Dreams come true

June 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

“Libre lang mangarap” (“It’s free to dream”), that’s the way we Filipinos think of the unattainable. In the case of Laida Magtalas, the heroine in Cathy Garcia-Molina’s romantic comedy hit A Very Special Love, her plentiful efforts earned her more than what she dreamed of having.

Born from a humble family, Laida is a modern day Cinderella who, by some stroke of luck, lands a job as the editorial assistant for Bachelor, a newly launched men’s magazine headed by Miggy Montenegro, the guy she’s been crushing on for the longest time. Her colleagues believe that Laida’s dreams are meant to be shattered for Miggy is everything she did not dream of – the guy is an unrepentant, short-tempered perfectionist who will never tolerate being in second place. Surprisingly, Laida blends right in through her efforts to understand her boss. In return, she gains his trust and even his heart in the end.

Of course, this does not end here because Miggy has more hardships he must face, namely his own family which has a secret behind its wealth and prestige that commoners like Laida only see. It’s up for our hardworking heroine to make the man of her dreams realize that there’s more to life than struggling to be on top of everything.

A Very Special Love proved to be one of the biggest film hits of 2008 when it raked an unexpectedly huge amount of positive reception for the experimental pair consisting of John Lloyd Cruz and pop star Sarah Geronimo. It can be because of the straightforwardness of a simple love story or the natural chemistry of the two lead stars or that famous “Sun dance” that Sarah’s character Laida popularized, the reasons are quite plenty.

I’m not too keen on local films because most of them are failures in different aspects but I have to say that I didn’t make a mistake in trying this one. The story of A Very Special Love is something that we need – simple, straight to the point and has a feel-good mood in the end. We’ve had enough of heavy tear-jerking dramas in TV; there should be diversity when it comes to films. For a low-budget film with a whopping return of approximately Php134 million and becoming the 5th Top Grossing Film of All Time in the Philippines, Cathy Molina and the whole cast have definitely hit the jackpot in this project. – Zizi Arcega

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