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The movie trailer going around social media is more than enough to make us intrigued.  Paul Soriano’s new movie, First Love, stars Aga Muhlach and Bea Alonzo, and it appears like a love story—until bits and pieces of detail are unraveled that keep us guessing what the story is truly all about.   

StarStudio.ph lined up six reasons why First Love should be on top of your movie priority list—and because of these reasons, we’re just as excited to see it as everyone else!

1. It was greatness, destined to happen.  


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They were once two stars always situated at opposite sides of the industry pole.

By Bea Alonzo’s account, she first crossed paths with her latest leading man, Aga Muhlach, sometime in 2001. She was 13 going on 14 years old then, and just joined showbiz. She had a walk-on part in the sitcom that Aga was then headlining on ABS-CBN, Da Pilya en Da Pilot. She was one of the girls in the background while cast members John Prats and Heart Evangelista were doing a scene set in a gym.

Bea didn’t have an interaction with Aga, but she caught sight of him, which was enough for her to feel kilig all over. At that time, Aga had established himself in the industry as a bankable star and an award-winning actor, with a long list of box-office hits, citations, and endorsement deals. He had also just gotten married to beauty queen-turned-actress Charlene Gonzalez, with whom he has two children, the fraternal twins Andres and Atasha.


 First-time costars Aga Muhlach and Bea Alonzo first crossed paths 17 years ago, when Aga was already a big star and Bea, a promising newbie.

When Bea started making a name for herself, Aga began to step away from the limelight to focus on his family and other personal pursuits. He only made one movie a year until he stopped totally in 2012. Five years later, he thankfully found the material that excited him to give acting another go. That movie, Seven Sundays, a family drama, reaffirmed his iconic status. It also reenforced his decision to be more selective in his projects, and to veer away from the romance genre that he’s been famous for.

Until finally, fate—i.e., this movie—led these two great actors to each other.


2. When industry icon Aga Muhlach agrees to do a movie, the idea must be really good.


Aga Muhlach is every director’s dream actor.

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Director Paul Soriano (Kid Kulafu, Dukot, Siargao) came knocking on Aga’s door to pitch a movie project concept.  He proposed several story lines to the seasoned actor whom he first saw onscreen in his father Jeric Soriano’s first and only movie, Hotshots, in 1984. When the filmmaker and star finally excitedly agreed on the material, they coincidentally had one actress in mind to play the female lead character: Bea Alonzo.


3. The movie is set in Vancouver, Canada—certainly a visual experience for Pinoy moviegoers.


Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, Canada is one of the location sites used in First Love.

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Last June, direk Paul led his actors and the rest of his team in filming in the Canadian city of Vancouver as jointly produced by Star Cinema, Viva Films, and Ten 17P. 



4. First Love is not just about love—but the beauty of life.


First Love goes beyond the usual love story route.

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In all instances, the three key people in the movie raved about making the movie, but were reticent to divulge more than saying that First Love is not the ordinary love story.

In a nutshell, it’s about two people, both Pinoys living in Vancouver, who lead different lives and view life differently. Aga’s character, Nick, is a staid businessman, while Bea plays a spontaneous photographer named Ali, who has a congenital heart ailment.


Bea plays the lead character of Ali.


Aga plays the lead character of Nick.

Aga shared these thoughts at the movie’s mediacon: “When we were younger, we thought first love was ’yung una mong minahal. But then, with my experience in this movie, the title is First Love, and then, madami akong naririnig na definition about first love. And then I realized every time you love—since I was, like, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18… Minsan, every month—iba iba ’yan, e! Pero it’s always like your first love, really.  When I saw the hashtag, #livelifenow, that’s when I realized that’s not really first love, parang every time you love, it’s your first love. Bagong tao, bagong pag-ibig. And the #livelifenow is the secret to first love, meaning live now. Love now. Don’t love yesterday, don’t love tomorrow… It’s all about the now. It’s about the moment. When you’re in love, when you want to love, love now. If you want life, live now. That’s first love.”


 Aga and Bea as Nick and Ali, two different people who find a common ground in love.


5.It’s the kind of story that you take home with you.


Bea’s character Ali doesn’t let her heart ailment stop her from living life to the fullest.

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Bea had similar thoughts in her interview with StarStudio.ph: “Isa siyang pelikula na nagli-linger sa ’yo even after watching it. Kasi nag-dub ako, karamihan sa mga eksena ko, super nagli-linger siya. ’Yon talagang dala mo siya pag-uwi. Honestly, I want the movie to speak for itself. Hindi siya pinapanood, ini-experience siya. Ganoon siyang klaseng pelikula. Para kang nanood ng story ng dalawang taong ’to and how they would fall in love for the first time. At hindi ko sasabihin na first boyfriend—parang really falling in love with somebody like there’s no tomorrow.”


 Aga, Bea, and Direk Paul had a blast filming their movie in Vancouver.


Direk Paul echoed his actors’ sentiments at his blogcon: “I guess the film has a lot of heart. Literally and figuratively, it’s all heart. The story you’re about to see, it just pierces through the heart, and you just can’t help but cry. There’s nothing forced. It’s quiet, like a whisper, you’ll find yourself emotional… The concept of the story is just full of heart. It’s definitely a first time.”


 First Love fulfills Bea and Aga’s separate secret wish to work with each other.


An added joy for the stars and the director is the way they bonded while shooting abroad, discovering new things about one another that made them understand and respect each other more. Aga and Bea, for instance, couldn’t help gushing about each other at the movie’s mediacon.

“Nag-enjoy talaga kami sa paggawa ng movie. And I’m very thankful na nakatrabaho ko na finally si Mr. Aga Muhlach, and of course, Paul Soriano, Edward [Barber], Albie [Casino], and si Tita Sandy [Andolong],” she said, mentioning the rest of the cast.

“Lahat talaga ng stars, nag-align para sa movie, so we’re very happy. Sana mapanood nila. Sana, magkaroon sila ng same experience that we had while filming.”


Bea and Aga (third and fourth from left) with their costars (L-R) Albie Casino, Sandy Andolong, and Edward Barber.

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 Edward Barber (left) plays a role that has a special connection to Aga’s character.


Nodding in agreement, Aga said: “Like what I always say, it’s like magic. Unbelievable. Dati, iniisip ko lang si Bea no’n… and now we’re promoting. We did a film together. I’m just happy and grateful that at this point, I’m still able to work with this great actress.”


 Sporting a short, wash-and-wear hairdo has helped Bea get into the character of Ali, who has better concerns than her looks.


6. Aga and Bea have only good words to say about each other after the movie—that Aga even looks forward to do more with her!


Aga and Bea during a promo gig for First Love.

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Both Aga and Bea are in awe of their director, whom they find less of a talker but more of a doer, and just lets his good works speak for himself.


The production of First Love at work.

First Love may just be the beginning of Aga and Bea's working relationship as they look forward to starring in a TV project, hopefully soon.


 Bea and Aga look forward to working again together. 


“Pag si Bea, gagawa ako ng soap,” Aga happily announced. “Hindi ako nagso-soap, ha! Para masaya. Magaling pa. Or a sitcom, Bea and I.”