Billy (Coco Martin, top) is a homosexual who helps Richard (Derek Ramsay, bottom) deal with his painful past. Watch them together in the January 17 episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya on ABS-CBN. Photo: Courtesy of ABS-CBN

The January 17 episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya will feature two of the country's hottest hunks, Derek Ramsay and "Indie Prince" Coco Martin. The two will share the limelight as they portray an unlikely friendship between a man with a scarred past and a homosexual out to prove his worth.

Billy (Coco Martin) is a homosexual who grew up hating his sexuality until he met Richard (Derek Ramsay). It was Billy who helped Richard get accepted in a boarding house. Richard was attractive but mysterious. Initially, Billy prevented himself from being attracted to Richard. The two became friends but one time, Richard seduced Billy, thinking that it was the payment for Billy's kindness to him. However, Billy's temper flared up as he pointed out that he had genuine feelings for Richard. The new tenant realized that Billy was different from other homosexuals he had met before. Eventually, the mysterious man opened up his dark past to Billy.

Richard was a rape victim of his own closet gay father when he was young, and had hated homosexuals ever since. His real intention of seducing Billy was to take revenge on him, whom he sees as a shadow of his own father. He stayed in the boarding house because he found his father in that town after several years. Can Richard find it in his heart to forgive his own father? Will he learn to accept and love Billy?

Maalaala Mo Kaya is hosted by Charo Santos-Concio.