LizNiel, QuenLia: 7 experimental pairings before solid love teams

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2018 06:44 PM

Liza Soberano was the third wheel to Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo in 'Must Be Love.' Star Cinema

KathNiel, LizQuen, JoshLia, JaDine, and ElNella -- these are some of the top "love teams" ruling TV ratings and the box office today. But before these solid tandems were formed, a number of them were paired with different romantic interests, either to form a love triangle or as potential onscreen sweethearts.

On the occasion of Valentine's Day, here's a look at past Kapamilya pairings involving stars who are now popularly identified with their respective love teams:

LIZA SOBERANO AND DANIEL PADILLA

Then a showbiz newcomer, Soberano was paired with Padilla in two major projects -- "Got to Believe" and "Must Be Love" -- to form a love triangle with the young heartthrob and Bernardo, his long-time leading lady.

Liza Soberano and Daniel Padilla in a scene from 'Must Be Love.' Star Cinema

KATHRYN BERNARDO AND ENRIQUE GIL

Gil was one of Bernardo's three leading men in "Princess and I," along with Padilla and Khalil Ramos. Aside from the hit primetime series, Gil and Bernardo were also paired in "Way Back Home."

Kathryn Bernardo and Enrique Gil in a promotional image for 'Way Back Home.' Star Cinema

KATHRYN BERNARDO AND ALBIE CASIÑO

In her launching project, "Mara Clara," then-teen star Bernardo was paired with Casiño. Their abrupt end of their tandem coincided with a controversy that caused the actor to go on a hiatus from showbiz.

Kathryn Bernardo and Albie Casiño in a promotional image for 'Mara Clara.' ABS-CBN

JULIA BARRETTO AND ENRIQUE GIL

Before "JoshLia" and "LizQuen," Barretto and Gil were billed as a love team for a time and was referred to as "QuenLia" by their fans. Their first series together, "Mirabella," was also Barretto's launching project.

JULIA MONTES AND ENRIQUE GIL

Dubbed "JulQuen" during their time as a love team, Montes and Gil were seen together in several projects, including "The Reunion" and "Muling Buksan ang Puso."

Enrique Gil and Julia Montes in a promotional image for 'The Reunion.' Star Cinema

JULIA BARRETTO AND RONNIE ALONTE

For a time, "RonLia" was an active presence on social media, as Barretto and Alonte portrayed a couple in two major projects, "A Love to Last" and "Vince & Kath & James." The latter also starred Joshua Garcia, Barretto's current love team partner.

JANELLA SALVADOR AND MARLO MORTEL

Salvador's current tandem with Elmo Magalona, "ElNella," was preceded by her pairing with Marlo Mortel, dubbed "MarNella." They portrayed sweethearts in the phenomenal daytime series "Be Careful with My Heart," spurring further projects together, including "A Haunted Mansion."

Janella Salvador and Marlo Mortel in a promotional image for 'A Haunted Mansion.' Regal Films