Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion could hardly take theireyes off each other during the first press conference of the Star Cinema film Forthe First Time.
As soon as they entered the 9501 restaurant of ABS-CBNcompound, Richard assisted KC every step of the way by placing his hand on herlower back. Even when they were seated on the red couch, Richardkept close to KC and wrapped his hand protectively around her waist.
As thepresscon progressed, Richard rested his hand gently on top of KC's knee. Afterthe presscon, the two were seen holding hands, and the only time they separated was when one of them had to goto the bathroom.
Their body language spoke volumes about the growing bondbetween the two stars—both of whom are considered prized stars of rivalnetworks ABS-CBN and GMA-7.
For the First Time is part of the 15th anniversarycelebration of Star Cinema, and is marked by a lot of first time occurrences. Itis the first movie of the daughter of Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion. It isthe first time that Kapuso star Richard Gutierrez has worked with Star Cinema.It is also his first time to work with a female director in the person of JoyceBernal. For the First Time is also touted as the first Filipino filmshot in Greece, particularly in the island of Santorini.
How do KC and Richard feel about bringing the two networks together for one project?
"Ang dami po naming pinagdaanan para makarating dito,"begins KC. "Pinaniwalaan namin na kaya namin ito. Mabuti naman yun para salahat, wala namang nag-aaway-away ngayon, proof na pwedeng magsama-sama lahatkahit konting sandali lang. Yung pelikula namin, sana magustuhan ng tao angistorya. Hindi na po importante kung saang kampo galing, anyway, lahat namantayo nandito para sa pelikula. Keep the good vibes dapat," says KC.
Richard agreed with her statement by saying, "Dumating nayung moment na dati isang panaginip lang. Isang dream lang, isang vision nanakita namin ni KC. Nangyari ang dating usapan namin ni KC. Walang imposible.Up to now, we're still on a high."
Richard and KC recall that they had to go to a lot ofmeetings and exchange a lot of email messages just to make this film a reality.
THE REAL SCORE. When pressed to reveal what is thereal score between the two of them, Richard tells the media, "Kami ni KC,nandun kami sa point na sobrang kumportable na kami. Nasabi na namin angsecrets namin sa isa't isa. May mga nasabi ako kay KC na mga bagay na walangibang nakakaalam habang nandun kami sa Santorini at siya rin... Yung buong tendays namin sa Greece, it was the time for us para magkakilala ng husto. Kamingdalawa ang magkakampi, wala nang iba. Us against the world. Nung time na yun,nakilala ko nang husto si KC."
From a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, how wouldhe rate his friendship with KC? Richard looked at KC sweetly before giving hisanswer. "Dahil dun sa mga napag-usapan namin ni KC, siguro nasa 9.8."
Amidst all the clapping and cheers, KC could not help butexclaim, "Wow!"
The media asked if the popularity of their love team can rival that of KC's parents' tandem in the '80s.
"Much respect to Tito Gabby and Tita Sharon pero ang hirapi-compare," says Richard.
For her part, KC points out that they have no plans of competing with herparents. "Hindi namin goal na maabot ang naabot nila or maging parang sila.Sobrang ibang level na po sila. Nirerespeto ko sila, ako, bilang magulang kosila, and also as actors. Nakaka-pressure po talaga kasi ang laki-laki ng loveteam nila. Ang dami nilang pelikula na nilabas kaya nakaka-pressure po talaga.
"Sana magustuhan po ng tao in the same way na nagustuhannila kung ano man ang binigay ng love team ng Sharon-Gabby, ng parents ko."
Richard adds: "Tulad po ng sinabi ni KC, ayaw po muna naminglumaktaw. We live for the moment. Kung ano pong meron kami ngayon,masayang-masaya po kami."
Would she consider Richard as boyfriend material? "It's veryeasy to love someone like Chard. Kayo ba—hindi ba kayo nadadala sa tinginniya?"
"Of course, he is a good friend and that is important in anyfuture relationship. Kailangan kumportable kayo sa isa't isa. Pero hindi ponamin iniisip yun sa ngayon."
KISSING SCENE. Since the movie will feature several kissing scenes, themembers of the press asked them to describe the sequence inGreece.
"Sobrang ninerbiyos po talaga ako," narrates KC. "Yungcamera, parang hindi na naging friendly. Sa isip ko, parang nakikialam yungcamera. Parang naging chismoso yung camera. Sobra akong ninenerbiyos.Naka-ilang take talaga kami. Pero after that, ang ganda kasi ng view. Nasatuktok kami ng Santorini so kita lahat."
Richard describes the reaction of the crowd watching theirintimate scene. "Yung mga foreigners nanonood sa amin at pumalakpak nungnag-kiss kami. Nung pagtingin ko na ganyan, ang daming tao!"
The actress-singer felt uncomfortable while kissing in frontof a lot of people. "Lalo akong na-conscious talaga. Parang may times naginagamit ko yung balikat ko para itago. Si Chard ang dami nang experience saganun."
To this, he quickly responded, "Hindi naman! Nahihiya namanako minsan."
When asked to describe KC's lips, Richard paused for a longtime before giving his answer. "Uhm, hmm, well, dahil nga kinabahan ako nungshooting namin... Yung lips ni KC...ang lips ni KC ang softest lips that I've everkissed."
Aside from Richard and KC, For the First Time alsostars Eddie Gutierrez (who is cast as Richard's father) as well as PhillipSalvador and Pilar Pilapil (who play KC's onscreen parents). Richard's siblingsare played by Ana Roces and Bubbles Paraiso, while KC's friends are portrayed byBeatriz Saw, Denise Laurel, Jake Cuenca, and Carla Humphries. Another offspringof showbiz icons is included in the cast, in the person of Geoff Eigenmann.Candy Pangilinan will provide the comic relief in the movie.
For the First Time is about the transforming power oflove. Seth is a rich bachelor who works in Greece as a boatman. He meets atourist named Pia, who is very independent and very ambitious. It will open intheaters nationwide starting August 27, 2008.
Trailer courtesy of Star Cinema