Does it feel any different working with loveteam partner Tirso Cruz III now? Superstar Nora Aunor, whose tandem with the actor prevailed during the ‘70s, admits, “Marami nang nangyari sa buhay namin, lalo na sa akin. Siguro yung nakaraan, kumbaga sa nobela, tapos na yung nobela. Closed na yun. Panibagong nobela naman yung paggawa namin ngayon.”

The Nora-Tirso tandem, popularly known as Guy and Pip in showbiz, reunites in the romantic drama When I Fall In Love. The “made-for-TV” film airs as TV5’s Valentine offering on February 11, 8:00 PM.

Photo: Noel Orsal

Superstar Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III, who comprise the Guy and Pip loveteam that peaked during the ‘70s, are paired anew in the romantic-family drama, When I Fall In Love.

 
Directed by Joel Lamangan, When I Fall In Love is part of Studio5 Original Movies, a collection of "made-for-TV" movies that are slated to air on TV5 this February.

Their anticipated onscreen reunion, which comes two decades after their last film, Bilangin ang mga Bituin sa Langit, begs the question: Is their chemistry still alive?

At the January 29 premiere of When I Fall in Love and launch of the Studio5 Original Movies at the Ali Mall Cineplex, the 61-year-old actress admitted that some things between her and her co-actor have changed.

Nora told the press, “Alam mo, marami nang nangyari sa buhay namin, lalo na sa akin.

“Siguro yung nakaraan, kumbaga sa nobela, tapos na yung nobela. Closed na yun.

“Panibagong nobela naman yung paggawa namin ngayon…”

Nora, who made a comeback in showbiz in 2011, also said that she and Tirso have both matured as actors and that what matters is that their loveteam still brings joy to audiences, especially their loyal fans.

She describes Tirso now: “A, seryoso siya ngayon.

“E, ako naman kasi, hindi naging seryoso miski noong araw. Although sa aming trabaho, pagdating sa trabaho, trabaho talaga.

“Pero pag wala sa trabaho, nagbibiruan. Ganun pa rin naman pero mas iba noon kaysa ngayon.

“Kasi noon may hawakan pa kami ng kamay! Ngayon wala na,” Nora even joked.

When I Fall In Love stars Nora and Pip as the Buenaventura couple, Fely and Armando, whose touching love story is told as the narration shifts to and fro past and present events of their lives.

A year before their 40th wedding anniversary, Armando, a doctor, is diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Resigned to the fact that his chances of recovery are slim, he chooses to spend the little time he has left with Fely and his three children: Ricky (Marc Abaya), Nica (Nadine Samonte), and Louie (Felix Roco). Armando, who tries to remain optimistic despite his illness, wishes to renew his marriage vows with Fely.