Must be Love

Must Be… Love is a 2013 Filipino coming-of-age romantic comedy film directed by Dado Lumibao, starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. The film was shot in many locations in Cebu and Laguna in the Philippines. The film was produced by Star Cinema and was released nationwide on March 13, 2013.

This marks the first solo film with love tandem Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla in a leading role following their roles in the ensemble films 24/7 in Love and Sisterakas in 2012.

Official Trailer


“Must Be… Love” follows the love story of Patricia, better known as “Patchot” and her childhood best friend Ivan: what if Patchot finds herself falling in love with her best friend? What if Ivan only sees her as a ‘best friend’?

This problem will develop when another girl enters Ivan’s life. Unfortunately for Patchot, it’s her cousin Angel.

Will Ivan fall in love with “Patchot” or will they remain as best friends forever?

Memorable Lines

“Mata ang unang nagmamahal Ivan. ” – Patchot

“Kahit hindi okay magiging okay kasi nandiyan ka pa din eh” – Patchot

“May babaeng binebestfriend at may babaeng ginigirlfriend ” – Ivan


From Pinoy Exchange:

…the direction exudes a youthful and lighthearted vibe that it’s hard to not to smile on its very sweet nature. Padilla and Bernardo’s chemistry is so good that the target demographic (and maybe some adults as well) will surely find themselves rooting for them to be together.

From PEP:

The movie was able to balance aspirational romance with grounded truth and uncontrived humor. It is also a perfect teen movie recommended not just for KathNiel fans but also for adults who might have also been traumatized by something they thought was love.

From Mangyan Blogger:

Kathryn is definitely several notches above or is truly a cut above her peers. She is also gradually priming herself to be one of the important actresses of this generation as her comfort level with film material is getting better. Aside from being Philippines’ teen hot hearthtrob, Daniel’s performance in this film shows glimpses of a screen presence Filipino moviegoers would always want to see.

From Rod Magaru:

KathNiel’s launching movie is only a testament of how the movie outfit continues to bring to the audience outstanding tandems that can deliver great character portrayal that can entertain us through the silver screen in the years to come.

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