MANILA — Kapamilya Channel is set to premiere its first new teleserye since the government shutdown of ABS-CBN's free TV broadcast with "Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin," featuring Jodi Sta. Maria as a ruthless villain driven by greed.
As seen in its trailer released on Monday, the drama follows Sta. Maria as Marissa, who is consumed by her envy of her best friend Ellice's (Iza Calzado) wealth. She even trades her freedom for money, when Ellice accidentally kills an assailant in self-defense.
In exchange for P10 million from Ellice's father (Lito Pimentel), Marissa takes responsibility for the homicide and agrees to go to jail, counting on an early release.
Her time behind bars, however, proves torturous and longer than she expected. She soon pins the blame of her misfortune on Ellice, who, unknown to her, protested the deal and consistently checked on Marissa's well-being, only to be given false assurance by her father.
When Marissa is released and receives the money she was promised, she embarks on a cruel mission: to claim everything Ellice owns, including her marriage with Gabriel (Sam Milby) — hence the series' title.
Also among the lead cast is screen veteran Maricel Soriano, who portrays Marissa's mother and apparent voice of conscience, going by the trailer.
Produced by JRB Creative Productions, "Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin" was originally due to premiere on ABS-CBN on March 23.
Its airing was first postponed in light of the coronavirus lockdown, which signaled an industry-wide production halt. At the time, lead actress Calzado also tested positive for the coronavirus disease. She has since made a full recovery.
Uncertainties surrounding ABS-CBN's broadcast franchise further pushed the premiere of "Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin."
With the lower House's denial of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal application, the network has since been forced to retrench entire units and thousands of employees, spelling the cancellation of some projects, too.
"Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin," with a substantial amount of episodes already filmed, appears to have survived that cut, and in fact resumed production in the first week of July.
Filming, under the eased lockdown measures on Metro Manila, is allowed but with strict safety protocols that include pre-shoot quarantine, "lock-in" shoots, and prohibition of big crowd scenes.
With ABS-CBN Channel 2 no longer on air, "Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin" becomes the first fresh series of Kapamilya Channel on cable. It joins other ABS-CBN dramas that were carried over to the new channel: "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," "Love Thy Woman," and "A Soldier's Heart."