The irony of achieving their shared dream of co-starring in a film — but no longer being together — is not lost on Mccoy de Leon and Elisse Joson, whose breakout tandem that was formed in 2016 was cut short after their personal falling out.
“Naabot natin mga pangarap natin, pero hindi tayo magkasama. Hindi tayo okay,” a tearful de Leon told Joson as they both unpacked emotional baggage from a bitter period in their relationship.
The “Sakaling Maging Tayo” stars were doing a face-to-face interview about their various “lasts,” prompting the recollection of their last date, last hug, and the last time they were happy together, among others — in the process reopening old wounds.
“Mali ko kasi, sinakripisyo kung ano man ‘yung sa amin, for the sake of happiness of family,” de Leon said, without giving details, before turning to Joson to say sorry.
Former housemates in the reality show “Pinoy Big Brother,” Joson and de Leon appeared to develop romantic feelings for each other during their stay in the iconic yellow house. They exited the program to a large following that would be called “McLisse,” a portmanteau of their first names.
Joson first admitted going through a rough patch with de Leon in March 2018. The following months saw de Leon confirming the same, but neither gave a specific reason behind their rift.
“We did it,” Joson said, referring to their lead roles in “Sakaling Maging Tayo.” “‘Yung pinangarap nating movie, natapos na natin. Hindi siya naging madali, but natapos natin. I’m happy na ikaw ‘yung nakasama ko sa first movie ko.”
Echoing a message she once gave de Leon during “Pinoy Big Brother,” Joson went on to give “last words” to her co-star as they both looked forward to the future.
“Sabi ko sa ‘PBB’ dati, sana huwag mo akong kalimutan, I will always support you kahit from afar. Ganu’n din ‘yung sasabihin ko ngayon. I will support you from afar. Always akong magiging proud sa mga gagawin mo. I’ll be rooting for you sa mga pangarap mo,” she said.
Taking his turn, de Leon said: “Gusto ko lang sabihin na sobrang minahal kita. Ang dami kong nagawa na hindi ko akalaing magagawa ko para sa isang babae. Lagi pa rin kitang inaalala, iniisip, kung okay ka.”
“Huwag sana siyang mapunta sa maling tao, lokohin, saktan. Kasi kung makita man kitang nasaktan, malungkot, hindi ko rin siguro kaya,” he added.
Despite what appeared to be an emotional parting, de Leon ended the interview with hopeful words, vaguely hinting he’d give way first to other people’s triumph at the expense of their relationship.
“Miss na miss na kita. Pero, bata pa tayo. Hindi pa naman katapusan ng mundo. Hindi pa katapusan ng buhay natin… Sa ngayon, sila muna maging happy. Alam mo na ibig sabihin ko doon,” he said.