Actor Ronnie Alonte considers his love team (LoiNie) with real-life girlfriend Loisa Andalio unique from other tandems because they are actually a real couple, and are not in hiding.
“Paano kami naiiba sa kanila? Hindi sila umaamin. Unang-una sa lahat, siyempre ako kasi kaya umaamin talaga, hindi ko kaya na nakikita ‘yung babae na nasasaktan at hindi ko siya kayang ipagmalaki sa social media,” Alonte said during the face-to-face and private screening of “Love in 40 Days” last Friday, May 20.
(How are we different from them? They do not admit. First of all, I really admit what should be admitted because I cannot see the girl in pain and I cannot not be proud of her in social media.)
Alonte also considers it ironic that there are love teams with fans who see the love team being sweet yet needing to deny that there is actually a relationship.
“Magkahawak kayo ng kamay sa mall, mapipiktyuran, maggaganyan, maglalambigan, (and then may magtatanong sa inyo) ‘kayo ba?’ ‘Hindi, friends lang kami.’ Parang nakakabastos ‘yun sa isang babae! Para sa akin, ‘yun ang pagkakaiba namin (sa ibang love teams),” he explained.
(You hold hands in the mall, have your picture taken, you do all these things together, being sweet, but when someone asks you, ‘Are you two together?’ ‘No, we’re just friends.’ That seems rude for the girl. For me, that is how our love team is different from other love teams.)
Even though their relationship has been going on for already six years by November, Alonte said he and Andalio are not yet ready to take their relationship to the next level. They are focused on enjoying their life and saving for marriage.
In “Love in 40 Days,” Alonte plays Edward, a charming band member and son of a business tycoon who owns and operates the biggest funeral homes in the country. He meets Jane (Andalio) who becomes a ghost and ends up in the Evergreen Mansion, a transitory place in the afterlife where souls can settle their grudges and unfinished business within 40 days, before they can cross over to heaven.
Directed by Manny Palo and Jojo Saguin, “Love in 40 Days” also stars Leo Martinez, Lotlot de Leon, Janice de Belen, Ana Abad Santos, Ahron Villena, Maria Isabel Lopez, Renshi De Guzman, Trina Legaspi, Raven Molina, Chie Filomeno, Benedix Ramos, Vaughn Piczon, Kobie Brown, Andi Abaya and Zabel Lamberth.
The pilot episode is on May 28 on the iWantTFC app or website, and on May 30 at 10 p.m. on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, TV5, and Kapamilya Online Live on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Viewers who use any digital TV box at home such as the TVplus box need to rescan their device to be able to watch via TV5 and A2Z. The series is also available to viewers outside of the Philippines via iWantTFC and The Filipino Channel (TFC) on cable and IPTV. JB