The game of love is complicated–especially when there are more than two people involved.

 

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Ronnie Alonte and Donny Pangilinan star in the romantic movie James and Pat and Dave, a film where the main characters find themselves caught in a love triangle. During an exclusive interview with Starstudio.ph, the two boys shared how it felt like filming the movie, and opened up about their own struggles as they shared their thoughts on relationships. 

 

 RONNIE ALONTE: A SIMPLE CHILDHOOD 

Ronnie Alonte remembered his childhood as simple, and that he used to head outdoors to play with his playmates often. He is close to his family, who he treated as is ka-barkadas. 


Ronnie didn’t know that tough times were ahead for the Alonte clan back then, when Ronnie’s father had an accident. Finances became tight when they had to spend a lot in order for Ronnie’s father to get better. It was a time when everything was going downhill for Ronnie's family. “'Dun kami naghirap. Si papa nawalan ng trabaho. Naranasan kong magbaon ng 15 pesos. Sobrang hirap. Galing kami sa sobrang gandang buhay, tapos sa isang ganoon lang," he narrates, snapping his fingers, "Yun na ‘yun."

 


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As a student, Ronnie struggled to maintain good grades and eventually had to transfer to a public school because he could no longer keep up, and admitted that he didn’t take his studies seriously at that time. “Ngayon nagsisisi ako. Kasi sobrang hirap 'pag hindi ko sineryoso ‘yung high school. Mahirap ‘yung walang alam. Mahirap pag nahihirapan kang magsalita sa harap ng tao, hindi ka nakaka-share at hindi ka nakakasabay. Iba talaga 'pag galing ka sa magandang  international or private school,” he said. 

 

However, Ronnie was proud that he was still able to graduate high school even if he continued his education in a public school, where he started joining some pageants and auditioned for some TVCs. Come college, he was very active in sports, in which he excelled in basketball. Although he continued on trying to pursue a career in showbiz and he was even an extra in some shows but wasn’t given special treatment at all. When word got to him that there were open auditions being held for the dance group called the Hashtags, Ronnie took a chance and was fortunate enough to have made it. 

 


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Ronnie’s career started to skyrocket, and he was able to bag roles in the drama series The General’s Daughter and the comedy film Fantastica. But little did he know showbiz was another place where he would face some extreme challenges. “Ang hirap. Hindi mo nakikita ‘yung family mo. Lagi kang nandito. Nanggaling ako sa simpleng buhay tapos ngayon nagtratrabaho ako bilang artista. Hindi ko i-ne-expect na ganito ang mangyayari. Hindi ako sanay na konting kibo mo, mayroon sinasabi sa ‘yo ‘yung tao, at konting mali mo, may masasabi ulit ‘yung tao,” he said. As for the negativity and intrigues, Ronnie has already come to terms with it, saying, “Nasanay nalang ako. Kasi wala na rin akong magagawa eh. Hindi ko nalang pinapansin. Okay na ako.”

 

On a lighter note, the actor stated that he is very happy with all the projects, endorsements and opportunities coming his way. Ronnie has learned a lot from all the ordeals that he has dealt with. “Mas naiintindihan ko na ang mga bagay na hindi ko naiintindihan dati. Marami akong nakakasalamuha na tao na pinapaintindi kung ano ‘yung mga nangyayari dito sa showbiz, at tumutulong din sila para 'di ako mahihirapan,” he stated. 

 


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It was also a treat for Ronnie when he found out that he would be working again with Donny Pangilinan, who he now considers a good friend. “Bihira akong magbukas ng pinto na maging kaibigan ko ang isang taong taga-showbiz. Kasi galing ako sa It’s Showtime at isang family kami do’on. Galing din ako sa ASAP at kung saan-saan man, at pinapayuhan ako ng mga kasamahan ko dun na mahirap talaga makahanap ng kaibigan sa showbiz kasi hindi mo alam kung sino ang totoo sa‘yo or hindi.” He paused for a moment then continued, “Pero eto si Donny... ok ‘to. Hindi ko siya binigyan ng negative na salita. Sinasabi ko rin sa mga kaibigan ko, si Donny okay siya. Isa siya sa totoong kaibigan ko dito sa showbiz.”

