Cristine and Diego’s ‘Encounter’ streams on Vivamax

July 8, 2021 People's Tonight 1036 views

This July, Vivamax proudly brings the Philippine adaptation of Encounter, the much-celebrated Korean series about a May-December romance, with Cristine Reyes and Diego Loyzaga portraying the roles popularized by Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum.

Former actress Selene Cristobal (Cristine Reyes) has just gotten out of a marriage of convenience with her philandering husband.

Because of her stardom and being a daughter of a politician, she knows the importance of one’s reputation, but she agreed to take the blame for her failed marriage in exchange for Hotel d’Trevi which is one of the hotel chains owned by her ex’s family.

Under Selene’s management, the hotel is able to thrive once again. She goes to acquire more properties, and one leads her to Ilocos.

It never crossed the mind of this pretty but lonely hotel CEO that this business trip will turn out romantic.

Engineering graduate Gino Hilario (Diego Loyzaga) is touring Ilocos while waiting for his dream job. Though he is passionate about art and photography, Gino is not into movies and celebrities so he is not familiar with Selene.

All he knows when he sees her for the first time is that she is a woman in need of saving.

Directed by Gawad Urian Best Director awardee Jeffrey Jeturian, Encounter stays faithful to the significant scenes shown in the original K-drama, like the sunset shared by these two beautiful strangers. Though the initial plan of shooting abroad did not materialize in this time of pandemic, it was a brilliant decision to shoot in the famous Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte as a stand in for Cuba where Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum viewed the sunset.

Starting July 23, stream Encounter on Vivamax and find out why Selene and Gino cannot forget their time together in Ilocos even as they resume their normal lives in Manila.

Witness their second encounter as a boss and an employee. Follow how their relationship evolves in the midst of people who paint it as scandalous, namely Selene’s ex-husband William Trevino, played by Ivan Padilla, her mother-in-law Helen, played by Isay Alvarez, and her parents Cynthia and Andres, played by Maricel Morales and Robert Seña.

Gino’s family is composed of Yayo Aguila as Marilyn, Jeric Raval as Ruben, and Vitto Marquez as Gino’s younger brother, Justin.

Encounter also stars Aubrey Caraan, Benj Manalo, Raquel Montesa, Rey PJ Abellana, Candy Pangilinan, Raul Montesa, Josef Elizalde, Anna Jalandoni and Louise delos Reyes.

Vivamax is available at web.vivamax.net. You can also download the app and subscribe via Google Play Store and App Store.

Encounter is also streaming on Vivamax Middle East.

TV5’s telecast of Encounter continues every Saturday at 9 p.m.

It is produced by Viva Entertainment, producer of blockbuster adaptations such as Miss Granny and Miracle in Cell No. 7.