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10 Eternal Pinoy Love Teams
In honor of the month of love, lists our top 10 onscreen sweethearts in local showbusiness.
By: Melissa Andrea de Quiros   |   Published on: Feb 11, 2010 - 9:49am

Stars may come and go, but a great love team is forever. It is almost impossible for the Philippine entertainment industry to survive without "love teams" on the small and big screens, essential elements for delivering the ratings and attracting advertisers. Very rarely can any new star be launched to stardom without the requisite love team with which fans can readily identify them to be part of. And if a pair clicks, oozing the kilig factor and all, ding ding ding cry the movie tills–jackpot!

But for many Filipino viewers, love teams are considered more than just a commercial product, toeing the line between reel and real so that audiences are intrigued enough to ask, "Are they or aren't they (together)?" And more importantly, curious enough to tune in or shell out for a movie ticket. thought of 10 local on-screen sweethearts who captured the hearts of Pinoy audiences through the years (in no particular order):

Tirso Cruz III and Nora Aunor


First appeared together in: The Musical Teenage Idol

Love team appeal: It seemed like a case of east meets west. The guy named Tirso (Pip), blessed with fair skin and aristocratic features, was paired with Nora (Guy), a traditional kayumanggi and dalagang Pilipina. And what appeared to be an odd pairing at first turned into a phenomenon. In the '70s, they ruled the box office. And even Maria Leonora Theresa, the doll Pip gave Guy became a pop culture sensation. Talk about iconic.

Memorable movies/shows together: Tell Nora I Love Her; Young Love; And God Smiled at Me; Guy and Pip; Till We Meet Again; The Young at Heart; Always in my Heart; My Little Brown Girl; A Gift of Love; My Blue Hawaii; and Winter Holiday.

Why we liked them: They were the proud parents of a life-sized doll that spawned a hit song! This couple was way ahead of Brangelina, if you ask us.

A fan's ode to Guy and Pip set to "Nora and Tirso" sung by Ike Lozada

Vilma "Vi" Santos and Edgar "Bobot" Mortiz

First appearedtogetherin: The Sensations

Love team appeal: Like a breath of fresh air, the Vi-and-Bot love team radiated genuineness in every sense of the word. As onscreen partners, they were a perfect fit for romantic comedies because of their collective sunny and comical charm. As off-screen sweethearts, they were pure, happy, and accessible–the kind of characteristics that make up an effective love team. And says an older fan: "Nakakakilig kasi totoo sila."

Memorable movies/ shows together: The Sensations; My Darling Eddie; Jukebox King; Young Love; From the Bottom of my Heart; I Love You, Honey; My Pledge of Love; Renee Rose; Songs and Lovers; Dama de Noche, Don't Ever Say Goodbye; and Leron Leron Sinta.

Why we like them: They did 14 movies together in one year, probably a record for any love team.

Vilma Santos and Edgar Mortiz in Love Letters.

