Why Rita Daniela and Ken Chan, a.k.a. RitKen, have undeniable chemistry

by Michelle Licup
Jan 12, 2022
Rita Daniela and Ken Chan also known as RitKen
Rita Daniela on Ken Chan: "Yung relationship namin ni Ken, parang kami, habang tumatagal lalong sumasarap." Ken, for his part, says, "Parang kami din, habang tumatagal, tumatapang."
PHOTO/S: @missritadaniela, @akosikenchan on Instagram

Rita Daniela and Ken Chan share a unique chemistry.

Three years have passed since they were paired in My Special Tatay to form the love team known as RitKen, and the two have grown closer together.

After that, they had two more series together: One of the Baes (2019) and Ang Dalawang Ikaw (2021)

Nope, they are not in a romantic relationship, but there's a list of reasons why their tandem is so loved by fans.


Rita Daniela and Ken Chan hugging each other

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In an interview after the screening of their film Huling Ulan sa Tag-Araw last December 13, 2020, Rita and Ken were very transparent about how they were not yet ready to be paired with other artists.

Ken shared, "Sabi ko lagi sa kanya na, ‘Hindi ko kakayanin, hindi pa ako handa, hindi pa siguro ako handa na makaparehas ang iba. Kasi, nasanay na ako sa iyo, sa amoy mo, sa lahat!' Hahaha!"

Although they are not in a romantic relationship, Ken likened being in a love team to the comfort and ease that comes with having a girlfriend.

He revealed in the same interview, “Alam mo, sa totoo lang, para talagang nagkaroon ka ng totoong girlfriend kapag may love team ka.

“Kasi, alam mo yun na parang… alam mo yung pakiramdam na kapag may karelasyon ka, sanay ka na sa amoy niya.

“Sanay ka na sa lahat. Ganun din pala kapag love team, kapag nakaparehas mo na."

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He went on to say that being paired with someone else would feel like going through a breakup with Rita.

He continued, "Para kang makikipag-break or feeling mo, parang magiging ex mo siya. Yung ganun ang pakiramdam pag sinabing may makakaparehas kang iba.

"And sabi ko nga, sa lahat ng mga ginawa kong proyekto, sobrang blessed ako.

“Dahil hindi rin lalabas yung acting ko kung hindi siya yung kasama ko, and I always tell her, ‘I’m very, very blessed and happy na ikaw yung nakakasama ko sa mga project.’”


Ken Chan and Rita Daniela forehead kiss

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During the storycon of the film Madawag Ang Landas Patungong Pag-asa last December 3, 2020, they were asked if there is a possibility that they could become a couple in real life.

Rita answered, “Siyempre, lagi pong itinatanong iyan, di ba? Bakit ano, three years na, parehas naman kaming single ni Ken.

“Bakit walang nangyayari? Ahhmm… puwede talaga kami kung gugustuhin namin.

“Pero hindi siya puwede, kasi, it’s really the priorities right now."

She also showed how well she knows her love team partner by talking about Ken's priorities.

She continued, "Lalo na si Ken Chan, ang love life niya ngayon ay pera.

“Ang love life niya ngayon ay business. Andun ang passion niya right now, e. Gusto niyang palaguin nang palaguin yung business niya, which is totally fine, di ba?

“Kasi, yun yung gusto niya ngayon. Yun yung career na gusto niyang puntahan, other than siyempre sa showbiz.”

As for Rita, she is focused on her family and her plans to get back to the music scene, in which she has the full support of Ken as well.

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A LA BEST FRIEND when they reach mid-30s

Ken Chan and Rita Daniela on Ang Dalawang Ikaw

To the many fans who are hoping that RitKen would take their relationship to the next level and become a reel-to-real couple, here's something to look forward to.

RitKen made an agreement to be together officially, if they are still single, when they reach mid-30s to 40s.

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Ken is 28. Rita is 26.

In a December 2020 interview with PEP.ph, a smiling Ken revealed, "Sabi nga namin ni Rita, pagdating namin ng 40 years old or 35, pag wala pa kaming partners in life, tayo na yun for sure."

To which Rita jokingly replied, "Ewan ko. Knowing Ken Chan kasi, ngayon pa nga lang super busy na siya, e, mangyari pa kaya yun? Charing!"

Getting serious, she then continued, "Open naman ako dun. I think kahit sa mga past interviews namin, I'm open with how I feel towards him.

"It's just that it's the timing and priorities in our lives, di pa talaga siya nagtutugma.

"I'm open naman to that, how much I love this guy and how much I respect this guy.

"Basta bahala na, bahala na kami sa buhay namin."

Rita also admitted that she has enjoyed slowly getting to know Ken through the years.

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"Yung relationship namin ni Ken, parang kami, habang tumatagal lalong sumasarap.

"Yun nga, sabi ko, we've been working with each for few years na.

"Ako, nagugulat din ako... hindi lang ako natanong kanina, nagulat din ako kay Ken kasi marami din akong nalalaman sa kanya, marami akong nakikita sa kanya na bago kahit tatlong taon na kami magkakilala, natutuwa ako.

"Ang saya lang, basta yun."

Meanwhile, Ken affirmed, "Parang kami din, habang tumatagal, tumatapang."

Rita and Ken may just be close friends for now, but they truly are #couplegoals for those in a relationship.

Whether or not they'll become a couple, we just have to wait and see.

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Rita Daniela on Ken Chan: "Yung relationship namin ni Ken, parang kami, habang tumatagal lalong sumasarap." Ken, for his part, says, "Parang kami din, habang tumatagal, tumatapang."
PHOTO/S: @missritadaniela, @akosikenchan on Instagram
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