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My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore
My Bebe Love.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Jose Javier Reyes[1]
Screenplay by Jose Javier Reyes[2]
Story by Bibeth Orteza
Jose Javier Reyes
Starring Vic Sotto
Ai-Ai de las Alas
Alden Richards
Maine Mendoza
Music by Vincent de Jesus
Cinematography Patrick Layugan
Edited by Vanessa De Leon
Production
company
Release date
  • December 25, 2015 (2015-12-25)
Country Philippines
Language Filipino
Box office ₱385 million[3]

My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore is a 2015 Filipino romantic comedy film directed by Jose Javier Reyes, starring Ai-Ai de las Alas and Vic Sotto with Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.[4] It is an official entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival[5] produced by Octo Arts Films, M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment, GMA Films, and MEDA Productions. The film follows the love–hate relationship story between Vito Carillo (played by Sotto) and Corazon Talatala (played by delas Alas) and the growing relationship between star-crossed lovers Dondi Talatala (played by Richards) and Anna Carillo (played by Mendoza).

Aside from being the first film of the love team of Richards and Mendoza (collectively known as AlDub), My Bebe Love is the reunion film between delas Alas and Sotto after Enteng ng Ina Mo, which also was an MMFF entry in 2011. It is the first film co-produced under delas Alas's production company MEDA Productions. The film was shown internationally in selected cinemas in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the United States, Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.[6]

My Bebe Love formerly holds the record for the highest opening day gross in Philippine cinema with ₱60.4 million until it was surpassed by The Super Parental Guardians with ₱75 million;[7][8] it grossed ₱385 million nationwide.[3] During the awards night of the MMFF, the film placed third for the Best Picture category, and received the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award; and Mendoza won Best Supporting Actress.[9][10]

The film marks the last appearance of actress Lilia Cuntapay, who died in her son's home in Pinili, Iloco Norte on August 20, 2016, aged 80.[11][12]

Plot[edit]

Dondi (Alden Richards) is a nerd and an obedient nephew to his aunt Cora (Ai-Ai delas Alas) who makes decisions for him. Meanwhile, Anna (Maine Mendoza) is a stubborn and rebellious girl who seeks the attention of her father Vito (Vic Sotto) who is a widower. Dondi and Anna cross path and their different personalities collide. They eventually fall in love with each other and solve their own problems.[13] Vito and Cora are bitter business competitors and because of their rivalry, they disapprove the romantic relationship between Dondi and Anna.[14]

As their rivalry continues, Vito and Cora are caught up in a romance and this time, Dondi and Anna are the ones who disapprove of their relationship. Anna in particular strongly expresses her disagreement with the developing relationship between her father and Cora. She states that her departed mother was more beautiful than Cora. In the end, after they saw Vito and Cora being depressed because of their separation, Dondi and Anna set up a surprise party for their reunion and even inviting Aegis, close friends and business partners of Vito. After Vito and Cora were reunited and all seems well, Dondi and Anna almost kiss but was interrupted by a heart wipe transition leaving up to speculation to the audience if they were able to kiss at all. At the post-credit scene, Lola Nidora (a character in Kalyeserye) appears and urged the audience to wait for a "part two", presumably of the film.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

The owner of Carousel Inc., an events management company and the father of Anna Carillo.
The owner of Party People events management company and the loud and noisy aunt of Dondi Talatala.
The nerd and obedient nephew of Corazon Talatala.
The stubborn and rebellious daughter of Vito Carillo.

