A great number of romances begin at the workplace.
While finding the man or woman of your dreams might just lead you to the next cubicle or table, there are even more giddy tales depicting how a narcissistic, arrogant boss would eventually fall for the simple, charming subordinate.
This has been the endearing plot of a number of successful romantic comedies around the world, particularly in K-Drama fare, such as What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, starring Park Seo-joon and Park Min-young, which will soon delight and warm our hearts on Primetime Bida.
In the Philippines, six Kapamilya teleseryes truly made such boss-employee romances blossom in our hearts and minds. Here they are!
I Love Betty La Fea (2008)
An adaptation of the long-running Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, La Fea, this series captivated us with its refreshing storyline and amusing and relatable lead female protagonist portrayed by Bea Alonzo.
It follows the life of Beatriz “Betty” Pengzon (Bea Alonzo), an aesthetically challenged career-oriented lady who landed a job in the high-class advertising agency Ecomoda Manila where everyone aims for beauty and perfection, both professionally and personally. Although her lack of pleasing façade and “baduy” or outmoded sense in fashion make her an instant outcast, her unprecedented capabilities and beautiful personality gained her a few yet loyal friends, including her boss and ultimate crush Armando Solis (John Lloyd Cruz).
Amidst of all the struggles she went through at work and in her personal life, primarily discrimination, the last laugh is still on the unlikely leading lady as she became the president of their agency and ended up with the love of her life without having to change herself physically, to whom she has a child named Bettina.
Reportedly, it’s the only version where Betty never had a makeover, but instead embraced her own skin without attempting to fit herself in the society’s concept of beauty.
Be Careful With My Heart (2012)
Who would forget the phenomenal lovestory of Ser Chief and Maya Dela Rosa, as compellingly depicted by Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria?
A tale about a simple and determined probinsyana who persevered in attaining her ambition of becoming a flight stewardess and got more than what she has expected in the end, many of us probably identified with the lead female protagonist.
In her pursuit of giving her family a better life and get them out of debts, she immediately grabbed the offer of a two-year overseas job and went to Manila. It was when she discovered that she got swindled and at the same time, met the handsome, affluent yet cold widower and owner of the prominent aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul business Lim Aviation Services – Richard Lim. He offered her a job to be his youngest child’s temporary nanny in exchange of helping her enter the aviation industry through his connections.
They initially didn’t have rapport because of their differences, particularly when it comes to nurturing or disciplining his three problematic kids Luke (Jerome Ponce), Nikki (Janella Salvador), and Abby (Mutya Orquia), which was later on addressed. As time went by, they found themselves falling for each other that ensued to a beautiful affair. Together, they are able to conquer the challenges that came their way and they later on became a family after Richard and Maya got married. They gave birth to twin named Sunshine and Sky.
Dream Dad (2014)
The series that popularized the tagline “Magandang Buhay”, Dream Dad captured our hearts with its adorable lead charater Baby (Jana Agoncillo) and her relationship with her foster father and company president Sebastian “Baste” Javier, played by Zanjoe Marudo.
At the same time, we also got engrossed with the classic office romance that blossomed between him and her dependable bespectacled secretary Alex Sta. Maria (Beauty Gonzales). Many might have probably found themselves in Alex, who considered her boss attractive and fell for his “pa-fall” moves. These endearing acts are actually his way of giving her hints regarding his special feelings for her, even if they weren’t blatant at first.
In the end, they became officially together and got engaged.
A Love To Last (2017)
In A Love To Last, the romantic affair between the male and female leads Andrea “Andeng” Agoncillo (Bea Alonzo) and Antonio “Anton” Noble IV (Ian Veneracion) might have started out roughly, but it ended up being one of the most beautiful romances we have ever witnessed.
A hardworking events organizer, Andeng crossed paths with Anton when she relentlessly persuaded him to still hire their team for his company’s upcoming event. As they worked together, unexpected romance also sparked between them.
Amidst of all the circumstances that challenged their relationship, which involves the disagreement of his grown-up children Chloe (Julia Barretto) and Lucas (JK Labajo) and the meddling of his ex-wife Grace (Iza Calzado), they were able to conquer them all and Andeng became an official part of their family when they tied the knot.
Just when our female protagonist thought that everything’s already well, their union was only the start of more complicated things. But in the finale, they all live happily ever after!
Since I Found You (2018)
This is probably one of the most unforgettable stories we’ve ever seen because of its admirable characters and how the creators flawlessly knitted the story of its five leads.
Since I Found You revolves on how romance flourished between the feisty and diligent young woman Dani Cobarrubias (Arci Muñoz) and the good-looking yet arrogant businessman Nathan Capistrano (Piolo Pascual). Unbeknownst to them, the crossing of their paths one eventful day would proceed to the enormous change in their life.
From their mere boss-underling relationship, they eventually got romantically involved as they spend more time together day in and day out. Even though they had to break up for a while because of the circumstances they went through, Nathan and Dani conquered everything through their undying love.
Sana Dalawa Ang Puso (2018)
Surely, one scintillating teleserye that offered the complete package, from being a kilig rom-com to an impressive drama, Sana Dalawa Ang Puso has been a delight to watch, following the lives of the doppelgangers and the eventual twin sisters we came to know, Mona and Lisa (both played by Jodi Sta. Maria).
One hearty sub-plot of the tale is Lisa’s romance with Leo (Robin Padilla), who was introduced in the series as a contracted worker for her firm, Laureano Group of Companies. Their first meeting was hilarious, their hateful confrontations were amusing, their eventual mutual appreciation for each other was heartwarming, and how they fell in love and eventually tied the knot was inspiring.
A truly memorable love story that started from a riotous scene at the workplace.
As these teleseryes prove that boss-employee romances can be sweet and fun, won’t you consider finding your “forever” at your workplace?