The early 90’s was for Philippine cinema a period for transition from the hard-hitting dramas and actioners to the sugary and light romances that are still popular up to today.Carlos Siguion-Reyna’s Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (I Will Wait for You in Heaven, 1991), the quintessential Filipino film adaptation of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights starring Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta as lovers doomed by both man and fate’s cruelty, represented what could probably be the last hurrah for mature romantic tearjerkers, paving the way for stories of teenagers and their first romances.
The novelty here is that both couples are played by Bernardo and Padilla. But whether two of everything is better than one of anything is still a matter of debate. , the lovers in the latter at least stood for love until life itself was robbed from the young lovers’ very lungs.
But it turns out that Kenji and Athena are made of less hardy stuff.
But at the end of the day, it’s a love story that doesn’t fight hard enough or dig deep enough.
It’s a film that is admittedly delightful, and satisfyingly charming, but it’s also a film that doesn’t challenge its material or its characters.
When the book was released (no movie offer yet), I was asked again, then I remembered Kathryn and Daniel.
I was positive that they can fit the roles perfectly,” she said.
But maybe this is where Kenneth and Kelay will do a better job.
And for the sake of all great love stories, my hope is that they do.
(READ: Kath Niel to star in film version of 'She's Dating the Gangster') “Since the story started last 2005/2006 the teenagers that I can see that have the potential to be Athena and Kenji are Kim and Gerald.