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A Year in the Relationship of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil

2016's been a busy and big year for LizQuen.
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It has been a big year for Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil. Not only did their second TV series Dolce Amore get good reviews and high ratings, but they also shared a lot of milestones together. Join us as we look back at a few things that happened in LizQuen's relationship this year.


The year started on a joyous note for Liza as she celebrated her 18th birthday with her family and friends. Quen, together with Liza's loved ones, prepared the surprise party for the beautiful actress at Club Balai Isabel. 

Aside from her birthday, Liza also got invited by The Vamps's member James McVey to their concert this year at the SM MOA Arena. Of course, being the nice lady that she is, Liza went to the venue to meet them and brought Quen and their friends with them. What a happy reunion! 

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During this year's love month, Enrique surprised Liza again and gave her a hypo-allergenic puppy. She's been wanting a dog for the longest time but she couldn't have one because of her allergies, which is why Quen's gesture moved her to tears. Aww!

Also in February, LizQuen made all of us kilig again when Dolce Amore aired its first episode on Philippine TV. The two showed just how good they are at making us feel ~*feelings*~ and laugh via the TV show.


During Quen's birthday month, he had a birthday salubong with Liza while they were on the set of Dolce Amore. The actress also shared a sweet birthday greeting to her partner that day.



Last April, a few of Liza's followers got mad at her when she referred to Quen as her "best friend". The actress had to go to Twitter to explain her side of the story and address the issue of her friend-zoning the actor.


The Destiny Tour, which gave LizQuen the chance to bond with fans of Dolce Amore, had its first leg at the Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Luneta. They also cleared the issue of the viral photo that involved them.


Aside from their time spent in the United Kingdom for the Dolce Amore tour, the two stars also introduced their "babies" for the first time to everyone, while they also talked about their relationship status, revealing how close Quen already is with Liza's dad and her grandpa who calls him "Manu."


During his interview on Tonight with Boy Abunda to promote his movie Dukot, Quen gave LizQuen fans the best time when he admitted that he and Liza treat each other like boyfriend and girlfriend already. But he also clarified that things aren't official between the two of them since they're waiting for her dad to say yes to them.



It's hard to believe that we just said goodbye to Dolce Amore this year because it feels like it's been a long time since we saw LizQuen on TV. Their top-rating show directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, Mae Cruz Alviar, and Richard Arellano ended on August 20, where their characters Simon and Serena got married.


There are still no kissing scenes on the next LizQuen movie. That's the info that probably broke every LizQuen fans' heart a little. "I don't want to disappoint them, but I don't think so yet. Kasi I just turned eighteen and it all happens in the right time," she told We're willing to wait just like Quen, Liza, don't worry. (via



While they're taking a break, Liza and Enrique got busy with school. The two were spotted in Southville International School, which was later confirmed by their representative. Aww! (via

New deets were also revealed in October about their new movie, which will be directed by Cathy Molina, that aims to show a new side of the love team, where Quen will play the role of a womanizer while Liza will play the role that will hopefully show her quirky side. (via

During this month, Liza also caught the eyes and hearts of Filipinos when she appeared looking so beautiful on the Star Magic Ball red carpet with partner Enrique. We think she's a goddess, seriously.



It looks like My Ex and Whys, LizQuen's upcoming movie in 2017, is going to showcase more mature Liza and Enrique. The first teaser for the movie shows us a daring scene between the two which brought us some shock and excitement. We can't wait for next year!



There are still a few weeks left before Liza turns 19 but she already has plans with Quen on how she's going to celebrate her birthday. "We are still deciding where we're going to go but I hope it's someplace na malamig because I like cold weather," Liza said. She also revealed in the interview with ABS-CBN News that aside from My Ex and Whys, she and Quen will be working on another movie and another teleserye next year. How exciting! (via

Are you a fan of LizQuen? Let's talk about them in the comments or via Twitter @candymagdotcom. We always love hearing from you.









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Today, I am sharing my mother's story. I wish my mother was a constant in my life, like an angel who guards you to sleep and comes right there when you called. But angels come back home too, in heaven where they always belonged, and my mother went back a little early. My mother died when I was 13 years old. My last memory of my mother: Letting go when you are not yet ready is a very cruel thing that one has to ever experience. It is a sudden wave of total sadness and desperation crashing into your very core.

