MANILA -- After the successful "Pangako Sa 'Yo," another prime-time drama series is set to bring inspiration and real-life lessons to every Filipino household.
A day after Valentine's Day, the much awaited romantic-drama "Dolce Amore" premiered on Philippine TV.
The story revolves around the life of two orphans, Serena and Simon, who live worlds apart.
Serena, a daughter of Filipino war refugees, was adopted by a rich Italian who is married to a Filipina, who tries hard to conceal her heritage by speaking pure Italian and forgetting about Filipino culture.
Although she grows up in a rich household, Serena is does not want to think she is superior to other people. She eats with their servants, plays with other children, and eats common food.
Serena's only luxury is reading the tale of a sad princess and an ordinary man who will change each other's lives.
One day, Serena found out the truth about her past. She wept upon learning that she is just an adopted daughter. But her longing for her biological parents slowly vanishes when her loving nanny cheers her up.
Simon, on the other hand, is an orphan whose only wish is to find a couple who will love him like their own child.
He is the oldest child in the orphanage and serves as a real-life big brother to other orphans.
But as he grows older, the chances of finding the right family for him is becoming more impossible. Still, he hopes that one day, a kind couple will come and bring him home.
Simon's life in the orphanage is made lighter by the people he lives with, especially the facility's general housekeeper whom he treats like his mother.
Although they are worlds apart, Serena and Simon will meet one day. The princess will meet the ordinary man she has been dreaming about.
The official hashtag of "Dolce Amore's" premiere episode #DolceAmoreSweetBeginning topped worldwide trends on Twitter. Here are some of the tweets from the viewers who watched the show: