From Sana Maulit Muli, My Girl, Your Song, Tayong Dalawa, and Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo, Kimerald once again graced television screens as they topbilled ABS-CBN's new teleserye Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin.
In the pilot episode aired yesterday, May 1, Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson were introduced as Bianca and Gabriel, respectively.
They are childhood friends who are both determined to give their families a bright future.
With her dreams for her family, Bianca aspires to become a triathlete to provide for their needs. Gabriel also carries the same aspirations, facing life’s struggles head on for his family. As they reach for their dreams, they also experience love for the first time together.
However, they will eventually part ways as Bianca leaves their province to save her father’s life from his illness.
As they live their separate lives, they will take on different journeys that will keep them away from each other. But love will reunite their paths as they once again see each other in a triathlon event of TigerShark, headed by Carlos (Jake Cuenca), the man who will come between their love.
Being the No. 1 triathlete in the country, Carlos is not used to failure and always seeks the approval of his father.
To further ensure the success of his company, he hires Bianca as an endorser, even though his ex-girlfriend Isabelle (Coleen Garcia) is against it. Later on, Carlos falls for Bianca.
This sparks the battle between Carlos and Gabriel not only in triathlon, but also for Bianca’s love. Their fight for their love and dreams becomes even more complicated as secrets from the past threaten to destroy their love and their lives.
Also part of Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin are Gina Pareño, Bing Loyzaga, Ayen Munji-Laurel, Michael de Mesa, Daniel Fernando, Dante Rivero, Nicco Manalo, Ivan Carpiet, Andrea Brillantes, and Grae Fernandez.
ILAI is directed by Dan Villegas and Onat Diaz and written by Noreen Capili and Anton Pelon.
KANTAR RATINGS. How did Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin pilot episode fare in urban and rural homes nationwide based on Kantar Media/TNS data?
The new Kapamilya teleserye, which aired on ABS-CBN's Prime Tanghali slot, garnered a Kantar rating of 17%.
The rating of the Kimerald teleserye is 6.8 points higher than its competitor.
The rival show Trops, which airs on GMA-7, registered a TV rating of 10.2%.