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Enduring Love Teams of Philippine Showbiz

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Their team up spawned blockbuster movies and top-rating TV shows.  They made you so kilig that you wished hard that they end up together in real life.  Some of them did, but unfortunately parted ways eventually.  You are so smitten by their chemistry that seeing them together on screen, even after years of “separation,” gives you a certain kind of high.  They are the Philippine’s most enduring love teams and they will be forever etched in our hearts and in the annals of local show business.

Yes, we heard about Fernando Poe Jr. & Susan Roces, Tirso Cruz III & Nora Aunor, Bobot Mortiz & Vilma Santos and all the other tandems of yesteryear.  But this list is about love teams that made a mark in our generation.

Gabby Concepcion & Sharon Cuneta
Sharon & Gabby

Gabby Concepcion & Sharon Cuneta
Their first movie together, Dear Heart, became an instant hit when it was shown in 1981.  The film’s success led to more collaborations and the on-screen romance became real.  Sharon and Gabby were married in 1984 but separated after 3 years.  They have a daughter, KC Concepcion.  The two have long moved on and got married to their respective partners but have yet to be seen again in a full length movie together.

Richard Gomez & Dawn Zuleta

Richard Gomez & Dawn Zulueta
A reel and real romance that didn’t end up to forever but remains to be a love team to reckon with in Philippine showbiz.  They made us fall in love in 1991’s Hihintayin Kita sa Langit and broke our hearts when they eventually broke up.  Their reunion in 2012’s hit series Walang Hanggan marked one of the most successful comebacks ever staged by a love team.  Several reunion projects were planned but none materialized until this year’s The Love Affair.  The CharDawn love team is also slated to star in the upcoming Kapamilya teleserye You’re My Home, which is set to premier later this year.

John Lloyd Cruz & Bea Alonzo
Bea-John Lloyd

John Lloyd Cruz & Bea Alonzo
They never became a real life item but the John Lloyd Cruz-Bea Alonzo tandem is one of the most bankable love teams in the country today.  Their collaborations included some of the highest-grossing Filipino films of all time.  According to the grapevine, the two are set to team up in a new movie soon.

Piolo Pascual & Judy Ann Santos

Piolo Pascual & Judy Ann Santos
Their on-screen chemistry was first noticed in the TV series Esperanza, which led to more collaborations both on television and the movies.  It’s been almost a decade since their last film project together but the two stars revealed in recent interviews that they are both open for a reunion project.

Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto

Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto
Their on and off screen romance started in Mula Sa Puso, one of the most successful soap operas on local TV.  They continued to star in other TV shows and movies, including the blockbuster hit Got 2 Believe, which would be Rico’s last film before his death in March 29, 2002.

Jericho Rosales & Kristine Hermosa

Jericho Rosales & Kristine Hermosa
Their love team is not only popular in the Philippines but also in other parts of the world due to the massive success of their soap opera, Pangako Sa’yo, which was and is still being shown in such countries as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapor, Namibia and Kenya.

Marvin Agustin & Jolina Magdangal

Marvin Agustin & Jolina Magdangal
This well-loved tandem started in the teen-oriented TV series Gimik in 1996 and continued to entertain with their undeniable chemistry in other TV shows and movies.  They left the Kapamilya network to try greener pastures but were welcomed with open arms when they returned after a few years.  Today, they are enjoying renewed popularity as they once again pair up in the hit afternoon soap opera, Flordeliza.

Gerald Anderson & Kim Chiu

Gerald Anderson & Kim Chiu
Kimerald, as they are lovingly called by fans, rose to fame as teen housemates in the reality TV show Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition in 2006.  Kim was named the big winner while Gerald placed third.  After PBB, they were paired in several TV sitcoms and rom-com flicks and officially became an item.  They figured in an ugly break up in 2010 but fans are still hoping for a reunion in the near future.

Daniel Padilla & Kathryn Bernardo

Daniel Padilla & Kathryn Bernardo
Kathniel is the most popular love team of their generation.  The teen stars were catapulted to fame when they starred in the 2012 hit series, Princess And I.  Their immense popularity led to more collaborations on both TV and films, all of which are well-received.  Their current series, the remake of the hit 2000 teleserye, Pangako Sa ‘Yo, is a top rater.

Enrique Gil & Liza Soberano

Enrique Gil & Liza Soberano
LizQuen first worked together in the Bea Alonzo starrer, She’s the One in 2013.  They didn’t quite make a mark as a love team until they were tapped to star in 2014’s hit teleserye, Forevermore.  After the series, the two were paired anew in the film Just The Way You Are which marked their first ever starring roles as a movie love team.

JaDine - James Reid & Nadine Lustre

James Reid & Nadine Lustre
With 3 blockbuster hit movies and a top-rating teleserye under its belt, the JaDine love team definitely belongs in this list.  They both started in show business early (9-year-old Nadine hosted a kiddie show while James entered the PBB house and went out as the big winner when he was 17) but didn’t quite make it big until they were tapped to star in the 2014 rom-com Diary ng Panget.  The rest is history and they continue to make us kilig every night via their first telelserye, On The Wings Of Love.

