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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.

Nov 20, 2022


NO DOUBT the most popular teen love team right now at the Kapuso Network is that of Allen Ansay and Sofia Pablo. 

They have finished taping their own romantic series, “Luv Is: Caught in His Arms”, in cooperation with Wattpad Studios and their fans are now eagerly awaiting the start of its telecast. 

They are also all set to guest again in “Regal Studio Presents”, where their previous guestings are topraters, making them Regal-GMA’s most bankable tandem. 

Allen Ansay, who celebrates his birthday on November 23, is the first runnerup in Starstruck Season 7, but he is now more popular and has more projects than the winner, Kim de Leon. 

Allen’s advantage is not only his clean cut good looks but his height as he is nearly 6 feet tall. 

He is lucky that he was quickly cast in “Prime Donnas” in the role of Fonzie and paired with former child star Sofia Pablo. 

Their young love team called Team Jolly quickly gained lots of fans and supporters. 

They then did fun videos on Tiktok that quickly earned millions of hits and made them even more popular with the fans.

When they first did an episode in “Regal Studio Presents”, “Raya Sirena”, where Sofia played a mermaid, it rated so high that this was expanded into a mini-series.  

Now, they’re paired again in the episode titled “I Love You, ‘Tol”, where they play childhood best friends, Marco and Jinky, who became conflicted when they develop romantic feelings for each other.   

They will also be starring in the special Christmas presentation of “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko” this coming holiday season, “Carol Parol”, where Sofia plays a Christmas lantern who will help brighten the lives of many sad people. 

As if this were not enough, GMA Public Affairs also tapped their love team to star in a digital series entitled “In My Dreams” about young lovers who only meet in their dreams. 

This will be shown after “Love Is: Caught in His Arms”, which is based on a Wattpad novel. 

“We cannot thank GMA enough for the good breaks that they are giving me and Sofia,” says Allen. “In return, we try to do our best in all the projects they assign to us.”   

So what is the status of their relationship right now?

“We’re still the best of friends,” says Sofia. “Hindi naman kami nagmamadali because we’re still so young. 

"I’m only 16 and as of now, work and studies muna ang priority ko. We’re just grateful that lots of fans continue to support our love team.”

Allen and Sofia will be supported in “Caught in His Arms” by the new discoveries of GMA Sparkle. 

The young hunks being introduced here are Vince Maristela, Sean Lucas, Michael Sager, and the one who for us is the most promising, Raheel Bhyria. 

They will be paired with the lovely Sparkle cuties Caitlyn Stave, Cheska Fausto, Kirsten Gonzales and Tanya Ramos. 

Since Christmas is fast approaching, what are their plans for the coming holiday season?  

“Part po kami ng GMA Christmas ID and we sing ‘Love Is Us This Christmas’ with all the other GMA stars,” says Allen. 

“While we’re shooting it, we really felt that love is all around us, with our friends, with our family, and with the love of God for us. 

"Last Christmas, my dad, who is an OFW, was with us kaya buo kami noong nakaraang Pasko. 

"Nakapagsimba kami ng sama-sama as a family. But this coming Christmas, hindi raw siya makakuwi from abroad, so video call na lang kami.”  

“Christmas is family and before the pandemic, we used to travel together at Christmastime,” says Sofia. 

“I am looking forward na makapag-travel kami uli together but definitely, sa Noche Buena, magkakasama kami ng family ko to celebrate Christmas together.”