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The Martyr Kabit
The set-up: In the 2007 flick A Love Story, a cougar-age doctor named Joanna (Maricel Soriano) hooks up with alleged reformed 30-something rake Ian (Aga Muhlach), who is married to a much younger flight attendant named Karyn (Angelica Panganiban). Ian tells Joanna he really loves her but he's still pretty much into his wife.
The analysis: Joanna chooses to let go of Ian because she feels that his wife needs him more. Besides, Karyn also used her tears (coupled with a pregnancy annoucement for good measure) to appeal to Joanna's good sense. For the record, Ian was prepared to leave his wife and yet-unborn child behind so that he could be with Joanna. The lesson we learned from Joanna is this: "It's easier to lose when you know you were actually supposed to win." Not that we're condoning infidelity or anything.
The Material Girl Kabit
The set-up: In 1999's Mister Mo, Lover Ko, voluptuous Maita (Glydel Mercado) has snagged businessman Ford Punongbayan (Eddie Gutierrez), who is married to quintessential lady-who-lunches Melody (Elizabeth Oropesa). Maita is an unapologetic vixen who wants Ford to ditch his wife and worship her and her alone.
The analysis: It's not that Maita's head-over-heels in love with Ford. She's just after his money. She wants all stereotypical mistress baubles (house, car, jewels) and is not afraid to ask. Her mistake is that she doesn't make sure that all the properties are actually in her name. When Ford dies, she is rendered destitute. Then again, you don't exactly feel sorry for her. (By the way, in real life, Glydel Mercado married Eddie Gutierrez's son by Liza Lorena, Tonton Gutierrez.)
The High Society Kabit
The set-up: In the 2011 movie No Other Woman, fiery heiress Kara (Anne Curtis) leads restless Ram (Derek Ramsay) into temptation. He says he loves his wife Charmaine (Cristine Reyes) and Kara just laughs it off. She promises him a no-strings-attached affair.
The analysis: Aside from engaging in illicit sex, Ram and Kara are also doing business together. Her family owns a resort and they're buying furniture from his company. Despite Kara's ballsy initial claim, she falls in love with Ram and even begs him not to leave her. Kara gets the standard wifely sabunot-sampal-sigaw retaliation from Charmaine. Ram still chooses Charmaine. Kara flies back to New York.
The Heavy Baggage Kabit
The set-up: In the 1990 movie Gumapang Ka sa Lusak, comely Rachel (Dina Bonnevie) is forced to be the mistress of Mayor Edmundo Guatlo (Eddie Garcia), who is married to the beautiful-yet-scary Rowena (Charo Santos-Concio), who is even more ambitious than he is. Rowena tolerates Edmundo's immoral shenanigans. Rachel is not a mistress by choice, as she only agreed to the arrangement because she was afraid Edmundo would make life a living hell for her.
The analysis: As the elections draw near, Rowena orders Edmundo to dump Rachel. Seeing the opportunity to make lemonade out of lemons, Rachel says she'll only go quietly if Edmundo makes sure that the man she loves, Levi (Christopher de Leon), is released from prison. Edmundo agrees to pull the necessary strings to get Levi out. Once that happens, Edmundo demands something in return for his "kindness." He asks Levi to kill his political rival. This type of kabit—without realizing it—specializes in making life more complicated.