Beloved team-ups of the big screen

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Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion made one of the most well-loved tandems in showbiz history. Pinoys simply got hooked on their reel-and-real love story.


Movie love teams go back to the 1940s and ‘50s. SampaguitaPictures and LVN Studios pioneered in the local romance genre, taking advantageof moviegoers' hopeless romanticism.

For example, in the ‘50s, Gloria Romero & Luis Gonzales,Nestor de Villa & Nida Blanca; the 70's Nora Aunor & Tirso Cruz III, Vilma Santos & Edgar Mortiz;and in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Sheryl Cruz &Romnick Sarmenta...The list is endless.

Giveavid fans their favorite team-up and you have a sure-fire box-office hit. Where does the "hit" factor come from? The couple's onscreen chemistry.

Several were onscreen partnerships that triedan off-screen love connection. Others are team-ups that fans, if they had theirway, would like to see ending up for real.

But whether the romance progressed from reel to real, they've made it to PEP's (Philippine Entertainment Portal) list of beloved and wistfully treasured movie love teams.

Claudine Barretto & Rico Yan. Claudine Barretto was in the bloom of womanhood when RicoYan entered show business. Rico first captured the hearts of TV viewers via acommercial in which he flashed his bedimpled smile. Claudine was one ofshowbiz's most in-demand young stars.

Their first team-up was in Radio Romance (1996).Both fair and beautiful, their team-up incited "kilig," resulting in a movieproject: the romantic flick F.L.A.M.E.S. (1997).

In 1998, already dating in real life, the two starred in thehit, Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita. Butit wasn't until they did Got 2 Believe(February 2002) that Rico and Claudine garnered fans who avidly rooted fortheir partnership.

Their love story ended tragically, only a month after thesuccess of Got 2 Believe. Rico Yan, 27, died March 2002, of acutepancreatitis at the Dos Palmas Resort in Palawan.

Jericho Rosales & Kristine Hermosa. For almost three years, the Echo-Tintin tandem was tagged as the "most popular" by Pinoys residing here and abroad.

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Their reel love story began on the set of Pangako Sa 'Yo, and eventually, it became real. The viewers rejoiced.

The two went on to topbill the movies Forevermore (2002) and Ngayong Nandito Ka (2003). They only had two, but the impact of their love team was intense. In fact, die-hard fans cried over the split of the Echo-Tintin love team three years ago.

ABS-CBN paired them off with other stars, but the reception of the viewers was lukewarm. People just got used to seeing Echo and Kristine together. Eventually, their popularity waned.

This year, both Echo and Kristine are single again. There have been talks about reuniting their love team, and the Echo-Tintin fanatics are surely willing to give them a second chance.

Piolo Pascual &Judy Ann Santos. Some compare their love team to the old Guy-and-Pip tandem,as a new version—Judy Ann Santos capturing the hearts of the masses; PioloPascual, a mestizo balikbayan adored bycolegialas and the sosyal crowd.

In 2000, when Judy Ann seemed ready to turn a new leaf afterexhausting her team-up with erstwhile partner (on and off-screen) Wowee deGuzman, she was cast opposite newbie Piolo in the movie, Kahit Isang Saglit. That‘one moment' caused such box-office triumph that Judy Ann and Piolo were soon promotedas the love team to beat.

Their jointmovie projects became instant hits as well: Till There Was You (2003) and Don't Give Up On Us (2006).Compared to the other love teams, they had less movie projects, but tosay the public response was strong would be anunderstatement.

As for a relationship beyond the set, a lot of footages showedthe two being a little too sweet with each other, especially at the beginningof their team-up. But no confirmation about a relationship or affair happened.Eventually they drifted apart.

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Jolina Magdangal& Marvin Agustin. "Cute" doesn't even begin to describe the team-up of MarvinAgustin and petite Jolina Magdangal. Both eternally youthful-looking, whatsweethearts they looked together!

