There is something so endearing about two people with electrifying chemistry often caught up in ’kilig’ bickering. Marissa (Jodi Sta. Maria) and Avel (Joseph Marco) may have clashing personalities but it only adds more power and heart-fluttering ‘feels’ in their tandem. The MarVel ship is sailing, so have a sweet trip back into their most ‘kilig’ encounters featured in this Toplist from Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin.
Their chemistry shined on their first love-hate encounter, which we chalked up to pure kismet. Marissa hired Avel as her bodyguard. While he was quite mysterious, as though hiding something up his sleeve, he also showed impressive fighting abilities since the beginning. He served Marissa with solid loyalty and he was protective of her.
Slow but pure ‘kilig’ happens every time he saves her from grave danger. We open the treasure trove of MarVel moments with the scene wherein Avel rescued Marissa from a gunman. The world moved in slow motion as they exchanged loving stares, then, he snapped to fire at the suspect. He offered her his jacket – the perfect gesture to cap off that swoon-worthy moment. His protective nature slowly broke down her walls.
He once disarmed a bomb while Marissa and the employees of La Sierra evacuated the building. Such is the length he is willing to go to protect her. Marissa ran towards the hero as he came out of the building safe and uninjured.
The dashing savior can also be the voice of reason that gives Marissa sensible advice about her strategies. His sharp logic is an effective antidote to her heightened emotions. When Marissa decided to call for a ceasefire after Hope (Kira Balinger) was rushed to the hospital, Avel was caught smiling over the surprising display of ‘softness.’ Of course, she did not like his reaction, so the scene ended with another cute argument.
Marissa also found a shoulder to cry on. In times of despair and confusion, there was Avel to soothe her fears. While he once connived with Caesar (Simon Ibarra) in the organization, Avel grew real feelings for Marissa. At the last minute, he had a change of heart and chose to still save her from the car explosion supposed to end her life. The doubts were vanished by a sincere confession. Avel told Marissa that he loves her. He promised that whatever happens, he will always be around. He will watch over her in secret.
He also gets jealous at times such as when he asked about her relation to Gabriel (Sam Milby). But he tried to tone it down, saying it is just part of his duty to know her personal affairs so he can protect her from people with hidden motives.
Avel is actually territorial. We can’t blame him, though because his ‘boss’ exudes irresistible sultriness that never fades. Take for instance the moment when he scolded her for wearing revealing clothes in a drinking session with Blue (Nico Antonio). She may not verbalize her feelings but she obviously liked seeing him act overprotective.
Like a true knight in shining armor, Avel arrives just right on time when Marissa is in need of rescue and a shoulder to cry on. She knew he’s the one she needed when Jake (Grae Fernandez) started to go missing. She found comfort in his arms, as though that embrace was the only cure to her fears. Surprisingly, she listens to him. She heeded his advice to halt her plans against Ellice (Iza Calzado) for the sake of Jake.
Marissa, known as the fire that keeps burning, mellows down because of Avel. He was the one who taught her that love and family are more important than revenge.
Sometimes it gets a bit more exciting. Only Avel and Marissa can make a simple switching of seats appear sensual yet subtle It was oozing with ‘kilig’ – the manner they downplayed their emotions while fire burned in their eyes.
Solid MarVel shippers, don’t miss the Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin “Heart-Stealing Ending” on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z. Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin was created by Dindo C. Perez and Julie Anne R. Benitez and directed by FM Reyes and Avel Sunpongco.