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Arlene Muhlach as Vivian
Her character is the best friend of Corazon Talatala.
Her character is the personal assistant of Vito Carillo.
  • Ryan Yllana as Tootsie
His character is one of the staff of Party People.
  • Sancho Vito delas Alas[1] as Elmer
His character is one of the staff of Carousel Inc.
  • Manny Castañeda as Vicente
His character is the customer of Party People.
Her character is a 100 year-old woman who celebrated her birthday at the event organized by Party People. She is also a relative of Manny Castañeda's character.
  • Rollie Inocencio as the Resort Attendant
The weird waiter at the Zambales resort.
  • Paulina Sotto as Sammie
Her character is one of the staff of Carousel Inc.
  • Divine Aucina as Faudette - friend of Anna
  • Diva Montelaba as Madette - friend of Anna
  • Antonette Garcia as Yoleng - Cora's nanny
  • Mickey Ferriols as Mimi - bestfriend of Cora

Special appearance[edit]

The best friend of Vito Carillo who gives him advice about his love life.
The driver of Vito Carillo.
Lola Nidora, a character from Kalyeserye, made a cameo appearance in the post-credits scene urging the audience to come back for a "part two."
His character is the Floor Director of the event where Lilia Cuntapay's character celebrated her 100th birthday.
Her character is the kid at the restaurant who revealed to Vito where Dondi and Anna are hiding.
Her character is the usherette at the event in One Esplanade.
His character is the man at the restaurant who seen of Anna Carillo.
Their characters are guests at the event in One Esplanade.
They performed at the event in One Esplanade.

Production[edit]

In June 2015, the film was originally titled Rom-comin Mo Ako[15] and Ai-Ai de las Alas and Vic Sotto were the only confirmed actors.[16] In August 2015, Alden Richards signed a contract with APT Entertainment, one of the producers of the film, and was confirmed to be part of the film that was renamed to My Bebe Love.[15] It was later revealed that the full title of the film is My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore.[17] The "bebe" in the title is a Filipino slang word meaning "baby" (term of endearment for a girlfriend or significant other) while #KiligPaMore is a hashtag that means having more of the kilig.

In an interview, Sotto said that they were still in negotiations to include Maine Mendoza, Alden Richards's love interest in Eat Bulaga!'s Kalyeserye television portion, in the film.[18] Jose Javier Reyes, the director, said that the film exists on its own and the effect on the couple's television segment must be taken into consideration since Richards and Mendoza are not allowed to meet in person during those times. A few days later, after an Instagram post by Reyes and in an interview with delas Alas, it was confirmed that Mendoza would star and debut in the motion picture as Anna.[19][20] Reyes who co-wrote the script of the film with Bibeth Orteza[2] incorporated some of the story suggestions from the AlDub (Mendoza and Richards' love team name) fans.[13] Reyes initiated a contest on Twitter where the winners were given free pass and to premiere night of the film.

Shooting started on September 19, 2015[5] and the AlDub couple began to shoot together fifteen days after the shooting.[21][22] The last shooting day was November 30, 2015 at One Esplanade in Pasay.[23] In an interview, Reyes pointed out that shooting My Bebe Love was quite a challenge due to expectations from the fans of Mendoza and Richards as well as making the senior actors Sotto and delas Alas refreshing.[24]

Release[edit]

My Bebe Love was released in the Philippines on December 25, 2015 as an official entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival.[5] Before the film's release, television host and talent manager Lolit Solis and other entertainment writers predicted that it would be a blockbuster hit due to AlDub's popularity.[2][25][26][27] A crowded red carpet premiere night of the film was held at SM Megamall Cinema 9 in Mandaluyong on December 21, 2015.[28]

International screenings was confirmed by its director, Jose Javier Reyes.[6] The film was shown in at least ten cities in world including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Melbourne, Sydney, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. There are negotiations to release the film in Singapore. The confirmed screenings at the United Arab Emirates, Australia and at the United States in January 2016.[29][30]

Marketing[edit]

A 30-second teaser trailer for the film was aired on Eat Bulaga! Sa Tamang Panahon event held in Philippine Arena on October 24, 2015.[17] The following week after the event, the couple together with Sotto, delas Alas, and the director of the film had their photo shoot for the film.[31] A full trailer of the film that runs over three minutes was released online on November 20, 2015.[32] On December 9, 2015, a press conference was held to promote the film.[33][34]

Before the film was shown in theaters, the cast participated in the traditional Parade of Stars of the Metro Manila Film Festival where every film entries have their own floats. During the parade, the float of My Bebe Love became the most sought-after float after fans mobbed it.[35][36]

Home media[edit]