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  • nicole
    11 months ago     Reply  
  • Curtis
    I'd take out Dong-Yan and replace it with Richard-Angel. :) Winner ang Wacks & Peachy... Galing makaloko ng tao! Haha!
    11 months ago     Reply  
  • KG
    Cutest Loveteam ever goes to Kim Chiu & Gerald Anderson looking forward seeing them work again i hope so
    Jul 09 2013 @ 10:09pm     Reply  
  • magne
    GO ECHTOTIN!rnsobra! kakakilig! walng kupas!
    Mar 02 2011 @ 07:08pm     Reply  
  • speaking of love teams
    why not do a movie now about ofw's{or something!} featuring guy & pip? a good storyline can do the trick. include marvin & jolina & some newbies. all it takes is good story & director. it's about time i guess...
    Jan 13 2011 @ 10:02am     Reply  
  • mk
    I wonder why the Lotlot+Ramon Christopher love team was not included. How about Janno and Manilyn? Tina Paner and Chris Villanueva?
    Jan 13 2011 @ 09:38am     Reply  
  • Lyds
    and also janno and manilyn.
    Apr 01 2010 @ 01:51pm     Reply  
  • Lovely
    Feb 27 2010 @ 07:38pm     Reply  
  • anne
    Feb 27 2010 @ 07:33pm     Reply  
  • Heart
    Fake yan 10 eternal loveteams.. hello Rico yan and Claudine Barretto kya and mas popular..
    Feb 26 2010 @ 11:40am     Reply  
  • Heart
    oo nga where Claudine and Rico yan?
    Feb 26 2010 @ 11:38am     Reply  
  • Pinoy24
    I desire to continue here in Pilipinas until I die.
    Feb 26 2010 @ 05:29am     Reply  
  • totoong_tao
    i agree with the most of loveteams whos in the list except last and gerald, i like them pro baguhan pa rin clang maituturing and marian at dingdong, ano bang napatunayan nila ung marimar at dyesebel eh mga d naman original stories un..ung babaeng hinugot sa(sama ng loob) ni hindi nga naramdaman ng tao pati na ung movie nilang one true flop...if i were juday fan, maghihimutok ako sa galit kc wala cla ni wowie smantalang cla nina angelu ang magkaribal nun...
    Feb 25 2010 @ 04:32pm     Reply  
  • sabby
    Feb 24 2010 @ 10:26pm     Reply  
  • girlie
    when i first read the article, sabi ko ang galing... there was guy and vilma sharon and gabi ang all... but then at the end, there's gerald and kim? tapos alng rico and claudine or piolo juday wowie... this is so cheap... duhhh
    Feb 24 2010 @ 07:02pm     Reply  
  • erich
    I love JOlina...forever na iyan...:)
    Feb 22 2010 @ 07:42pm     Reply  
  • akoito
    hahaha... naalala ko yung pinsan ko nung makita ko sina Angelu at Bobby.

    sabi nya one time nung mag guest sa isang show ng GMA7 sina Angelu at Bobby, "bwisit na mga yan! naloko ako. akala ko sila talaga"

    Feb 22 2010 @ 03:26pm     Reply  
  • numerose
    Marvilina da best pa rin!
    Feb 22 2010 @ 11:22am     Reply  
  • umandajon
    MARVIN - JOLINA FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MARVIN - JOLINA FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MARVIN - JOLINA FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MARVIN - JOLINA FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MARVIN - JOLINA FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MARVIN - JOLINA FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MARVIN - JOLINA FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MARVIN - JOLINA FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Budjoy to Ned:

    OH YES, kaibigan mo ako. kaibigan mo LANG ako. and that's all i ever was to you, your best friend. takbuhan mo pag may problema ka, tagasunod, tagabigay ng advice, taga-enroll, taga gawa ng assignment. tagapagpatawa sayo kapag nalulungkot ka. taga tanggap ng kahit na ano. and i'm so st*p*d to make the biggest mistake of falling in love with my best friend. dahil kahit kailan hindi mo naman ako makikita eh. kahit kailan hindi mo akong kayang mahalin na higit pa sa isang kaibigan. ngayong alam mo na, i think you can get out of my life.
    Feb 22 2010 @ 11:12am     Reply  
  • llll
    ewwww kim and gerald? so na beat na pala nila cla rico and claudine? plz where's justice?
    Feb 21 2010 @ 11:46am     Reply  
  • Brangelina
    My dear readers, here they are in no particular
    Why is ECHOTIN included in the list? Because of the following reasons enumerated by a fan in their fans' forum

