Meet the top 10 ‘kilig” love teams of Philippine showbiz.
Push lists down the most bankable reel love teams of all time whose inherent onscreen chemistry allowed them to rule not only their fans’ hearts but also the box office and TV ratings.
1. Gabby Concepcion and Sharon Cuneta
Sharon and Gabby’s pairing was a favorite in the ‘80s as shown by the success of their films Dear Heart and PS I Love You. The partnership carried over into the real life when they married in 1983 and had their only child together KC Concepcion. Unfortunately, Sharon and Gabby’s off-screen chemistry didn’t last long and they parted ways in 1987. Despite that, they maintained their onscreen chemistry as proven by the success of their 1991 reunion movie Una Kang Naging Akin together with Dawn Zulueta.
2. Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta
Like the previous love team, Richard and Dawn also took their onscreen chemistry to the next level by being in a relationship. Their first drama Hihintayin Kita sa Langit in 1991 brought them into the spotlight. Even Richard’s own wife Lucy Torres is a big fan of their pairing. Richard and Dawn managed to earn the title the “Eternal Love Team” when their chemistry was tested anew in the 2012 drama series Walang Hanggan.
Their reunion almost two decades later even inspired Dawn’s name to become a verb—I-Dawn Zulueta mo ako—which came about after a guest appearance with Richard on Gandang Gabi Vice where the former matinee idol swept her up in his arms and twirled her around.
3. Romnick Sarmienta and Sheryl Cruz
The love team of Romnick Sarmienta and Sheryl Cruz began in the ‘80s on the show That’s Entertainment. A steady fan base supported their flicks Puso sa Puso, Everlasting Love, Sagot ng Puso; Mundo Man ay Magunaw, and Ubos na ang Luha Ko. Their personal lives eventually complicated their professional careers when their love team ended after they broke up. Sheryl went to the US where she met her husband while Romnick married Harlene Bautista.
4. Tirso Cruz III and Nora Aunor
This list wouldn’t be complete without the mention of perhaps the most iconic love team in showbiz: that of Nora and Tirso, more popularly known as Guy and Pip. The singing and acting duo’s pairing started as early as the ‘60s through the box office hit The Musical Teenage Idol and reached its peak in the ‘70s when the two made 14 youth-oriented blockbusters. Known for their distinct mestizo and morena partnership, the pair as still called one of the greatest love teams in Philippine showbiz to this day.
5. Marvin Agustin and Jolina Magdangal
Jolina and Marvin’s tandem was born in 1996 in the teen-oriented TV series Gimik. From then on, quirky Jolina and shy Marvin had been inseparable as they headlined TV sitcoms and rom-com movies such as Labs Kita Okay Ka Lang?, Hey Babe, and Kung Ayaw Mo Huwag Mo, in which they starred with Maricel Soriano and William Martinez. Jolina is now happily married to musician Miguel Escueta and is already a mother to their son Pele while Marvin is now a successful producer and restaurateur.
6. Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto
Rico and Claudine’s first project together was Radio Romance The Movie in 1996 which was followed by Madrasta. The two were able to show off their chemistry in Flames The Movie, Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita, and the long-running soap opera Mula Sa Puso. Their last movie was Got 2 Believe which was released in February 2002 where Claudine played an ill-fated wedding planner who fell in love with a pessimistic wedding photographer. The two were romantically involved for some time and broke up before Rico passed away in Palawan while he was on a vacation.
7. Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa
The year 2000 marked the beginning of the love team of moreno actor Jericho and flawless beauty Kristine then known as Angelo and Yna from the most-watched soap opera in recent television history Pangako Sa ‘yo. Their soap which aired for two years earned them a citation as The Most Popular Love team from the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Award for two consecutive years. Their onscreen partnership led to a real life romance which paved the way for their chemistry to grow as seen in their romantic films Forevermore (2002) and Ngayong Nandito Ka (2003).
They eventually parted ways and now Kristine is happy married to actor Oyo Sotto with two kids and is expecting another one, while Jericho recently married model Kim Jones in Boracay and is currently traveling abroad with her for their honeymoon.
8. John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo
It's not very common for stars to stay in a strong love team for 12 years and counting and not be in a relationship. But this was exactly the case between John Lloyd and Bea. Their love team continuously dominated the box office each time they make a movie even after being paired with other stars in between projects.
The two were first paired in the 2002 soap Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay when Bea was just 15 while John Lloyd was 18. Even if they admitted somehow falling in love with each other during different times in the span of their onscreen partnership, the two never really became an item. Their successful films include One More Chance, Miss You Like Crazy, Now That I Have You, The Mistress as well as soaps Betty La Fea and A Beautiful Affair.
9. Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu
Gerald and Kim’s onscreen tandem started in the most unique way possible—while they were part of the reality show Pinoy Big Brother Teen edition in 2006. The Cebuana Chinita and Amboy from General Santos, more popularly known as Kimerald, have a legion of fans. Their projects like First Day High, I’ve Fallen For You, and Paano Na Kaya as well as soaps Sana Maulit Muli, My Girl, and Tayong Dalawa were all hits.
In 2010, Gerald confessed that they were a couple for almost five years before the love team fell apart. They were reunited in the 2012 ensemble cast film 24/7 In Love and can be seen in some joint endorsement projects.
10. Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo
Daniel and Kathryn started working together in the teen show Growing Up but their love team was catapulted to insane fandom levels by their primetime soap Princess and I back in 2012. This soap was followed by their first film Must Be… Love in 2013 later that year by the horror film Pagpag. This month, they return to the big screen with She’s Dating the Gangster. Part of the tandem’s charm many attribute to their palpable adoration for each other which they both confirmed when they admitted to be exclusively dating early this year.