Miggy Montenegro and Laida Magtalas Version 3.0

After four years, the well-loved pair of Miggy Montenegro (John Lloyd Cruz) and Laida Magtalas (Sarah Geronimo) finally came out with the third and final installment of the team Miggy-Laida love story via It Takes A Man and A Woman. We first witnessed the fairy-tale like love story of Miggy and Laida in You Changed My Life where we loved them for their “sun dance” and “gaano ka-close moment” in 2008. Less than a year after (almost 7 months), they made us love them more for their “power hug” and “bebe ko ring tone” in You Changed My Life.

The movie did not actually start where the last film left off. In this story, the couple, Miggy and Laida had separated and were both moving on from their break up that happened two years ago. Miggy who is back to being a disappointment to his family’s reputation is already dating his high school (?) ex-girlfriend Belle (Isabelle Daza) while the braver and fiercer Laida with her accent and better fashion sense moved from Toronto to New York to work as Editorial Coordinator. Miggy got demoted and will again be the publisher of Flippage, while Laida came back to the Philippines to work for Flippage as a consultant. They had to work together for a special assignment for the company which is a challenge to both Miggy and Laida to prove if they have moved on from the break up or they are still stuck in the past and is still inlove with one another.

As everyone expected, this romantic comedy movie will be a kilig much and funny movie. And for me, this one is the best in the 3-series Miggy-Laida love story. Sarah was at her best in this one, while John Lloyd is consistently a good actor. Both the scriptwriter and the director did a fantastic job in this movie.

it-takes-a-man-and-a-woman-gross-income-poster-2013_thumb[2]Yes, I am a big fan of this couple, considering that I loved the first two movies, just seeing the teaser or trailer of the third movie, I already expected that I would love the third one. And I was never disappointed, just like in the other 2 movies, the money (now in dollars) that I spent for my mom and I’s movie tickets were all worth it. The first part of the movie where it is being established that the “bebe ko” moment for Miggy and Laida is over and all they do is to oppose each other’s decision was a good warm up. You can’t resist but smile and laugh at Miggy and Laida’s encounter, especially whenever the Laida Manalastas Version 2.0 speaks. The Zoila and friends’ (Matet, Joross Gamboa and Gio Alvarez) was an additional factor why it is so much fun to watch them, they’re teasing and sarcastic comments made the viewers smile even more. Though, I must say that Joross’ bangs annoyed me. One “hit” scene in the movie which made everyone in the theater laugh is when Belle tried to directly compete with Laida in their jacket-take off showdown. The call waitin’ restaurant scene, where Miggy and Belle saw Laida alone is also hilarious, everyone laughed so hard when Laida pretended that she is talking with her “Baby” on her cell phone when it suddenly ringed. You can’t resist but feel kilig, smile and laugh while watching. But my favorite part is when Zoila and friends are trying the best that they can to bring back the genuine smile in Laida’s face to the point that they had to bring the big karaoke machine in the pictorial venue and they sang “Kailan” which Miggy also sang in the first movie. And when the teary-eyed Laida looked at Miggy while he was singing the same part of the song that he sang before, tears also fell from my eyes! Aww! I feel for her….

I like the way this movie still mentioned about the past two movies. Since the movie did not start from where it left off, flashbacks needs to be inserted to make the viewers understand what happened between the time Laida left for Canada to present, I must say that Direk Cathy did a good job in shifting the scenes of the movie from past to present or vice versa.

Sarah Geronimo - John Lloyd Cruz - It Takes A Man and A Woman 2013 Star Cinema 1If there is something that I noticed in the movie is that almost half of the movie is shot in the airport – the movie started in the airport, it also showed a flashback in the airport (where Laida says goodbye to Miggy), there’s airport scene going to and from NY and another airport scene for the proposal. And speaking of proposal, though for me it is unrealistic (though the movie showed that Miggy’s family is wealthy and influential, it could be possible for them), the scene still made me smile and again, Miggy made me feel when he talked to Laida’s parent and asked if he can apply for a job – as Laida’s husband.

It is a real feel-good movie and you will come out of the cinema smiling and wanting to see more of the Miggy-Laida kilig and funny moments. Too bad, news say this is the end of their love story. The director may have chosen not to come out of the movie’s comfort zone, but still she was very successful in showcasing the strengths of both John Lloyd and Sarah. John Lloyd has again proven in this film that he is really a versatile actor and Sarah was a revelation in her silent tears moments. The movie may have some flaws, but John Lloyd and Sarah’s charm erased them and cheered up the viewers. Kudos to John Lloyd and Sarah!

Memorable Lines from the Movie:

“Hindi lahat ng bagay may happy ending sa totoong buhay.” 

“There’s a way to set things right again.” 

“I’ve grown. This is Laida Magtalas Version 2.0. Wiser. Braver. Stronger. Bolder. Fiercer.”

“People change. Nothing stays the same forever. Change is bound to happen.” 

“Piliin mong magpatawad. Piliin mong magmahal. Inulit-ulit ko yun araw-araw.”

“Love is a choice. Ganun din ang pagpapatawad. Pipiliin mo rin yun Laida, araw-araw.”

“You’re my one who got away.” 

“Sometimes being the best means being the least. Be good even after you make a mistake.”

“Now all I want is for you to feel that you’re number one for me. And that you will always be my number one.”

“This is the man I wanna be. For the first time in my life, I wanna be the last. I wanna be the last man you’ll ever love Laida. Can I be that man?” 

“Today I realized I won’t be making any vows in my wedding… Because this is not the day for promises. Today I stand here in front of you in complete surrender. I have no worries. I have no fear because I know… I am sure I’m yours.”



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