Why 'Ikaw Lamang' pilot topped worldwide trends

by Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Mar 11 2014 02:17 AM | Updated as of Mar 12 2014 02:05 AM

Period drama's pilot charms viewers

MANILA - The pilot episode of ABS-CBN's period drama "Ikaw Lamang" claimed the No. 1 spot in Twitter's worldwide trends Monday night as it charmed viewers with its quick pacing, "throwback" musical score, and the performance of its young cast members.

In the debut telecast of "Ikaw Lamang," a young Samuel (Zaijan Jaranilla) and his family seek a new start in Salvacion, where they find jobs as farmers at an estate owned by the town's kind-hearted mayor, Eduardo (Tirso Cruz III).

Samuel strikes a deal with the mayor's son, Franco (Louise Abuel), who offered to teach him how to read in exchange for his help in learning the daily tasks of farmer -- in the hope of winning his father's approval.

Over time, Samuel becomes friends with Franco despite being warned by his mother (Cherry Pie Picache) against interacting with the children of Salvacion's rich folk. The two boys eventually form a group with their respective friends since childhood, Mona (Xyriel Manabat) and Isabel (Alyanna Angeles).

Isabel, who grew up having Franco as her only friend, starts to form a close relationship with Samuel. But Mona, Samuel's constant companion, does not appear to welcome the blooming friendship.

As adults, Franco, Isabel, Samuel, and Mona will be portrayed respectively by Jake Cuenca, Kim Chiu, Coco Martin, and Julia Montes.

"Ikaw Lamang" is under the direction of Malu Sevilla and Avel Sunpongco. It is produced by Dreamscape Entertainment Television, which is behind the primetime hits "Walang Hanggan," "Juan dela Cruz," and the ongoing "Honesto."

What netizens say

On Twitter, as the first episode of "Ikaw Lamang" aired, netizens aired their reaction to certain scenes which some said triggered memories of a simple life in the province. Others praised the period drama's cinematography and production design.

Some viewers took to the micro-blogging site to express surprise with the pilot's musical score, which included Jewel Akens' "The Bird and the Bees" and The Temptations' "My Girl," both released in 1964.

The young cast members also drew praise for their acting, with a number of netizens singling out Jaranilla, who rose to fame in 2009 with "May Bukas Pa," for his portrayal of a hardworking and optimistic Samuel.

During the airing of "Ikaw Lamang" on Monday, its official hashtag, "#IkawLamangGrandPilot," became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter worldwide. Following are some tweets using the hashtag: