Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita
|Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita|
|Directed by||Wenn Deramas|
|Produced by||Charo Santos-Concio|
Malou N. Santos
|Written by||Mari Mariano|
|Edited by||Joyce Bernal|
Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita (lit. Because I Love You Very Much) is a 1998 Filipino drama romance film produced by Star Cinema, starring Claudine Barretto, Diether Ocampo and Rico Yan (from Mula sa Puso). The movie was directed by Wenn V. Deramas and received a grade of "A" by the Cinema Evaluation Board.
Mela is a campus beauty who's earned the reputation of a “Bad Girl.” But underneath the seductive clothing and uninhibited behavior is a sensitive and vulnerable soul. Mela hides a painful past. Her mother died at a young age, leaving her father desolate and driving him to alcoholism. Numerous beatings from her father caused Mela to run away from home, and seek shelter with an aunt. Despite living an immoral life as a mistress, Mela's aunt is kind-hearted and loving to her ward. Mela herself constantly seeks acceptance and satisfaction in relationships with different men.
Mela's current boyfriend, Ryan, is also a troubled soul who cannot get along with his father. The youngest and the only boy among three children, Ryan's source of emotional support is his mother. Mela and Ryan start off as friends before going steady, but it is not long before Ryan becomes unfaithful.
Hurt and determined to change her destiny, Mela resolves to look for “Mr. Perfect,” who turns out to be Miguel. Rich, intelligent, and good-mannered. A typical aristocrat guy who is always formal, all-business and snobbish. He portrays the typical “guy-next-door” women fall for, but has a superior personality which is a turn-off. Miguel's only fault is his tendency to rigid self-discipline. Besides being a member of the school's discipline committee, Miguel also helps manage the family business. Miguel's father died while he was young, and his mother was left to raise him and his brother. His brother also died, suffering a broken heart from a relationship with an immoral wife.
Mela sets her sights on Miguel, but Miguel refuses to give her the time of day. Mela is relentless, and dares Miguel to a bet, the consequence being, he would have to spend a weekend with Mela. Miguel loses, and, despite his fears, enjoys the company of Mela. During their weekend together, Miguel discovers the beauty in Mela, and falls hopelessly in love.
Love eventually transforms Mela into the person who would please Miguel. But the story doesn't end there. The relationship must strive through jealousy, misunderstanding and animosity from Miguel's mother.
Cast and characters
- Claudine Barretto as Carmela "Mela" Ocampo
- Rico Yan as Miguel Quirino
- Diether Ocampo as Ryan
- Jaclyn Jose as Tita Myrna
- Isabel Rivas as Mrs. Suzanne Quirino
- Jan Marini as Jam
- Lailani Navarro as Cory
- Marita Zobel as Ryan's Mother
- Lito Legaspi as Ryan's Father
- Farrah Florer as Miguel's Sister in Law
- Donnie Fernandez as Manny
- Lui Villaruz as Bobby
- CJ Tolentino as Paolo
- Princess Punzalan as School Dean (Special Participation)
- Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita
- Performed by Roselle Nava
- Composed by Larry Hermoso
- Arranged by Tito C. Cayamanda