It's been more than a decade since their loveteam was last seen onscreen, but Marvin Agustin and Jolina Magdangal still commanded public attention when they resurfaced for a reunion project.
The Marvin-Jolina fans were roused by the news that Jolina had tranferred to ABS-CBN, and became even more excited by the announcement that she and her former loveteam partner Marvin will star in the upcoming teleserye Flordeliza.
Jolina and Marvin themselves were surprised by the buzz over their reunion as it's been years since they last worked together. Their last movie as a young onscreen couple was Labs Ko Si Babe (2000) and their last TV series together was I Luv New York (2006).
“Ang sarap ng pakiramdam na makita ang mga tao kung paano sila naggi-giggle, paano sila nae-excite, kung paano sila kinikilig, nakakatuwa,” said Marvin in an interview recently.
Jolina, on the other hand, expressed amazement at the reaction of the public to their reunion.
As she described it, “Nag-guest kami sa Gandang Gabi Vice, 'yong mga tao kinikilig sila at nagpapa-picture.
“'Tapos 'yong mga reaction nila sa Instagram, sa Twitter, sa Facebook.
“Parang nakakatuwang isipin na buhay pa rin ang mga Jolina-Marvin fans.”
DEEP FRIENDSHIP. As it is becoming clear that their loveteam has remained solid despite the principals going their separate ways all these years, Marvin and Jolina were asked how could this be possible.
Jolina replied, smiling, “Feeling ko, kaya nandoon 'yong magic dahil hindi man kami nagkatuluyan, 'di man kami nag-end up together, pero 'yong friendship namin ay nandoon.
“And sa sobrang lalim na rin ng friendship namin, kaya naming balik-balikan kung ano 'yong nangyari dati na parang nagkukwentuhan na lang.”
She added, “Mula noon, hindi rin kami sinasabihan na ganito ang gawin n'yo or ganyan ang gawin n'yo.
“Isa rin 'yon siguro sa magic ng Marvin and Jolina, na never kaming nag-pretend na kami lang ang dapat magkasama. Hindi kami ganun.”
Marvin agreed, “We both enjoy what we're doing. We enjoy this teamup, hindi siya pilit, never kaming forced to stay together. We really enjoyed this.”
RELATABLE. Apart from their sincerity in giving their fans the real deal about their relationship, Marvin said it also helped that their previous roles mirrored the lives of their audience.
“Parang ang sarap ng pakiramdam na naging parte kami ng buhay ng mga tinatawag na batang '90s,” he said.
“Nabuhayan sila kasi 'yon ang klase ng pagmamahalan, pagliligawan.
“'Yong mga klase ng role na ginagawa namin noon sa pelikula at sa TV, nagmi-mirror ng kung ano ang nangyayari sa kanila.
“Ngayon, nakikita nila kami together, nagbabalik ang memories nila siguro noong lovelife nila dati, ligawan nila dati, 'yong tampuhan.
“So, nakikita nila kami together, nagto-throwback or nagfa-flashback.”
VALUING THE LOVETEAM. With their long experience as a successful love team, Jolina and Marvin are in a position to advise young onscreen couple on how to value their tandem.
“Mahalin ninyo ang isa't isa,” Jolina stressed.
“Hindi ko sinasabing dapat magkatuluyan kayo.
“Pero mahalin n'yo kung ano ang mayroon kayo, ang secret ng isang love team.”
She also cited helping each other in their respective careers.
Jolina explained, “Kaya nga sinabi na team 'yan kasi dalawa kayo, hindi pwedeng isa lang.
“Kailangang pagtulungan ninyong dalawa 'yan.
“Hindi naman pwedeng yung lalaki lang o yung babae lang ang hihila pataas.
“Pareho ninyong hilahin ang isa't isa pataas.
“'Yon lang ang masasabi ko sa bawat loveteam ngayon, huwag ninyong pagsawaan ang sarili ninyo hangga't maraming natutuwang tao.”
Marvin also emphasized, “Siguro nga kasi talaga, 'yong koneksyon namin, hindi nawawala at 'yong tulungan sa isa't isa ay hindi nawawala.”