MANILA — Nearly a month since its Philippine debut, “Hello, Love, Goodbye” remains the talk of the town, with many fans already asking for a continuation of the love story of Joy and Ethan.
First-time co-stars Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards have already expressed interest in reuniting for a followup, on the condition that writer Carmi Raymundo and director Cathy Garcia-Molina will be on board, too.
But given Garcia-Molina’s previously announced break from filmmaking, a possible sequel might still be a long way off.
Fortunately for fans of “Hello, Love, Goodbye,” there’s something special to help tide over the long wait: the official novelization of the Star Cinema film.
Published by ABS-CBN Books and written by Charmaine Lasar, the “Hello, Love, Goodbye” novel tells the love story of Joy and Ethan and the lives of Filipino workers in Hong Kong, as seen on the big screen — with vital additions.
According to ABS-CBN’s No Ink, the novelization also includes behind-the-scenes photos, new details of Joy’s story in the Philippines, prior to her job as a domestic helper in Hong Kong, and an epilogue that was not shown in the film.
The latter should be an enticing prospect for moviegoers who — without spoiling the film’s ending — said they waited, in vain, for a post-credits scene.
“Hello, Love, Goodbye: The Novel” is available for P195 on ABS-CBN Books. It will also be released in major bookstores nationwide.