    1. Echo and Tins physical features complement very well with each other.
    2. They have matching smiles and facial expressions which superficially make them compatible.
    3. They are both lefties and are born in September.
    4. They substantially appreciate simple things in life.
    5. They both consider the beach as an ideal spot for privacy and recreation.
    6. They live in the same subdivision and in fact regard each other as neighbors.
    7. They love street foods and share a common fondness with crabs.
    8. They both find pleasure in the company of children and dogs.
    9. They prefer serious, long-lasting relationships and do away with flings.
    10. They are distinctly family-oriented, and have had their own taste of parenthood.
    11. They highly regard faith and uphold the same religion.
    12. They persistently dress up with sense and style.
    13. Their photos always look stunningly catchy.
    14. They markedly and explicitly glow when they are together.
    15. Beyond doubt, they bring spice in each others life.
    16. Their on and off-screen tandem is highly illustrious worldwide.
    17. They produce the principal top-rating soaps in Philippine history.
    18. They generate box-office movies in theaters nationwide and abroad.
    19. They contribute stellar ratings to every television show they guest.
    20. Their meek presence brings traffic to malls and concert halls.
    21. Their chemistry is celebrated by people regardless of age, race, and creed.
    22. They have deservingly garnered awards individually and alongside each other through the years, and have strongly proven their versatility in various projects.
    23. They consistently stand out as one of the most talked about tandems in social networks be it in PEX, Araxian, Twitter, Facebook, Multiply, or Friendster.
    24. They are among the Filipino loveteams who rule YouTube and other video-sharing access sites.
    25. They still get to capture the hearts of the public even after five long years of being apart.
    26. Theyve nonchalantly settled their past together and are both moving forward towards a brighter future.
    27. They both show a strong passion towards acting, hence making every role the play even more genuine.
    28. They welcome challenges and consider the latter as fundamental tools to help them boost their craft.
    29. They have that collective charm of making their viewers feel every emotion they convey.
    30. They find solace displaying their true selves towards each other.
    31. They earnestly feel every story they engage, every character they portray, and every line they deliver.
    32. They share certain likes (a lot of them, in fact) which bind them together despite their differences.
    33. They know when and how to attack their lines with conviction.
    34. They possess that seemingly insurmountable level of connection as proven in various circumstances.
    35. Time after time, they agree on how to deliver their scenes in between takes, consequently making the latters output even more encouragingly spontaneous in nature.
    36. They now face matters with utmost maturity.
    37. They evidently bring out the best in each other.
    38. They are undoubtedly comfortable working together.
    39. They enjoy each others innate feistiness.
    40. They are extraordinarily sweet towards each other.
    41. They inspire each other in every way possible.
    42. They facilitate each others growth as an artist and as a person.
    43. They are undeniably happy having each other around.
    44. They still apparently care for each other.
    45. They seemingly grow younger at heart in each others company.
    46. Their scenes together look superbly natural.
    47. They work not just to earn, but to inspire people as well.
    48. They nurture each others gifts and prestige.
    49. They understand and respect each others individuality.
    50. Regardless of aura, they play sweet music whenever theyre together.
    51. They remain indisputably hot even when arguing on-screen.
    52. In ways more than one, they know how to console each other.
    53. They are self-confessed avid fans of each other.
    54. They unconditionally accept each others flaws in life.
    55. They easily grasp each others thoughts and end up finishing each others sentence.
    56. They still treat each other exceptionally as a person.
    57. They openly express each others importance in their personal and professional lives.
    58. They gamely answer questions about each other.
    59. They admittedly find each other cheerful and lovable.
    60. They both have their exclusive way of communication which transcends the expressions we sense, the words we hear, and the actions we see from them... on and off-screen.
    61. They manage each others comic ways with ease and dexterity.
    62. Their growing closeness still brings out that certain level of kilig factor which intensifies with each passing day.
    63. They have nothing but good words to say about each other.
    64. They never fail to enthrall their spectators whatever they do.
    65. They hold individual personas which have been very well honed by their past experiences in life.
    66. They have built and nourished such a strong bond of friendship through the years.
    67. They have established profound trust towards each other.
    68. They treasure every priceless gift and every beautiful memory they share together.
    69. They always look forward to the possibility of working together again.
    70. They give people more than a million reasons to smile and fall in love.
    71. To a lot of people, they bring back Primetime television at its finest.
    72. They click best when they are together.
    73. They are each others acting soulmate.
    74. They are both personally and professionally competent.
    75. Theyre classic, rare, and one-of-a-kind.
    76. They are diverse individuals whose names are destined to be connected by time, distance, and circumstance.
    77. They have paved way for a lifetime of friendship to form amongst us, EchoTinners.
    78. They value each other as well as the people who love and support them.
    79. They have remained humble despite their immeasurable success.
    80. They both have God in the center of their lives.
    Feb 19 2010 @ 03:46pm     Reply  
  • lea
    ..iba talaga ang chemistry nina jolens at marvs..hanggang ngayon kinikilig pa rin kami...babes!!!!
    Feb 18 2010 @ 05:46pm     Reply  
  • silver
    richard gutierrez and angel locsin's loveteam should be included in the list because their loveteam really gave a big impact. not only did they become very famous but gma also benefitted from their team up.
    Feb 17 2010 @ 08:54pm     Reply  
  • chuchu
    HAHA.. honestly sa melason lng ako kinilig
    Feb 17 2010 @ 02:34pm     Reply  
  • rai
    AND UNG ORIG PA..DOLPHY AND THE LATE MS. NDA BLANCA arent they a agreat loveteamduring their era?..hilda kronel & jay ilagan that end up sa kasalan..make singit naman.
    Feb 16 2010 @ 10:41am     Reply  
  • tweet
    these are the choices of not ours. there is something wrong with the word "eternal". there is only one love team that we can truly say eternal - that is guy and pip. wala na ang iba, nandyan pa rin sila.
    Feb 15 2010 @ 04:19pm     Reply  
  • tweet
    where is the love team of lotlot de leon?
    Feb 15 2010 @ 04:08pm     Reply  
  • eva luna
    All-Time Greatest Loveteam

