One More Chance (2007 film)

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One More Chance
Theatrical movie poster
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina
Produced by Elma S. Medua
Charo Santos-Concio
Malou Santos
Carmi Raymundo
Written by Vanessa Valdez
Carmi Raymundo
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release dates
  • November 14, 2007 (2007-11-14)
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog

One More Chance is a 2007 Filipino romance film starring Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz. The film was directed by the award-winning director Cathy Garcia-Molina and released under Star Cinema.The film also has gained a cultfollowing with social media users often using lines and screen captures from the movie


A love story between two students who first met at the University of Santo Tomas: Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) was majoring in Engineering while Basha (Bea Alonzo) was a freshman in Architecture. They were inseparable and did everything together — eating, studying and attending parties. Both their families loved them, they shared mutual friends and eventually ended up working for the same firm. Every single component of their lives revolved around each other. So, naturally, everyone assumed that they would inevitably get married someday, with Architect Basha designing and planning their dream house while Engineer Popoy building it. Everything could not be more perfect.

At least, that was what Popoy thought. What he did not know was that Basha was not as sure about their future as Popoy seemed to be.

All Popoy's nagging and excessive planning took a toll on Basha. Not only was she tired of trying to carve out her own mark in the hierarchy of the firm, but she also grew weary of Popoy always stepping in to fix things for her. One day, Basha told Popoy that she wanted to resign and move to a smaller firm where she could be given better opportunities to design independently, completely blindsiding her bewildered beau. She revealed the issue that had been brewing inside her for the past year: the real reason why she wanted to leave the company was that she was tired of Popoy and their relationship. She felt hindered by Popoy's constant attention and thought that she had never been given the chance to decide and plan for herself because he always did everything. That same night, Basha broke up with him as she needed space to grow on her own. Popoy was speechless and devastated.

Not knowing how to pick himself up after the love of his life left him, Popoy struggled to live his new life alone. Meanwhile, Basha followed through with her plans to resign from the firm. For a while, she drifted jobless, customizing T-shirts with unusual patterns and designs, until she was offered to work for a smaller firm. Accepting the offer, she began to feel the professional freedom she had been longing for. Popoy and Basha tried to live without each other but the ties that bound them made it difficult for either of them to completely move on, especially when their families and friends were there to constantly remind them of the promises and dreams they had made during their happier days.

Slowly, Popoy moved on and discovered that there was life after Basha; on the other hand, Basha began to find her solitary journey to be a lot harder than she had imagined, especially when Popoy began dating another girl. Although a part of her wanted to get him back, she reminded herself that the decision to terminate the relationship was hers alone.

Opportunity knocked on their door when Popoy's aunt commissioned them to build her house together. After initially feeling awkward, Popoy and Basha eventually warmed up towards each other, especially after memories of the five years they had spent together resurfaced. Slowly and unconsciously, they fell into their old routines and found themselves enjoying each other's company once again. Both realized how much they had missed each other, at the same time acknowledging how much each had changed.

But Popoy knew that giving in would mean that they would go back to how they were before, that she will just go on her way again and ignore him when she grew tired of their relationship and he will be left alone and once again hurt. So, he had no choice but to stay with his current girlfriend. But after constantly seeing Basha, he realized he still loved her. After Basha saw Popoy with his new girl friend, she realized how much she wanted Popoy back and she decided to tell Popoy that she is miserable without him and that she still loves him. She tried to talk to him to choose her over his current girlfriend, Trisha. In to which, Popoy replied "she loved me at my worst, you had me at my best and you chose to break my heart". Basha was left in tears.

After some more encounters with each other, they tried to resist and respect that they both have separate lives now. Popoy, his new girlfriend, and Basha, her career. But they soon realized they could not really move on. Trisha noticed that Popoy was still in love with his ex, Basha, and she asked him if he still loves Basha. To her disappointment, Popoy answered that he cannot bear to see her hurt, but she did not give a direct answer. And so, she decided to break up with him.

Popoy and Basha both wanted to give their love one more chance, but because the timing was off, they decided not to. Popoy went to Qatar, and Basha went on to focus on her career. After 2 years, they see each other again. Popoy asked her if she was free that day so they could go out for dinner in which she replied "Yes, and tomorrow night, and the night after that...". They both smiled and the film ended.


Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Award-Giving Body Category Recipient Result
38th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards[1] Box-Office King John Lloyd Cruz Won
Box-Office Queen Bea Alonzo Won
Most Popular Film Director Cathy Garcia Molina Won
Most Popular Screenwriters Carmi Raymundo and Vanessa Valdez Won
5th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Drama) John Lloyd Cruz Won
24th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Director of the Year Cathy Garcia-Molina Won
Movie of the Year One More Chance Won
Movie Editor of the Year Marya Ignacio Won
Movie Cinematographer of the Year Manual Teehankee Won


Hailed by Filipino audiences as one of the most unforgettable Tagalog romantic movies of all time, the film has continued to be popular for its famous quotes and lines.

Because of this, a novel adaptation was released in June 2015.[2] Two months later, Star Cinema confirmed that a sequel to the film would be released.[3]


Its sequel is titled A Second Chance which focuses on Popoy and Basha as a married couple.


  1. ^ "The 38th Box-Office Entertainment Awards (Part 2)". Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  2. ^ "'One More Chance' adapted into novel". Rappler. June 14, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ Jarloc, Glaiza (August 18, 2015). "Star Cinema confirms 'One More Chance' sequel". Sun.Star. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 

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