Produced by Star Cinema and directed by Dado Lumibao, “Must Be Love” is the first solo film of the teen tandem where they were cast in a leading role, following their appearances as part of star-studded casts in “24/7 in Love” and “Sisterakas”. It was shot in different locations around the Philippines, including Cebu and Laguna—and was even taken abroad to Berlin, Germany.
The film tells the story of two childhood friends, Patricia (Kathryn Bernardo) and Ivan (Daniel Padilla). Growing up together and discovering the changes that come with age, different possibilities open up for the two.
As they get older, Patricia begins to realize that she has feelings for her best friend, but begins to question if he feels the same way. Things get even more complicated when her cousin Angel (Liza Soberano) comes into the picture—and Ivan starts to show interest in a different girl instead.
With the two teen actors in the leading roles, “Must Be Love” served as a benchmark for the two. It even served as a platform for Daniel Padilla’s hit song “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat,” which was the film’s theme song, to skyrocket to the top of the music hit charts.
In a review from pep.ph, the film was labeled as “a welcome alternative to the slew of teen movies and romantic flicks,” setting it apart from what the Filipino audience had grown accustomed to. Writer Jennifer Dugena of the website said, “It is also a perfect teen movie recommended not just for KathNiel fans but also for adults… ‘Must Be Love’ is a rare film that is cute and light as much as it is serious and heavy.”
Don’t miss out on the KathNiel love team in “Must Be Love” airing on Cinema One this month. Catch it on January 18 at 8:00pm, January 24 at 3:00pm, and January 28 at 7:00pm.