BY: Rohn Romulo
Jane Oineza finally breaks her silence regarding the alleged relationship that she and Jerome Ponce had in the past.
The two are now top-billing the Regal Entertainment, Inc., film Finding You.
“Masaya ako kasi nabigyan ulit kami ng opportunity na mag-work together bilang ang last nga namin ay Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita (NKNKK),” referring to the 2015 afteroon teleserye in ABS-CBN.”
Jane continued, “Hindi ko akalain na mabibigyan kami ng chance kaya masaya ako.”
The young actress then shed light to claims that she and Jerome became an item.
“Hindi naman naging kami to begin with,”she clarified.
However, she revealed that she and Jerome developed a special relationship that is more than friends but less than lovers.
“Parang hindi lang nag-bloom. Parang pwede na makakarating naman sa ganon kasi nag-uusap naman kami…
“May potential pero hindi umabot don.
“I can’t say kung nag-work or hindi kasi hindi pa namin na-try. Hindi umabot sa ganon.”
Jane then enumerated the good qualities she liked about her co-star in Finding You.
“Sweet naman siya as a person. Hindi ko lang maalala kung may ginawa siya for me noon. Pero as a person, sweet siya, maaalalahanin naman siya. Mabait.
“Tsaka gusto ko may humor. Kailangan mapapatawa mo ‘ko, kailangan di ako ma-bored. Kailangan masaya lang.
“Yun yung mahalaga sa ‘kin. Yung comfortable ako at ikaw. Ganon lang, walang pretensions.”
Though their connection did not lead to a relationship, Jane said that she and Jerome would bump into each other every now and then, since they are both artists of Star Magic.
“Hindi naman nawala yung friendship, yung communication. Hindi naman parang after NKNKK hindi na kami nag-usap at all,” she clarified.
Meanwhile, Jane is happy to be given substantial roles in movies.
“I try lagi naman pag binibigyan ako ng kahit ano’ng project, kahit anong role, ibinibigay ko ang everything ko sa role na yon, lahat-lahat pati pagkatao ko.
“So masaya marinig na naa-acknowledge yon o napapansin ng mga nanonood ng mga nagbibigay ng projects sa ‘kin, na pinagkakatiwalaan pa rin ako sa next na projects.”
“And mahilig din ako mag-experiment ng iba-ibang roles na hindi ko pa nagagawa or mga challenging, yung mga mahirap,” she explained.
Meantime, Jerome was more elusive when asked about the past that he and Jane had.
When asked about this issue, he reluctantly answered, “Wala naman yata kaming… We’re friends, yung lang.”
Nevertheless, Jerome confirmed that he and Jane never lost their friendship.
“Nanatili kaming magkaibigan kasi madalas naman kaming nagkikita dahil pag nagkikita kami nagkukwentuhan nang matagal, tapos nagkakayayaan lumabas with other friends.”
What is sure is that the actor got excited upon knowing that he would work again with Jane in an acting project.
“Sobrang nakaka-excite and pressured kasi the last time we worked, siya ang nagdala lahat ng eksena don sa teleserye namin. Parang na-excite na rin as well dahil nakikita ko na as matured [actors] na [kami].”
Meantime, Jerome does not mind being tagged as an underrated actor.
“As of now, kung underrated man ako, I’m really happy what I have now. Masaya na ‘ko.
“Siguro kung bibigyan man ako ng ibang projects, siguro mas magiging thankful ako.
“Okay na ‘ko. Wala naman ako kailangan i-react. Bakit pa ako magiging masama ang loob? I’m really, really thankful kung anuman meron ako ever since.
FINDING YOU, the big idea
What if someone who can vividly remember everything forgets a specific painful moment that keeps on curiously bothering him?
Rich with poignant hugot lines and a relatable story, Finding You tells of a person’s search for “the one” – not knowing it won’t turn out the way he expects it to be.
Social media journalist NEL (Jerome Ponce) has a rare condition called “hyperthymesia”. The opposite of amnesia, he remembers every detail of every moment he has encountered.
As much it’s a blessing, this condition serves as a curse for Nel when it comes to matters of the heart. Coming from series of failed relationships, he never forgets all the painful experience he had.
Good thing, his bride-to-be best friend KIT (Jane Oineza) is always there by his side through thick and thin.
Despite having exceptional memory, Nel is suddenly bombarded by vague memories that seem to curiously bring back an obscure pain – triggered by accidentally activating a mobile application called “Throwback”. His old statuses starting with “Dear You” prompt him to get to the bottom of it and be clarified with that one memory.
Will Nel realize that the one he needs to look for is just right beside him… before it’s too late?
Finding You is a play on memories – or the lack of it – and how they affect the life even of the most stern.
Finding You is by Regal Entertainment, Inc., which also stars Barbie Imperial with Claire Ruiz, Kate Alejandro, Jon Lucas, Paeng Sudayan.
Directed by Easy Ferrer, Finding You opens in cinemas in May 29.
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