Friday last week was Valentine’s Day, in case anyone forgot. And because it was, February 14 was a prime time to showcase some showbiz romance, especially from the most memorable pairings in the industry. One could look no further in that regard than in John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo, despite the former making himself scarce from work for so long. But their dynamics have been so memorable that they were able to drive their fandom to gleeful distraction by doing a script reading of a film from years ago. Their listeners loved it even though the movie they read from was not even theirs.
CNN Philippines has it that John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo briefly got together for a Valentine’s project that their fans ate up with gusto. They were part of the Art Fair Philippines outdoor film screening event in Makati last February 14, where they read the script of the 2014 Star Cinema film “That Thing Called Tadhana.” This is notable because they did not star in the movie; JM de Guzman and Angelica Panganiban did. But when Lloydy read JM’s lines as his character Anthony, and Bea read Angelica’s as Mace, it was like they made the characters their own.
Fans of Cruz and Alonzo packed Ayala Triangle to see their idols as they vocalized key scenes from “That Thing Called Tadhana,” accompanied by the movie director Antoinette Jadaone as narrator. While John Lloyd is already due to break his showbiz hiatus soon in the upcoming film “Servando Magdamag,” his showing up in a film screening as part of the festivities, with his most iconic showbiz partner – as solidified by productions like “One More Chance” in 2007 – will certainly help to remind the fandom that he is still a heartthrob star to be reckoned with.
While the script reading by John Lloyd and Bea might have only been a one-time special due to Valentine’s Day, the Art Fair Philippines outdoor screening showed popular Filipino romance films all through the weekend. As for Cruz, his movie “Servando Magdamag” is co-directed by Lav Diaz and Ricky Lee, but no release date have been given for it yet.
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