Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw

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Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw
Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw movie poster.jpg
Directed by Joyce E. Bernal[1]
Produced by Jocelyn D. Bracamonte (associate)
Brenda M. Bayhon (supervising)
Vincent G. Del Rosario III
Veronique Del Rosario-Corpus
Vic Del Rosario, Jr. (executive)
Written by Mel Mendoza-del Rosario (story and screenplay)
Starring Robin Padilla
Regine Velasquez
Music by Raul Mitra
Cinematography Charley S. Peralta
Edited by Joyce E. Bernal
Distributed by Viva Films
Release date
October 11, 2000
Running time
130 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog

Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw is a 2000 romantic comedy film by Viva Films directed by Joyce E. Bernal.[1] The screenplay was written by Mel Mendoza-del Rosario who had written Ang Tanging Ina movie series and Catch Me, I'm In Love. The film stars Regine Velasquez as a popular singer and Robin Padilla as a car mechanic who falls in love with her.

It is the first project that Padilla and Velasquez worked together. And also the first time Padilla did a romantic comedy film since his drama action films from Viva Films.[2][3]


Francine Natra (Regine Velasquez) is a popular singer enjoying the peak of her career. But due to stardom and her hectic schedules she suffers from a simple life on her own. Meanwhile, Guillermo "Gimo" Talumpati (Robin Padilla) lives his ordinary life as an auto mechanic taking care of his family and especially Ging-Ging, his sister with down syndrome. Their fates cross when a promo contest called "Date With A Star" makes Gimo the winner to take the popular Francine on a special date. But the prize date gets cut short when Francine's suitor Alex appears while Gimo was star struck to her. Feeling cheated, Gimo schemes his way to abduct the singer to be able to get to know her and carry out the prize date. Realizing what Francine was missing, living life's simple pleasures, she becomes closer to him. Being the honest person that he is, Gimo also falls in love with her. Until his sister had to go for a medical operation that needed an amount of money that their relationship went public. As a consequence Gimo can’t handle Francine's showbiz world. With her popularity and his pride, their relationship breaks off after an argument. Disappointed Francine leaves and clarifies the issue about Gimo. Days later, Francine kidnaps Gimo and asked him to marry her. He quickly realizes he has made the biggest mistake of his life by letting her go. They marry, the film concluding with a shot of Francine giving birth to their first child.

Cast and characters[edit]


Critical reception[edit]

Robin's performance was praised by most critics; also the film itself received fair reviews. Film critic, Noel Vera, suggested, "the movie is actually very good." Also praising the direction of Bernal stating "that Bernal is directing; an accomplished editor, knows how to pace the film, to keep it moving along."[4] Pilipino Star Ngayon's Salve V. Asis stated that this film’s premise was already done before yet the director translates the conflict and providing it with a good twist to be able to come up with something very original.[5]

The movie currently holds a 17 percent on Flixster.[6]

Commercial reception[edit]

Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw was released in the Philippines on October 11, 2000. The movie was a certified box office hit during its run.[7][8][9] It became one of the local films to have such a long line for the midnight screening during the 2000s.[10]

TV spin-off[edit]

In 2013, ABS-CBN announced that they are planning to produce a new series of the same name but have yet to disclose if the story will by similar to that of the movie's. Robin Padilla, however, will star in the series with actresses Kris Aquino and Anne Curtis.[11]


The Official Soundtrack of Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw

A soundtrack was released by Viva Records. The album was consists of Regine Velasquez recordings just entirely for the movie. Including the song "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw", composed by Ogie Alcasid which released as the carrier single and as the movie main theme song. He did it because Velasquez asked him to compose an original OPM song for the film’s love theme.[12] The soundtrack also featured songs by artists including Ely Buendia and Gabby Eigenmann and two hit singles from Regine Velasquez: "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw" and cover of "Tuwing Umuulan". The film score was written by Raul Mitra.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Joyce Bernal,Takilya Direk". Pilipino Star Ngayon. April 11, 2004. 
  2. ^ Ricky F. Lo (September 15, 2001). "Funfare: NY tragedy stops Pops from going to Dubai". The Philippine Star. 
  3. ^ Kaye Villagomez (June 20, 2004). "Robin Padilla returns to his horror roots in Kulimlim". Manila Bulletin. 
  4. ^ Noel Vera (August 13, 2009). "Critic After Dark: A Review Of Philippine Cinema". 
  5. ^ Salve V. Asis (October 7, 2000). "Baby Talk: Grabeng Kissing Nina Robin At Regine". Pilipino Star Ngayon. 
  6. ^ "Flixster:Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw". October 2000. 
  7. ^ "Robin Padilla & Regine Velasquez One More Time". S Magazine. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ Ricardo F. Lo (October 2, 2002). "Funfare: The songs of Ogie's life". The Philippine Star. 
  9. ^ John Lapus (November 15, 2003). "I owe my career to Deo". The Philippine Star. 
  10. ^ Kris Aquino (June 13, 2003). "Krispix: Surprises, surprises!". The Philippine Star. 
  11. ^ "Kris Aquino, Anne Curtis and Robin Padilla topbill "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw"". 
  12. ^ Baby A. Gil (December 5, 2001). "Sounds Familiar: Ogie Alcasid, Songwriter of the Year". The Philippine Star. 

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