The unlikely pairing of Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez, which captured hearts through the blockbuster Kita Kita, is this year’s biggest success story in showbiz so far
The love team is a tried and tested formula in Philippine showbiz. Cast a gorgeous couple to headline a film, it’s better if they have something going on off cam—and chances are the movie will rake in lots of money. The love team trend has been dominating Philippine showbiz for quite some time now. But no matter how predictable showbiz can be, it can also be volatile in just a snap. Surprises pop up from time to time, creating breakout stars. The latest showbiz surprise is the AlEmpoy tandem of Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez.
The pairing of award-winning Alessandra and comedian Empoy joins the ranks of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, and John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo in terms of love teams that have the biggest hits in Philippine cinema this year. It is no surprise that the movies of LizQuen, KathNiel, and AshLloyd have surpassed the P100-million mark given their television exposure, backing from their network, and massive following. But, what about AlEmpoy?
“Ang love team na pinilit pero nag-work,” Alessandra declares on the sidelines of her Inside Showbiz Weekly photo shoot with Empoy. Without a teleserye to their name, a previous box office draw, and a real or supposed budding romance, the AlEmpoy tandem was met by widespread doubts as to how they would fare in the box office. As of this writing, their movie Kita Kita has already grossed P240 million. International screenings are on the way.