Sunday, May 26, 2013

One More Chance

When love ends... how long
should you hold on?


Their love story began when
they first met as students at
the University of Santo Tomas : Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) was majoring
in Engineering while
Basha (Bea Alonzo) was a freshman in Architecture.
They were inseparable and did
everything together — eating,
studying and attending
parties. Both their families
loved them, they shared mutual friends and eventually
ended up working for the
same firm. Every single
component of their lives
revolved around each other.
So, naturally, everyone assumed that they would
inevitably get married
someday, with Architect
Basha designing and planning
their dream house while
Engineer Popoy building it. Everything could not be more
perfect. At least, that was what Popoy
thought. What he did not
know was that Basha was not
as sure about their future as
Popoy seemed to be. All Popoy's nagging and
excessive planning took a toll
on Basha. Not only was she
tired of trying to carve out
her own mark in the hierarchy
of the firm, but she also grew weary of Popoy always
stepping in to fix things for
her. One day, Basha told
Popoy that she wanted to
resign and move to a smaller
firm where she could be given better opportunities to design
independently, completely
blindsiding her bewildered
beau. She revealed the issue
that had been brewing inside
her for the past year: the real reason why she wanted to
leave the company was that
she was tired of Popoy and
their relationship. She felt
hindered by Popoy's constant
attention and thought that she had never been given the
chance to decide and plan for
herself because he always did
everything. That same night,
Basha broke up with him as she
needed space to grow on her own. Popoy was speechless and
devastated. Not knowing how to pick
himself up after the love of
his life left him, Popoy
struggled to live his new life
alone. Meanwhile, Basha
followed through with her plans to resign from the firm.
For a while, she drifted
jobless, customizing T-shirts
with unusual patterns and
designs, until she was offered
to work for a smaller firm. Accepting the offer, she began
to feel the professional
freedom she had been longing
for. Popoy and Basha tried to
live without each other but
the ties that bound them made it difficult for either of
them to completely move on,
especially when their families
and friends were constant
reminders of the promises and
dreams they had made during their happier days. Slowly, Popoy moved on and
discovered that there was life
after Basha; on the other
hand, Basha began to find her
solitary journey to be harder
than she had imagined, especially when Popoy began
dating another girl. Although
a part of her wanted to get
him back, she reminded herself
that the decision to terminate
the relationship was hers alone. Opportunity knocked on their
door when Popoy's aunt
commissioned them to build her
house together. After initially
feeling awkward, Popoy and
Basha eventually warmed up towards each other, especially
after memories of the five
years they spent together
resurfaced. Slowly and
unconsciously, they fell into
their old routines and found themselves enjoying each
other's company once again.
Both realized how much they
had missed each other, at the
same time acknowledging how
much they each had changed. But Popoy knew that giving in
would mean that they would
go back to how they were
before, that she will just go on
her way again and ignore him
when she grew tired again of their relationship and he will
be left alone again and hurt.
So he had no choice but to love


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