On the 28th of July 2013, we went to a resort in Bataan for the employees’ getaway. My parents own a 7-11 franchise, and it had always been a tradition to give their store clerks a get-together every year. I remember very well the last breakfast I had with my mother. The Sunday morning sky was clear and sunny, and the sea was calm and tranquil as we ate our breakfast on a cottage under the tall palm trees. She shared with us a strange dream she had the other night. She dreamt about an unknown woman holding an ice pick chasing her down on a dimly lit street, then she woke up just before the woman could grab her arm. We never knew what that dream exactly meant and now, I wished I never knew its meaning. After breakfast, my family and our employees decided to take a swim at the beach. The day was nice. The morning air may be chilly but the sun’s kiss on our skins gave us warmth. It was perfect. Everything is fine and the tides are low which made it very enjoyable to swim. We swam a little farther from the shore and we stopped to the point where the water reached our shoulders. We were talking about the good things in life and reminiscing the good old days. Those are the things that I’ve always loved about my family because I never had a meaningless conversation with them.

A few moments later, we heard a panicking call for help from one of our store clerks. It was Rachel. She was struggling to keep her head above water. She was already drowning but the odd thing was, she was only a few feet away from us. At first, we thought she was just playing around until we felt the sand in our toes dissolving like powder. It felt like as if the seafloor submerged deeper. I remembered sighting the shore and it seemed so close yet very far away. We were all panicking at that time. No one knew how to swim except my mother so without having second thoughts she swam towards Rachel and called out to my father, “Yung mga anak mo! Dalhin mo sa pampang yung mga anak mo!” and I never thought I already heard my mother’s last words to my father. I was paddling like a dog, gasping for air, as I say a little prayer to God to take us all back to safety. I felt my father grabbing our swimsuits, trying to lift our bodies so we can breathe even though he was also struggling to keep himself alive. Once I felt my toes touch the ground, there came a veil of relief that covered my whole body. As soon as my father and my sister made it to the shore we started calling out for help. There were no lifeguards on duty at that time, no personnel, nor guards. I saw my mother already floating in her stomach. We sighted a boat sailing nearby, we waved our hands and called for their attention. They almost ignored us because they cannot comprehend what we were trying to relay but the good thing was a passenger in the boat noticed my mother and Rachel in the water.

My mother’s body was laid on the shore. She was unconscious and her whole body was pale as white. My father performed CPR but my mother couldn’t get the water come out of her mouth because the food she ate earlier got stuck in her throat and blocked the passage. A concerned tourist offered his car to deliver my mom in a nearby health center or a clinic of some sort since the hospital was miles away from the beach and she needs immediate care. My father told us to stay in the hotel room and prepare mom’s belongings so that if she wakes up she has fresh clothes to change into. My sister and I finished packing our things and waited for our father to pick us up from the hotel. I was crying and I couldn’t stop myself because I was afraid to lose my mother. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be if I lose her that day. Moments lasted until we heard a knock on the door and it was my father, crying, and apologizing to us. He hugged me and my sister tightly and saying, “Sorry, anak, sorry hindi na uuwi si mommy, sorry hindi ko nasagip si mommy”. And that was the moment I felt sinking into the ground. I never knew what to feel at first. I was numb because my worries were now actually a reality that I have to live in. I was at shock because I am now one of the kids in those cliche teleseryes who lost a mother at an early age. We went to the health center to settle everything. The clinic was very small and it sure did lack equipment. He told us to stay in the car. I wanted to see my mom, but I know he never wanted us to see her like that. I didn’t know what to feel. I was having high anxiety levels that my stomach is churning and I wanted to vomit. I got off the car and entered the health center to find the restroom. When I was finding my way around, I passed by the emergency room. I saw my mother lying in a foldable bed, lifeless, her hands dangling from the side of the bed, she has violet bruises on her skin, and her body was partially covered with a white towel.

That is when it sunk into me that she’s dead and never coming back. My father asked the others to just commute back to Manila because what we need right now is comfort from our family. The drive back home was one of the most painful memory I had as a kid. My father was in the steering wheel crying his eyes out. We drove from Bataan to Pampanga. We went home to my grandmother’s house, the nearest house that we can call “home” because how are we still going to be “home” without her?

Once we reached Pampanga, we stopped over to the gas station and my father made some calls to our loved ones to tell them that my mother passed away. He then called my aunt to help him arrange for the funeral. We got home and my grandmother hugged us and told us to get some rest. Already tired of crying, I went to sleep for a while. I woke up and for a second, I thought everything that happened the other day was all just a dream. That she was there in Manila, sitting on the couch reading some furniture magazine, waiting for us to go home. But that’s how cruel life is, right? I got up and weirdly, I felt sands in the bed. It was gray, just like the ones on the beach. I thought maybe it was just dirt but it was a fair amount to believe that maybe she visited us before she left. - ?

- The part of how I conquered the grief of her passing is shared in my personal blog. I felt the need to share my story with everyone since she's the woman I look up to. Feel free to visit my personal blog too when you have the time. I love writing my stories. Thank You! link:

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