Many people associate summer with romance as evidenced in literally millions of songs about it. Foremost among this is “Summer Nights” from the hit musical “Grease,” and, locally, “Cold Summer Nights” by the late Francis Magalona. “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama? “Tag-araw” by After Image? The list goes on.
But, of course, there are also films that use the season as backdrop of love stories, usually teen love. Here are some of them:
“Summer Love” (1981)
Directed by Elwood Perez, “Summer Love” is a teen flick that took inspiration from “Grease.” The stars of the film, then upcoming youngsters Maricel Soriano, William Martinez, Snooky Serna and Gabby Concepcion, even sang their version of “Summer Nights” in one scene.
As gleaned from the title, the film is all about good old summer love set in picturesque Taal, Batangas.
“This Time” (2016)
We fast forward from there to last year with “This Time” starring the current generation’s most popular love team of James Reid and Nadine Lustre a.k.a. JaDine.
Loosely based on the Wattpad novel “That One Summer” by Aly Almario, “This Time” is about two childhood friends who only see each other every summer. Guess what? Their friendship will blossom into romance but, of course, not without a few hitches along the way.
The film earned P15 million on its first day of release.
Before JaDine, LizQuen or KathNiel, there was the love team of Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa.
The two lorded it over other love teams of their era, making it all clear via “Forevermore,” a landmark hit for the duo who, notably, also became a real-life couple, for some time at least.
“Forevermore” has Jericho portraying the heir of a large mango farm in Bulacan. According to his grandfather, the secret to their produce being among the sweetest in the market is love. Thankfully, he has the delectable Kristine to pursue, and both of them will make the farm, just like the film, earn big time.
“For The First Time” (2008)
Taking summer romance to international levels is Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion in “For The First Time.”
Where contemporaries had nearby Batangas or Bulacan as setting, Richard and KC have nothing less than scenic Santorini in Greece.
The approach was somewhat novel at the time, allowing every Juan and Maria a peek into posh romance.
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