It doesn’t feel like 20 years have passed since “Labs Kita… Okey Ka Lang?” was released in cinemas. Who feels that the line “Oh yes, kaibigan mo ‘ko! Kaibigan mo lang ako! And I’m so stupid of making the biggest mistake of falling in love with my best friend!” no longer hits them home each time? We bet none.
But yes, 20 years ago today, August 12, we entered the world of Bujoy, played by the timelessly effervescent Jolina Magdangal, and Ned, the dependable and dashing Marvin Agustin, and how their friendship turned into love and became one of our favorite love stories ever.
For its lead actress, the film will always hold a special place in her heart, even when she’s now a momshie of two and a co-host in the hit morning show “Magandang Buhay,” where we caught up with her after a recent taping.
“Nung mga panahong ‘yon, hindi mo alam na ‘yun na pala ‘yung ‘friendzoned,’” she chuckles. “Pero natutuwa ako na hanggang ngayon, naaalala pa rin siya ng mga tao. At kahit siguro ‘yung mga bagong teenagers ngayon, kinikilig sila.”
She continued, “Kung ano ‘yung nakita niyo sa movie, kung kinilig kayo, kung nasaktan kayo, kung nalungkot kayo, nasiyahan, lahat na, ‘yun din ‘yung nararamdaman namin nung shinu-shoot namin ‘yun. At kapag mapanood namin ulit ngayon, ganun pa rin ‘yung feelings namin ngayon.”
Back then, Jolina admitted that doing drama scenes were quite the challenge for her, that’s why you wouldn’t be able to talk to her when she was preparing for one.
‘“Yung mga drama scenes sa naaalala ko, ‘pag kukunan na ‘yon, hindi niyo na ‘ko makakausap ng isang buong araw,” the “Kapag Ako Ay Nagmahal” singer recalled. “Hindi ako masyadong nakikipag-usap kasi alam ko na drama, kasi hindi pa ‘ko masyadong sanay nun sa drama. Pero talagang nag-concentrate ako na parang hindi ako mapakali hangga’t hindi natatapos ‘yung eksena na ‘yon.”
As much as her fond memories of making the film are clear, so is the clamor of MarJo fans for them to make a new movie. The awesome news is: Marvin and Jolina are sooo game for it!
“Pagkapanganak ko nga [kay Baby Vika] eh, nag-usap na agad kami sa comments sa Instagram, na nanganak na ‘ko, matatapos na rin ‘yung project na ginagawa niya sa ibang channel, pwede na kaming mag-movie,” Jolina said. “Sabi ko why not? Ang tagal na rin naming hinihintay ‘yung ganung opportunity kasi hindi rin naman nagbago ‘yung working relationship namin.”
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If she could have her way, Jolina would prefer either a prequel or sequel of “Labs Kita.” She further related, “And kung meron mang ibang storya, okay din sa akin. Pero gusto ko medyo matured na nang konti kasi nadaanan na namin lahat dati eh. Parang may kurot pero sana nandun pa rin ‘yung dramedy, ‘yung rom-com.”
How about you, ka-Fam? What do you imagine for Jolina and Marvin's next movie? Tell us in the comments!
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