“I’m ready for the pain,” so claimed many fans of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil on Monday as their comeback film’s title was revealed, accompanied with a heartbreaking poem by director and writer Antoinette Jadaone.
On Instagram, Jadaone shared an animated poster for the Black Sheep production, titled “Alone/Together,” showing the characters of Soberano and Gil seated with a view of UP Diliman’s Sunken Garden.
She captioned the poster with a poem about moving on and finding happiness, only to cross paths with a person long forgotten, and once again feeling broken as memories rush back.
The poem, originally penned by Jadaone in 2007 and published on her personal blog in 2015, goes:
“Traydor ang mga alaala.
hanggang makalimot ka.
Pero eksakto. Sa puntong
sinabi mo na sa sarili mong
wala ka nang isasaya pa,
lilitaw siyang muli.
Na mula sa malayo pa lang
ay kilalang-kilala mo na.
At paglapit nito sa’yong harapan,
babalik ka sa pamilyar na lugar.
At ikaw ay mamamatay na naman.
Tuloy, takot ka nang maging masaya.
‘Pagkat traydor ang mga alaala.”
Comments of “LizQuen” fans on social media were different expressions of excitement, with some tagging friends to come with to the cinema “wasakan,” and others saying they were emotionally preparing themselves for the painful ride.
“Alone/Together” sees Soberano as an overachiever who has her life mapped out, and Gil as his love interest’s opposite.
“If you are going to dream, dream big,” goes one principle of Soberano’s character, Christine, according to the actress in a November press conference.
Describing the mindset of his character Raf, Gil said at the time: “I’ve been used to not succeeding, so why should I even try? I believe that one person cannot save the whole world, so why even try?”
Jadaone, who is behind “hugot” blockbusters “That Thing Called Tadhana” and “Love You to the Stars and Back,” has said the interaction between Christine and Raf will have a significant effect on each other.