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[dropcap letter="A"]dmit it: you may or may not like Filipino movies. You may or may not turn up your nose at the local film industry. Despite that, none of your pretend snobbery applies to John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. They are just that damned good.

Having starred together in a total of seven different films, and with three of those easily in the  top ten highest-grossing Filipino films of all time (And John Lloyd starred in eight of the top fifteen!), there’s no question that John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo are proven box-office draws. It doesn’t hurt that they’re critically acclaimed talents, to boot.

So let’s admit it, guys: we all love watching John Lloyd-Bea movies. We don’t need to figure out why. We just need to be honest about it. But aside from maybe some goofy lovey-dovey feelings, is there really any benefit to watching their films? Yes, there absolutely are! With that in mind, here are… 8 Lessons We Learned From Watching John Lloyd-Bea Movies

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The Movie: Miss You Like Crazy (2010)

We Learned This Because… They paid a lot of money to shoot in Malaysia. The least we could do is pay attention to the Petronas Towers, and how they look like they are holding hands and telling each other, “Masaya ako kapag kasama kita.” Next thing you know, a third Petronas Tower might rise up from nowhere because the two towers just love each other very, very much.

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The Movie: Close To You (2006)

We Learned This Because… The horrible alternative lesson would be, “The better your toothpaste, the better your prospects at love,” given the sheer amount of product placement for a certain toothpaste brand for the entire film (Including the movie title and theme song itself.).

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The Movie: Now That I Have You (2004)

We Learned This Because… MRT prices might rise again soon, so now is a good time to find and stalk the one we will love forever, while we can still afford it! Remember, kids: it isn’t creepy at all, just hopelessly romantic!

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The Movie: My First Romance (2003)

We Learned This Because… The premise of Enzo (John Lloyd Cruz) having received via transplant the heart of Bianca’s (Bea Alonzo) ex is apparently so important that they ran with it despite it completely invalidating the film’s title, My First Romance.

Then again, maybe it still counts as your first romance if the person has the same biological heart as your previous romance? Is there some deep, metaphysical consideration here that we’re overlooking?

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The Movie: All About Love (2006)

We Learned This Because… “My First Romance” featured a Jose Mari Chan song (“Please Be Careful With My Heart”) as its main theme song, and that film starred John Lloyd and Bea, sharing top billing with Heart Evangelista and John Pratts. All About Love, on the other hand, featured “Beautiful Girl,” also by Jose Mari Chan, while JLC and Bea were featured alongside Anne Curtis and Luis Manzano, as well as Jason Abalos and Angelica Panganiban.

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The Movie: The Mistress (2012)

We Learned This Because… SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! JD (John Lloyd Cruz) never wanted to be CEO of Liberty Telecom, despite the wishes of his own mom and his stepfather(?), who happened to own the company. In fact, being an architect by profession, JD was clearly not even qualified to run a telecommunications company, and he was acutely aware of this.

 

At the end of the movie, he still went and inherited the company after his stepfather died. Why? Because f**k merits, work experience, and qualifications, that’s why. Family reconciliations trump all else, except maybe impeachment trials. Sorry, former CJ Corona!

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The Movie: One More Chance (2007)

We Learned This Because… Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Chinno (Janus Del Prado), when heartbroken, both decided to hurt themselves because they felt they couldn’t go on. Thankfully, neither of them managed to do anything permanent while they were at it.

Remember, kids: love hurts, but the pain reminds you that you’re still alive. Keep it that way.

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The Movie: One More Chance (2007)

We Learned This Because… in the movie, Mark (Derek Ramsay) tells Basha (Bea Alonzo) these words during his wedding reception. It was a quiet culmination of every single emotional high and low the movie took us through so far. We’ve seen both Basha and Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) grow and mature apart, and while we wanted them back together so bad, we knew by then that it wasn’t time yet.

And that’s how it is for a lot of us, really. Sometimes, the right love really does come at the wrong time. And it’s up to us to recognize when this happens, and grow the f**k up. For our own sake.

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“Bash, hindi mo ba alam yung three-month rule? Lahat ng taong na-in love at nakipag-break ay alam iyon. Bash, maghihintay ka muna, tatlong buwan! Diba, tatlong buwan, bago ka makipag-boyfriend ulit? Hindi mo ba alam yun? Bash, may dalawang linggo pa ako, eh. Dalawang linggo pa. Bakit kating-kati kang palitan ako?!?” - Popoy Gonzalez

Not On The List Because: Just like the three-date rule, the three-month rule is merely a rule of thumb. Also, three lessons all from “One More Chance” seems kind of gratuitous, don’t you think?

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“Hindi dahil gusto mo, makukuha mo.” - Sari Alfonso

Not On The List Because: SPOILER ALERT AGAIN!!! Because in the end,  JD does get Sari, thus negating the lesson.

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Leaving random messages in public places will help you find true love.

Not On The List Because: Regine Velasquez did it first.

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What do you think of these lessons? Agree or disagree? Have you seen all of these movies? Share in the Comments Section.

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Kel Fabie

Kel Fabie. is a DJ, host, mentalist, satirist, comedian, and a long-time contributor to 8List (Hello, ladies!). He has an Oscar, a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and two other weirdly-named pet dogs. He blogs on mistervader.com.

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