MANILA -- "It's a story of love regardless of age, regardless of past, regardless of your experiences."
This was how heartthrob Ian Veneracion described the story of his upcoming TV series "A Love To Last," where the 41-year-old actor plays Anton, an engineer who succeeds in his career but fails to fulfill his family duties.
Anton is married to Grace (Iza Calzado), with whom he has three children: Chloe (Julia Barretto), Lucas (JK Labajo), and Kitty (Hanna Lopez Vito).
Believing that Anton is no longer fit to be a husband, Grace decides to file for annulment. During this time, he finds himself falling in love for a younger woman, Andrea (Alonzo), an events organizer who works for Anton's company.
Andrea comes from a broken family, which explains her trust issues when it comes men.
According to Alonzo, this upcoming teleserye is "refreshing" as it mirrors real situations from real life.
"Masyado siyang real. Pinapakita 'yong pamilya, modern families of today," she said. "Kahit na survival 'yung main goal natin, hindi pa rin mawawala 'yung pagiging makapamilya natin."
The teleserye's director Jerry Lopez Sineneng agreed, saying they really attempted to veer from the usual blueprint of soap operas.
"They wanted to show 'yong something real -- hindi siya soapy," he said. "Kasi although mahirap ka or mayaman ka, basta nagmahal ka."
Produced by Star Creatives, the same production house that made "Pangako Sa 'Yo," "Dolce Amore," and "Magpahanggang Wakas," "A Love To Last" will air on January 9.