Ritz Azul and Pepe Herrera Get their Biggest Break in Romantic Comedy Film "The Hopeful Romantic"

By: Matt Suzara

Pepe Herrera and Ritz Azul consider the upcoming romantic-comedy film "The Hopeful Romantic" as one of the biggest breaks in their colorful showbiz career. They both answered a lot of questions at the blogcon yesterday at 38 Events Place Valencia, and they are excited to share the film to the hopeful romantic people like themselves.

Pepe shares that he is not intimidated as people compare his film to the likes of "Kita Kita" of Empoy Marquez, who outstandingly did great in the box-office. He just hopes that it will follow that same trend, especially in this point of time where there are a lot of quality flicks released each week.  

Director Topel Lee also takes a break from creating horror films and is hopeful that people will take time to watch his latest masterpiece this September 12. It may be an experimental team-up or an unlikely pairing but as of now the trailer of the film already hit the 10 million views mark and expected to grow even more. It garnered a lot of positive feedback, and the cast is overwhelmed with the responses of the people.

The Hopeful Romantic Synopsis
Meet Jess (Pepe Herrera), a 33 year old Valet Parking Attendant at The Manila Hotel, an honest man, no girlfriend since birth and most of all, a virgin. He promised himself that he will only give himself when he already found his true love.
Meet Veronica (Ritz Azul), or Nicky, or Ashley. A kept woman in the high society world. A victim of circumstances, but still a survivor. All she wants is to get back to her former life in Australia, a life that was stolen away from her.
Because of Jess’ honesty, he was given a reward when he returned a guest’s bag full of money; a three night stay at the Manila Hotel, a shopping spree, 300,000 pesos in cash, among others.  Living like a king for three days, Jess never knew that the event would forever change his life.
On the first night, he meets Veronica at the hotel bar. Instantly, he gets mesmerized by her presence. One thing lead to another, and Veronica gave Jess the “first time”. Jess, believing in the magic of what happened between them, decides that Veronica is his one true love.
However, there is one problem; Veronica has no idea that he is not rich. Afraid that revealing himself will make him lose Veronica, Jess starts to pretend the part. He kept on doing this until his resources spill away.
The inevitable happens, and Veronica learns the truth about Jess. Jess has nothing else but himself to prove his love for Victoria despite all the deception that he perpetuated in order to get into her world.

Can love change Jess? Will he ever realize true love does not pretend? 

The Hopeful Romantic stars Pepe Herrera, Ritz Azul, Dj Durano, Mich Liggayu and Nikko Natividad. It is directed by Topel Lee and is slated to open this September 12 in PH cinemas under Regal Entertainment Inc.