10 Popular Pinoy Love Teams and Their Must-Watch Movies
These films gave us solid quotable quotes, too.
(SPOT.ph) Sweeping declarations of love are only as good as their delivery and for Filipino films, love teams take the lead in executing romantic exchanges for us to swoon and cry over. These duos have several films under their belt, proving their capability at making us feel that kilig. Although these films are all great in their own way, some of them stand out. Some were career-defining for the actors in them while others served as a prelude to a reel-to-real relationship between the leads. One thing is for sure, if you gush over these love teams and need a dose of the best they have to offer, then these films are a must-see.
Here are 10 essential movies for love-team fans:
One More Chance (2007)
Love team: Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz
Familiar is comfortable, but sometimes, it isn't really what's best for you. College sweethearts Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Basha (Bea Alonzo) have been together for five years but as time passes, the cracks in their relationship show, and it eventually leads them to break up. In an attempt to move on, they shift their energies onto their career, only for them to find themselves working together after the break-up and talking about what went wrong. Cruz and Alonzo showcase their acting prowess in this film, effectively delivering gut-wrenching lines that hit so close to home, you'll be left weeping long after the credits have rolled.
Love team: Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil
Relationships can start out great, but some of them can shatter you when things don't work out. But what exactly do you do when the future you've planned out included your S.O. every step of the way? For art curator Christine, played by Liza Soberano, it meant relearning how to be alone in achieving her dreams without her college sweetheart Raf, played by Enrique Gil, by her side. Tackling the troubles of work, the jarring world of adulthood, and the crisis of doing what you love versus taking a job for its prestige, the film is loaded with questions of love, purpose, and direction.
She's Dating The Gangster (2014)
Love team: Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla
Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla have had several blockbuster films together. From a romance abroad in Barcelona: A Love Untold to the drama-filled The Hows of Us, KathNiel have starred in almost every possible iteration of the romance film. Out of all their movies, She's Dating The Gangster showed how well they really worked, whether it's in the modern times, or in the '90s to show how their characters Athena and Kenji eventually fall for each other, only to be separated down the line.
Never Not Love You (2018)
Love team: Nadine Lustre and James Reid
Nadine Lustre and James Reid are well-versed at acting out the dilemma of choosing between love and career, as shown in their performances as Leah and Clark, respectively in the teleserye On The Wings of Love. In this Antoinette Jadaone-directed film, the tandem plays adults who are now forced to make a choice: to prioritize their careers or to stay together. From insecurities to financial problems fleshed out in emotionally loaded scenes, you couldn't help rooting for their characters to succeed and ultimately end up together. Fun fact: Lustre also sweeped awards for her performance in this film, including a Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress!
'Til There Was You (2003)
Love team: Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual
Keeping a family intact is hard enough, but involving another party in the mix makes for chaos. Albert (Piolo Pascual) gets on a bus and sits next to Joanna (Judy Ann Santos) who could easily calm his child down. She gets off the bus and leaves her photograph. The kid grows up believing that the stranger in the photo is her mom—which Albert uses to soothe his daughter for the years to come. Eventually, she returns to their lives and is paid to play pretend-mother and pretend-wife, until she begins to make demands in exchange for keeping Albert's family together. Seeing a couple work their differences out and slowly fall in love with each other can be stressful, but watching them triumph and end up together, and as a happy family at that, is satisfying in its own right. Pascual and Santos bicker to no end in this one—if you have the urge to bump their heads together just so they could realize how they really feelwhile watching this, we totally get you.
Wala Na Bang Pag-Ibig? (1997)
Love team: Angelu De Leon and Bobby Andrews
Living out a successful future with your childhood best friend is the dream. For Eric (Bobby Andrews) and Gemma (Angelu De Leon), being classmates in Manila is a good idea since it means they can still go on about their crazy antics and adventures. Gemma is bent on getting all the girls for Eric, but everything changes when her pretty cousin, Vivian, enters the picture. Eric and Vivian are smitten, but her three-week stay in the U.S. prompts Gemma and Eric to confess their feelings for one another. Upon her return, Eric claims he can't decide between the two of them and Gemma is convinced that giving way is what's best for everyone and retreats to the province. De Leon and Andrews may be best friends in this one, but you just can't help but root for the childhood friends to end up together like they should.
Paano Na Kaya (2010)
Love Team: Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson
Falling in love with your best friend only makes sense—you know each other well, you get along, and you're always there for each other. But here's the catch: if you break up, you run the risk of losing a lover and a best friend, too. When Bogs (Gerald Anderson) breaks up with his girlfriend, his best friend Mae (Kim Chiu) confesses how she truly feels about him. Both willing to gamble their friendship, the two best friends become lovers, except Mae feels like she's just a rebound. Since she has always been there for him, Mae is left wondering if Bogs truly loved her, or if he only tried to love her for fear that he would lose her. Chiu and Anderson have long since parted ways and moved on to other partners, but they left us a very important nugget of wisdom from this film: understanding the difference between "mahal" and"mahalaga."
Got 2 Believe (2002)
Love team: Claudine Barretto and Rico Yan
Some love teams make it look so believable that you're left wondering if they're really together as a couple, or they're just that good at acting. Got 2 Believe stars Claudine Barretto as Toni, a wedding coordinator, and Rico Yan as Lorenz, a wedding photographer disillusioned by happy endings. Lorenz sets Toni up for a date with his friend and while she hopes for Mr. Right to come along, she can't help but wish it was Lorenz instead. Meanwhile, Lorenz finds himself falling for Toni. They're on the same page about how they feel but Barretto and Yan's push and pull stretches the "Will they or won't they?" dilemma for viewers to relish. Barretto and Yan went on to become a couple in real life—and this happens to be Yan's last film before his sudden passing.
Labs Kita, Okey Ka Lang? (1998)
Love team: Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin
When your best friend finds someone they like, the initial reaction is to be supportive—unless you have feelings for them, of course. Instead of confessing her feelings, Bujoy, played by Jolina Magdangal, maintains her friendship with childhood best friend Ned, played by Marvin Agustin. Ned invites Bujoy's pretty cousin to her sculpture competition and arrives late and Bujoy, unable to contain her feelings, confesses her love for Ned and claims that falling for her best friend was the biggest mistake she could make. The scene happens all at once, but when Magdangal dropped her lines at an awestruck Agustin, we were just as crushed.
Ngayong Nandito Ka (2003)
Love team: Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales
If something's meant for you, try letting it go. If it comes back, it really is meant for you. Unfortunately, that's not how it always plays out in relationships. Following the success of their teleserye Pangako Sa'Yo in 2002, Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales starred in Ngayong Nandito Ka in 2003 as Garie and Rocky respectively, two musicians on the rise. Fame is almost at their fingertips until an unexpected tragedy forces Rocky to leave behind his band dreams and girlfriend Garie to help his family regain their bearings. Two years later, they stumble upon each other again, except this time around, Garie's already engaged. Rosales and Hermosa's chemistry proved great that even though the plot presented a great moral problem, you just can't help but root for past loves to belong together once more.