“Real love doesn’t meet you at your best. It meets you in your mess.” — J.S. Park Wade & Jose Manuel

Showbiz newcomers Kiko Ipapo and Jovani Manansala will play Wade and Jose Manuel in the upcoming Gagaoolala original series Happenstance. The two will magically meet from different periods – one in 1974 and the other one in 2020. How are two souls longing to connect with each other going to power through a 46-year gap in time?

It was revealed that director Adolfo Alix Jr. found the inspiration for Happenstance from a local news story about a house owner finding love letters from the ’70s during a house renovation. The owner tried to track down the letter sender from five decades ago.

The characters

Jose Manuel is grounded after his military father learned of his relationship with Luis, an activist. Meanwhile, Wade is recovering from a recent break up with Eric. He got stuck in quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic. After the super moon, an opportunity opens for these two heartbroken souls to connect across time and find love once again.

The stars

Kiko Ipapo is a social media personality and content creator. He started out as a print model and Happenstance is his first foray into acting. His onscreen partner and fellow newcomer Jovani Manansala also started in the entertainment industry by doing several commercials. After that, he appeared in television shows like ‘Ipaglaban Mo’ & ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’ and in independent films ‘Mamu, And a Mother Too’ and ‘Jolly Spirit.’

Jovani and Kiko expressed fondness for each other as friends during the mediacon. Both agreed they share a lot of things in common like being fun-loving and enjoying conversations.

The official soundtrack

GMA Artist Center talent and Kapuso actor Mikoy Morales composed the theme song of the series, “Atin Lang. The official music video of which was presented during the mediacon.

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In case you missed it, check out the video below.

Some of the cast members are highly esteemed in Philippine cinema. The list includes Bembol Roco, Rosanna Roces, Alan Paule, Erlinda Villalobos, and Angeli Bayani. Joining them are relatively newcomers Ken Anderson, Shu Calleja, and Saviour Ramos.

Written by Jerry B. Grácio, this first period BL series will consist of nine (9) episodes to be released weekly starting Christmas Day, December 25, exclusively on the LGBTQ+ streaming platform GagaOOLala.

In a virtual media conference last December 21, film and TV director Adolfo Alix Jr. entertained our questions about his upcoming Boys Love series Happenstance. He was joined by the show’s lead and supporting stars.