A visibly illuminating Ronnie Alonte shows utmost delight as he hears one name in a question we asked.
The question was about how he felt now that he and real-life girlfriend Loisa Andalio, are starring in their first major film together, “James & Pat & Dave.”
Ronnie told Entertainment.ABS-CBN.com this was a dream come true.
“Pangarap namin. Pangarap namin ito na hindi namin ine-expect na mabibigyan kami,” he said in the exclusive interview. “Parang suntok sa buwan ‘yung nangyari sa amin na parang ‘yung mga pangarap namin malabong mangyari pero natupad.”
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This project, wherein Ronnie reprises the role of James in this sequel of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Vince & Kath & James,” is a career milestone for the on- and off-cam couple, who first worked together on It’s Showtime—Loisa, as part of the GirlTrends and Ronnie, of the Hashtags.
They recently appeared as a tandem as supporting characters in The General’s Daughter.
With the biggest break in their careers as the love team LoiNie, Ronnie said he and Loisa would not let the opportunity slip away. “Aalagaan namin. ‘Di namin pababayaan. Gagalingan namin talaga,” Ronnie stressed.
They first admitted to a relationship in 2018, but had been together for over a year by then. They have recently celebrated their third year as a couple, although Ronnie revealed in a recent Tonight With Boy Abunda interview that they had briefly broken up, but he realized later on that he could not go on without her and they reconciled.
Ronnie said he and Loisa treat each other more than lovers, but as family. “’Di na normal girlfriend-boyfriend ‘yung trato namin sa isa’t isa. Kumbaga parang nandiyan siya, parang family na kami,” he remarked. “Siyempre bihira namin kasama family namin, kaming dalawa ang nagtutulungan. Grabe ang support niya. Kahit sa anong bagay. Kahit saang lugar. Kahit saan, support siya.”
They would then start on the film directed by Theodore Boborol, the same director of “Vince & Kath & James,” who had indicated that they had Loisa and Ronnie first in mind for the roles, with how they dedicate themselves to their craft and, of course, their chemistry as a love team.
During filming, the two purposely distanced themselves from one another so they could capture the essence of their characters, who are budding lovers. Ronnie’s James was sent by his mother to a remote province to correct his erring ways, then he would meet and fall in love with a pesky farm girl named Pat, who was in turn “ghosted” by an ex-flame, Dave, played by Donny Pangilinan.
The light romantic comedy, which premieres in cinemas nationwide on February 12, shifts the Valentine’s treat to those “na hindi napili.”
The depicted situation of him trying to win the heart of Loisa’s character was challenging, he said, as it made
him seem to go back to square one in their relationship—the courtship stage.
“Doon pa ako nahirapan (sa panunuyo). Anong nangyari? Ang dami kong takes. Tapos ang hirap, ang hirap. Sabi ni Direk doon ka pa nahirapan sa panunuyo?,” he recalled.
But despite some setbacks on the set, Ronnie said he was definitely up to the challenge and gave it his best shot.
“’Yung bawa’t eksena namin na talagang kailangang pagbutihan. Sobrang naiba kasi mindset ko ngayon kaysa nung dati na parang dati relax-relax lang. So ngayon pinagbutihan ko. ‘Yung mindset ko, lahat ang eksena kailangang maganda. Wala akong itatapon na eksena, walang magiging pangit na eksena dito tapos lahat gagawin ko, lahat seryoso. ‘Yung pagiging seryoso ko kasi ‘di ko siya ginawa noon.”
Starring in this major Star Cinema Valentine’s offering, Ronnie is overjoyed that it’s happening.
“Sobrang saya kasi lahat sa nangyari sa akin, ‘di ko na-expect ‘yung ganito na magkakaroon ako ng malaking project ngayong 2020 na ‘di ko naman talaga ito plano,” Ronnie mustered.
Future for Ronnie
What’s next for Ronnie? “Isang goal ko maging action star. Para iba naman sa mga themes na palaging rom-com, gusto ko naman romantic-action,” he said.
But in the long-term, Ronnie sees himself getting involved in ventures outside of showbiz, such as setting up a business, especially when his earnings would permit, in the food service or property sector. But his more immediate plan is to save up to go back to school and finish his Business Management, Major in Marketing degree.
“After five years, stop muna (sa showbiz) at balik sa pag-aaral. Tapos business,” he said, hinting of a self-sustaining life out of showbiz.
“Sa ngayon siguro trabaho muna ng ilang years pa sa showbiz,” Ronnie said. And, surely his rising status as a matinee idol is definitely worth it.