The cast of FPJ’s Batang Quiapo mentions during interviews that they don’t usually follow a script. So, it isn’t particularly surprising to notice that Coco Martin and Lovi Poe sound and look natural in their moments as Tanggol and Mokang in the series.
The pair ad-libs some dialogues here and there. We can tell by their organic reaction and the way they carry the ‘kilig’ mood of their scenes so well.
Let’s refresh their cutest and sweetest moments via this Kapamilya Toplist video.
The two made us swoon over their ‘hataw’ moves with upbeat music in the background at Mokang’s debut party. They enjoyed the night, just letting loose like nothing else matters but the organic joy of that moment.
Their classic ‘tambay kwentuhan’ scenes are also among our favorites, like when she thanked him for saving her from JP (Dino Imperial)’s advances. Exalted by his crush, Tanggol smiled and said, “Mga bata pa lang tayo, handa na kitang ipagtanggol kahit kanino. Ngayon pa na nagdadalaga ka na, pwede ka na tapos uunahan ako ng iba. Huy! Hindi pwede ‘yun.” He insisted that he has good intentions, “Syempre, ikaw ang magiging ina ng mga anak ko.” When he sensed that she was gobsmacked by his low-key confession, he backpedalled, “Wala akong gusto sa’yo, pagnanasa meron.” Tanggol is clearly the life of the ‘tropa’ and the king of ‘banat.’
How do you sweep a woman off her feet? Flash your boy-next-door smile and tell her, “Masaya ako ‘pag kasama ka namin.” In this scene where Mokang joined Tanggol’s squad in a drinking session, she asked why the lingering stares, to which he replied, “Nagugutom kasi ako. Gusto kitang gawing kanin at saka ulam.” The ’asaran’ continued and they noticed Mokang was turning red. Tanggol said, “’Pag ito nalasing mamaya, in love na sa akin ‘to.” Riding on the fun, their friends dared them to a staring showdown. The exchange of jokes continued when Tanggol asked for a “pabaon” – a kiss – as he walked her home.
When they went to Berting (Joey Marquez)’s restaurant, Tanggol told Mokang to order anything from the menu since they were all in a joyful mood after giving JP’s group their lesson. She asked for the place’s bestseller, to which he answered, “Huwag kang mag-alala. Lahat kami dito masarap.”
What we love about the pair’s interaction is that it focuses on the bond that flourishes between them episode after episode. It’s like the most endearing slow-burn romance we’ve seen. And the side dishes are the funny but cute moments between the two, such as when Tanggol cornered Mokang in the kitchen and promised to be a good guy to prove his love.
“’Pag nagpakabait ba ako, seseryosohin mo ‘yung mga sinasabi ko?” When she implied that it’d be impossible to see him leave the rogue life behind, he retorted, “’Pag bukas bumait ako, ibig sabihin tayo?” She said, “Sapakin kita.” He hit back, “Halikan kita.”
In another scene, while they were riding Berting’s van, Tanggol made Mokang blush by telling her, “Alam mo, Mokang, tandaan mo ’to, hindi ka uuwi sa bahay niyo hangga’t hindi nagiging tayo.” The best thing about these seemingly unscripted conversations is that Mokang’s replies also make for a natural segue. She burst into ‘kilig’ smile when Tanggol uttered “labyu” in the smoothest way possible.
Through Berting’s help, the two became workmates in a restaurant alongside Tanggol’s friends. In the middle of their duties as kitchen staff, Tanggol would approach Mokang with his ‘ligaw’ lines, saying they should check out their guests’ wedding reception later on so she would have a glimpse of their future wedding. She laughed and dismissed his impossible dream.
But while peeking at the event, Mokang expressed her dream to have a grand wedding, which gave Tanggol an opening line to craft his own banat, saying, “Huwag kang mag-alala, Mokang. ‘Pag kinasal tayo mas maganda pa dito.” He leaned closer and sniffed her cheek, trying to see if he could score a kiss.
Watching two people forge a romance that blossomed from a childhood connection leaves our hearts feeling warm and ‘kilig’. That’s the kind of vibe that Tanggol and Mokang sent out when he visited her at the bar and offered balut and sampaguita as peace offering. Mokang, obviously, was endeared despite her protests.
It was followed by their carenderia date where they argued who should pay for the bill. Tanggol said he would pay for their food and he’s willing to do it every night “basta makita ka lang.” They strolled around and watched a band perform. Tanggol reacted that he’s an even better singer, so Mokang dared him to sing, saying that it might convince her to love him back. Eager to do anything to win Mokang’s heart, Tanggol boldly stood in front of the crowd and serenaded the girl of his dreams.
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