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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.

Aug 9, 2023



BELA PADILLA and JC Santos are happy to be reunited in “Wish You Were the One”. They have done four films before: “100 Tula Para Kay Stella”, “The Day After Valentine”, “Of Vodka, Beers & Regrets” and “366”.

They also did "Miracle in Cell No. 7" but they played uncle and niece in it.

“Wish You Were the One” is written by Enrico Santos  and directed by: Derick Cabrido, who’s better known for the dark and horror films and series he did. 

So how is it doing a romantic film this time? 

“Sobrang na-enjoy ko doing a light film like this kasi ibang-iba sa horror,” he says. 

“Iba ang beat, iba ang expectations, so memorable sa’kin ang project na ito kasi mahal ko yung material and I welcome being given the chance to work with Bela and JC.

"I’ve seen their films and they’re always so invested in their characters.”

JC has posted his photos with Bela in “Wish You Were The One” on Instagram and their fans have eagerly reacted with comments like:

“Ready na akong masaktan ulit”, “’Pag etong talagang dalawa na ‘to nag-team up panigurado iiyak na naman ako,” 

“Handa na po ang tissue, just in case”, “Lahat ng movie nila pinanood natin. We shouldn’t skip this one”, and many more!

Bela Padilla is Astrud, a senior advisor at a curtain store who comes from a poor family, so she learned to be resourceful, practical, and goal-oriented. 

And now, her goal is to get her ex-boyfriend Jordan back, played by Kean Cipriano. 

JC Santos is Ellis, a beta male landscaper who’s reserved and quiet. He has a beautiful, popular, classy, and extroverted girlfriend, named Zoe, played by Franki Russel. 

Astrud and Ellis’ paths meet just when they both attended the wedding of Zoe's friend.

Ellis and Zoe have broken up and their friends are hoping that they will still reconcile.

But Ellis tells them that he is already to Astrud who becomes his fake fiancée. Astrud is delighted to take part in this charade just to be able to get near Jordan who is the chef at the wedding. 

As she and Ellis pretend to be engaged, they really are destined to meet. 

They can’t deny their chemistry and rapport, and they are also able to see clearly the reasons why their past relationships failed. 

If not both, at least one of them is bound to fall in love with the other. But, Astrud and Ellis both know that love is a complicated thing. 

Will they even dare wish to be together as a couple? 

“Wish You Were The One” is written by Enrico Santos and it is director Derick Cabrido’s first romantic feature film.

He is best known for Clarita, U-Turn and Deadly Love. 

The film also stars  Kaladkaren, Romnick Sarmienta, Andrea Babierra, Andrew Muhlach and  opens in cinemas nationwide on August 23.