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Series / Got to Believe

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No, they never really kiss.

"Believe in the magic of love."

Got to Believe is a Philippine romantic comedy series starring Kathryn Bernardo as Cristina Carlota "Chichay" Tampipi, whose family struggles financially following the forced shutdown of their carnival due to an abundance of debts. To help them, she finds herself working as the nanny of Joaquin Manansala (Daniel Padilla). Drama ensues after she is given a scholarship in Malaya University (his school) and they fall in love, just as his mother discovers that Chichay's is her husband's ex-girlfriend.


This series contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Juliana and her son spend much of Got to Believe quarreling. However, in "By Your Side", Joaquin temporarily drops all else in his life to console the former, who's heartbroken because of Jaime leaving her.
  • Betty and Veronica: Pedro is Betty for Chichay (Archie), who expectedly ends up with Joaquin (Veronica). Alternatively, Alex can be seen as Joaquin's Veronica, and Chichay his Betty.
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  • Beware the Nice Ones: Chichay (not as much as her parents, however).
  • Boy Meets Girl
  • Break-Up Bonfire: Of a sort in Patricia's case – she burns her pictures of Dominic because she’d grown tired of waiting for him to make the first move, an idea that appeals to Chichay (whose situation is also a slight variation as she and Joaquin had never been officially together).
  • Ditzy Genius: Joaquin is this as a result of Juliana's (guilt-wreaked) overprotectiveness. (She is revealed to be the one who'd accidentally shot him in the head as a child.)
  • Genre Savvy: Tarantina. For instance, she's upset by Joaquin and his mother planning to head for the United States despite him promising that it'll only be for a while, knowing Juliana has different intentions.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: The person helping Miley doll up for the Crillon Ball thinks so, at least. She's Blind Without 'Em, so it's Played for Laughs.
  • Honorary Uncle: Nanoy and Whitey to Chichay.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Joaquin's background and the classism Chichay becomes the target of thanks to hers lead to the girl fearing she isn't worthy of his attention.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: There are two pairs of them, in fact, although Jaime and Betchay are often much more permissive than their respective partners.
  • Loving Bully: Subverted. Joaquin doesn't fall for Chichay until after he stops picking on her and vice versa, and the girl certainly didn't neglect to call him out on it beforehand.
  • Pair the Spares: In the last episode, Dominic is caught mawkishly staring at Alex.
  • Working with the Ex: The amnesiac Joaquin ("Ryan"), having forgotten who Chichay is, has no idea how uncomfortable having to paint for his project is for her.


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