    1. Guy and Pip
    2. Sharon and Gabby
    3. Nida Blanca and Nestor De Villa
    4. Carmen Rosales and Rogelio dela Rosa
    5. Maricel Soriano and William Martinez
    6. Susan Roces and Romeo Vasquez
    7. Gloria Romero and Juancho Gutierrez
    8. Vi and Bot
    9. Juday and Piolo Pascual
    10. Claudine and Rico Yan
    Feb 15 2010 @ 01:15pm     Reply  
  • perry
    how about?: Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa(Just Nida and Nestor); Armando Goyena and Tessie Quintana; Rogelio dela Rosa and Carmen Rosales;
    Feb 14 2010 @ 09:21am     Reply  
  • trinoma_rat
    nida and nestor
    Feb 13 2010 @ 04:13pm     Reply  
  • trinoma_rat
    john en marsha
    Feb 13 2010 @ 04:12pm     Reply  
  • dankenshun 70
    Its because the TITLE'S Entry "ETERNAL LOVETEAMS" is not apt to describe with some of the featured pairs wc i think is categorically for the 'MOST POPULAR LOVETEAM OF TODAYS GENERATION' . Its too early to include them ignoring the works of some mentioned and truly deserving but ignored . . make up to it..of course u can still...
    Feb 13 2010 @ 05:54am     Reply  
  • manny
    nasan na sarah- john lloyd ????????????? the highest filipino movie of all time...BOQ and BOK ? we cannot trust internet polls really accurate na basehan...
    Feb 12 2010 @ 11:05pm     Reply  
  • ang saya saya!
    richard and snooky/ richard and dawn/ richard and sharon/

    romnick and harlene/ romnick and sheryl... handameeee!
    Feb 12 2010 @ 09:07pm     Reply  
  • tintin
    chakka naman ang love team nila richard at angel noh! kontra pa kayo eh yan nga ung pinakasumikat n nga love teams un mga pinagsasasabi niyo d naman sumikat masysado! ang eepal nkakabwct.
    Feb 12 2010 @ 09:07pm     Reply  
  • roy edward
    kakatawa,,naman to,,, milyun milyun ang hinakot sa takilya ng tambalang Maricel William.. then wala sila sa listahan,, tinalo pa ng jolina at marvin,, kim at gerald(naka ilang pelikula na bato?) wala naman sense of history un nagsulat nito
    Feb 12 2010 @ 09:06pm     Reply  
  • platinumangel
    yeah, you missed Maricel & William, FPJ & Susan Roces...
    Feb 12 2010 @ 04:49pm     Reply  
  • tito dan
    Jun Pyo and Jan Di
    Feb 12 2010 @ 03:18pm     Reply  
  • mark
    Bakit wala sina:
    *Mark Herras at Jennylyn Mercado
    *Richard Guttierez at Angel Locsin
    Feb 12 2010 @ 12:13pm     Reply  
  • satruelang
    san d2 si PIOLO PASCUAL and SAM MILBY
    Feb 12 2010 @ 11:29am     Reply  
  • angelsy
    juday-wowie, maricel-william, claudine-rico, they should be on the list!
    Feb 12 2010 @ 09:02am     Reply  
  • igeramos
    Christopher and Vilma. Hilda and Jay, Patsy and Lupito. Perla and Romy, Susan and Juancho, Amalia and Eddie, Gloria and Luis, Ferdie and Dovey.
    Feb 12 2010 @ 12:18am     Reply  
  • Raine
    Saan galing itong list na ito bakit wala sina Maricel Soriano at William Martinez
    Feb 12 2010 @ 12:07am     Reply  
  • Lala
    Papa Piolo and Sam Milby or Papa Piolo and Mark Bautista!
    Feb 11 2010 @ 11:22pm     Reply  
  • jan mario
    panget naman un eh @ jojo a

    krista at pacman ang dpat no.1 loveteam
    Feb 11 2010 @ 10:14pm     Reply  
  • jojo a
    jay sonza at mel tiangco dpat kasma din
    Feb 11 2010 @ 10:12pm     Reply  
  • Vice Gaga
    di naman ata cya by ranking.. by generation cya.. from 70's - 80's - mid 80's - 90's - mid 90's so on so fort.. pansin ku lang naman..
    Feb 11 2010 @ 09:10pm     Reply  
  • PioloSam4ever
    hey cheerios pano mo nasabi 1 & 2 lang ang valid? i think sharon and gabby deserved to be there.. kristine jericho? marvin jolina? and wacks & peachy? come on.. deserving naman siguro sila hehe. Though i agree, madami din na left out.. honorable mention na lang hehe.
    Feb 11 2010 @ 09:07pm     Reply  
  • Cheerios
    Ano ba iyang list niyo! 1 & 2 lang ang valid. The rest is farcical. Para kayong nagmamadali sa mga articles niyo. Pwe!!!
    Feb 11 2010 @ 07:49pm     Reply  
  • caboodles
    dami p dapat nsa list kesa sa kim chiu at gerald pati na jericho and kristine. mga baguhan at short lived lng yang mga list n yan except ung kin aguy an dpip n wala n atang tatalo. ung mga nagcomments ng iba pang love teams tama kayo
    Feb 11 2010 @ 05:17pm     Reply  
  • mary_ann_lei
    Thank you for putting TGIS' Peachy & Wacks! Bakit wala po sila Maricel Soriano & William Martinez?
    Feb 11 2010 @ 03:50pm     Reply  
  • Araceli
    Mikey Arroyo and Ruffa Mae Quinto
    Feb 11 2010 @ 03:32pm     Reply  
  • Paparazzi
    Jinggoy Estrada and Jay Nava!
    Feb 11 2010 @ 03:30pm     Reply  
  • ms.kikay^_^
    bkit wala ang SAVER ang daya nman oh..T.T
    Feb 11 2010 @ 02:54pm     Reply  
  • mudda fuga
    mark joseph and sarsi emmanuel!
    Feb 11 2010 @ 02:22pm     Reply  
  • korimar
    wala bang KORIMAR???? hahahaha just kidding :)
    Feb 11 2010 @ 02:06pm     Reply  
  • kabarj
    hinde ba si Dennis Trillo ang kasama ni Jolina sa ITALY?

    asan nga claudine-rico? juday-piolo? :)
    Feb 11 2010 @ 01:46pm     Reply  
  • James Ty III
    You forgot to mention I.T.A.L.Y. as the last project of the Jolina-Marvin loveteam. They also have a TV show together, Dear Friend.
    Feb 11 2010 @ 01:24pm     Reply  
  • Haste
    ..Hello!!! Rene Requestas and Kris Aquino!!!
    Pido Dida part 1 and 2.
    Feb 11 2010 @ 01:20pm     Reply  
  • tito dan
    Ricky Rogers - Scarlett Revilla
    Feb 11 2010 @ 01:14pm     Reply  
  • ian
    haller. juday-wowie!
    Feb 11 2010 @ 11:52am     Reply  
  • Tita Aida
    Nasaan na si Dranreb at si Jude Estrada?
    Feb 11 2010 @ 11:36am     Reply  
  • prinsesa
    where's Judy Ann and Piolo? I think they deserve a spot in this list.
    Feb 11 2010 @ 11:10am     Reply  
  • batoush
    nasaan na si Carmen Rosales at Rogelio de la Rosa,
    Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces, Amalia Fuentes & Romeo Vasquez, Maricel Soriano & William Martinez, Snooky Serna & Albert Martinez, and last Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby!
    Feb 11 2010 @ 10:19am     Reply  
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