picking up our garbage. Maraming salamat po sa mga tatay na street sweepers at garbage collectors sa pagtulong sa ating kumunidad at sa pagtatrabaho ng marangal para sa kanilang pa-milya,” Alonzo noted in her post.
The actress’ opening line for “Mama” by the way tickled Alonzo’s fans because it was actually for Coney Reyes — Sotto’s mom in real life — who played her onscreen mother in the film “Four Sisters and A Wedding.” It was an iconic line Alonzo’s character uttered when she accused her mother she is playing favorites among her children.
Shortly after posting the picture, Pasig’s 31-year-old mayor wrote in the comments, “Thank you for helping and congrats for the success of I Am Hope!”
Alonzo, 32, replied, “You’re welcome! We at I Am Hope, are so inspired seeing how the people of Pasig look up to you and respect you. Thank you for the warmth.”
The post has earned 408,000 likes as of this writing and almost 10,000 comments, some of which came from celebrities as well.
“Hindi mo ba alam yung 3 feet rule, Basha? Happy for you paps. #BeVico #BeyVico,” wrote Janus del Prado referring to his co-star Alonzo’s character in the movie “One More Chance.”
Dimples Romana, who was also part of the movie, backed del Prado and commented, “#BeyVico pasok!”
In a separate comment she added, “Ay o, napangiti ako. Kind hearts.”
Finally, writer and creative producer G3 San Diego put into words what everyone in the comments section wanted to point out: “Imagine all the good you can do together.”
Alonzo has been single since her public falling out with former boyfriend Gerald Anderson, while Sotto is single and labeled himself as “no girlfriend since birth.”