Each generation has its classic movie pairings. In Hollywood, you have Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic, or Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! For us, we have the Gabby-Sharon, the Aga-Lea, and the Juday-Piolo classic tandems. On this list, we try to recall the classics and see which of today's pairings can make the adaptation work.
As a reference, we've only included movies older than 10 years, which in my opinion, is decent enough time for a remake.
James Reid and Nadine Lustre
Remake of: Kailangan Kita (Rory Quintos, 2002)
This Aga Muhlach-Claudine Barretto starrer sees Aga coming back to the Philippines for his wedding. Native lass Claudine gets his attention in days leading to his wedding. With elements of Like Water for Chocolate, this movie captures the perfect sultry slash serious drama foray that we can see JaDine nailing. While the pair has traveled San Francisco to Santorini up to Tokyo in their previous projects, it's high time they have a local backdrop story (set against the majestic Mayon Volcano in Albay).
Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo
Remake of: Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (Carlos Siguion-Reyna, 1991)
This classic stars Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta as lovers from different classes. Probably most known as an adaptation to Charlotte Bronte's Wuthering Heights, it's the perfect time for KathNiel to maintain their status as one of the top premier pairings in the country in this tragic drama. After all, they have proven their chops already from their last offering Barcelona: A Love Untold.
Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano
Remake of: Forevermore (John D. Lazatin, 2002)
Don't get confused, sure LizQuen's first top rating serye was also of the same title, but this Jericho Rosales-Kristine Hermosa 2002 headliner combines the perfect serious and sweet material that we know both Enrique and Liza can ace. Also, if there's one pairing that can nail the sweet atmosphere of the mango-set backdrop of the movie, it's LizQuen's million dollar smile.
Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto
Remake of: Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita (Wenn Deramas, 1998)
JoshLia already nailed the Got 2 Believe reference in their MMFF hit Vince, Kath, and James. I think it's high time they portray the other side of the reel and real pairing of Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto. In this 1998 hit, Claudine portrays campus hottie resident Mela who charms the pants off boy next door Miguel. How this unlikely pairing becomes so well-liked is one we can see Julia and Joshua as the best fit.
Ivan Dorschner and Barbie Forteza
Remake of: You Are the One (Cathy Garcia-Molina, 2006)
Sure, this upcoming Kapuso pairing is on another network, but we can't see any pairing that makes sense for this remake. In the original Sam Milby and Toni Gonzaga vehicle, Toni plays Sally, bubbly and optimistic until her encounter with Amboy Will, who just wants to movie abroad. The back and forth banter between these two characters is eerily fit to the strength of the new Ivan-Barbie pairing.
Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador
Remake of: Till There Was You (Joyce Bernal, 2003)
It's a tall order for ElNella (well actually for anybody), to follow the footsteps of this Piolo Pascual and Judy Ann Santos 2003 hit, but we found Janella to capture the light and humorous approach of Juday's candid character in the film. Elmo, on the other hand, can play the dapper and serious Albert to complement Janella's character in it.
McCoy De Leon and Elisse Joson
Remake of: Labs Kita, Okey Ka Lang? (Jerry Lopez-Sineneng, 1998)
Oh yes, it's this iconic Marvin Agustin and Jolina Magdangal (probably now more known as JoLegend Slaydangal) film where the classic line "best friend mo lang ako" line was uttered. The reason why we chose McLisse to remake this one is because a huge part of the film sells the idea of the pairing as best friends first before lovers. And McLisse, based on their PBB stint, is well suited for that. We buy the idea that they can sell the notion of them being friends developed into a romantic pairing.
Edward Barber and Maymay Entrata
Remake of: Kung Ikaw ay Isang Panaginip (Wenn Deramas, 2002)
From one Jolina film to the next one, this 2002 movie had Jolina play a simple lass with big dreams who has a crush on that mestiso toothpaste endorser she sees on the huge billboard. I mean, there are instances where the situation just writes for itself, and if you can't imagine Maymay and Edward as fitting to those characters, well then you're thinking different.
Ruru Madrid and Gabbi Garcia
Remake of: Let the Love Begin (Mac Alejandre, 2005)
Lastly, we have this 2005 Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin film which catapulted the pairing as one of the strongest of the previous decade. In the movie, Richard played a janitor who gets the attention of prominent campus crush played by Angel. While these "opposite worlds" have been done a thousand times already, we can still envision a version with GabRu that will offer the same kilig like the original gave us.
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