The passing of time changed their romantic feelings for one another but it didn't erase the fact that Jericho Rosales was Kristine Hermosa's "first love."
The mere mention of "first love" was enough to make Jericho blush in embarrassment.
"Hindi kasi siya sanay na nalalaman na first love ko siya," Kristine teased, making Echo cringe even more, to the delight of the entertainment reporters at the press conference of ABS-CBN's upcoming teleserye, Dahil May Isang Ikaw.
The press conference was held last night, August 10, at the 9501 restaurant in ABS-CBN, Quezon City.
Dahil May Isang Ikaw marks the comeback of Kristine and Jericho's onscreen tandem after five years of working separately. Jericho and Kristine—one of the successful loveteams in local showbiz—became lovers in real life. Youthful immaturity and the pressure of living up to fans' expectations proved too much for the couple to handle.
Their separation signaled the end of their screen partnership. Jericho hooked up with young actress Heart Evangelista, while Kristine found another love in the arms of actor Diether Ocampo.
FIRST LOVE NEVER DIES? It was interesting to see Kristine casually talk about her past with Echo (Jericho's nickname). Her obvious ease in discussing her failed romance was a clear indication that she definitely had moved on.
"Hindi ko naman siya nakalimutan, ever," said Kristine with all honesty. "Siyempre naman 'pag naging parte kayo ng buhay ng isa't isa, hindi na mawawala 'yong pagiging special."
Their breakup was painful, she revealed, and it took her some time to recover. She acknowledged that they were both young and inexperienced during the time of their relationship.
"Before that [recovery], hindi ko kayang makita pa si Echo. Parang naiisip ko pa lang siya, nadudurog na puso ko. E, siyempre, minahal ko nang sobra 'to... Pero, siyempre 'pag mga bata pa kayo, ganun 'yong feeling."
REUNITED. With their past romance behind them now, both Kristine and Echo said they're simply happy to be working together again. They're excited over the clamor of fans to see their tandem once again.
"Happy kasi magkakasama kami ulit," said Kristine. "Ever since naman talaga, kumportable ako ka-trabaho si Jericho kaya nakakatuwa kasi kapag nagkakasama kami sa eksena, kumbaga meron nang chemistry."
What were Echo's qualities that she missed the most when they were not working together? Kristine replied, "'Yong kalokohan ni Echo, 'yong pagiging kalog niya [at] pagiging maalaga."
Falling in love with Echo again is remote, said Kristine. What they currently have now is merely a "working relationship."
When asked to reconsider her position, Kristine gave in: "Hindi naman natin hawak ang future natin. So, hindi natin alam kung anong mangyayari sa atin... Mas maganda na hindi tayo magsara ng pintuan natin."