TAGS: Black Sheep, Elisse Joson, McCoy De Leon, McLisse, Sakaling Maging Tayo

Photography: Raymond Caulian

As its opening salvo for Year 2019, Black Sheep Productions (the company behind last year’s hit romcoms Exes Baggage and To Love Some Buddy) brings to the big screen another romantic comedy, this time starring the popular love team of Mccoy de Leon and Elisse Joson, aka Mclisse.

An outtake from Sakaling Maging Tayo's teaser. Photo from Instagram (@hashtag_mccoydl).

Sakaling Maging Tayo, which opens in cinemas on January 16, is directed by JP Habac as his second full-length film after I’m Drunk, I Love You (2017). Direk JP’s new film tells the story of two college freshmen in Baguio named Laya and Pol, and how their game of dares draws them close together and makes their last night in the City of Pines memorable.    

Elisse plays the role of Laya, a BS Psychology freshman. Photo from Instagram (@hashtag_mccoydl).

Elisse, who plays the female lead character of Laya, is just as excited as everyone for Mclisse’s first starring movie. She shares some details on what the movie is all about during a recent interview with StarStudio.ph. For starters, she describes Laya a “very spirited  kind of girl.” She explains: “She carries a lot of baggage. Independent woman [siya], she’s just game for anything. Kaya when she meets this other person na si Pol, which is Mccoy, and that’s when things started turning around for her.” 

A still from Sakaling Maging Tayo. Photo from Instagram (@blacksheep_ph).

During filming, Elisse discovered that she’s like her character. “I guess ’yung similarities namin ni Laya [in terms of] sometimes meron kaming biglaang gusto gawin without thinking about it, we just go for it,” she says. “Kasi while I was playing Laya, na-feel ko na somehow Elisse is a Laya but somehow sa real life hindi ko siya mailabas, parang gano’n.”  

McCoy plays the role of Pol, a BS Geography freshman. Photo from Instagram (@hashtag_mccoydl).

McCoy, on the other hand, plays the role of Pol, whom he describes as “guarded, torpe, mahiyain, pero pag may nagustuhan siya, isa lang.” He notes that he also sees himself in his character.

“Kasi minsan gano’n ako, e. Minsan sobrang tahimik ko lang,” he points out. “Siya ’yung kalaunan, pag naging close mo, sobrang kwela din pala. Nasa loob ’yung kulo.” 

Mccoy gave a big smile in one of the behind-the-scenes photos of Sakaling Maging Tayo. Photo from Instagram (@hashtag_mccoydl).

Mccoy also reveals experiencing many firsts in this movie, including his first starring role in a mainstream movie after the indie film Instalado in 2017.

“First time kong mag-Baguio, na malayong lugar, doon kami nag-shoot,” he says. “First time ko din magkaroon ng isang project na one year ginawa. First time ko din maka-work ’yung sobrang close ko talaga.”

Speaking of Baguio as movie location, Direk JP said in the press kit given out during the movie’s press conference that he took inspiration from Mike de Leon’s 1977 unforgettable romantic film, Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising (starring Christopher de Leon and Hilda Koronel), and Jerry Lopez Sineneng’s 1998 lovable piece, Labs Kita … Okey Lang? (with Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin as lead stars).

Sakaling Maging Tayo stars (L-R) Paulo Angeles, Milo Elmido Jr., Mccoy de Leon, Elisse Joson, and Chai Fonacier. Photo from Instagram (@elissejosonn).

Aside from the “zigzags of love,” as what the movie’s teaser says you’ll learn about, another big thing to look forward to is how McCoy and Elisse will give justice to their characters.

Elisse says in a nutshell: “Sa movie na ’to, even though it’s our first movie together, ’yung bawat character namin and the over-all journey of the story, masasabi ko na makikita niyo ’yung parang rawness at pureness na galing sa totoong Elisse and Mccoy. But at the same time, you’re seeing a whole different character.”

Art Direction: Alfred Amado

McCoy's Glam Team

Hair and Make-Up: Ryan Panaligan

Stylist: Rodel Briñas

Elisse' Glam Team

Hair: Bee Amarga

Make-Up: Varda Atienza

Stylist: Ryuji Shiomitsu

Photographer's Associates: Mark Jayson Santos and Jonathan Gonzaga