Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto Are Jollibee’s New Yumbassadors!

I first fell in love with Joshua Garcia last December. It was when I watched him in the film Vince & Kath & James, one of the entries at last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). It was the first time I watched all competing entries, and I loved them all in their own way, but it was VKJ that stuck with me and became my favorite film at the festival.

The story was old (see my review here), but it was given a new lease on life because of Garcia’s great acting and believable chemistry with his partner, Julia Barretto. I watched VKJ twice and laughed, cried, and fell in love. In both screenings, girls were literally swooning – myself included – when Garcia delivered his lines and stared at Barretto in that way.

I became a teenage girl and stalked Garcia on every social media platform possible. I eventually got tired and went on with my life. Until I got to meet him.

I got to meet him when Jollibee announced that both Garcia and Barretto are the brand’s newest Yumbassadors. Together, they starred in a commercial inspired by an ’80s ad.

This is the cute commercial Jollibee launched in 1980:

And the one starring Garcia and Barretto:

It makes sense that Garcia and Barretto are the brand’s newest Yumbassadors. They are becoming the country’s top teen stars and one of the most-admired love teams. The chemistry they showed in VKJ went past the screen and into real life. The two were sweet and engaging during the launch.

After the event, I was lucky enough to have friends who indulged me to a photo with the two backstage, fulfilling my birthday wish to meet Garcia. You see, earlier this year, I posted a Facebook status asking if anyone could connect me with the young actor for my birthday. My mom volunteered to help, because she’s good friends with the mom of an actress. My mom asked her to connect us for an interview, and then I was suddenly inundated with calls and messages from his handler, his manager, and an executive from Star Magic (plus his secretary). But because moody me got tired, the interview never pushed through.

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I got to finally meet him! The photo is pre-haircut, but I wasn’t expecting to meet my crush so I didn’t bother getting it cut before the event.

Since Jollibee’s Yum Burger was launched in 1980, it has charmed its way into the Filipino heart with its langhap sarap goodness. After 37 years, it’s still the burger of choice – even by astronauts who had to travel from the moon.

Jollibee’s Yum Burger is available in all Jollibee stores for only P33.

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