“Hi, Tito,” said Bea Alonzo to Ian Veneracion whose timeless appeal makes the label hard to swallow. Then, Bea justifies, “Ganoon kataas ‘yung respeto ko kasi hindi pa ako buhay nag-aartista na siya,” sending both of them in laughter.
The adorable incident happened during their first meeting on the set of teleserye A Love to Last. Ian played along with the overly respectful greeting with, “Tito mo mukha mo!” By the sounds of their banter, it is easy to tell that Ian and Bea have already transitioned from being strangers to friends. He even calls her a bully.
Bea says they had a connection, so instant and strong that chemistry always comes out naturally. There’s nothing fake about their closeness, making work time a lot easier. And Bea is happy that they can joke around. “It’s been great. Para mabiro mo siya ng mga ganoong bagay, ibig sabihin komportable ka kasi hindi ka naman magbibitaw ng mga ganu’ng jokes kung alam mong pwede siyang mapikon or hindi mo siya kilala.”
While they keep the set light and fun, the co-actors take their jobs seriously once the cameras start rolling. “We have so much fun behind the scenes pero pagdating sa trabaho, we’re very professional and supportive of each other. ‘Pag mabigat ‘yung eksena, wala kaming kulitan,” shares Ian.
In A Love to Last, Ian plays as Anton, successor of a big-time family business whose real passion is music. Bea takes on the role of Andeng, a family-oriented events coordinator. Both broken, Anton and Andeng are bound to cross each other’s paths.