Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil are reunited for ABS-CBN's romantic drama titled Dolce Amore or "Sweet Love" in English.
The romantic drama series marks the return of the LizQuen tandem on the Primetime Bida block.
Directed by Mae Cruz Alviar and Cathy Garcia Molina, the Kapamilya show aired its pilot episode on Monday, February 15, after the Coco Martin-starrer, FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.
Liza plays an Italian bella named Serena Marchesa while Enrique plays a Manila boy named Tep-Tep Ibarra. Matteo Guidicelli is cast as Serena's childhood friend who will later on become her fiance as part of an arranged marriage.
Other members of the cast are Cherie Gil, Rio Locsin, Sunshine Cruz, Andrew E, Edgar Mortiz, Kean Cipriano, Ruben Maria Soriquez, Frenchie Dy, Eslove Briones, and many others.
RECAP. The opening scene of Dolce Amore featured Liza's character, Serena, at a ball in Italy. Serena looked out-of-place and sat at a corner until she decided to help a waiter bring used wine glasses back to the kitchen.
A flashback followed that shows refugees in a fictional war-torn place called Askovia. Among the refugees are Uge (played by Andrew E.), Alice (played by Sunshine Cruz), and their two daughters. Uge was separated from his family because women and children had to be evacuated first. While on their way to a refugee camp, the truck that Alice and her daughters were riding in were mistakenly attacked by rebels. Alice's baby survived the attack and the rebels brought her to a medical facility.
Roberto Marchesa (played by Ruben Maria Soriquez), charmed by the baby, adopted her and named her Serena. When he arrived at his home in Italy, Roberto introduced his adoptive daughter to his wife Luciana (played by Cherie Gil). Luciana inititially didn't want to have Serena in their home but Roberto stood firm in his decision to raise Serena since the former has problems getting pregnant.
Time passed and Serena grew up to be a loving daughter. However, Serena found out that she was adopted when she overheard her grandmother who paid them a visit.
In the Philippines, Tep-Tep serves as a big brother to other children in an orphanage. Scenes the followed showed his close relationship with Pilita (played by Rio Locsin) and her family. Pilita overheard a couple who wants to adopt a kid of Tep-Tep's age and immediately told him that he might be the one they're looking for.
Back in Italy, Serena overheard her parents in the middle of an argument. Roberto wanted Luciana to accompany him as they explain the whole thing to Serena. The young Marchesa went to her Nanay Diddie (played by Frenchie Dy) who sang "Kung Kailangan Mo Ako."
The episode ended by showing that Serena's mother Alice survived the attack and was also singing the same song in an undisclosed location.
MEGA MANILA RATINGS. Dolce Amore scored higher in Mega Manila compared to its rival, based on viewership ratings released by AGB Nielsen.
LizQuen's primetime show received a TV rating of 23.7% in Mega Manila ratings beating That's My Amboy's 19.6%. The GMA-7 program is topbilled by Barbie Forteza and Andre Paras.
NATIONWIDE RATINGS. Dolce Amore also had a strong pilot episode nationwide based on data released by Kantar-Media/TNS. The show scored 35.6% in nationwide ratings.
This is more than twice the ratings garnered by rival program That's My Amboy from GMA-7. The Kapuso program got a national rating of 15.8% yesterday, February 15.