In February 2016, My Bebe Love was made available in DVD discs by MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines).[37]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

My Bebe Love has been criticized for the addition of excessive and tasteless product placements in many scenes. ClicktheCity.com, an online entertainment site, gave the film one and a half stars out of five, stating that "the film strings together its stars’ endorsements and roughly molds them into the shape of a movie, narrative playing second fiddle to the impulse to promote brands."[38] Film reviewer Oggs Cruz opined that "My Bebe Love is offensive because its ambitions are low."[39] He added that the love story of Vito and Corazon fares better than Dondi and Anna. He suggested that the film should have at least "stretch the psychology that resulted in the celebrated love team of Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards."

Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) in a positive review praised the chemistry between Mendoza and Richards stating that "Alden and Maine, on the other hand, act like the more mature pair. They temper those kilig moments with more getting-to-know-you scenes that can put their elders’ wham-bham way of dating to shame."[40] PEP further highlighted improvements in Mendoza's acting as "she acquits herself well for a newbie in the movies. Maine's eyes reflect a whole range of emotions: joy, disappointment, shock, irritation, etc."[40]

Box office[edit]

According to Director Jose Javier Reyes, My Bebe Love has hit the Php 1 million mark in its first hour of showing.[41][42] It broke opening day box office records of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) as it posted gross earnings of ₱60,462,169.57 on its opening day beating the record of ₱53,000,000 by The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin and making it the highest opening gross among all Filipino films of all time.[43] It grossed over ₱33 million and over ₱27 million from cinemas in Metro Manila and provinces respectively.[44] On December 26, it posted gross earnings of ₱121,600,761.73.[45] According to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Emerson Carlos, My Bebe Love led the first three days of the festival and it posted the gross earnings of ₱159,000,000.[46] After five days, the total gross is equal to ₱214,000,000.[47] The film went on to gross 385 million pesos.[9]

Ticket swapping incident[edit]

On the opening day of the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival, several moviegoers raised concerns on social media that the tickets they bought for My Bebe Love were misprinted. Instead, their tickets had the title of another MMFF movie, Beauty and the Bestie. This was confirmed by Jose Javier Reyes on Twitter.[48] In the official Twitter account of SM Cinema, it tweeted that there was indeed a mistake in the tickets but the tweets were removed.[49] However, on December 26, 2015, Metro Manila Development Authority, organizer of the festival, denied the accusations involving this incident.[50] They added that the accusations were baseless and stated that fans should "be responsible in expressing their sentiments especially on social media." [51] Wenn Deramas, director of Beauty and the Bestie, was skeptical about the ticket swapping incident and countered the claims of those moviegoers.[49] Along with other alleged irregularities of the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival, the committee on Metro Manila development of the House of Representatives called a meeting to investigate the ticket swapping issue.[52] Although during the inquiry, there were no representatives present from both of the producers of My Bebe Love and Beauty and the Bestie.[53]

Accolades[edit]

My Bebe Love won three categories and nominated in five categories in the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival awards night on December 27, 2015 at the Kia Theater, Cubao, Quezon City.[54] The film got the 3rd Best Picture award and the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award. The Best Supporting Actress award went to Maine Mendoza who personally questioned her achievement by saying "Why me?"[10] This is Mendoza's first film acting award and she attained it only after nearly six months in show business.

Sotto and delas Alas won the Box Office King and Queen awards, respectively, for being the lead stars of My Bebe Love.[55] The awards were given by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation and cited the film's record-breaking opening day gross.[56] Winners will receive their awards on April 17, 2016.[57]

Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
41st Metro Manila Film Festival Awards[54]
3rd Best Picture My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore Won
Best Actress Ai-Ai Delas Alas Nominated
Best Director Jose Javier Reyes Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Alden Richards Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Maine Mendoza Won
Best Screenplay Jose Javier Reyes Nominated
Best Original Story Bibeth Orteza Nominated
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore Won
47th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards[55][56]
Box Office King Vic Sotto Won
Box Office Queen Ai-Ai Delas Alas Won
Highest Opening Day Gross of All Time My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore Won

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