 

Ronnie is very much preoccupied with the movie James, Pat and Dave, a project that he said he is very excited about. He plays the role of James, a happy go lucky bad boy, who didn’t appreciate what his family would do for him. Hence, James was sent to the province, which was where he met Loisa’s character, Pat. “Nakaka-relate ako kay James. Kasi lahat na nakikita niyo na tao na maangas at mukhang mayabang hinuhusga kaagad ng tao. Kahit naman ako eh, sinasabi nila ay, 'yan si Ronnie mayabang ‘yan at babaero ‘yan’. Ganun din si James eh, hinuhusga ng tao, pero hindi naman natin talaga kilala ‘yung totoong ugali niya. So ang sinasabi ko' pag napanood mo ‘yung movie, mamahalin niyo kaming mukhang bad boy,” he said, chuckling.  

 


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Ronnie also shared his own experience being in a love triangle, but clarified: “Hindi ko alam na may love triangle nung time na ‘yun kasi nalaman ko lang after six months. Niligawan ko siya at kinilala, tapos may isa pa pala. Kasi, gusto ko muna siyang kilalanin dahil nanggaling ako sa mga two or three na araw lang kami magkakilala, tapos kami na. After six months mo kasi makikilala 'yung totoong ugali ng isang tao eh. So, natuto ako. Ayon, nakilala ko siya ng limang buwan tapos nung nakilala ko, may iba na,” he said, with a shrug.  

 

Now, Ronnie assured that he is in a happy relationship with his girlfriend Loisa Andalio. He even candidly admitted that he would like to settle down with her. “Wala namang masama na mangarap or magplano diba? Kung maghihiwalay kayo, maghihiwalay kayo. Pero kung kayo talaga, kayo talaga. So dun kami nag-ba-base sa ‘kayo talaga’. Nung dalawang taon palang kami sabi niya sa akin, ‘’Beh, mag-Amanpulo tayo sa pangatlong taon natin.’ Sabi ko, napakatagal pa nun! Pero dun ako naging sigurado dahil kumpiyansa siya na kami pa din. Tapos ngayon, nag-pla-plan na kami ng pang-apat na taon, panglimang taon, pang-anim na taon at kung kailan man. ‘Yun ‘yung target namin (to settle down). 28 ako, at 25 siya,” he said, blushing. 

 


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On the topic of making a relationship last forever, Ronnie only had this to say: “Depende ‘yun sa tao. Kahit anong pagsubok ang pinagdaanan niyo sa isang relasyon, kung kayo talaga kayo talaga. Lalo na kung alam mo ‘yung pinagdadaanan ng tao, nagkakaintindihan kayo at mas lumalawak ang pag-iisip niyo, e 'di the more na mas tatagal kayo.”

 

DONNY PANGILINAN:  “MY PARENTS MADE SURE NA NORMAL KAMI”

 Donny Pangilinan was another outgoing child who liked to go around playing with his peers. He recounted that what he had was a happy childhood, one where he wasn’t so exposed to social media. “Very outdoors ‘yung environment namin. Lahat ng laro naming sa labas talaga,” he recalled fondly.  

As most people know, Donny comes from a family of very established television personalities. On the contrary, being the son of actress Maricel Laxa and Anthony Pangilinan never really got to his head. Donny proudly stated that he and his parents are extremely close and they would do what other normal families would do. “My parents made sure na normal kami. Never nila pina-feel na sikat sila or whatever,” he elaborated. 

 


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Even if Donny grew up with parents who were exposed to the entertainment industry, he never really thought of pursuing a career as an actor. He stressed that he considered going abroad or putting up a business in the future since he was very business-minded at a young age. But he figured it wouldn't hurt to try out a couple of acting stints. “Pero siyempre may mga commercials kami as kids. Pero hindi ko talaga iniisip na gusto kong mag-artista,” he recounted. 

 

The craft started to grow on him, then eventually he began to take up workshops while he was in high school and the rest was history. It can be recalled that Donny had a stint as a VJ host on Myx, and was launched as one of Star Magic’s promising talents. He was also paired up with Kisses Delavin for a time. Donny said that this year has been quite fruitful for him, as he continues to be blessed with projects and is able to hone his skills as an actor, and earn his own money, too. “Makaka-ipon ka para sa sarili mo. And of course, the learning experience, dun ako pinaka-grateful. You learn so much! You learn character development, you learn how to be more diligent, responsible. At ‘yung time management rin dahil ang dami nating ji-nu-juggle like ‘yung pamilya, showbiz at nag-scho-school pa ako,” he said, beaming. 

 


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 Just like any actor, Donny said that he, too, has had his fair share of being lashed out on by bashers, but he stressed that he chooses to look at the brighter side of things. “Lahat ng artista naman eh ay na-babash talaga. As long as wala kang tinatapakan na tao, mahal mo ‘yung trabaho mo, mahal mo ‘yung mga katrabaho mo, ‘yun naman ‘yung pinakaimportante. And of course, ‘yung mga fans na mahal ka talaga,” he divulged.  

The star also added, “I feel like there are positive things out there as well that far outweigh the negative. Siyempre may mga bashers pero hindi naman lahat basher, diba? At never mo naman ma-me-meet ang basher sa personal.” He took a moment and said, “Ang dami nang nangyayari ngayon. Tapos dun ka pa magfofocus sa mga masamang bagay? Lahat stressed, as in lahat. Kailangan talaga maging happy! Kaya manood kayo ng James, Pat and Dave para maging masaya kayo!”

Speaking of James, Pat and Dave, Donny was thrilled to have been a part of this movie, which he said he said he really prepared for. It helped that he worked with a director, Theodore Boborol, who was very open-minded and collaborative, and it didn’t hurt that he was once again teamed-up with his friend Ronnie. “Thankful ako na mas naging close kami ni Ronnie sa movie na ‘to kumpara sa ibang projects na ginawa namin before. Kasi dito kailangan ko talaga ng kaibigan dahil first time ko lang bibida sa isang Star Cinema film. So kailangan comforatable at relaxed ka sa environment; at hindi ka rin na-pre-pressure sa cast. Even with direk at sa lahat ng tao sa set, we made it very easy to work with each other. We also went beyond work and friendships were made,” he stated lightly. 

 


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In this film, Donny plays the role of Dave, the son of a mayor and is also Pat’s ex-boyfriend whom he apparently ‘ghosted’. Donny admitted that he wasn’t really familiar with the term ‘ghosting’, therefore he had to ask around what it really meant and why people would do something like that. Nevertheless, he said that he and his character still had a lot in common. “’Yung fighting spirit niya. Never give up ‘yung peg niya. Pero kung alam niya na may mali siya, willing niyang gawin ang kahit ano para makabawi. Pero ang hirap din dahil never ko rin naranasan ‘yung ako ‘yung gumagawa ng ghosting. So I had to really try my best to put myself in a situation where someone would do that,” he pointed out. 

 

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When he was then asked if he was ever caught in a love triangle, he took a moment to think and said, without revealing too much, “Nung time na ‘yun, sila na eh. Pero gusto ko ‘yung girl. Pero I don’t think considered love triangle ‘yun kasi nauna ‘yung isa.”

 

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 Donny also shared what he thinks about love and gave his two cents on what it takes to make a relationship last. “It takes commitment and communication from the both of you. And of course, trust. Living testament ‘yung parents ko kasi 30 years na sila together. And it doesn’t seem like it’s going to end soon. So yes, I do believe that forever exists,” he said proudly with a smile. 

Love is never easy, but spite of its uncertainties, growing pains and frustrations, there are lessons to learn from love–which makes it worth fighting for.