Gabriel (Robin Padilla) is a poor orphan
boy who grew up under the care of rich "biyudo" haciendero Señor Manuel
(portrayed by multi-awarded actor Eddie Garcia). Gabriel takes care of Senor
Manuel's hacienda while his surrogate father attends to his main business
in Manila. He has complete trust in Gabriel and in turn, Gabriel is very
loyal to and very protective of him. Also known as a "lady killer", Gabriel
is a man's man, a "cowboy" looked up to by the townspeople.
Luisa (Regine Velasquez), a street-smart
spunky girl is a con-artist who has lost faith in love. Having gone through
too many hardships in life, she has become jaded and self-centered. She longs
most for the "rich" life and readily agrees to marry Señor Manuel.
Señor Manuel (Eddie Garcia) is
a very rich old man who has lived under the clouds of loneliness after the
death of his wife
until he meets Luisa who becomes the love of his
Señor Manuel falls in love with and offers
to wed Luisa, who, unbeknownst to the haciendero, is only posing as a rich
girl. In preparation for their wedding at the hacienda, Luisa meets Gabriel
Señor Manuel's right hand man who is very protective of the
old man. Sensing that Luisa is a fake and is only after Señor Manuel's
money, Gabriel tries to blow Luisa's cover.
In the process, Gabriel finds himself falling
for Luisa and vice versa. They become torn between their loyalty to the old
man and their love for each other. In the meantime Señor Manuel senses
what is happening between the two people he values most.
The three main characters find themselves caught
in a situation they didn't want but could not control. How they resolve this
conflict makes for the movie's interesting conclusion.
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Till their next
STARBYTES By Butch Francisco
The Philippine Star 10/12/2006
Till I Met You had always been one of my favorite
songs popularized by Kuh Ledesma.
And now, it is already
the title of a movie that features Asias Pop Diva in one scene where
she plays a character that is the extreme opposite of her sophisticated public
The inclusion of Kuh Ledesma in this film
even in that very token role I thought was a nice touch. And she gave
her all in that one scene and it was fun watching her.
Of course, the movie is about Robin Padilla
and Regine Velasquez and the story is set in a hacienda in a province south
Directed by Mark Reyes, Till I Met You casts
Robin as a sort of adopted son of haciendero Eddie Garcia. I say sort of
adopted because Robin was never legally adopted by Garcia. He was just left
behind as an infant by his mother in the hacienda with the promise
of coming back for him, but apparently she never did. Garcia then raises
him like a son and entrusts Robin with everything including his
soon-to-be-gold-digging wife, Regine Velasquez.
In the beginning they hate each others
guts because Robin is able to smell Regines motives even from the start.
But as expected, they fall in love and how they resolve their love triangle
with Eddie Garcia is the interesting twist at the end of the film.
Till I Met You is a feel good movie to its every
core. The setting is idyllic the production designer saw to that which
is why everything is pleasing to the eye in this film: a dream house, a
tenants home with candy glass and flowers everywhere, sometimes in
places that they are not supposed to be.
But along with the lighting, photography and
music, the rich production design really helps viewers forget momentarily
their problems and focus their attention on the characters on screen in their
More ideal even is the community where Robin
lives. Nobody has a mean bone here. The people are all so nice and not one
soul is malicious. They dont gossip about the closeness of Robin and
Regine. Surely, movie talk shows and the scandal sheets wont make a
living out of these people.
Well, some people also get hurt in the story.
Regines father abandoning her and her mother is painful. But that is
cushioned because this part of the story is told in flashback.
But painful and the viewer feels this
are the heartaches of Robin and Regine because of their forbidden
love. It pinches your heart to see them helpless and almost unable to express
their feelings for each other. And then theres the pain of Eddie Garcia.
Till I Met You may have been designed as a feel-good
movie, but it also touches your heart and makes you rethink about life.
Extremely crucial here is the presence of Robin
Padilla and Regine Velasquez and their scenes together work well. Unfortunately,
I didnt get to see their previous film together. Not till I saw Till
I Met You did I realize what wonderful chemistry they have and Id
want to see more of that.
Till their next screen team-up.