Growing up, I never understood my Lola’s obsession with pinoy soap operas ( at that time, it was Mara Clara with Judy Ann Santos)- I thought all they did was to cry and fight. Then a couple of years ago, I got hooked on Boys Over Flowers, the popular Korean drama that became a hit around the world and got me hooked on watching more Kdramas.
In the local scene, I would only watch movies with Piolo and John Lloyd in it. Then ‘Just The Way You Are’ happened. It’s the new film starring young stars- Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil. I watched it because my daughter is a fan and I really wanted to spend time with her before she left for camp. I am not ashamed to say that I enjoyed the film. You have two ridiculously good-looking actors who can really act. I love their chemistry on screen, everything seems so real that you wish they were a real couple off screen (if they aren’t).
photo: starcinema/ abs-cbn
The movie that made me a fan of LizQuen :P
watched it again with my college BFF Zharmagne
Enrique and Liza can be addicting. I had to stop myself from watching it a third time. My friend, Karen, suggested for me to watch their teleserye (tv drama) Forevermore which started last October 2014 and ended in May 2015.
photo: tfc tv
I was able to access it through www.iwanttv.com and found out it had 150 episodes. I was hesitant at first but once you start, which I did, you can’t seem to stop watching. And each episode is only less than 30 minutes. I liked that it had the same usual Kdrama plot- rich guy, poor girl. And just like the movie, the couple is just as endearing. Liza Soberano has no bad angle! I learned to appreciate the man bun as well because Enrigue Gil looked so good with it.
Enrique+man bun= ❤️ (Photo: enriquegil17’s instagram account)
Even the film location, La Presa , grew on me. I didn’t really get to appreciate it when I visited the site last April with my daughter and husband but I’m definitely looking forward to going there again on our next visit to Baguio.
La Presa visit last April 2015
La Presa visit last April 2015
My funny husband who actually hasn’t seen the drama but took photos around La Presa including on the famous bench in front of Agnes’s house :)
I really enjoyed their KrisTV interview , it was a long interview spanning 2 days in which you really get to know them and what they have been through growing up. Hearing their stories made me realise that they really deserve all the blessings they’re getting.
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet them when I found out they were having a concert in Biñan , Laguna last night. I asked my ever supportive husband if he can verify and inquire about it through his friend and former UNTV Cup basketball teammate Councilor Gel Alonte. I was beyond excited when my husband told me that Liza and Enrique will be dropping by Councilor’s Gel’s place before proceeding to the venue and we could probably meet them there.
We also had the opportunity to meet Gel’s older sister and Biñan Mayor , Len Alonte. It was truly an honor to meet Mayor Len and her family. Their projects/programs in the city are admirable and inspirational.
with Mayor Len Alonte and her brother Councilor Gel Alonte
Francis with Councilor Gel and Jhong Hilario
Finally meeting the gorgeous pair
they were so sweet to do a video greeting for my daughter who has been away for camp
they look so cute together!
I’m glad I’ve moved on from my Kdrama obsession and now supporting our homegrown talents 🙂
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