Ghost stories, workouts, saunas: How the ‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ cast bonded in Hong Kong

Alexa Villano
Shooting overseas is a lot more fun when you're also friends with your cast mates!

BONDING. The cast of 'Hello, Love, Goodbye' share that some of their bonding moments include working out and night talks. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Working in a foreign place can be a taxing, even alienating experience. But for the cast of the movie Hello, Love, Goodbye, it was anything but. Over the span of the month, the all-star cast found themselves bonding over the smallest, most intimate, and event scariest of things while in Hong Kong. 

During the press conference for the movie, cast members Joross Gamboa, Jeffrey Tam, Kakai Bautista, and Lovely Abella talked about how the cast spent their free time overseas.

Joross said that he and Jeffrey spent a lot of time with film lead Alden because the 3 of them were roommates. 

First time kasi namin ni Joross makatrabaho [siya]. Actually, bago kami dumating ng Hong Kong tinanong ko na ito [si Joross]. Jo, okay ba si Alden? Mabait ba, mayabang ba? Sabi niya hindi ko pa nakakatrabaho pero tignan natin,” recalled Jeffrey.

(It was our first time to work with Alden. Even before we went to Hong Kong, I asked Joross. Is Alden ok? Is he nice? Is he full of himself? He said he hadn’t worked with him yet so we’ll see.)

Pero yung first namin, parang close na kami agad. Naghihiritan agad kami…nag jive kaming tatlo. Almost 3 weeks kaming magkakaka-roommate eh,” Joross added.

(But the first time we met, we all felt close to each other. We would joke around… all 3 of us jived. We were together I believe for 3 weeks as roommates.)

Alden said that he bonded with Jeffrey the most as the latter recorded him on camera for his YouTube channel.

“Isang gabi po nagkwentuhan kami, late na kami umuwi from taping, tapos chill chill, naglalaro kami ng Mobile Legends ni Joross tapos si Jeff nagmamagic-magic doon, kinukuhanan ako ng video. Nagamit po ako doon po sa mga video ni Jeff pero ginagawa ko po iyon bilang isang kaibigan sa kanya,” Alden said in jest.

(One night we were just talking to each other, we had gone home late from the shoot. I was just chilling, playing Mobile Legends with Joross then Jeff was doing his magic, taking video of me. He used me for his videos but I let him do it as a friend.) 

The 3 also shared scary photos over their random conversations. Sometimes, the evening would end with them bringing their pillows and blankets to the living room where they slept beside each other – but only after they offered a prayer or two. 

“From that moment, doon ko po na realize na nakahanap ako talaga ng mga tunay na kaibigan sa movie na ito,” Alden said.  (From that moment, I realized I was able to find true friends through this movie.)

STORIES. Jeffrey Tam, Joross Gamboa, and Jameson Blake during the 'Hello, Love, Goodbye' press conference last July 9.


Lovely Abella said that one time, Kathryn invited her and Kakai to work out at a gym.

Inivite po ako ni Kathryn mag-workout. Cycling cycling daw eh never pa ni Lovely naranasan ang mag-cycling. Eto na nilapitan ko na si Alden. Sabi ko Ga, nagiinvite si Kat na mag-cycling kaya lang Ga mahal, HK $295. Eh alam n’yo naman po kami doon, per diem,” said Lovely.

(Kathryn invited me to workout. She said we were going to go cycling. I’ve never done cycling before. And then I went up to Alden. I told him, Kat’s inviting me but it’s expensive, HK 295. And we were living there on a per diem.)

But Alden encouraged her to go – and even gave her money for the class. Lovely then invited Kakai to join them. 

Sabi ko ‘Ate Kai, sama ka na. Kasi s’yempre hindi ko pa kilala masyado si Kat baka mamaya, alam mo naman makulit ako, ayaw niya ng ganyan,” she said.

(I sai, ‘Ate Kai, please come, Because I don’t know yet Kat that much and she might find me annoying and she may not like that.)

And what’s the best thing to do after a long day’s work (and an intense cycling class)? A trip to the sauna, of course. Kakai, Kathryn, Lovely, and Maymay Entrata all went to one together. 

Pagpasok namin, tinitignan kami na parang ano itong mga babaeng ito. Bakit nakaganito, may short pang ganito. Tapos ito na may pumasok na dalawa na all the way,” Kakai said, referring to two women who entered the spa naked.

(When we were inside the sauna, people were staring at us, wondering why we were in shorts. Afterwards, two people came inside naked.)

GIRL BONDING. Kakai Bautista, Maymay Entrata, and Lovely Abella also had some funny moment while shooting the movie in Hong Kong.

Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, Hello, Love, Goodbye opens on July 31. — 

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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.