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Coco and Julia: Unlikely tandem

Manila, Philippines – UNLIKELY TEAM-UP – When Coco Martin and Julia Montes were cast in the ABS-CBN soap “Walang Hanggan,” so-called showbiz experts said, “Di bagay, walang chemistry.”

Coco Martin and Julia MontesIn a way, they were right. Coco’s in his 30s, award-winning actor, while Julia was only in her teens, still raw where acting was concerned.

But just the same, Coco and Julia were buit up as loveteam and the experts were proved wrong. “Walang Hanggan” was a phenomenal success, the Coco-Julia tandem very well received by the public.

Really, casting follows no rules. The unlikely team-up can make it big. Coco and Julia are proof positive of that.

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VALENTINE OFFERING – From the small screen, Coco Martin and Julia Montes switch to the big screen via “A Moment in Time,” which opens Feb. 13, a Valentine offering.

Will the success of “Walang Hanggan” be repeated in “A Moment in Time”?

It remains to be seen.

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‘KILIG’ FACTOR – For a romance movie to succeed, the so-called “kilig” factor is a must. Scenes and moments which reduce fans to swooning and sighing and laughing and crying.

Production notes follow.

“A Moment In Time” tells a unique tale of love between two unique individuals, Jilian (Julia) and Patrick (Coco), who according to Coco and Julia is a perfect story this Valentine’s month. “This time, gusto naming magpakilig, magpa-in love at mang-inspire ng bawat manonood. Sa movie kasi, iibahin ko ang mundo ng karakter ni Julia na Jilian. Tuturuan ko siya kung paano mabuhay,” shared Coco. “Di ba ‘pag may boyfriend o girlfriend ka, minsan may mga bagay kang nagagawa na kahit alam mong labag ‘yun sa prinsipyo mo ay gagawin mo pa rin dahil in love ka. At ‘yung mga bagay na ‘yun ang dapat abangan sa movie.”

Julia added that the love story of Jilian and Patrick will surely make the viewers feel the joy, excitement, and pain true love. “Tungkol siya sa dalawang taong nagmamahalan na sa gitna ng maraming conflicts nila ay mapapaisip ang moviegoers kung sa ganoong sitwasyon ay ano ang susundin mo–puso mo ba o isip mo,” said Julia. “Hindi lang love ng teenagers ang tina-tackle ng movie kundi maging ‘yung relationships at challenges sa family kapag may dumarating na mga problema.”

Their characters were so close to their hearts that Coco and Julia both admitted that they can relate with their emotions. Julia related, “Pareho kami ni Jilian na sweet at ma-effort pagdating sa love. Pareho din din kami na laging nagpu-prove ng sarili na iba ‘yung nakikita o naiisip ng tao sa akin sa totoong ako.”

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‘BASTA KAKAIBA’ – Coco, meanwhile shared that through his role Patrick he had the chance to show the other side of himself. “Madalas na nilang akong nakikitang seryoso, umiiyak, at galit na galit. This time, makikita nila ang isa pang parte ng pagkatao ko,” he said. “Kadalasan sa lahat ng mga soap opera o pelikula na ginagawa ko ako ‘yung nagre-react, ako ‘yung suplado, ako ‘yung hard-to-get. Dito sa ‘A Moment In Time’ baligtad naman, ako naman ‘yung masiyahin, jologs, kalog. Basta kakaiba!”

Coco and Julia further shared that if there is one lesson about love that the moviegoers will learn from their first big screen team-up, it is having the will to fight for your decision. “Hindi lang sila kikiligin at maiiyak sa movie, matututo din silang manimbang kung ano nga ba ‘yung ipaglalaban nila, ‘yung taong minamahal nila o ‘yung kapakanan ng mas nakararami,” said Julia.

“Sa buhay naman kasi, tayo ang nagde-desisyon sa lahat, lalo na kung paano mo pangangalagaan ang isang bagay tulad ng isang relasyon. Choice na ng tao ‘yun kung paano natin aalagaan o kung gusto mo ba siyang mawala o hindi,” Coco said.

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UNIQUE STORY – Like Coco and Julia, director Emmanuel “Manny” Palo is also proud of the unique story of “A Moment In Time.”

“It is a story about a couple who met and fell in love na biglang may nangyari sa kanilang past na magiging hadlang para ipagpatuloy nila ang kanilang relasyon,” said Direk Manny. “Sabi nga sa pelikulang ito: ‘love can happen by chance, but love can also be lost by choice.’ Kasi minsan may mangyayari sa buhay mo na hindi inaasahan at ‘yung pangyayaring iyon ang maaaring magbago sa buhay mo.”

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CO-STARS – Meanwhile, the top caliber co-actors of Coco and Julia are all delighted with the experience of doing with the phenomenal love team. For Gabby Concepcion and Cherie Gil, who are playing the role of Jilian’s parents in the movie, Coco and Julia are both easy to work with.

“They’re nice to work with, magaan. Para silang mag-barkada talaga. I think they’ve been obviously working a lot together already so they’re very relaxed,” said Cherie. “I’m enjoying Julia very much because there’s a lot of instinctive potential in her and she’s very sensitive, down to earth, focused, and masaya.”

Gabby added, “Bagay sila Coco at Julia sa isa’t isa. Okay katrabaho ang tambalan nila dahil wala kaming hassle sa set and everything was smooth sailing.”

Also featured in “A Moment In Time” are ZsaZsa Padilla, Ella Cruz, and the twins from PBB Teen Edition 4 Joj and Jai Agpangan.

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