I’d like to begin this article with a confession: I had never been a fan of love teams (or OTPs—One True Pairings—as some of my friends call them) before last year.
Contradictory as it may seem, I used to see myself as a pop culture elitist, only watching , and the like.
I realized that I was missing something very important, something that any self-respecting pop culture fan couldn’t and shouldn’t turn a blind eye to, something that was once reserved for the Filipino , but has lately turned into a phenomenon that successfully transcends social classes, professions, and age brackets.
More than Ja Dine, the love team phenomenon is here to stay.
Some people stan athletes, sports teams, and bands, but why onscreen pairings?
“I never thought I’d be stanning a love team back then, but I guess it’s something we can all relate to,” says 29-year old Kath Niel fan and IT supervisor Vanessa Valencia.
“It’s not like it’s a frustration or anything, it’s just like you’re watching a younger version of yourselves.” Talk about being caught in a not-so-bad romance.
Come to think of it, it’s a good enough reason to fall in love with the whole idea of love itself, or in this case, love teams. Ask your and she’ll probably hark back to the black-and-white days of Susan Roces and Fernando Poe Jr.
versus Amalia Fuentes and Romeo Vasquez, and even Guy and Pip versus Vi and Bobot.
We can argue that the various characters Ja Dine, Kath Niel, and Liz Quen portray are mere modern-day (and less tragic) reincarnations of Romeo and Juliet.
We’ve had the same overwrought storylines rehashed over and over for centuries, only in different media.
I guess it’s safe to say that good ol’ fashioned romance is actually timeless, but imagine this being magnified several million times today—depending on the number of tweets per trending hashtag—and cutting across all social boundaries. Love (Teams) in the Time of Social Media Fashion experts predict that by the end of this decade, no single trend will be able to capture the period’s spirit, character, and overall feel.