AlDub - Alden Richards & Maine Mendoza

Alden Richards & Maine Mendoza
A love team “accidentally” formed on Eat Bulaga‘s Juan For All, All for Juan segment.  Both virtually unknown before the AlDub phenomenon, Alden and Yaya Dub (Maine) are now household names.  What’s surprising is their palpable onscreen chemistry when they haven’t even met each other in person yet.  As expected, the show’s producer is milking the AlDub love team for all its worth.  Taking advantage of the unlikely tandem’s new-found fame, interested parties are leaving no stones unturned for a spin off TV show and movie  for the popular duo, says a reliable source.  Is AlDub just a flash in the pan or can they prove their mettle in their own show or movie?  Let’s wait and see.

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Separated At Birth: Celebrities Who Look Alike

Anne Curtis - Anne Hathaway

The uncanny resemblance between these totally unrelated celebrities is undeniable. They are what you would call Doppelgangers, clones, dead ringers, or in local parlance, pinag-biyak na bunga. They may be born from different generations and continents but could still pass for twins! Who else do you think should be included in this list of Pinoy celebrity lookalikes?

Sarah Geronimo - Jessica Sanchez
Sarah Geronimo – Jessica Sanchez
Pokwang - Lucy Liu
Pokwang – Lucy Liu
John Lapus - Jet Pangan
John Lapus – Jet Pangan
Georgina Wilson - Leighton Meester
Georgina Wilson – Leighton Meester
Freddie Aguilar - Caridad Sanchez
Freddie Aguilar – Caridad Sanchez
Dawn Zulueta - Megan Young
Dawn Zulueta – Megan Young
Piolo Pascual - Joem Bascon
Piolo Pascual – Joem Bascon
Charo Santo-Concio - Dimples Romana
Charo Santo-Concio – Dimples Romana
Jericho Rosales - Bamboo Manalac
Jericho Rosales – Bamboo Mañalac
Bea Alonzo - Bela Padilla
Bea Alonzo – Bela Padilla
Anne Curtis - Anne Hathaway
Anne Curtis – Anne Hathaway
Angeline Quinto - Regine Velasquez
Angeline Quinto – Regine Velasquez
Charice - Eugene Domingo
Charice – Eugene Domingo
Melai Cantiveros - KZ Tandingan
Melai Cantiveros – KZ Tandingan
Jerome Ponce - Mario Maurer
Jerome Ponce – Mario Maurer
Melanie Marquez - Steven Tyler
Melanie Marquez – Steven Tyler
Glaiza de Castro - Angel Locsin
Glaiza de Castro – Angel Locsin
Manilyn Reynes - Kelly Osborne
Manilyn Reynes – Kelly Osborne
Ryan Agoncilllo - Daniel Radcliffe
Ryan Agoncillo – Daniel Radcliffe
Ara Mina - Sharon Cuneta
Ara Mina – Sharon Cuneta
Sheryl Cruz - Valerie Concepcion
Sheryl Cruz – Valerie Concepcion
Pekto Nacua - Suzi Entrata
Pekto Nacua – Suzi Entrata
Charice - Maverick Relova
Charice – Maverick Relova
Arnel Pineda - Emilio Garcia
Arnel Pineda – Emilio Garcia
Cesar Montano - Keanu Reeves
Cesar Montano – Keanu Reeves
Charlene Gonzales - Roxanne Guinoo
Charlene Gonzales – Roxanne Guinoo
Richard Poon - Park Yoochun
Richard Poon – Park Yoochun
Agot Isidro - Julia Roberts
Agot Isidro – Julia Roberts
Yul Servo - Jojo Lastimosa
Yul Servo – Jojo Lastimosa
KC Concepcion - Jewel Mische
KC Concepcion – Jewel Mische
Donita Rose - Audrey Hepburn
Donita Rose – Audrey Hepburn
Cristy Fermin - Raquel Pempengco
Cristy Fermin – Raquel Pempengco
Rosanna Roces - Lou Bonnevie
Rosanna Roces – Lou Bonnevie
Snooky Serna - Geena Davis
Snooky Serna – Geena Davis

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The Pinoy Transformers – Filipino Celebrities Transformed

Jinkee Pacquiao
Jinkee Pacquiao
Jinkee Pacquiao

Most of the time, talent is not enough to make it big in show business. Impeccable acting or singing skills are not assurance that an aspiring talent will succeed in the entertainment industry. Whether we accept it or not, good looks is still the passport to fame and fortune. Except, of course, if one is taking the comedy route, where being gorgeous can be more of a disadvantage.

Celebrities very well know that they have to have the “right” face, cup size and figure if they want to survive in the entertainment industry. Keeping their celebrity status also means keeping their youthful good looks and slim bodies, unless they are ready to accept mother roles. This is the reason why most of our current showbiz personalities have undergone or are willing to take cosmetic enhancements to continue their claim to stardom. Continue reading “The Pinoy Transformers – Filipino Celebrities Transformed”

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