As Joey and Ese on the set of Gimik (1996), fans loved them to death. They were the comic reliefin an otherwise over-dramatic script, and their bubbly approach made theirpartnership stand out. They were cute, they were funny, they were just plainadorable.

Producers saw the treasure trove in their love team, and so,cast them opposite each other in: F.L.A.M.E.S.(1996), Labs Kita...Okey Ka lang(1998), and in Kung Ayaw Mo, Huwag Mo (1998) and Hey Babe (1999). "Babes" became their term of endearment for each other.

The team-up was cut short though when Jolina shiftednetworks in 2002. But Marvin followed his ‘partner' and they were reunited in GMA-7'sseries I Luv NY (2006).

Now the hosts of DearFriend, they still have that adorable ‘it' factor that only their togethernessbrings about.

Richard Gomez &Dawn Zulueta. Tall, dark and ruggedly handsome, Richard Gomez was theepitome of a leading man in the ‘90s. And then there was Dawn Zulueta, the beautifulgoddess to Richard's "Adonis."

In 1991, Reyna Films cast the two in an adaptation of theEmily Brontë novel, Wuthering Heights,naming the movie Hihintayin Kita saLangit. And there their story started.

Hihintayin Kita saLangit was one of the most beautiful films ever produced locally, winningawards and critical acclaim both in and out of the country. Its heart-wrenchingstory created an impact that carried over to the real lives of the movie's mainstars. Richard Gomez played Gabriel andDawn Zulueta, the character Carmina.

Hihintayin'sstar-crossed lovers Gabriel and Carmina were given fresh life in the real lovestory of Richard and Dawn. Their fans were frantic to see their love succeed.And yes, for a time it did.

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Richard and Dawn starred in other films: Iisa Pa Lamang and Akin ang Pangarap Mo (both in 1992) and Saan Ka Man Naroroon (1994). At the height of their popularity,they were also the top endorsers of a soft-drink brand promoting a healthierchoice.

But hopes to see mini-me's of Richard and Dawn were dashedwhen they announced their breakup in the mid 90's. It was tough for their fans.

Now they're happily into their respective real-lifeteam-ups: Richard with Lucy Torres; Dawn wth Rep. Anton Lagdameo.

John Lloyd Cruz &Bea Alonzo. Heating up the tube these days is the show, I Love Betty La Fea, featuring anew thetandem of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.

In the beginning, rumor had it that he was a-courting herand that she had a crush on him. Fast-forwardto a few years since, and still a real love connection between them has yet toemerge. That doesn't stop their fans from hoping though.

Their effective team-up started in the TV series Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay (2002), whichled to their movie My First Romance (2003).

The team-up garnered a lot of fans and applause, and so theywent on with: It Might Be you (2003),Now That I Have You (2004), Close To You (2006) All About Love (2006), and OneMore Chance (2007).

Sharon Cuneta& Gabby Concepcion. As a sweet, amiable 12-year-old who sang "Mr. D.J," Sharon Cuneta was an instanthit.

On the other hand, young actor Gabby Concepcion, who came intofame via a toothpaste commercial, was already creating waves with his team-upwith Snooky Serna in 1980.

Individually, Gabby and Sharon were charismatic. Together theycreated combustion. When Sharon,15, was cast opposite Gabby, 17, in DearHeart (1981), the public instantly fell in love with them. Dear Heart was their perfect route to popularity and they looked perfect for each other as well.

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Sharoncatapulted to fame in her role as the proverbial ‘poor little rich girl'. Gabbywas the just the right foil for her character. That same year, Dear Heart was followed by P.S. I Love You, and then My Only Love (1982).

In 1984, Sharon and Gabby treated their fans to a productionof a different kind. They got married in civil rites and in church on September23, with then Pres. Ferdinand Marcos as one of their sponsors.

But the marriage did not last. Only their daughter KCConcepcion stands as proof of her parents' once sweet romance.

You may want to add Richard Gomez & Sharon Cuneta, Richard Gutierrez & Angel Locsin or Mark Herras & Jennylyn Mercado, etc.—the space below is all yours.


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