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With barely anything to live for, Emman Toledo (Aga Muhlach), a former dancer, is just about to start his life all over again. He holds the good memories of his past dearly, knowing he will... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aga Muhlach ...
Emman Toledo / Garry Fernandez
Angel Locsin ...
Mercedes Fernandez
Jake Cuenca ...
Dylan Evelino
Dante Rivero ...
Tatay Roger
Carmi Martin ...
Chloe Evelino
Leo Rialp ...
Governor Toni Evelino
Smokey Manaloto ...
Patrick
Ryan Eigenmann ...
Homer Evelino
Emilio Garcia ...
Kuya Dan
Kat Alano ...
Rita Evelino
Dimples Romana ...
Emily
Bobby Andrews ...
Niel
Michael Flores ...
Toby
Joshua Zamora ...
Jojo
Nanding Josef ...
Mayor Boborol
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With barely anything to live for, Emman Toledo (Aga Muhlach), a former dancer, is just about to start his life all over again. He holds the good memories of his past dearly, knowing he will never be able to bring back his better days. An unlikely opportunity comes up when he is assigned to be the dance instructor for the upcoming Governor's Ball of the powerful political family of the Evelinos, a chance for him to rekindle his lost passion. It will be at this ball where the engagement of the governor's son Dylan Evelino (Jake Cuenca), and Cedes Fernandez (Angel Locsin) will be announced. Despite her hatred for the dirty politics, Cedes has no choice but to succumb to the decision of Dylan out of her indebtedness towards the family. Emman is drawn towards Cedes from the first time she catches his eye. As their lives intertwine through dance, Emman and Cedes find themselves resisting an affair: one that holds the truths to their painful pasts, and the memories of a boundless love. ... Written by Anonymous

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Composers/Authors: Thomas De Quincey/Manuela Kamosi
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SERIOUSLY, the addiction to happy endings have got to stop....
29 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

Halfway through the movie, I was actually thinking Star Cinema finally went back to form. After a stellar start of purging movies that tackles fresh story lines (Calvento Files, May Minamahal,Separada, Pare Ko, Batang PX, Ang Lalaki sa buhay ni Selya), the studio somehow shifted direction and ventured into commercial films. Now almost all their films just seems like a string of romantic movies and dramas which always have the same predictable end. I'm not against happy endings but when it's contrived and goes against the storytelling (ie And I Love You So, Love Me Again, When Love Begins, Miss You Like Crazy), it's just painfully annoying and tragic at the same time....

And it's just a shame because somewhere in this movie was a great story --- a story about the sacrifices that we make for the ones we love and how it seems that some people just can't catch a break. The first hour of the movie up until the confrontation scene between the two leads was heartbreaking and was able to reel me in. I thought to myself, this is actually the first movie from the film outfit that I was able to fully enjoy for a very very long time. And I was ready to give it an 8/10!!! Of course, there were room for improvements --- the over-all mood I think should be darker given the subject but I loved the way it was edited. I would have also loved to see more how Cedes was able to cope with everything that she's been through. I wish I could have known from her point of view. I would have also loved to see the film explore the struggle of Emman having seen the girl who crushed his life. To me, that should have been the central plot, instead we were whirled into la-la land where everything looks rosy.

The 2nd half just went downhill. I felt the movie went into hyperdrive to reach its conclusion and resolve loose ends. By this time, my rating went down to 7/10.... and by the end of the movie, I was just so insulted that it dropped to a 6/10. SERIOUSLY!!!! It was a great material and for the first time in years, Aga Muhlach has actually turned in a great delectable performance! And this is the first time that I've actually seen acting chops from Angel Locsin! But all of it went to waste just because of the last (and lousiest) 15 minutes of the movie.... I hope Star Cinema can reflect on the injustice and disservice that it's doing to all the creative minds (the writers and directors) who are making an effort to push cinema forward. By all means, come up with a string of romantic movies catered to the mass market but please, don't kill off creativity in projects like this that could have been one of the most heartbreaking movies in the history of Philippine cinema.

What a waste...


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