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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 13, 2018

GMA-7's New Sexy RomCom, 'The One That Got Away', Is Off To A Promising Start As It Begins Airing This Monday Night Replacing 'My Korean Jagiya'

WE WERE INVITED by GMA’s most charming and fashionable program manager, Hazel Abonita, to the press preview of the pilot episode and other choice scenes of GMA-7’s new sexy romantic comedy, “The One that Got Away”. It sets up the premise of the story, which is about a an elusive bachelor and his relationship with three of his past girlfriends, and establishes the background and personalities of each one of the major characters.

The story starts with a panoramic drone shot of the beautiful Thunderbird Resort in La Union and the first character we see is Lovi Poe as Alex, dressed in an elegant wedding gown. You’d think she’s a beautiful bride in her own nuptials, but it turns out she’s only a model participating in an event in the resort.

By chance, Dennis Trillo as Liam is also there to receive an award, and when they see each other, you could easily surmise that something romantic happened between in the past. Also in the resort at that time is Rhian Ramos as Zoe, a swimwear designer who is there for a fashion show where she models the fabulous revealing swimsuit that she herself has designed. She and Dennis see each other by chance in the elevator and again, it’s obvious that they have an intriguing past between them.

Next to show up is Max Collins as Darcy, a fitness trainer working in the resort, and when she and Dennis see each other, it also becomes apparent that they used to be in love with each other. In fairness to Dennis as Liam, in the flashbacks, it is shown that he’s not a womanizer who had an affair with the three of them all at the same time. He was on with them one at a time. Also, it’s not him who broke up with them, but it’s them who dumped him.

Dennis actually proposed marriage to Lovi, complete with a ring, but she rejects him as she’s not ready yet to get married at that time (2014). With Rhian, she broke up with Dennis because she felt he’s too busy with his work and has no time for her. For Max, she was working abroad and they’re having an LDR (long distance relationship) when she suspected that Dennis is cheating her with another woman, so she decides to call it quits with him. But the truth is that Dennis has been faithful to him all along.

Now that they all see Dennis again, the three girls realized that they all still carry the torch for him and each one now tries to make a way to get back his attention. But as luck would have it, Dennis figures in a car accident and goes into coma just when each one of the girls think that he’s ready to reconcile with her. They all rush to the hospital where Dennis is confined and get the shock of their lives when another girl shows up in Dennis room and introduces herself as his current girlfriend, Sophie Albert, who looks so lovely and alluring in that scene where she face all the three girls who, in all fairness, are all beautiful and sexy themselves.

So, TOTGA is off to a good and promising start. Don’t miss the pilot episode where the three main leading ladies try to outdo each other in their own sexy and comedic scenes. In the first episode, we are introduced to Luz Valdez as Dennis’ Mama Ya, and we also meet the family of Lovi, with Snooky Serna and Bembol Roco as her parents, Jason Abalos as her Kuya and Ayra Mariano as her younger sister. In the next episodes, we’ll meet Migo Adecer as Rhian’s younger brother, Ivan Dorschner as Dennis’ best friend and Ervic Vijandre as Max’ parasitic brother who depends on her.