Before LizQuen was born, the other half of the famous love team, Liza Soberano, once appeared in Maalaala Mo Kaya as a leading lady to Enchong Dee in the “Orasan” episode in 2014. The dramatic piece had a replay last Saturday, July 25 on Kapamilya Channel.
It follows the story of a man who moved heaven and earth to pursue a girl he thought was out of his league. MMK “Orasan” will remind viewers that true love coupled with tenacity makes all things possible. “Minsan talaga ‘pag pursigido ka tapos gustong-gusto mo talaga ‘yung isang tao, talagang gagawan mo ng paraan,” shared Enchong.
Enchong vividly remembers how Liza was as a newbie. She was beautiful, of course, yet easily fazed by online bashing. The young actress was once a third wheel to Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, thus being the target of hate comments from fans.
Enchong revealed that the hurtful remarks almost destroyed Liza’s courage. She opened up to him, wondering why she was being hated for just trying to do her job as an actress. The negativities almost made Liza believe she doesn’t have a place in the industry. So, he told her, “Okay lang ‘yan. Maghintay ka lang. Kapag nakahanap ka ng ka-loveteam mo, ‘yung talagang kayong dalawa, lahat ng bashers mo magiging fans mo sila isa isa.”
Just like a prophesy, Enchong’s words came to life. And he couldn’t get any prouder of what Liza has become – more gorgeous, more confident, the big star that she’s always meant to be. “Minsan ‘yung tadhana nakaukit talaga sa isang tao. Kapag hindi ka sumuko at hinintay mo talaga ‘yung oras mo, darating at darating ‘yun. Hindi mo kailangang ipilit o gumawa ng eksena. Bawat tao may kanya-kanyang oras,” expressed Enchong.
He added that there is purpose to every second of waiting and all hardships encountered along the way. These never go to waste and, as a matter of fact, turn into weapons.
Looking back on that season, you might wonder what could’ve happened if Enchong and Liza pushed through as an official love team. But the Kapamilya actor said the idea did not even cross his mind. As an artist, he prefers to stand on his own than work with a constant partner. Enchong believes that there are more ways to secure his spot in the business than just by keeping his chemistry with another actress. He takes down notes from the career paths of veteran actors like Richard Gomez and Christopher de Leon who still get to be paired with younger artists after being able to maintain their looks and a ‘clean’ reputation.
As an actor, Enchong would admit that there are bad days. “Minsan tuyo talaga, kahit anong emosyon ang ilabas mo hindi talaga siya nagma-manifest sa mata o sa screen.” He experienced such on the set of MMK. Enchong shared that Liza’s presence helped him deliver the required emotions. It helped that she was patient all throughout.
Enchong hopes MMK doesn’t stop treating viewers to excellent and inspiring stories like their “Orasan” episode. He added the episode will bring viewers an exciting hint of nostalgia, ‘kilig,’ and major throwback ‘feels’ of his and Liza’s artistry six years ago.