Love teams have always captivated viewers’ hearts in the world of showbiz. From iconic duos like KathNiel (Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla) to up-and-coming pairs like BarDa (David Licauco and Barbie Forteza), these onscreen partnerships hold a special place in the entertainment industry.
David Licauco, in particular, has high hopes for the longevity of his love team with Barbie Forteza, aspiring to reach the same level of success as KathNiel while drawing inspiration from the dynamic pairing of Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano, known as ‘DonBelle.’
During an interview by Bea Alonzo and uploaded on her YouTube channel on July 8, Licauco expressed his admiration for KathNiel, admitting that they are his idols. He responded positively when asked whether his love team of Forteza could survive the same way KathNiel did, and he highlighted the need for continuous support from their fans.
“Sina KathNiel, idol ko pala sila, by the way,” he began. “Yeah, I think so. Kung may sumusuporta pa rin sa’min, like in simple ways.” (KathNiel are my idols. Yeah, I think so. If there are people who support us, even in simple ways.) he added.
Licauco further revealed his deep admiration for Padilla and Bernardo, confessing that their onscreen chemistry gives him butterflies.
“Nakakakilig kasi sila eh (They give me the butterflies),” he added, saying his favorite film of theirs is “Crazy Beautiful You.”
But it’s Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano’s “dynamic” pairing that he is looking up to, Licauco said, adding that he’s a fan of their work.
While Licauco recognizes the pressure for BarDa to surpass the success of other love teams, he sees it as a motivation to give his best performance alongside Forteza. As a business-minded individual, he understands the importance of delivering exceptional work in the entertainment industry.
When the topic of Forteza’s real-life boyfriend, Jak Roberto, arose, Licauco assured that there is mutual respect between them.
“Jak Roberto and I are friends. Artista rin kasi siya, so I think he knows about the ins and outs of this industry. And I think na si Barbie, hindi rin siya nagkukulang to give him assurance. Knowing Barbie, she is a good person. She is a good partner also,” he said.
Exciting projects await the BarDa tandem, with two upcoming collaborations in the pipeline. Fans can anticipate their chemistry in the film “That Kind of Love” and the primetime remake of “Maging Sino Ka Man.”