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FILIPINO STARS CUNETA, GOMEZ RE­UNITE

Richard Gomez and Sharon Cuneta star to­gether again in ‘Three Words to For­ever’

- By Ir­ish Eden Belleza, Videog­ra­pher Entertainment · Celebrities · Movies · Sharon Cuneta · United Arab Emirates · Belgium · Kathryn Bernardo · Iceland · Belarus · Island Records · Austria · Richard Gomez · Daniel Padilla · Cathy Garcia-Molina · C. Thomas Howell · Gabby Concepcion · Francis Pangilinan · Leyte · Bernard of Clairvaux

Af­ter more than 15 years, Filipino show­biz vet­er­ans Sharon Cuneta and Richard Gomez re­unite on-screen for a fam­ily-ori­ented flick, Three Words to For­ever, which re­leases in the UAE to­day.

The two, who were last teamed up in 2000 for the movie Min­san, Mi­na­hal Kita, con­sider the new film as a rein­tro­duc­tion to one an­other.

“Af­ter so many years of not work­ing to­gether, there are so many changes. There are things about me that she doesn’t know and vice versa,” Gomez says dur­ing an in­ter­na­tional dig­i­tal con­fer­ence. The ac­tress used to be in a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship with Cuneta.

Three Words to For­ever also fea­tures Kathryn Bernardo, who is do­ing her first ma­jor project with­out her loveteam part­ner Daniel Padilla.

Di­rected by Cathy Gar­cia-Molina, the movie is about three gen­er­a­tions of cou­ples in a fam­ily: Cristy and Rick por­trayed by Cuneta and Gomez, who are mar­ried for 25 years but are about to end their re­la­tion­ship; Tin and Kyle played by Bernardo and Tommy Es­guerra, a newly en­gaged cou­ple who are fig­ur­ing out their soon-to-be-mar­ried life; and Ti­nay and Cito, played by vet­eran ac­tors Liza Lorena and Fred­die Web, who are to re­new their vows for their 55th wed­ding an­niver­sary but will be faced with their own is­sues.

For Cuneta and Gomez, who now have their re­spec­tive fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ca­tion is one of the key fac­tors in any re­la­tion­ship, es­pe­cially with fam­i­lies.

“There’s some­thing in this movie for every­body. Ev­ery­one can get a les­son from it — from young kids to grand­par­ents,” says Cuneta, who is also known as the ‘megas­tar’ in Philip­pine show­biz. “It tack­les the re­la­tion­ships that are not only be­tween the cou­ples, but also the re­la­tion­ship with the par­ents to their chil­dren, to grand­par­ents.”

“The movie tack­les re­la­tion­ships, fam­ily prob­lems and how to find so­lu­tions with the prob­lems. This movie also shows the light mo­ments of a fam­ily and con­fronta­tions as well,” adds Gomez.

But for the 52-year-old ac­tor-turned-politi­cian, his life now is very much un­like his por­trayal in the movie. “My fam­ily life is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the movie. Some­times, we have dis­cus­sions and you need to solve some prob­lems — you have to talk about it,” he says.

Cuneta, who re­mar­ried af­ter her divorce in 1987 from ac­tor Gabby Con­cep­cion, is still see­ing the bright side of any mar­i­tal woes or fam­ily is­sues.

“If you both sin­cerely want to fix some­thing, ev­ery­thing can be talked about. Any prob­lem can be set­tled if you have com­mu­ni­ca­tion. I have four chil­dren of dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions, so I need to treat each one of them dif­fer­ently.

“So it’s re­ally all con­ver­sa­tions. With my hus­band [Sen­a­tor Kiko Pangili­nan] I also have an open com­mu­ni­ca­tion. My hus­band knows right away when I’m sad. Some­times he will just let me cry and doesn’t ask me why,” she says.

With most of the film was shot in Or­moc, where Gomez is the in­cum­bent city mayor, Cuneta hopes to show more in­ter­est­ing and di­verse sights to au­di­ences.

“The movie is not just shot there in Or­moc be­cause he is the mayor, but the place re­ally has some­thing to of­fer as well, like there’s the Kalangga­man Is­land and Lake Danao. Or­moc is a beau­ti­ful place. I fell in love with Leyte,” shares Cuneta.

Cuneta and Gomez were also full of praise for Bernardo.

“She’s a very good artist and re­spect­ful. She de­serves the suc­cess. I love her,” says Cuneta.

Gomez says: “What’s good with Kathryn is that at a very young age, she al­ready works pro­fes­sion­ally. She’ll come on time, she knows her lines, she knows her script. She’s a good ac­tress.”

 ?? Pho­tos sup­plied ?? Richard Gomez and Sharon Cuneta in ‘Three Words to For­ever’.
Pho­tos sup­plied Richard Gomez and Sharon Cuneta in ‘Three Words to For­ever’.
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A still from ‘Three Words to For­ever’.
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Kathryn Bernardo and Tommy Es­guerra.

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