Some of us, or perhaps most of us, learned a thing or two about love through telenovelas and rom-coms. KathNiel, Kimerald, and MarkJen gave us too many kilig moments that it confused many fans whether everything was just for show or the real deal. Here, five couples who've showed us what being in love feels like in films, shows—and off screen as well.
Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto: True love exists
It was in 1996 when Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto paired up in the movie Radio Romance. Their on-screen chemistry was a big hit and their first movie gained high ratings even though their tandem was just an experiment since Rico was then paired with Judy Ann Santos. The two eventually became the It couple of the '90s, but it was their partnership in Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita that cemented their romance IRL. Fans say that Rico was Clau's one true love, and we have to agree—she still visits his grave to this day.
Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado: The importance of real friendship
The pair first crossed paths in Starstruck where in the end, both of them were named the ultimate male and female survivor in 2003. The two became real-life lovers, but broke up eventually. Despite that, they still supported each other's projects—proof that exes can be good friends, too!
Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson: Forgiveness is key
Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson's friendship started out in reality TV show Pinoy Big Brother. With Kim being the winner and Gerald coming in at third, the pair's charisma and chemistry gained them numerous teleseryes and movies that everyone watched. The two became a couple but eventually split. Their on-screen team up didn't last long soon after either, but Gerald still thinks highly of Kim. Both eventually moved on: Gerald dated Kim's BFF Maja Salvador, while Kim teamed up with Xian Lim for on-screen projects.
The important lesson here? Forgiveness is important when it comes to relationships. Forgive and forget, so both of you can move on.
Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz: If it's meant to be, it will happen
"Gusto mo ba talagang malaman? Ako! Ako yung problema! Kasi nasasaktan ako kahit di naman ako dapat nasasaktan. Sana kaya ko nang tiisin yung sa akin na nararamdaman ko, kasi ako namili nito diba? Ako yung may gusto. Sana kaya ko nang sabihin sa iyo na masaya ako para sa iyo, para sa inyo. Sana kaya ko. Sana kaya ko, pero hindi eh. Sama sama kong tao kasi ang totoo, umaasa pa rin ako sa piling mo. Sana ako pa rin. Ako na lang. Ako na lang ulit."
Sakit, 'di ba? Who could forget that iconic confrontation between Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz in One More Chance. It was the Pinoy movie to watch, because all the quotes were so, well, quotable!
While the two never became official IRL, they taught us a very important lesson in love: Kung hindi talaga pwede, 'wag pilitin. Love teams can also just be friends. The same goes with others—just because you have great chemistry with someone doesn't mean you two should be together.
John Prats and Heart Evangelista: Don't rush into things
The on-screen pairing of John Prats and Heart Evangelista felt so real, we weren't surprised when they became together IRL. The couple broke up, with John admitting that he struggled with the relationship and wanted space. The lesson here? Being with someone doesn't mean relying on that person 24/7. Give each other space and room to grow. Live your life!
This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.* Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.