Art by Sam Bumanlag
Is there a more Filipino showbiz concept than a love team?
Immortalized in the Itchyworms jam of the same name (KimErald4ever), the love team can be considered one of the pillars of the Philippine media industry. Ever since Guy and Pip and Vi and Bot brought the kilig to local audiences from the ‘60s to ‘80s, we’ve been treated to a similar formula: two artistas exclusively paired up in multiple projects across mediums.
Granted that the concept has evolved over the years, the fact still stands that as a budding actor or actress, you know that your agency means business when they pair you up with someone. Love teams bring a different meaning to the term ‘power couple’, with their legions of fan clubs that vow to support everything that they do as a pair (and sure, individually too) in the same vein as, say, a pop music act. Fans come from different backgrounds, with individuals from similar demographics banding together to create sub groups like “Mommies4Kathniel” and “JaDineDubai” — a fact that’s brought even international publications to pay attention.
As a way of celebrating our favorite ones, we list the kinds of love teams responsible for giving us the best hugot lines and of our lives.
There have been many attempts to understand the power of a love team, but few concrete answers. Some say that it’s the kilig they feel from watching their faves, others enjoy the sense of community that the fandom offers.
With all these pairings passing through our big and small screens over the years, we couldn’t help but notice that many have defining characteristics of their own. As a way of celebrating our favorite ones, we list the kinds of love teams responsible for giving us the best hugot lines and of our lives.
Disclaimer: This isn’t a definitive list, so feel free to suggest your own in the comments section below.