Paano Ang Puso Ko?

Paano Ang Puso Ko?

Paano Ang Puso Ko? theatrical movie poster
Directed by Rory B. Quintos
Produced by Charo Santos-Concio and Malou N. Santos
Written by
  • Mari L. Mariano
  • Tammy Bejerano
  • Raymond Lee, Ces Quesada
Music by Nonong Buencamino
Cinematography Joe Tutanes
Edited by Jess Navarro
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release dates
  • February 12, 1997 (1997-02-12)
Country Philippines
  • Filipino
  • English

Paano Ang Puso Ko? (Lit: What About My Heart?) is a 1997 Filipino romantic comedy film directed by Rory B. Quintos and starring Judy Ann Santos, Wowie De Guzman, and Rico Yan. The film, produced and distributed by Star Cinema premiered in the Philippines on February 12, 1997.[1]


Ruben (Wowie De Guzman) and Cecile (Judy Ann Santos) are childhood friends. One day, Ruben's cousin Jason (Rico Yan), returns from the United States. He meets Cecile, and despite their different backgrounds, the two fall in love. Only then does Ruben realize that he too is in love with Cecile. However, Jason has a secret that may destroy his relationship with Cecile and Ruben.

As time passes, Jason admits his love for Cecile and the two become a couple. However, Ruben also plans to state his love for Cecile, and brings her a flower as a statement of his love. Cecile says that she is in a relationship with Jason, and Ruben is disappointed; the two cousins have a fight.

Cecile's father does not like Jason, and thus physically attacks him. Jason is traumatized and falls ill, then secretly leaves the Philippines, knowing that he can die of his illness at any moment. Months later, Jason returns, only to die shortly afterwards. After Jason's death, Ruben and Cecile became a couple.

Full cast and characters

Main cast

Supporting cast


Filming locations

Filming took place primarily within the province of Batangas in the Philippines. In specific, they captured the countryside in Laurel and Tanauan provinces. The team had to show farmlands and people plowing on the field where the characters Cecille and Ruben were born. The production crew also filmed at the Enchanted Kingdom amusement park in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, where the characters Cecille and Jason visit and date in the film.[1][2]


The film's titular theme song "Paano Ang Puso Ko" was penned by Roberto Rigor and performed by April Boy Regino. The song was adapted from Chuck Willis's "What Am I Living For", composed by Fred Jay and Art Harris.[3][4]


Box office

Before the film's release, the pairing of Santos and de Guzman was proven to be successful for audiences.[5] Paano Ang Puso Ko? marked the sixth time (including minor roles) they had partnered in a film after the success of their first team-up in ABS-CBN's longest teleserye, Mara Clara.[6][7] In addition, de Guzman was already popular during that time as a performer of Universal Motion Dancers (UMD), a dancing group in the Philippines.[8] It also marks Yan's first film role with Santos[9] after working together in the teen drama series Gimik.[10] Nevertheless, their combination was also popular during that time.[11] The film was a box-office success.[12]

Critical response

Aside from its commercial success, the film received favorable reviews. Leah Castaneda of the Manila Standard newspaper noted:

I like Judy Ann when she was still in her Wowie de Guzman/Rico Yan phase. I watched her movies and thought, 'Now, here's a good actress'. Her being natural and effortless impressed me. She was convincing in her roles as an unassuming probinsyana gifted with a golden heart and impeccable comedic timing. I enjoyed how she seemed to forever irritate Wowie and how she managed to capture Rico's heart, if only on the silver screen...[13]


Year Award-Giving Body Category Recipient Result
1998 FAMAS Awards[14] Best Actor Wowie De Guzman Nominated
Best Child ActorKarl Angelo Legaspi Nominated
German Moreno Youth Achievement AwardJudy Ann SantosWon


  1. 1 2 Quintos, Rory B. (dir.) (February 12, 1997). Paano Ang Puso Ko? (Motion picture). Star Cinema.
  2. "Paano ang puso ko? (1997) – Filming locations". IMDbPro. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  3. Jay, Fred; Harris, Art (composers); Willis, Chuck (singer) (1958). "What Am I Living For" (Single). Atlantic Records.
  4. "Paano ang puso ko? (1997) – Soundtracks". IMDbPro. Internet Movie Database. June 6, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  5. Torre, Nestor U. (September 8, 2001). "A new love team is born". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 16 (272). p. F1. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  6. Mendoza, Ruel J. (September 28, 2008). "Judy Ann Santos misses former screen partner Wowie de Guzman". Philippine Entertainment Portal. GMA New Media. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  7. Ferrer, Noel D. (March 4, 1999). "Onemig's one big fight". Manila Standard. XIII (22). p. 22. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  8. Staff writer (February 16, 2014). "Throwback: Juday recalls falling in love with Wowie". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  9. Lo, Ricky (March 31, 2002). "An untimely death for Rico Yan". The Philippine Star. Quezon City. Retrieved June 25, 2014 via Philippine Headline News.
  10. Staff writer (May 1, 2010). "Judy Ann Santos misses former screen partner Wowie de Guzman". Philippine Entertainment Portal. GMA New Media. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  11. Macuja, Lista (April 28, 2014). "#TopFive: From ABS-CBN to Star Cinema". Star Cinema. ABS-CBN. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  12. Salterio, Leah (June 6, 2001). "Wowie back in Judy Ann's arms". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 16 (178). p. A29. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  13. Castaneda, Leah (May 7, 2003). "Till there was you on a hot summer day". Manila Standard. XVII (82). p. 19. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  14. "FAMAS Awards (1998)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
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