It was an unlikely tandem, but one that has definitely proven its worth in bucks at the box office. Robin Padilla, the silver screen’s ultimate rough-and-tumble “bad boy;” and Vina Morales, innocent-faced and demure, did not – at the onset – seem like your perfectly paired couple
But the on-screen chemistry between Robin and Vina in their first film together, “Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum,” which was released in 1991, put all misgivings to rest.
This was followed by “Miss na Miss Kita” (1993), “’Di Puwedeng Hindi Puwede!” (1999) and “Eto na Naman Ako” (2000).
In 2011, over a decade after their last film together, they once more wowed audiences in a “Maalaala Mo Kaya” episode.
Robin and Vina will again start opposite each other in Fil-Am director Enzo Williams’upcoming film, “Bonifacio: : Ang Unang Pangulo.” Padilla stars as Philippine revolutionary, Andres Bonifacio, and Morales plays Grogoria (Oryang), Andres’ wife.
Williams was originally eying Iza Calzado for the role of Gregoria, but plans fell through the cracks on account of conflicts on schedules. It was then that Robin suggested Vina for the part, a suggestion Williams knew was perfect when he first saw the two enact a scene together,
The movie, which is an official entry to the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival, also stars Daniel Padilla and Jasmine Curtis-Smith as the young couple in modern times, learning about the lives of Andres and Gregoria. The film also features other big names like Eddie Garcia, Jericho Rosales, Isabel Oli and Gabby Concepcion.