One More Chance (2007 film)

One More Chance is a 2007 Filipino romantic drama film directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and starring John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. The film was written by Vanessa R. Valdez and Carmi Raymundo and produced by Charo Santos-Concio and Malou N. Santos. The film tells a love story between Popoy and Basha who are lovers since their college days and they became a couple. Suddenly, as they try to maintain their relationship, they have misunderstandings to each other due to their ambitions in life. As they almost break apart, the two will find solutions to repair their love.

One More Chance
Theatrical movie poster
Directed byCathy Garcia-Molina
Written by
  • Vanessa R. Valdez
  • Carmi Raymundo
Produced by
CinematographyManuel Teehankee
Edited byMarya Ignacio
Music byJessie Lasaten
Distributed byStar Cinema
Release date
  • November 14, 2007 (2007-11-14)
  • Filipino
Box office₱152.7 million[1]

One More Chance was released on November 14, 2007, by Star Cinema and grossed over ₱152.7 million nationwide, making it a box office success and received several year-end accolades. A sequel, A Second Chance, was released in November 2015. The 4K digital remaster of the film was released through iTunes on September 14, 2015, and a limited theatrical run on October 4, 2017.

Plot edit

College sweethearts Popoy and Basha are a longtime couple working for the same construction firm. After five years together, Basha starts to feel smothered by the domineering and controlling Popoy who frequently makes decisions for both of them. Popoy's nagging and overbearing attitude eventually takes a toll on Basha, and she decides to break up with him. She also resigns from the firm where they both work, he as an engineer and she as an architect.

Popoy's friends try to help him move on, and he meets Trisha, a singer at a bar that Popoy and his friends frequent. He eventually spirals out of control, affecting his work and relationships with his friends. Meanwhile, Basha attempts to find herself after the breakup. She eventually meets another architect named Mark who offers her a job at their small firm. Accepting the offer, Basha begins to feel the professional and creative freedom she was denied in her previous work.

Things take a turn for the worse when Mark, as a friendly gesture, drives Basha to a dinner party with her friends after being MIA for nearly three months. Popoy misconstrues their relationship and thinks that Mark and Basha are a couple, which sets him off.

Some time after, both Popoy and Basha are in a better place. Popoy is now in a relationship with Trisha, while Basha continues to thrive in her career. Popoy's aunt Edith and her fiancé Willie arrive home from the United States, intending to claim Popoy and Basha's promise to build their dream house together. This forces the two to work together on the house. They remain civil to each other, but their close proximity brings out some feelings in both.

The circumstances surrounding their common friends further lead Popoy and Basha to confront more hurt and anger regarding their breakup. When Basha delivers the final design plans of Edith and Willie's house to Popoy's apartment, Basha apologizes for breaking Popoy's heart and they end up spending the night together.

At Mark's wedding, Basha tells him that she wished she could have prevented hurting Popoy. Mark tells her that breaking up was the right thing to do in the long run, that sometimes couples need to grow independently of each other because "it takes grownups to make relationships work."

Meanwhile, Trisha notices that Popoy has still not moved on from Basha. Popoy admits that while he loves Trisha, he also still loves Basha. They break up.

Popoy turns to his friends Krizzy and Kenneth. They point out that his breakup with Basha was also hard on her, not just on him, with Krizzy saying that Basha bravely faced the truth about the problems in their relationship. Kenneth suggests that Popoy was hurt because he could not bear to give Basha what she needed. The couple make Popoy realize that Basha needed to take care of herself first. Popoy admits he never stopped loving Basha but wonders if love is enough.

Popoy and Basha meet at a bench at the university where they both went to college. Popoy tells Basha that he is headed to Qatar for a two-year work contract, something he turned down earlier when they were still together. Popoy reveals that Trisha broke up with him, and Basha apologizes. Popoy tells her it should be him apologizing to her for not giving her what she needed in the relationship. He says it is his turn to find himself, to find what he lost in his heartbreak. They part as friends.

Two years later, Basha is shown working at a building construction site. Popoy approaches her, and asks her out for coffee and dinner. Basha accepts.

Cast edit

Main cast edit

Supporting cast edit

Awards and recognition edit

Award-giving body Category Recipient Result
38th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards[2] Box-Office King John Lloyd Cruz Won
Box-Office Queen Bea Alonzo Won
Most Popular Film Director Cathy Garcia Molina Won
Most Popular Screenwriters Carmi Raymundo and Vanessa Valdez Won
5th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Drama) John Lloyd Cruz Won
24th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Director of the Year Cathy Garcia-Molina Won
Movie of the Year One More Chance Won
Movie Editor of the Year Marya Ignacio (Technical Director) Won
Movie Cinematographer of the Year Manuel Teehankee Won

Legacy edit

Hailed by Filipino audiences as one of the most unforgettable Tagalog romantic movies of all time, the film has continued to be popular for its famous quotes and lines.

Because of this, a novel adaptation was released in June 2015.[3] Two months later, Star Cinema confirmed that a sequel to the film would be released.[4] The sequel, A Second Chance, was released on November 25, 2015, with Garcia-Molina returning as director, and Cruz and Alonzo reprising their roles. A musical adaptation was announced in January 2024 and will run from April 12 to June 16.[5]

On April 12, 2024, Robinsons Malls and Philippine Educational Theater Association are presenting “One More Chance, The Musical,” the theatrical adaptation of One More Chance (2007 using the Ben&Ben song.[6]

References edit

  1. ^ "Philippines Box Office December 19–23, 2007 (US $1 = 41.464 Philippines Peso)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "The 38th Box-Office Entertainment Awards (Part 2)". Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "'One More Chance' adapted into novel". Rappler. June 14, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Jarloc, Glaiza (August 18, 2015). "Star Cinema confirms 'One More Chance' sequel". Sun.Star. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  5. ^ Yap, Jade Veronique (January 23, 2024). "'One More Chance' musical to run from April to June". GMA Integrated News. Retrieved March 27, 2024.
  6. ^ "Robinsons Malls boosts Philippine theater with 'One More Chance, The Musical' in partnership with PETA". Manila Bulletin. April 8, 2024. Retrieved April 8, 2024.

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