Denise Laurel reminisces her love team with Rafael Rosell when he was still with ABS-CBN


Denise Laurel took a trip down memory lane when she posted throwback photos of her love team with Rafael Rosell. The two were paired in the shows Midnight Phantom, Kristine, and Dahil sa Pag-ibig.

Remember when Denise Laurel and Rafael Rosell used to be paired as a love team?

They often worked with each other in drama shows, mainly in installments of ABS-CBN's defunct umbrella series Precious Hearts Romances (PHR).

Three weeks ago, Denise greeted Rafael for his birthday by posting throwback pictures when they were still paired in the 2010 show PHR presents Martha Cecilia's Kristine.

She wrote, "#tbt and a happy birthday shoutout to my fave leading man of alllll tiiiiiime!!!! we wer like Peanut-butter & jelly!!!

"And work was just gravy with this one!! (I think I'm hungry lol) @rafrafrosell today and everyday all the people who know u are for sure thankful to God to know such a light and kind heart!!!

"Miss u boogie!!!!!!! Have a great one!! Praying hard for the chance to be able to kick butt with u again! Xo."

Denise posted four more photos from the TV series, including the poster of Martha Cecilia's Kristine and a solo picture of her playing Emerald, her character in the series.


#tbt #hbdrafaelrosell

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I just realized I have so many nice photos from back in the day!! All the pictures I take now are of #lilwarrior lol #tbt

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Okay last #tbt this photo by #mccoytarnate is ??

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Their love team was first formed in 2009 when they were paired for the installment of PHRMidnight Phantom, a novel written by Martha Cecilia. However, it experienced delays and was aired in July 2010.

In the series, Denise played Nadja, a young lady who fell in love with the DJ of the radio show Midnight Phantom, played by Rafael. She later on discovered that the DJ is Brandon, the former lover of her stepmother Anya, played by Ina Raymundo.

Despite a year of delay in airing, the love team of Denise and Rafael was strongly supported by fans and received positive feedback from the audience. Their love team was even dubbed as RafNise.


During the airing of Midnight Phantom, Denise and Rafael were already doing Kristine, as part of PHR's first anniversary on TV.

The series served as the first primetime PHR and also featured Cristine Reyes and Zanjoe Marudo as its lead stars.

In Kristine, Denise played Emerald Fortalejo, the elder sister of Jewel (Cristine) who went to Villa Kristine to find inspiration in writing her next novel.

While on her way to Villa Kristine, she suddenly finds herself in the hands of Marco De Silva (Rafael), the heir of the Da Silvas who vowed revenged on the Fortalejos. He kidnapped Emerald but later on fell in love with her.


However, midway through the series, Denise suddenly left, leaving the story of Marco and Emerald hanging. Later on, Rafael was paired with Iya Villania on the show.

A year later, Denise returned to show business, admitting that she got pregnant which is why she had to leave the show.

Her love team with Rafael was revived for the primetime show Dahil Sa Pag-ibig which starred Piolo Pascual and Jericho Rosales. The show was aired in 2012.


That same year, Denise and Rafael parted ways when she was paired with Martin del Rosario in PHR: Pintada, and he decided to transfer to GMA Network.

To date, Rafael just finished his Kapuso series Sinungaling Mong Puso while Denise is set to star in ABS-CBN's upcoming show The Better Half.

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