How old were you in the early 80s? I was 6 to 10.
I don't know with you but I am such a fan of Sharon Cuneta-Gabby Concepcion movies before they tied the knot in 1984. Sharon and Gabby then were very young, so in love yet innocent that the films they made were able to showcase the purity and truthfulness of their emotions.
No Filipino films about teenage love thereafter had duplicated the standards their movies set through Dear Heart, My Only Love and PS I Love You.
To me, when you say heartwarming, young love stories, they can only be Sharon-Gabby flicks, which also featured facets of mesmerizing Philippine life long gone.
Surely, the stories do not depart from the formulaic boy-meets-girl-but-parents-disapprove themes. However, it is the tandem that best represented this.
This is also when the conospeak was born (tagalized English with an accent associated with pinoy students from international schools in the country during the late 70s and early 80s; a version of it became a fad in the 90s). The dialogues were well-written as not to sound too academic, not too high society, not low class as well.
And the theme songs sung by Sharon are just perfect. For instance, listen to the first 25 seconds of the song PS I Love You done by the megastar, it just draws you in.
And OMG, who would forget the ending of their movies, too?
In "My Only Love," Sharon runs to the airport, and on the tarmac, to bid Gabby farewell as he is set to leave to the US for good, but his plane had already left. When all hopes were dashed, behind the baggage car, Gabby stood in his suit and shades. Hana Yori Dango had a similar take at the end of season 1. Simply an awwww moment.
"PS I Love You" ends with Gabby deplaning on the Laguna sugar plantation to visit Sharon, who was riding on a horse. They both run towards each other in slow-mo, meet, hug, embrace and turn midway. Another awww moment.
Ah basta, just go watch them for yourselves!
Me and my posse can have sharon-gabby movie nights. with chips. teehee : )