It’s normal in the Philippines for fans to get really invested in celebrity tandems and pairings—experiencing romantic relationships like an out-of-body experience through the loveteams they follow and the lives these people lead on and off the screens.
And so, when reality drives a wedge between these beloved couples, ‘third-wheel’ fans also feel the sadness and regret over the breakup, with no exceptions.
Due to Maine Mendoza’s recent confirmation of her relationship with actor Arjo Atayde, many believe this is the end of the AlDub affair that sprouted from the Kalyeserye segment of noontime show Eat Bulaga! — a loveteam that captured the nation’s interest for three years, and which opened various doors for Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards in the entertainment industry.
But looking over the country’s television history, AlDub is not the first nor the only loveteam that met a sad end:
Nida Blanca & Nestor De Villa
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The film is about a dashing lieutenant (Nestor de Villa) and a Moro vixen (Nida Blanca). – 1953. Hiyasmin. Directed by Lamberto Avellana. Nida Blanca, Nestor De Villa, Tony Santos, Gil De Leon, Johnny Reyes, Arturo Moran, Carmencita Abad, Casmot, Vic Silayan, Priscilla Ramirez. Cinematography by Enrique Rosales. Music by Francisco Buencamino, Jr. Screenplay by Jesse Ramos. The film is lost. From Casa Grande Vintage Filipino Cinema
In the 1950s, the Nida-Nestor tandem was made popular by LVN Pictures. Nida’s standoffish and stubborn personality perfectly balanced Nestor’s refined and gentlemanly ways. The two were featured in rom-coms like Waray-Waray, Turista, Handang Matodas, and Anak ni Waray vs Anak ni Biday, among others.
The two married non-celebrity partners in the end.
Gloria Romero & Luis Gonzales
In the same vein as our first couple in the list, Sampaguita Pictures in the ‘50s popularized the tandem of Gloria and Luis. Both of them have Spanish features that were seen as ideal back then; the reason why their combination also paid off on big screen hits such as Ikaw Ang Aking Buhay, Iginuhit Ng Tadhana, Pagdating Ng Takipsilim, Pinagbuklod Ng Langit, Sa Libis Ng Nayon, Artista, Sabado Ng Gabi… Linggo Ng Umaga, For You Mama, Huwag Kang Sumingit, and Sinisinta Kita.
Gloria later married actor Juancho Gutierrez while Luis wedded Vina Concepcion.
Nora Aunor & Tirso Cruz III
It was in the 60s that Nora and Tirso’s tandem rose to fame and was famously known as Guy and Pip. Her morena looks and his mestizo features complemented so well that their films became blockbuster hits like Young Love, Young Girl, D’Musical Teenage Idols, And God Smiled At Me, Fiesta Extravaganza, My Blue Hawaii, Winter Wonderland, Guy & Pip, and Always In My Heart.
They paired up again in the ‘80s with Till We Meet Again, Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Sana Mahalin Mo Ako, Inay, and Bilangan Ang Bituin Sa Langit.
Nora married Christopher de Leon while Tirso married Lyn Enchausti.
Vilma Santos & Edgar Mortiz
Branded the rival loveteam of Guy & Pip was the tandem of Vilma and Edgar, also known as Vi & Bot. Their films were blockbuster hits as well like Edgar Loves Vilma, Renee Rose, Sixteen, Ang Batang Bangketa, Kampanerang Kuba, Leron-Leron Sinta, Love Letters, Dama de Noche, The Sensations, Baby Vi, The Wonderful World of Music, Angelica, and Eternally.
Vilma wedded Edu Manzano, got divorced and found love again with politician Ralph Recto. Edgar, on the other hand, married Millet Santos.
Maricel Soriano & William Martinez
Maricel and William’s loveteam was dubbed as Taray & Kulit, when they were paired by Regal Films back in the ‘80s. Their films were instant box-office hits with titles like Oh My Mama, Mother Dear, To Mama With Love, The Story of Three Loves, Galawgaw, Pabling, Boys Town, Parang Kailan Lang, Summer Love, Teenage Marriage, I Love You… I Hate You, Daddy’s Little Darlings, Stupid Cupid, Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang, When I Fall In Love, The Graduates, Inday Bote, Maria Went To Town at Kung Ayaw Mo… Huwag Mo.
William married Yayo Aguila but got separated in the end. Maricel married Edu Manzano but divorced him later on.
Manilyn Reynes & Janno Gibbs
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One of the hottest loveteams of the ‘80s was that of Manilyn Reynes and Janno Gibbs’ pairing, as the duo’s chemistry shone once they began singong duets in the now-defunct program That’s Entertainment. Regal Films signed them and were featured on films such as Petrang Kabayo At Ang Pilyang Kuting, Feel Na Feel, Magic To Love, Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang, and several others.
Janno got married to Bing Loyzaga while Aljon Jimenez wedded Manilyn.
Sheryl Cruz & Romnick Sarmenta
Seiko Films, on the other hand, developed the Sheryl and Romnick pairing. Just like the previous pair, their loveteam started in That’s Entertainment, too. They also starred in hit movies like Everlasting Love, Puso Sa Puso, Pardina at ang mga Duwende.
Sheryl married a non-showbiz guy while Romnick married Harlene Bautista. And yet, the aforementioned loveteam got separated with their real-life spouses in the end.
Judy Ann Santos & Wowie De Guzman
It was in the ‘90s that Judy Ann Santos and Wowie de Guzman’s tandem rose to fame when the afternoon drama series Mara Clara started. Their chemistry translated into hit movies such as Sana Naman, Kung Alam Mo Lang, Wow Multo, and Mara Clara: The Movie.
Juday married actor-TV host Ryan Agoncillo while Wowie wedded a non-showbiz woman who sadly passed away in 2014.
Angelu De Leon & Bobby Andrews
Viva Films produced the tandem of Angelu and Bobby in the ‘90s youth-oriented series, TGIS. Because of their good chemistry, the film production company let them star in several hit movies, occasionally being featured in television dramas too.
Their loveteam ended when Angelu was found pregnant with Joko Diaz’s child. She later married Wowie Rivera. Bobby, on the other hand, married a non-showbiz girlfriend.
Jolina Magdangal & Marvin Agustin
Jolina and Marvin’s loveteam started back in the ‘90s teen series Gimik and due to their splendid rapport, they were featured in the film F.L.A.M.E.S.: The Movie. This was followed by Kung Ayaw Mo Huwag Mo, Labs Kita Okey Ka Lang?, Hey Babe, and Gimik: The Reunion.
Jolens wedded Mark Escueta in the end, and Marvin stayed single.
Bea Alonzo & John Lloyd Cruz
The unexpected but surprising Bea and John Lloyd tandem in Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, back in 2002, led the two to be paired off in My First Romance, which landed them as the highly sought-after loveteam in the history of Philippine cinema due to their box-office hits.
John Lloyd started a family with partner Ellen Adarna. Bea is currently in a relationship with Gerald Anderson.
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