MANILA – Alden Richards set foot in ABS-CBN in Quezon City on Tuesday accompanied by no less than his newest leading lady, Kathryn Bernardo.
“Welcome to ABS-CBN,” the actress told Richards, who in turn expressed how he feels to be within the compound of the network giant.
While this isn’t his first time to visit ABS-CBN, Richards said: “Medyo surreal na nandito ako ngayon. Nandito kami ni Kath to shoot mga video plugs and 'yung mga digital shoot.”
After exchanging pleasantries, Bernardo brought Richards to the Star Cinema office to have themselves blessed by a priest and also to pray for the success of their upcoming movie “Hello, Love, Goodbye.”
The two then had an intimate lunch with Star Cinema managing director Olivia M. Lamasan before Richards met with ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak and ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez.
Star Cinema’s “Hello, Love, Goodbye” is the first big screen team up of Bernardo and Richards.
In the teaser released early this month, their characters are seen immersed in their work — Bernardo’s Joy appears to be a helper, while Ethan, played by Richards, is a bartender.
Exploring the cityscape of Hong Kong together, Joy and Ethan’s casual conversation about food makes a sharp turn with Joy’s sudden confession that she loves him.
Going by the teaser’s background song, however, the blooming romance won’t easily come by a happy ending, if at all. The ubiquitous “Kung ‘Di Rin Lang Ikaw,” as popularized by December Avenue and Moira dela Torre, serves as a hint of hurdles to come for Joy and Ethan. That, and the film’s bittersweet title.
Written by Carmi Raymundo and directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, “Hello, Love, Goodbye” marks the first-ever team-up of Bernardo and Richards, whose respective love teams “KathNiel” and “AlDub” are arguably the biggest among their contemporaries.
“Hello, Love, Goodbye” is slated for a July 31 release.