Jodi, Ian and ‘Ser Chief’—the ‘dream’ love triangle

Jodi Sta. Maria

Jodi Sta. Maria

The long wait is finally over as the dream team of Ian Veneracion, Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria come together for the very first time in Star Cinema’s new romantic comedy, The Achy Breaky Hearts, opening in theaters today.

Directed by Antoinette Jadaone with a script she co-wrote with Yoshke Dimen, The Achy Breaky Hearts, is a modern love story for the whole family to enjoy.

The film is centered on Chinggay (Sta. Maria) whose love life is suffering from a seven-year drought. The plot thickens as Chinggay is unexpectedly faced with the dilemma of choosing between two men, Ryan (Veneracion) and Frank (Yap), who suddenly take an interest in her.

Sta. Maria and Yap first captured the hearts of millions of Filipinos around the world as Maya and “Ser Chief” in the groundbreaking morning series Be Careful with My Heart, which had a very successful run that lasted for almost two-and-a-half years–an unprecedented and record-breaking feat in the history of contemporary Filipino television.

Ian Veneracion

Ian Veneracion

Meanwhile, in May 2015, the tandem of Sta. Maria and Veneracion hit prime time TV by storm as they reprised the iconic roles of Amor Powers and Eduardo Buenavista respectively in the highly anticipated remake of what is widely considered as the very first teleserye in the Philippines, Pangako Sa ‘Yo.

Individually, the three actors have made their indelible marks in the industry across a variety of projects. Sta. Maria is considered a very experienced actress and regarded by fans as the most lovable leading lady on television. Veneracion started out in the business as an adorable child star who morphed into a gorgeous leading man in a career that spans almost four decades. Last but not the least, Yap is considered the most successful “late bloomer” this side of the world as he likes to describe himself, joining show business while already in his 40s, and becoming an instant hit as Ser Chief.

Richard Yap

Richard Yap

Besides the casting coup, the trio is the opportunity to have worked with director Jadoane, who is considered one of the top if not the top filmmaker of her generation, what with her smash block buster hits That Thing Called Tadhana (2014), English Only Please (2014), The Breakup Playlist (2015), and You’re My Boss (2015).

The Achy Breaky Hearts is a welcome addition to Jadoane’s resume as the film promises another delicious serving of sharp wit and quirkiness, which are the signature marks of her movies.

Under her skilled direction, Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, and Richard Yap will weave another unforgettable romantic comedy laced with just the right serving of witty and sharp “hugot” dialogues and identifiable characters that audiences will surely relate with from their own stories.


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