IN PHOTOS: Happier times of real-life couple behind trending MMK episode

MANILA, Philippine - The longest-running drama anthology series in Asia, Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK), has once again sent its viewers crying with its post Valentine episode titled “Love Me Now,” that starred Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia.

MMK John and Aika

The tear-jerking episode aired on Saturday, February 18, tackled the story of young couple John and Aika, who learned what unconditional and endless love means at an early age. Aika, who was suffering from leukemia, tried to push John away knowing that her life could end any time soon. However, this didn’t stop John from fighting for his lover for her until tragedy struck. In a twist of fate, John’s life was cut short in an accident, while Aika managed to survive and finish her treatment.

Indeed, the bittersweet story of John and Aika touched the hearts of netizens and quickly became a trending topic on various social media outlets.

Shortly after the trending MMK episode was aired, more information like photos and videos of the real-life couple surfaced online. Popular Facebook page Filipino Vines shared a slideshow of the couple’s photos and videos during happier times.

With nearly 1 million views, the clip created by a certain Ara Dellosa amassed over 42,000 reactions and nearly 12,000 shares since it was shared on Monday, February 20.

Several netizens can’t help but express their sadness over the short-lived romance of the lovers seemingly destined for each others.

Roselle Mercurio wrote in the comments’ section of the viral Facebook post: “Nakakaiyak kc silang dalawa tunay na nagmamahalan. Pure clean ang hangarin nila pareho kaya nakakatuwa nakakapanghinayang nakakalungkot kc ikli ng buhay. Bakit sya pa. Sana iba na lang. Pra pareho pa sana sila happy together. Kaya lang everything happens for a reason. It hurts so badly and sometimes we dont really understand why. Only God knows everything.”

“Mahirap pag natagpuan muna yung taong magmamahal sayo ng tapat..mawawala lang din pala....kaya habang kasama mo pa ang taong mahal mo ibigay muna ang lahat...para pagdating ng panahon wala kng pagsisisihan....hndi masama magmahal ng sobra kung sa katulad lang ni john,” Riccash Besid wrote.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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