Movie Review: Paano Kita Iibigin

The Philippine movie industry has been sputtering since the start of the millennium. The local studios seem to be satisfied with promoting accessible love stories that rake in the cash. The latest cash cow in the offing is Paano Kita Iibigin ("How would I Love You").

Joyce Bernal seem to go on cruise control in her latest project. While the story has its textures, the movie is generally uninspiring. Central to the this tepid romance is Regine Velasquez and Piolo Pascual, playing Martee and Lance respectively.

Martee is the down-in-her-luck single mom who finds a job in the unlikeliest of places-- a down-trodden resort with a devoted Christian staff. (The folks keep on saying "God is good" a lot of times). Lance, on the other hand, is the resort owner trying to forget his checkered past and seems to enjoy being a total jerk to everyone. The two are not a good match, but they do try. The age difference of the actors (Ms. Velasquez is almost 10 years older than Piolo) seems to take its toll on their credibility as a screen couple. The good point is that the supporting cast does a masterful job of keeping things interesting (Eugune Domingo is as funny as always) and the movie has its share of humorous moments.

While this highly-marketed movie performed as expected on the box office, it didn't really make a splash from the creative side of things. And as far as the splashes go, the movie seems to be satisfied in making splashy scenes with the two pretty leads.

Rating: 2.5/5

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