JM de Guzman Delivers A Strong Big Screen Comeback With ‘Kung Paano Siya Nawala’

  • November 8, 2018

Hailing from rival networks, the team up of Rhian Ramos and JM de Guzman is something no one saw coming but is also something that works so well and makes so much sense. Produced by TBA Studios, the film production company behind the box office hits I’m Drunk, I Love You and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, ‘Kung Paano Siya Nawala’ tells the modern urban love story of Lio and Shana.

JM de Guzman

Lio (JM de Guzman) struggles to connect with people due to his condition: face blindness, an inability to recognize and remember faces. Shana (Rhian Ramos), a beautiful free spirit, changes his life as they go through life together and find out skeletons from their past.

Related: JM de Guzman Graduates From Rehab Program 

While it’s easy to dismiss Kung Paano Siya Nawala as one of the many, many “hugot” films of local cinema, the film was successful in making its lead characters feel real and relatable. To be completely honest, we initially assumed that Shana’s character will just be another Manic Pixie Dream Girl, a charismatic and perfect woman that solely exists to give new meaning to Lio’s life. But we were wrong. While Shana’s character was vague at first, the film eventually presented us the real Shana: a flawed and guarded woman who has a messy past.

JM de Guzman


It’s safe to say that Rhian and JM delivered their best performances to date. The film definitely would not have worked as well as it did if it were headlined with different actors. The two leads’ realistic and grounded portrayals were effective to make you care and be invested about how their relationship will turn out. This film cemented even further a fact that we all know already: JM and Rhian are two of today’s most brilliant actors.

Aside from the brilliant performances of the lead star, the screenplay is also one of the strong points of the movie. It’s funny, natural, and truthful which contributed so well to the great flow of the story. It made the audience feel that we’re watching a real relationship unfold right before our very eyes. The delivery and the dialogue itself were so truthful that watching the movie almost feels like witnessing two of your good friends fall in love with each other.

Overall, Kung Paano Siya Nawala is not your regular “hugot” movie that we see a lot of these past few years. It’s mature, subtle, and the kind of movie that you will keep on pondering about even hours after the credits have finished rolling.

Kung Paano Siya Nawala opens nationwide on November 14.