One More Chance (2007)
“When love ends, how long should you hold on? How soon should you let go?
How do you move on? “
Their love story began when they first met as students at the University of Santo Tomas: Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) was majoring in Engineering while Basha (Bea Alonzo) was a freshman in Architecture. They were inseparable and did everything together — eating, studying and attending parties. Both their families loved them, they shared mutual friends and eventually ended up working for the same firm. Every single component of their lives revolved around each other. So, naturally, everyone assumed that they would inevitably get married someday, with Architect Basha designing and planning their dream house while Engineer Popoy building it. Everything could not be more perfect.
At least, that was what Popoy thought. What he did not know was that Basha was not as sure about their future as Popoy seemed to be.
All Popoy’s nagging and excessive planning took a toll on Basha. Not only was she tired of trying to carve out her own mark in the hierarchy of the firm, but she also grew weary of Popoy always stepping in to fix things for her. One day, Basha told Popoy that she wanted to resign and move to a smaller firm where she could be given better opportunities to design independently, completely blindsiding her bewildered beau. She revealed the issue that had been brewing inside her for the past year: the real reason why she wanted to leave the company was that she was tired of Popoy and their relationship. She felt hindered by Popoy’s constant attention and thought that she had never been given the chance to decide and plan for herself because he always did everything. Popoy was speechless and devastated. That same night, Basha broke up with him, reasoning that she needed the space to grow on her own.
Not knowing how to pick himself up after the love of his life left him, Popoy struggled to live his new life alone. Meanwhile, Basha followed through with her plans to resign from the firm. For a while, she drifted jobless, customizing T-shirts with unusual patterns and designs, until she was offered to work for a smaller firm. Accepting the offer, she began to feel the professional freedom she had been longing for. Popoy and Basha tried to live without each other but the ties that bound them made it difficult for either of them to completely move on, especially when their families and friends were constant reminders of the promises and dreams they had made during their happier days.
Slowly, Popoy moved on and discovered that there was life after Basha; on the other hand, Basha began to find her solitary journey to be harder than she had imagined, especially when Popoy began dating another girl. Although a part of her wanted to get him back, she reminded herself that the decision to terminate the relationship was hers alone.
Opportunity knocked on their door when Popoy’s aunt commissioned them to build her house together. After initially feeling awkward, Popoy and Basha eventually warmed up towards each other, especially after memories of the five years they spent together resurfaced. Slowly and unconsciously, they fell into their old routines and found themselves enjoying each other’s company once again. Both realized how much they had missed each other, at the same time acknowledging how much they each had changed.
But Popoy knew that giving in would mean that they would go back to how they were before, that she will just go on her way again and ignore him when she grew tired again of their relationship and he will be left alone again and hurt.
- Bea Alonzo as Basha
- John Lloyd Cruz as Popoy
- Derek Ramsay as Mark
- Maja Salvador as Trisha
- Dimples Romana as Krizzy
- James Blanco as Kenneth
- Janus Del Prado as Chinno
- Ahron Villena as JP
- Nanette Inventor as Edith Vergel de Dios
- Al Tantay as Tito Willie
- Beatriz Saw as Anj
- Nikki Gil as Helen
- Melissa Mendez as Mommy Elvie
- Sharmaine Buencamino as Mommy Rose
- Adnan Marohomsalic as John Lloyd’s officemate
— The casts are very versatile actors and actresses so it’s more interesting.
— Every scene is very important and very awaited due to the characters/cast which make you feel that the situation is real. It will move you.
— Lines that are uttered from the characters are very intense.
— Some of the lines are very intense, touching.
The movie also has moral lesson:
- That we should not let our partner decide on what should we do.
- Everyone of us needs space.
- and all of us deserves a SECOND CHANCE.
Here’s the Official Movie Trailer