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KRIS AQUINO & PHILLIP SALVADOR
Coupling: Kris and Phillip hooked up on the set of their movie, Nandito Ako, in 1994. Back then, Phillip was still married to first wife Asuncion "Sony" Dabao. Thus, he and Kris couldn't get hitched. So, they lived together. Kris had their son, Joshua, in 1995. The Kris-Phillip hookup was big news practically all over the world. In fact, even The New York Times wrote about how Kris' famous mom wasn't able to attend baby Joshua's christening. Kris and Phillip called it quits in 1999.
Match up: She was the smart and sweet youngest child of former president Cory Aquino and the late revered senator Ninoy Aquino, which was why nobody ever thought she would fall for Phillip, 18 years her senior and known as a "serial womanizer." She was an up-and-coming showbiz darling and he was a past-his-prime star.
Phillip Salvador guests on Today with Kris.
Breaking points: It didn't help that Phillip's then-wife wasn't keen on an annulment and that Kris' family was perpetually lamenting her bad decision. Perhaps, Kris and Phillip's many differences began to take its toll on their relationship. In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 2000, Kris even admitted to correcting Phillip's English grammar in front of other people.
Famous words: "It's the right time and the right chance to redeem myself as a daughter. [I don't want to be] left for life carrying a load on my conscience," Kris said right after she decided to call it quits with Phillip in 1999. She was 23 when she chose to run off with him and 28 when she, perhaps, realized that she was meant for greater things. Current status: Kris and Phillip remain friends. Kris is now married to basketball player James Yap, 11 years her junior. Phillip, on the other hand, after splitting from Sony, got involved in a messy relationship with businesswoman Cristina Decena before he got hitched to Emma Ledesma. Phillip even regained some of his luster when he won as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie Baler.
Love lesson learned: Reel love often can't withstand reality.
KRIS AQUINO & JOEY MARQUEZ
Coupling: Fresh from his breakup with Alma Moreno in 2002, Joey Marquez was interviewed by Kris Aquino on The Buzz. They became an item sometime afterwards. They lived together. Kris became an added mother figure—“albeit a very glamorous one—“to Joey's children from his past partners. But, by 2003, the two had called it quits.
Match up: Kris had already recovered from her failed relationship with Phillip Salvador when she met actor-politician Joey, who, admittedly, had weakness for women. He was 14 years older than Kris.
Breaking points: Joey's womanizing—“as well as his infecting her with sexually transmitted disease—“reportedly drove Kris to the edge. It was the perfect brew for the Mother of All Bad Breakups. There was a cocked gun, and a dramatic flight from the love nest.
Famous words: In an exclusive interview with Korina Sanchez about her split with Joey, Kris admitted, "Sinasabi nila that I grabbed at his genitals. I did. I wanted to crush it. Then, sinabi ko, 'Ano pa ba ang kulang sa akin?' Ilang beses mo ba akong kailangang gaguhin?'" Nevertheless, the two appeared to have forgiven each other.
Kris Aquino and Joey Marquez' relationship featured in one of episode of QTV's show, Ang Pinaka.
Current status: Kris has chucked the Joey episode as part of her reckless past. Joey went one step further and joked about not knowing who Kris was. "Sino 'yun?" he asked when a reporter asked him about Kris.
Love lesson learned: If you're drawn to people who might ruin your life, run the other way as fast as you can. (And don't mess with a woman who isn't afraid of, or even perhaps revels in spilling the bitter truth on national TV.)
Photographs from ladyclip.com (Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion), Erick Lirios for PEP.ph (Ruffa Gutierrez and Yilmaz Bektas), Noel Orsal of PEP.ph (Ethel Booba and Alex Crisano, Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho, Chavit Singson, Joey Marquez and Kris Aquino, Snooky Serna), Elyas Salanga for PEP.ph (Che Tiongson), Emerson Sy for PEP.ph (Assunta de Rossi and Jules Ledesma IV, Phillip Salvador), www.myspace.com/bluejeanjunkiesrock (Nino Mendoza).