Loveteams have become a staple in the entertainment industry. Before KathNiel, JaDine, and LizQuen, there are various loveteams that made us swoon onscreen and even offscreen. And those well-loved loveteams will be back on the silver screen this weekend.
After the restoration of numerous classics like Mike de Leon’s Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising and Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s Karnal, ABS-CBN Sagip Pelikula Project restores these romantic favorites.
Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa in Forevermore (2002)
If there’s one thing that you’ll remember when you see Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa, that would be first love. In fact, Hermosa admitted that Rosales was her first love. The then real-life couple is popular for primetime teleserye Pangako Sa’yo, which ended in 2002. It was also in 2002 when the loveteam appeared on the silver screen.
In Forevermore, Anton Cordero (Rosales) returns to his hometown as a successful architect. With his return, his grandfather believes that it will also be the season for the sweetest mangoes in their orchard—a legend says that the mango trees will yield the sweetest fruits when a Cordero falls in love. Anton’s childhood friend Marian (Hermosa), who has a long-time crush on him, believes that they will make the legend come true. Anton believes otherwise, but he falls in love with Marian soon enough.
Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto in Got 2 Believe (2002)
Before JaDine’s “reel to real” love story, we knew what true love was through Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto. Although the couple reportedly ended their four-year relationship before Yan’s death, reports also suggest that they were fixing issues between them—before his death, a Facebook post says that Yan even sang Jamie Rivera’s Falling for You in dedication to “the woman who’s now out of my life.” They were the perfect onscreen and offscreen couple that’ll always remain in the memory of popular culture forever.
Yan and Barretto starred in numerous TV shows and movies. Got 2 Believe, their last movie before Yan’s death, also seems to be the most loved and remembered. The film tells the story of wedding photographer Lorenz (Yan) and wedding coordinator Toni (Barretto). With the nature of their job, Lorenz and Toni always come across each other and Lorenz always ends up taking awkward candid images of Toni. When an opportunity to work abroad comes to Lorenz, he encounters Toni yet again. Soon, Toni falls for him and wishes that he’s the right man for her.
John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo in One More Chance (2007)
Unlike the previous two loveteams, John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo never became an item. They’re the loveteam we wish would take their onscreen romance to real life but despite all the speculations, it seems like Cruz and Alonzo are just really good friends.
Although we’ve seen the loveteam in various cutesy roles on TV and film, One More Chance marked their maturity both as actors and a loveteam. The film features the loveteam as the iconic Popoy and Basha. What makes One More Chance an engaging movie—aside from the remarkable lines—is the empathetic depiction of a young couple’s struggles.
The restored version of those three films along with Nasaan Ka Man will be screened at Spotlight Movie Box at the Power Mac Center Spotlight on Oct. 14 and 15.
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