Dolce Amore for me, is one of the best rich-girl-meets-poor-boy romance teleseryes so far. The narrative has that classic young love story feel, peppered with the millenial kilig sweetness, neither too cheesy nor too campy. The staples of classic Pinoy soaps are, of course, still present (ampon, kidnapan, apihan, iyakan, sampalan) but they do not distract the flow of the scenes as the story escalates. Walang OA na iyakan and the kontrabida's hysterics are well-calibrated (applause, Madam Cherie Gil, wala kang kupas!).
And yes, Liza Soberano, my girl of the hour. Refreshing, beautiful, smart. Her dramatic scenes are not the typical "bigyan-n'yo-ko-ng-award-please" that I see in some young stars/starlets. Sakto lang pero may lalim. Natural. Sabi nga ng gay friend ko "wala siyang bahid-landi" sa personality niya. Hindi maorteh. Sa age niya, she is already an "intelligent" actress, giving more beyond what the scene demands. This girl could be the next biggest Kapamilya star. She exudes such humility. Her smile, organic.
Enrique Gil has to tame his "paawa" look. The extra effort is medyo obvious sa eyes niya, ergo, nakakabawas ng konting sincerity. Matteo Guidicelli is not just Sarah Geronimo's boyfriend, he is now a better actor. He has this certain ‘glance’ that has become his acting trademark. Pero kinakabog sila ni Robert "Buboy" Villar (Kid Pacquiao; Matteo's sidekick). Bet ko ang batang ito sa galing at pagiging natural actor din.
May this teleserye remain consistent in its cool and sensible story telling. To the creative team and directors of Dolce Amore, push!
Gina Marissa Tagasa is a seasoned TV and film writer and currently a Creative Manager at ABS-CBN Corporation. She has helmed hit Kapamilya teleseryes such as Tubig At Langis, Two Wives and Dyosa among many others. This review appeared as a post on her personal Facebook account last Tuesday, April 26, 2016.