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#ChalkLovesJoshLia: Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia Open Up About Their Enduring Connection

#ChalkLovesJoshLia: Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia Open Up About Their Enduring Connection



Since their debut in the film Vince & Kath & James, OPPO ambassadors Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia’s presence in showbiz has been strong and unwavering—be it as an on-screen tandem or as solo acts. Individually, these young talents are promising enough to achieve their dreams on their own. But together, there is no stopping JoshLia from reaching even bigger heights. 

In partnership with OPPO, we brought this sweet couple together and vividly captured them in their photogenic best as they delight us with their candid charm on set, flaunting the latest OPPO F7.

The on-screen chemistry is seamless, and it’s no mystery where it comes from as Joshua and Julia’s romantic connection is palpable even behind the scenes. We thought their tandem is kilig enough when we watch them from our screens, but we practically swooned as we witnessed these two move in sync in the flesh.

We asked Joshua and Julia what they felt was the most important thing in any kind of real-life relationship, and Julia was quick to enumerate, “Patience, trust, loyalty, faithfulness, honesty, love, and respect.” Of course, while all these were necessary to make any relationship run smoothly like a well-oiled machine, the two acknowledged communication to be the most crucial part of maintaining a relationship.

To JoshLia, communication doesn’t always have to mean sitting down and pouring out your soul because when you’re as fit for each other as they are, the best kind of communication requires no words—all it takes is just one look. “We don't have to say anything to understand each other. We can just look at each other and we know,” shared Julia.

Of course, the actress confessed that that’s not always the case, especially when you find yourself in a conflict with your partner. This is where the difficult part comes along: Communicating when you don’t feel like it. However, Julia believes that no matter how painful, talking things out is the best way to work through a conflict. “You don't ever fix something by being silent,” she explained.

While something as simple as communication can be the secret to maintaining a good relationship, something as small as trivial as miscommunication can undo two people. When we asked whether these two have ever been a victim of bad timing or poor choice of words, they confessed that they are most prone to miscommunication when lack of sleep takes a toll on them.

“’Pag puyat ang tao, mas iritable siya,” explained Joshua. He recounted one time after shooting a scene, he’d left Julia so she could catch some rest in her car while he returned to the tent. He specifically remembered telling her where he was headed but given that exhaustion had already claimed her, she must have not heard and a small conflict greeted the two of them as she woke.

Whether you admit it or not, we’ve all been there—straightening out a wrinkle that was nobody’s fault in the first place. It’s such a comfort to feel that even though their relationship has tested and proven its strength, it’s still just as normal as anyone else’s.

As for the details on the story of the development of their relationship from Day 1, the two believe it would be best to share that anecdote when they’re both ready to talk about it, and we, along with the people who genuinely support them, respect that. After all, maintaining a relationship is enough work as it is, and they don’t need the whole world breathing over their necks as they do so.

As we’ve observed, both Julia and Joshua are admirably learning a certain level of maturity and adopting the willingness to make amends when things get tough. Through open communication, these two can surely make anything work, all the while capturing their best shared moments with their trusty OPPO F7. Growing together is key in any blossoming relationship, and we’re here rooting for #JoshLia to make theirs last whether the cameras are rolling or not.

For vivid photos that capture your best moments, grab the OPPO F7 from all OPPO Concept and Dealer Stores nationwide. For more updates, like the OPPO Facebook page (,) and follow OPPO on Twitter (@OPPOPhilippines) and Instagram (@oppophilippines.)

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Photographed by Andrea Beldua
Creative Direction by Madel Asuncion
Art Direction by Mikka Caronan
Styled by Cath Sobrevega (Julia) and Joey Espiritu (Joshua)
Makeup by Lala Flores
Hair by John Valle
Grooming by Jay Herrera




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